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Sweet 16 Dresses

Having a pulse on the dress market, our sweet 16 dresses from major designers to more moderate prices allows for one to have the full range of sweet 16 options.

Need a more formal dress for ones sweet 16, then check out our "evening dresses" section, need a more unique dress then check out our "special occasions" section. Whatever ones sweet 16 needs may be, New York Dress offers one of the largest selection of many types of dresses.

Happy sixteenth birthday, gorgeous! What's it feel like to be the center of attention, the heart-stopping belle of the ball? Oh wait, you've been used to that since the day you were born, so a party in your honor is nothing new...except this time around you're definitely going to be the one everybody's watching to set the pace of the evening, so make sure your dress is as memorable as the biggest party of your year!

Sweet Sixteen dresses should be flouncy and innocent, with cinched waists and short hems drawing everyone's gaze. Skirts tend to fall just over the knee, as opposed to dresses cut for slightly older figures, and above all the light colors, thin straps, and classic cuts reveal the whimsical taste of childhood while foreshadowing a growing maturity and worldliness.

Flappers, fifties party girls, and high- and low-cut necklines alike all pull together to do one thing: emphasize that at sixteen, you're coming into your own and developing a great sense of style based on what you see going on in the world around you. Cocktail dresses with ruffles-a-plenty are all the rage at sweet sixteen parties, reminiscent of the roses on the cake that celebrates your big day!

Whether sleeveless or ethereal, club-sharp or beach-laid-back, sweet sixteen dresses give you the chance to show the world who you are and what message you're intent on sending as you graduate to a new phase of your life. This is the last chance you get to be a kid, and the first chance you have to project the gorgeous young lady you plan on becoming.

For an air of sophistication, shimmy into that full length ball gown and add a little formality to the event, or try on a fluttery cocktail dress with beaded details and feel like a fairy princess floating amongst your friends and loved ones.

Above all, be BRIGHT! If ever there was a time to banish wallflower blacks to the corner, sweet sixteen is it! You're a flower ready to pop, well-accessorized and dedicated to showing off a developed figure. Smooth skin is always in, and while it's important to match your appearance to the setting and occasion (translation: don't wear a micro-mini and leggings to a family event, but don't make your friends feel out of place by turning up in something Princess Di would have worn either!). Contrast is key, so if you're skin is pale you can go for darker colors while those with a darker complexion can play up golds, whites, and silvers for top marks.

Pick a dress with some patterned lace to bring out the gothic element of your personality, or a light sequin style to glitter under the lights of your celebration. Sweet Sixteeen dresses should make you feel like you stepped out of your own teen soap or reality show; this is the time to splurge on a memory you'll carry with you for the rest of your life!

Make sure the dress you're wearing is comfortable and lets your personality shine through. The last thing you want to do is be worried about the wind giving you a "Marilyn Moment," so if you need something short and sporty you should check out a dress that will let you move around without fear of overexposure. Flattering silhouettes that emphasize your fresh, youthful appearance make Sweet Sixteen into a chance to shine. For more formal occasions, longer dresses with an evening flare can bring you to a position of sophistication and ease in your surroundings. Whatever kind of sweet sixteen you have planned, our dresses can help you light it up!

Whether you want to plan your party around a particular dress or select a dress that fits a theme you've had in mind for a while, it's important to look at a wide variety of sweet sixteen dresses before you make your decision. Step outside yourself and imagine the role you want to play on your big night. Will you be a princess or a tease, a flirt or a family girl? See what every different kind of dress says about you and about your ability to change into whatever you want to be, and make sure that you've explored every option before you commit to any one look.

This is the year for signature accessories, so dressing up a simple dress with a fantastic handbag or clutch while balancing atop the highest heels you can bear to wear will make for a great statement. You might want to pack a spare set of shoes and stash it in a corner in case the heels get uncomfortable, and it's important to make sure both sets of footwear match the dress you've picked to make your special evening perfect.

While a sweet sixteen dress may be the first major dress purchase of any young woman's life, it is important to think ahead about the way your look will integrate into future events - homecoming, prom, family occasions - and realize that this might be your last chance to try something wild and unpredictable. Take the fullest advantage of everything sweet sixteen has to offer, and enjoy every last moment of your youth while it lasts - enjoy!

  • Lara 32946
    Lara 32946
    (1)

    Tonal Sparkling Evening Gown by Lara 32946
    Color: Blush

    $658
  • Rachel Allan 7565
    Rachel Allan 7565
    (1)

    Sunshine halter cutout gown from Rachel Allan 7565
    Available in 3 colors

    $498
  • Sherri Hill 50968
    Sherri Hill 50968
    (2)

    Asymmetrical Decadence High-Low Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50968
    Available in 2 colors

    $598
  • Clarisse 3011
    Clarisse 3011
    (1)

    Bellissima ball gown with strapless, sweetheart styling by Clarisse 3011
    Available in 2 colors

    $338
  • Clarisse 3069
    Clarisse 3069
    (1)

    Beaded and Shimmer Evening Gown by Clarisse 3069
    Color: Water

    $290
  • Alyce 6790
    Alyce 6790
    (1)

    Transcendent glossy sleeveless ballgown from Alyce Paris 6790
    Available in 3 colors

    $370
  • Alyce 6826
    Alyce 6826

    Glossy sleeveless pick-up gown from Alyce Paris 6826
    Available in 4 colors

    $250
  • Mori Lee 99045
    Mori Lee 99045

    Off-the-shoulder cropped set with ruffle by Mori Lee Paparazzi 99045
    Available in 2 colors

    $318
  • Clarisse 3215
    Clarisse 3215

    Sleek Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3215
    Available in 6 colors

    $150
  • Lara 32940
    Lara 32940

    Textured Evening Gown by Lara 32940
    Available in 2 colors

    $738
  • Faviana 7859
    Faviana 7859

    Refined Radiance Pleated Cocktail Dress by Faviana 7859
    Available in 3 colors

    $218
  • Omur Ozer 57201
    Omur Ozer 57201

    Classic sleeveless gown with fresh embellishments by Omur Ozer 57201
    Available in 5 colors

    $348
  • Sherri Hill 51030
    Sherri Hill 51030

    Dreamy Ruffle Regal Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 51030
    Available in 3 colors

    $550
  • Janique JA2001
    Janique JA2001

    Delicate floral-patterned layered ballgown from Janique JA2001
    Available in 4 colors

    $526
  • Mac Duggal 30256I
    Mac Duggal 30256I

    Futuristic Fantasy Draped Romper by Ieena for Mac Duggal 30256I
    Color: Black

    $398
  • Lara 33211
    Lara 33211

    Off the Shoulder Floral Gown by Lara 33211
    Color: Dusty Rose

    $798
  • Terani 1712P2890
    Terani 1712P2890

    Checkerboard sequined printed A-line from Terani Prom 1712P2890
    Available in 2 colors

    $539
  • Nina Canacci 1276
    Nina Canacci 1276

    Floral Dreams Lace Evening Dress by Nina Canacci 1276
    Available in 2 colors

    $298
  • Shail K 4044
    Shail K 4044

    Bella sleeveless gown with banded neckline by Shail K 4044
    Color: Blush

    $398
  • Mac Duggal 30322C
    Mac Duggal 30322C

    Eye-Catching Gemstone Fantasy Cocktail Dress by Mac Duggal 30322C
    Available in 2 colors

    $278   $139
  • Shail K 40342
    Shail K 40342

    Posh party dress with halter bodice by Shail K 40342
    Available in 2 colors

    $420
  • Blush 11227
    Blush 11227

    Textured Beaded Evening Gown by Blush 11227
    Available in 2 colors

    $360
  • Mac Duggal 1254
    Mac Duggal 1254

    Petals Detail Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Couture 1254
    Color: Nude

    $798
  • Rachel Allan 4221
    Rachel Allan 4221

    Seamed Sensation Colorblock Cocktail Dress by Rachel Allan 4221
    Color: Fuchsia/Navy

    $218
  • Faviana 7858
    Faviana 7858

    Shimmering Sweetness Two-Piece Cocktail Dress by Faviana 7858
    Available in 3 colors

    $218
  • Sherri Hill 50809
    Sherri Hill 50809

    Twinkling Romance Two Piece Gown by Sherri Hill 50809
    Available in 6 colors

    $318
  • Janique W1687
    Janique W1687

    Astounding printed hi-lo ruffle gown from Janique W1687
    Color: Champagne Print

    $702
  • Terani 1711P2253
    Terani 1711P2253

    Marvelous layered babydoll dress from Terani Prom 1711P2253
    Available in 3 colors

    $297
  • Mac Duggal 48478I
    Mac Duggal 48478I
    (1)

    Classic Flutter Cocktail Dress by Ieena for Mac Duggal 48478I
    Available in 12 colors

    $238
  • Faviana 7864
    Faviana 7864

    Embellished Sweetheart Charm Cocktail Dress by Faviana 7864
    Color: Ivory/Black

    $298
  • Sherri Hill 51249
    Sherri Hill 51249

    Petal pretty formal with delectable detail by Sherri Hill 51249
    Available in 5 colors

    $578
  • Sherri Hill 50947
    Sherri Hill 50947

    Sparling Fairytale Shimmer Evening Gown by Sherri Hill 50947
    Available in 5 colors

    $450
  • Mac Duggal 50374
    Mac Duggal 50374

    Soft Petals Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Couture 50374
    Available in 2 colors

    $798
  • Mac Duggal 7525R
    Mac Duggal 7525R

    Flirty Flutter Striped Cocktail Dress by Mac Duggal 7525R
    Available in 2 colors

    $338   $202
  • Rachel Allan 7575
    Rachel Allan 7575

    Scalloped two-piece sleeveless ballgown from Rachel Allan 7575
    Available in 3 colors

    $378
  • Madison James 17240
    Madison James 17240

    Sparkling Simplicity Shimmer Evening Dress by Madison James 17240
    Available in 5 colors

    $358
  • Sherri Hill 50872
    Sherri Hill 50872
    (1)

    Angelic Bliss Full Length Gown by Sherri Hill 50872
    Available in 2 colors

    $498
  • Sherri Hill 50849
    Sherri Hill 50849

    Enchanted Evening Twinkle Gown by Sherri Hill 50849
    Available in 3 colors

    $518
  • Mac Duggal 50410
    Mac Duggal 50410

    Strapless Petals Evening Gown by Mac Duggal Couture 50410
    Color: Blush

    $698
  • Sherri Hill 50546
    Sherri Hill 50546

    Strapless Bow Detail Cocktail Dress by Sherri Hill 50546
    Available in 3 colors

    $370

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