Stand Out in Formal Ball Gowns for Prom

So many formal ball gowns for prom, which one should you choose

Shopping forĀ formal ball gowns for prom is perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of getting ready for the big night. If you do not know what kind of dress you want, you do know one thing for sure: you want to look absolutely stunning in whatever dress you choose. Here is a basic rundown of different styles of formal ball gowns for prom that can give you a little direction about what to look for in your dream gown.

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What do these style terms mean?

When shopping for formal ball gowns for prom, we quickly feel overwhelmed when trying to find out which term describes which style of dress. With the prom season approaching, you surely start wondering what A-line dress for prom or chiffon prom dress or gown mean.

Here’s a short guide that will help you better understand those terms and select the formal ball gown for prom that will meet your needs and show off the best in you.

Different styles of prom dresses and formal gowns

Ballroom prom dresses or gowns often feature a narrow waist, narrow top or come with a corset style top while the gown’s skirt is very large and floor-length.

A-Line prom dresses

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As you can see from this adorable coral colored A-line prom dress, such type of waistline comes in the shape of the letter “A” with a tight fitted waist and a quite large skirt. A-line dresses and formal ball gowns for prom are the most popular attires as they fit with almost all types of body shape. Take an eye on the most beautiful A-line prom gowns here.

Mermaid prom dresses

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The mermaid or trumpet ball gowns for prom are one of the most popular types of waistlines out there. These consist of a dress that fits with your body very tightly to middle-thighs or knees and then flares out. These gowns highlight your body curves in a dramatic way. Beware, though, they don’t fit with all types of silhouettes. Get more insight about mermaid prom dresses here.

High-low evening dresses

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This blue high-low example tells it all. High-low prom dresses are dresses that come with the front skirt shorter than the back. Their skirt is generally opened on the front and entirely layered or lace-covered. These formal ball gowns for prom can also feature asymmetrical skirts (shorter in some places and longer in others).

Column or sheath cut dresses and gowns

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The terms “column” and “sheath cut” dresses stand for evening dresses and formal gowns that don’t hide anything of your body shape as are entirely tight fitted. Mostly, designers use column/sheath dress as describing term. This lace sheath prom dress is a good example of what you’ll get if you choose this waistline.

Empire waistline gowns

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If you think that a Greek or Roman Goddess dress are the type of formal ball gowns for prom that meet your needs, then you will fall for chiffon gowns. These dresses generally come with a high waist (empire style) and they’re long and move around your body with each move you do. Most of the time, they’re conceived in chiffon, which adds to their aerial look. Along with A-line dresses, empire ball gowns fit almost all body shapes. Click here to read more about chiffon prom dresses.

Mini or baby doll dresses

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As you can see from this purple prom dress example, baby doll dresses are adorable and very short evening dresses that have a high waistline and come with a top that fits with your bust and that flow at the bottom. They’re generally embellished with a bow.

Halter prom dresses and formal gowns

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Halter prom dresses are gowns of which their tops are backless and can range from high neckline to low-cut or plunging neckline on the front. These formal ball gowns for prom can be whether short or floor-length and formal, classic or sexy.

Modest evening dresses for a night out

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This blue evening dress with long sleeves is a perfect example of a modest evening dress. Modest prom dresses are evening gowns that cover most of the body while still being elegant. Though you’ll find some strapless or one-shoulder modest prom dresses as well.

Two-Piece prom dresses, the new trend

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Two piece prom dresses, as their name suggests, are outfits that come in two pieces: a top and a skirt. They make versatile attires as you can switch whether the top or the skirt with another piece of cloth. Doing so provides the attire with a more dramatic effect and definitely makes you stand out.

Different types of sleeves

One-shoulder

As the term one-shoulder prom dress means, those dresses come with only one shoulder; which is generally a strap embellished with rhinestones or other intricate details. These formal ball gowns for prom are for most, floor-length but shorter models can be found on the market.

Strapless neckline

The next type of dresses is the sleeveless or strapless gowns that don’t have any kind of sleeve at all. Depending on the season, it’s recommended to wear such an outfit with a jacket or a shawl.

Cap sleeves

The sleeves that cover the shoulders till the upper arms are named cap sleeves.

Long sleeves

Then we also can find long sleeves which come in a puffy shape at the shoulder; these are known as Juliet sleeves.

Spaghetti straps

Last but not the least, spaghetti straps are very tiny straps that, in some cases, can also often be removed from the dress in order to change it into a strapless one.

Three most popular types of necklines

  • Most common neckline we find onĀ formal ball gowns for prom is the sweetheart neckline; which top, as its name states, is made in the form of a heart.
  • Originating from the 18th century, the Empire neckline is a neckline that links to a high waistline.
  • A simple neckline that surrounds the neck is known as a jewel neckline.

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Prom accessories

  • Evening purses and clutches for prom that you can match with your evening dress
  • Shawls and/or wraps that you can put on your shoulders
  • Opera gloves that provide your prom attire with style
  • Naturally, there are also shoes for prom (generally high heels), corsage or wrist corsage, hairstyles and accessories along with makeup to put the finishing touches to your prom outfits.

The above details should help you be able to find the perfect dress for your formal occasion – prom or otherwise. There are plenty of gowns available in stores; the secret is to find the one that you feel stunning in.

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Holly Day is fond of special days and celebrations. She enjoys every day of the year and, with some creativeness, turns it into a holiday. Holly Day has also a "thing" for strawberries.
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