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Sweet 16 Dresses: Long & Short

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!

  • Sherri Hill 51271
    Sherri Hill 51271

    Glossy off-shoulder ruffled ballgown from Sherri Hill 51271
    Available in 5 colors

  • Sherri Hill 51299
    Sherri Hill 51299

    Royalty beaded two-piece babydoll from Sherri Hill 51299
    Available in 3 colors

  • Sherri Hill 51273
    Sherri Hill 51273

    Gleaming sleeveless babydoll dress from Sherri Hill 51273
    Available in 7 colors

  • Clarisse 3310
    Clarisse 3310

    Alluring Sweetheart Layered Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3310
    Available in 2 colors

  • Jovani 47001
    Jovani 47001

    Radiant halter embellished full-length gown from Jovani 47001
    Available in 2 colors

  • Sherri Hill 51451
    Sherri Hill 51451

    Admirable off-shoulder sweetheart gown from Sherri Hill 51451
    Available in 3 colors

  • Sherri Hill 51438
    Sherri Hill 51438

    Featured accented strapless ballgown from Sherri Hill 51438
    Available in 5 colors

  • Faviana S8065
    Faviana S8065

    Dreamy two-piece dress with off-the-shoulder styling by Faviana S8065
    Available in 2 colors

  • Sherri Hill 51399
    Sherri Hill 51399

    Bedecked illusion sleeveless babydoll from Sherri Hill 51399
    Available in 3 colors

  • Clarisse 3304
    Clarisse 3304

    Contrasting Cutie Sweetheart Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3304
    Color: Black/Magenta

  • Sherri Hill 51559
    Sherri Hill 51559

    Ballerina halter accent mini from Sherri Hill 51559
    Available in 3 colors

  • Clarisse 3367
    Clarisse 3367

    Graceful Lace Sweetheart Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3367
    Color: Red/White

  • Sherri Hill 51390
    Sherri Hill 51390

    Polished strapless applique babydoll from Sherri Hill 51390
    Available in 7 colors

  • Clarisse 3345
    Clarisse 3345

    Opulent Glimmer Bejeweled Princess Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3345
    Color: Navy

  • Dave and Johnny A6029
    Dave and Johnny A6029

    Halter set with contrasting skirt by Dave and Johnny A6029
    Color: Red

  • Sherri Hill 51387
    Sherri Hill 51387

    Flirty strapless sweetheart mini-dress from Sherri Hill 51387
    Color: Dark Nude

  • Clarisse 3314
    Clarisse 3314

    Fluttering Lace Two-Piece Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3314
    Color: Red

  • Colors Dress 1760
    Colors Dress 1760

    Playful Sparkles Plunging Cocktail Dress by Colors 1760
    Color: Purple

  • Sherri Hill 51447
    Sherri Hill 51447

    Galactic cap-sleeve accent ballgown from Sherri Hill 51447
    Available in 4 colors

  • Sherri Hill 51366
    Sherri Hill 51366

    Short-sleeve crop top scalloped babydoll from Sherri Hill 51366
    Available in 4 colors

  • Faviana 8060
    Faviana 8060

    Flirty short formal set with swing skirt by Faviana 8060
    Color: Soft Pink

  • Colors Dress 1512
    Colors Dress 1512

    Flirty Charm Layered Cocktail Dress by Colors 1512
    Color: Off White

  • Clarisse 3303
    Clarisse 3303

    Fresh Florals Two-Piece Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3303
    Color: White/Navy

  • Sherri Hill 51464
    Sherri Hill 51464

    Rosette strapless beaded babydoll from Sherri Hill 51464
    Color: Black/Red

  • Sherri Hill 51395
    Sherri Hill 51395

    Embroidered sleeveless glossy ballgown from Sherri Hill 51395
    Available in 2 colors

  • Sherri Hill 51311
    Sherri Hill 51311

    Dazzling short-sleeve embroidered babydoll from Sherri Hill 51311
    Available in 3 colors

  • Clarisse 3379
    Clarisse 3379

    Supreme Flirty Two-Piece Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3379
    Color: Ivory/Champagne

  • Clarisse 3313
    Clarisse 3313

    Wrapped Sweetheart Floral Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3313
    Color: Red/Black

  • Sherri Hill 51423
    Sherri Hill 51423

    Foldover off-shoulder fitted cocktail from Sherri Hill 51423
    Available in 5 colors

  • Clarisse 3335
    Clarisse 3335

    Paisley Lace Perfection Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3335
    Color: Pink

  • Jovani 45733
    Jovani 45733

    Flirty Floral Diamonds Cocktail Dress by Jovani 45733
    Color: Ivory/Multi

  • Milano Formals E2223
    Milano Formals E2223

    Bold Colorful Cocktail Dress by Milano Formals E2223
    Color: Purple

  • Clarisse 3363
    Clarisse 3363

    Floral Flutter Two-Piece Cocktail Dress by Clarisse 3363
    Color: Champagne/Multi

  • Sherri Hill 51363
    Sherri Hill 51363

    Strappy sequined designer mini from Sherri Hill 51363
    Available in 8 colors

  • Jovani 31698
    Jovani 31698

    Graceful strapless evening gown with gossamer layers by Jovani 31698
    Color: Blush

  • Sherri Hill 51398
    Sherri Hill 51398

    Illusion sequined strapless babydoll from Sherri Hill 51398
    Available in 3 colors

  • MNM Couture K3505
    MNM Couture K3505

    Pretty off-shoulder lacy frock from MNM Couture K3505
    Color: Pink

  • Faviana S8080
    Faviana S8080

    Jazzy off-the-shoulder dress set with notched neckline by Faviana S8080
    Color: Black/Multi

  • Sherri Hill 51303
    Sherri Hill 51303

    Ritzy artistic halter babydoll from Sherri Hill 51303
    Available in 6 colors

  • Milano Formals E2230
    Milano Formals E2230

    High Neck Swirling Print Cocktail Dress by Milano Formals E2230
    Color: Sunshine


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