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8 tips to help you choose a fantastic evening gown

There is so much variety in evening dresses, that it can make shopping for the perfect one totally confusing. However, when you find the right dress, you will feel like a diva in it. Not only will it be comfortable, it will also bring out your best features and make you happy to show it off.

So, how do you set about looking for one, and identify if it is the right choice for you?

Here are ten valuable tips from Best for Bride, to help you find the right formal gown for your next big social event.

1.Assess your body shape first

This is the primary factor in finding a gown that will look great on you. For best results, you should always choose an evening gown that enhances your best features, while hiding or camouflaging the less desirable aspects of your body frame. To find the right silhouette for your body shape, you should first determine your body shape. Our previous article here will guide you towards finding out what category you fall into. In brief, we can say that most women fall into one of the following categories:

  • Apple-shaped: where the shoulders and upper torso is wider than the hips and legs.
  • Pear shaped: Where the lower half of the body, from the waist and hips is more pronounced than the bust
  • Hourglass: Where the bust and hips are similar in proportion, and separated by a distinctly slender waistline
  • Rectangular: Where there are few to no noticeable curves and the frame is slender overall
  • Petite: where the overall height is less than 5’4” with a well defined bust and hip region

Depending on which category you fall into, you can find suitable recommendations in dresses in this previous article of ours. By choosing a dress style that flatters your body shape, you will look and feel confident and attractive. Certain styles, like dresses with A-line skirts and V-necklines are universally flattering, and are suitable for most body types. If you are unsure of your body shape, these may be the options to consider.

This A-line, beige evening dress from the Dessy Evening dress collection is a safe bet in terms of fit, color and style.

2.Stick to a budget

Before you go shopping, it is essential that you first calculate the maximum amount you can afford to spend on your evening gown. This will help you narrow down your choices and find a dress that is good, within your specified range. The price is often determined by the amount of details in the gown, the fabric, embellishments and designer collection to which it belongs. Evening gowns can be expensive. However, you should balance out the price with the use you intend to get out of it. If it is in a neutral color and timeless design, so you can get several uses out of, it is worth spending more for the good quality. Plus, this will help you make sure that it will last longer and look fresh. If you want to find a good deal for the money you spend, it is a good idea to look in the sale section. If you have an eye for detail and know it when you see a gown that is just right, you may find the right pick for a fraction of the original price, in the discounts department. Also be prepared to shop in the off-season (typically summer and winter), when prices will be at their lowest. This way, you can find a gown for the next holiday season, without paying a fortune on it.

Check out this sale and clearance section on Best for Bride for the latest attractive offers in wedding dresses and evening gowns.

 

3.Give priority to dresses from good designer collections

Although you can find formal dresses that are really cheap, you will be trading off design quality for savings, when you choose them. Evening gowns designed by experienced professionals are usually superior in terms of look and quality. They will feature flattering fits, neat seams and beautiful necklines. These dresses are created to showcase the best of the fabric and enhance the natural features of the wearer, through appropriate placement of embellishments. So, the extra price associated with a designer gown is usually worth it. If the price tag is a major source of concern, you can choose from discount and sale sections or be on the lookout for shops that offer sales on the designer collection.

Featured here is the J6070 evening dress from the Jadore Collection. This collection features exquisite designer gowns showcasing the latest trends from the top fashion catwalks.

4.Choose a gown closest to your actual size

There is no such thing as a standard size for women, and so it is highly unlikely that you will find a gown off the rack that fits you perfectly. For the best fit, we always recommend that you have your chosen dress altered to your actual measurements. This is quite easy to do, and so you incur least expenses on alterations, you should choose a gown that is closest in size to your actual measurements. This simply means that you shouldn’t choose gowns that are too big or too small in size. Don’t ever make the mistake of choosing a gown that is smaller than your actual size, expecting that you will shed several pounds closer to the time you have to wear it. Just in case you don’t, you will simply lose the chance to wear the dress you carefully chose for the occasion. Buy your actual size at the time you go shopping, and you can always have the extra fabric taken in, when you lose the extra weight. When wearing close-fitting gowns, we also recommend that you invest in some good quality shape wear to hide any unsightly bumps and sport a fantastic, trim figure instead.

This gorgeous Mori Lee 726 evening gown in lace, for example, features a slimming fit and flare silhouette. To bring out the actual beauty of the dress, you should either have a perfect hourglass figure, or wear shapewear underneath to tuck in any flab you may have around your waist or hips.

5.Choose colors wisely

As beautiful as a dress may be in a picture or when on display, it isn’t necessary that it will be the best choice in color for you. When choosing formal evening gowns, it is always a good idea to only look at colors that match your complexion. Colors play a significant role in enhancing your overall look. They also have the power to do the opposite. Why should you want to wear a dress that makes you look pale or sick, when you could be wearing one that makes your eyes pop and your skin glow? Remember this when you go shopping, so you can stay focused even though you may be attracted to a dress in a beautiful color that may not work for you. Many dresses are available in more than one color. So you may like to look at the other color options if you absolutely love a particular design but the color doesn’t look great on you. Also, always try on the different dress options you have shortlisted. This will clearly reveal which one is best on you, rather than go by instinct.

This stunning red beauty, the J6074 from the Jadore collection is also available in pale yellow and black. So, you can satisfy yourself with the same design in an alternate color, if this dress doesn’t look as beautiful on you, as you would want it to.

6.Don’t always go for the trendiest

Trends come and go with startling speed. Unless you don’t mind your gown looking outdated in few months, it is best to buy dresses that aren’t too trendy. Choosing dresses with features that are always in style, will allow you to use it for much longer. Specific prints, styles and embellishments can quickly lose their charm, and you may not find it appropriate to wear this dress in a year’s time. Some of the safe choices that are bound to always be fashionable include the following.

  • Sweetheart necklines where the neckline gently follows the natural curves of the bust.
  • V-necklines have and will always be popular because of their universally flattering style
  • Cap sleeves are romantic, whimsical and a versatile choice for many types of figures
  • A-line dresses appeal to all women as they are a safe option that looks good on all body frames
  • Colors like black, white, navy and gold are always trendy

Here is a gown that will always be a favorite for several reasons. This Mori Lee 112 evening gown is a classic beauty, with a sweetheart neckline and an A-line silhouette. The criss-cross ruched bodice and gently shirred skirt, as well as the stunning navy color will always be festive and suitable for most formal occasions.

7.Choose the right fabric

The way a fabric drapes around your body and the natural flow it has, will impact the overall effect of the dress. While some fabrics like tulle are crisp and rigid, others like chiffon are soft and flow gently. The fabric you choose for your dress should be one that is suitable for your structure and height. If you are naturally very slim, a fabric that clings to you may make you look even more thin. If you are bulky, a crisp fabric structured to give more bulk to a dress may add extra pounds to your look. So, make a wise choice where the fabric is concerned. How the fabric is layered, and whether it features ruffles or similar dramatic elements, can also alter the overall look of the dress. Another factor to consider is the suitability of the fabric for the weather at the time you will be wearing the dress. Since you will most likely be using this dress more than once, also find out how it has to be cared for and cleaned. Certain materials like silk will require a great deal of care and you may have to dryclean it to keep it looking fresh.

This Mori Lee 106 chiffon dress with embroidery is suitable for functions in summer and spring, as the fabric is soft, lightweight and breathable. It is also low maintenance, making it an ideal choice for women who don’t want to spend too much time or money on cleaning it.

8.Choose to dress it up or down with accessories

While a great dress will do wonders in transforming you into a striking beauty, it is also necessary to choose the right accessories to complete your look. You can always dress your overall look up or down, based on the accessories you wear with it. As a general rule, if your evening dress has elaborate details, stick to minimum accessories to avoid a cluttered look. On the other hand, if your dress is relatively simple, you can dress it up with bold accessories that add the desired touch of drama. Apart from shoes, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, also consider clutches, hair accessories, scarves and belts or sashes to create an entirely different look. Other factors to look at when choosing the right mix of accessories, include the neckline and sleeve, as well as other design elements of the chosen dress.

This J6003 from the Jadore collection is a dress that can be accessorized in many different ways to create the look you desire. It is a lovely dress that will work by itself, as well as look great with the righ choice of accessories.

Best for Bride has dresses for women of all ages and sizes. We bring you a stunning collection of evening dresses to choose from. Visit our evening dress collection today to find out what fabulous dresses are available today. Also, the clearance and sale section will allow you to choose from the most attractive deals available. Take a look today, and we are sure you will find more than just one that you will love.

 

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Best bridesmaid style trends that your friends will love

Your wedding is fortunately at a time when a stunning variety of bridesmaids dresses, accessories and styles are available. This widens your choices and allows you to pick the best and most stylish options for your bridal party.

Your bridesmaids are all unique. So, their dresses and accessories should also reflect this uniqueness. Although it used to be a common practice to dress bridesmaids to look the same, this is no longer a trend. One-of-a-kind bridesmaids dresses that come together beautifully are a delightful sight. Add the finishing touches with accessories that pop, and your bridal party will look stunning. Not only does this speak eons of your taste in fashion, it also shows that you want your bridal party to be happy. Let their personalities shine through the dresses you choose for each of them. This will make the day extra-special and very memorable.

In today’s round-up, we take a look at the most stylish options of all times in bridesmaids dresses. As fashion trends change every day, these are styles that never lose appeal. Enjoy the tour and don’t forget to tell us which of these trends you will choose for your bridal party.

Enigmatic florals

Spring or summer, floral prints are never out of style. In fact, the Fashion spot suggests floral prints are a classic favorite that never go out of style. Whether large or small, floral details on a dress are always feminine and romantic. Perfect for garden weddings, these prints can easily be tied to any theme. Floral bridesmaids dresses have taken on varied forms and in every imaginable color of the spectrum. We have of course, always been fans of soft and subtle watercolor florals. At the same time, pastel and neutral backgrounds and bright blooms on shimmering fabric have been equally appealing. The dresses are even more delightful when paired with features like fluttery sleeves and ruffles. Floral prints also look beautiful on both long and short gowns. Here is a sample.


This printed chiffon gown from the Mori Lee bridesmaid collection is stylish and feminine, with its sweetheart neckline, off-the-shoulder neckline detail and side slit. The floral details add a whimsical touch, making the dress perfect for an outdoor wedding.

Silky slip or sheath silhouette

Figure-hugging and sexy, slip and sheath dresses look amazing in silky fabrics like satin. Choose dark jewel tones and your girls will look their glamorous best. This style that was in the limelight in the ’90s is just ideal for formal weddings.  The dress exudes sophistication and the slinky look can take several years off the woman who wears it, especially when it is in satin. Pair sheath and slip dresses in solid colors with accessories to match your color theme and create a cohesive effect.

This shift dress from the Alfred Angelo bridesmaid collection has a halter neckline that adds to its fun and flirty look. Simple and youthful, the dress falls over the natural curves, with the drape along the hemline wrapping around the silhouette. Pair it with shoes and jewelry in the color of your choice, and you have a stylish choice that will make your girls love you a little more.

Tea-length gowns

Neither long nor short, this is the ideal dress length that all your girls can carry easily. Tea-length dresses look lovely without revealing too much skin. They also have the sophistication to suit semi-formal events. The dress style goes very well with most wedding themes. You have an amazing variety of options to choose from, to match it to the bridal look. Dresses in airy fabrics like chiffon, lace and tulle look best for this length.

This beauty from the Mori Lee Tulle Affairs collection is sure to impress your bridesmaids. The textured bodice contrasts well with the satin waistband and layered tulle skirt. The length is just right for your girls to carry comfortably and look elegant. The classic scoop neckline with spaghetti straps is refreshingly feminine, and the dress is available in various colors.

Tiers in the skirt

Tiered skirts have been popular in bridal fashion.. This feature is just as attractive in bridesmaids outfits. Not only is it a romantic detail in a dress, it is a refreshing change to very simple dress styles. Light fluttering tiers in airy fabrics like chiffon look very beautiful. Your girls are sure to welcome this dress style that is dramatic, but not overwhelming. Whether done in asymmetric fashion for a modern twist or simple, tiered dresses are amazing and bound to make your bridal party photos interesting.

Despite the simplicity of this gown, this Mori Lee bridesmaid dress packs a punch. The even tiers in the skirt evoke interest and make the dress one of a kind. The texture in the skirt balances out the monochromatic color and also diverts attention from the simple bodice.

Romantic rose gold sequins

Replace pretty pastels, unobtrusive neutrals and monochrome dresses with the bling of rose gold. Bridesmaids dresses embellished with rose gold sequins are very dressy and will make your girls shine like stars. The soft tint of rose gold looks good on most complexions. The other good thing about this choice is that you needn’t worry about accessories. In most cases, the dress will be a statement piece by itself. Additionally, the light color blends well with most themes, and almost acts as a neutral. Opt for dresses with rose gold sequins only in the bodice, if you don’t want too much bling.

Here is a ravishing sweetheart sheath with rose gold sequins all over, from the Alfred Angelo collection. The silhouette as well as the sparkling embellishments make this dress a winner. Choose it for a banquet venue or a country club, and it will shine at either location.

Also take a look at the dress below, that features rose sequins in the bodice alone. The embellished empire bodice contrasts beautifully with the smooth finish of the rest of the dress. This has a fun and flirty look and is ideal for semi-formal and casual weddings. This dress is also from the Alfred Angelo collection.

Interesting back details

We cannot think of a single bride who doesn’t love dresses with amazing details in the back. This design factor immediately draws focus to this angle of the dress, and adds to the glamour. While brides have intricate and very interesting details like illusion backs and keyhole cut-outs, bridal collection designers haven’t forgotten about their best friends either. Bridesmaids dresses that feature interesting back details will be loved by your girls. Most ready-made dresses feature details in sheer fabric and are combined with textured bodices for a beautiful effect. There are also designs with open backs, crystal and beaded embroidery and similar details that add style to the rear angle.

This Mori Lee bridesmaid dress has a diamond shape cut-out in the back. The detail is crafted in lace, and is the statement feature of this dress. Since the cut-out makes the dress interesting from the rear angle, consider highlighting it with a hairstyle like a high bun that keeps the hair off their shoulders. With a bateau neckline in the front, this feature adds an interesting element to the otherwise simple dress.

Jewel tones for warmth and drama

Jewel tone colors are always more attractive than plain hues. The deep richness of these colors will add an air of sophistication to the overall outfit. Hence they are perfect for adding more color to your wedding palette. The refined shimmer of jewel tones also makes it easier to match the dress to any complexion. Like this article on the Oprah website suggests, jewel colors make everyone look more radiant.  This will make it easier for you to find colors that work for most of your bridesmaids. It is also easier than working with pastels and plain shades.

This mulberry colored dress from the Mori Lee collection is exquisite for its jewel tone. Imagine the same dress sans the shimmer and you will understand how simple it would be in comparison. The rich and bold color is what makes this dress stand out and look vibrant.

Flutter sleeves

Flutter sleeves are ultra-feminine and flatters women of all sizes and shapes. The length and texture can be customized according to individual body types. This is a feature that will add a romantic vibe to your wedding scenery. It is suitable for both full-length and short dresses. While adding a modest touch to the outfit, flutter sleeves are also youthful. Soft, fluttering sleeves in airy fabric like chiffon look beautiful on dresses with ruffled details in the bodice and skirt.

The fluttering sleeve on this off-the-shoulder gown from the Mori Lee collection adds a vintage feel to this bridesmaid dress. The fluttering sleeve extends into a ruffled neckline, which is the signature element of this beautiful dress. Soft and romantic, this is a dress your bridesmaids will look lovely in. Don’t be surprised if they choose to wear it more than just once.

All-white setting

All white palettes are a safe option for your wedding. Instead of searching far and near for the perfect color for your bridesmaids,dress them in white. Then choose accessories for accent colors that tie to the palette. White bridesmaid dresses look classic, and are relatively easy to match to the bridal look. Also, white is a universal favorite that flatters every complexion. Why would wedding dresses otherwise be in white? Whether you pick your bridesmaids dresses in soft chiffon, beautiful lace or crisp organza, the color or lack-of it is bound to work seamlessly with the rest of your wedding theme.

How adorable is this cute white bridesmaid dress from the Alfred Angelo collection! The ruffled bodice and illusion neckline work in harmony with the gathered A-line skirt. The waistband adds a pleasant pop of color to the all-white dress. It is very girly and this dress would look beautiful at a semi-formal wedding.

Sleek silhouettes

As fashion edges towards minimalist and crisp, clean lines and sleek silhouettes are the rage. After all, bridesmaids do not need frumpy, frilly dresses to look great. Instead, smart and sleek silhouettes are stylish and attractive. Slim-cut skirts, fitted tops and clean necklines with minimum embellishments look great in simple colors. These are especially smart in grays, browns and black. They can be paired with colorful accessories and bouquets for a perfect Pinterest album.

Simple and elegant, this no-fuss dress from the Alfred Angelo is classic and perfect for any wedding theme at all. While the dress features a dipped halter neckline, it also has a gathered waistline and fitted silhouette. The skirt is softly fluted to create asymmetric draping over the body. The back features a racer-back detail. It is the statement element of this dress.

We hope you enjoyed this collection of dresses for bridesmaids. All these designs are from our bridesmaids dress collection at Best for Bride. So, which of these design styles do you love the most? Tell us in the comment section below.

Whether you have a traditional and classic wedding on the cards or intend to have an edgier, modern theme for your special day, find all that you need at Best for Bride. Check out our wide array of bridal dresses to interesting bridesmaid dresses, accessories, dresses for the mother of the bride and more. For more details on our inventory and services, visit the Best for Bride website.

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Our favorite trends in evening dresses this year

If you are going shopping to pick an evening dress or two for your social engagements this holiday season, let us prepare you for your shopping experience with what looked to be the most happening and interesting trends this year. We have also lined up some dress suggestions that you can look at, and these are all from our bridesmaid and evening dress collections at Best for Bride. Don’t forget to let us know what you like from these, and whether you do indeed choose any of them.

Colors

Spring and summer 2016 introduced us to the neutral color palette of pink and brown. Subtle versions of pink including dusty pink and peach, that aren’t too loud are perfect colors for evening wear if you don’t want to look too bright or bold. Plus, these neutral colors can be the perfect backdrop for some fun and dressy accessories. So, if you have that perfect bold clutch to show off or a stunning necklace, you know what would look good with it.

Now, if you want to make a stunning appearance, you could always consider bubblegum pink which was hot on the scenes last summer. This can certainly color up the scenery, but it may not really be right if you want a serious and refined look. Here is a bubblegum pink dress from the Alfred Sung evening dress collection. The added details like the up and down hemline add more spunk to the bright and vivid color that it features.

The other cool color (literally cool!) palette this year was deep blue color, and the colors seemed to pop with the iridescent highlights. What a stunning fashion statement! Bright pops of effervescent embellishments against deep dark water colors are undoubtedly a winner, don’t you agree? So, make sure your wardrobe has a perfect blue or green, that will allow you to step in and steal everybody’s attention.

Now, let us tell you exactly what we meant by deep sea colors with iridescent highlights with you this showstopper from the Jadore evening dress collection. What do you think of the scintillating effect of the top?

Our next picks are sunset hues like sunny vermillion and zesty orange which were featured on the catwalks and are always great reminders of spring and the wonderful tropics. Wondering whether it is a good idea for winter? We say go for it, as it will be different. Pair it with some colorful accessories, and you can nail that festive look that is perfect for any celebration. Also remember that deep oranges like clementine and browns are still pretty much in style and you can always turn to these as a safe bet. Since these colors look great on almost any skin tone, you couldn’t possibly go wrong. How refreshing is this sunset orange dress featured in the Social Bridesmaids collection. You can find this and many more attractive sunset hues in this collection at Best for Bride. 

Prints

Oversize prints and florals in either retro-inspired style or small and delicate Garden of Eden designs were all the rage last spring and summer. Equally attractive were color block prints, but remember that this year, color blocking has taken a new dimension with monochrome bold stripes and rainbow colors. Here is a captivating black and white striped gown from the Alfred Sung evening dress collection that is unique and distinct with the style and placement of the stripes on the sateen fabric.

Isn’t it just a fact that bold color combinations can make a huge impact, and why limit yourself to one when you can wreak havoc with many colors at the same time. So, go with color blocking in this years style, and you will be glad you did it.

Graphic prints and oversize motifs in bold statement colors are still hot. So, if you want something that is loud and daring, don’t hesitate to pick out a dress with a loud motif that screams for attention.

Graphic floral prints have been fashioned out of wide lace to make this Jadore evening dress a sensational beauty. You can find this in our evening dress collection, and remember that it is also available in red with the same design, if that is the color you favor.

A tip for your casual wear choices as well. Denim with needlepoint embroidery seems to be back, with both menswear and womenswear collections featuring it a lot. So, take a cue and update your jeans collection with at least one that features it, for a trendy look.

Patterns and Styles

Many interesting and unusual changes have popped up in the style section. Fluidity in structure was the focus this year, with many designers celebrating the natural womanly shape with loose flowing garments. Maxi dresses with loose fits and peasant dresses were an interesting trend. These are perfect for both indoor and outdoor functions. We loved how the dresses were made suitable for both formal and informal occasions through the appropriate use of fabric. While silk was the choice for formal functions, cotton and gauze made similar designs comfortable and good for outdoor and casual events.

Now, here is a fluid full-length dress from the Jadore evening collection in a sheath silhouette that courses along the natural curves of the wearer. We love the delicate and feminine effect from the soft flow of the fabric and how it is further enhanced by the spectacular addition of lace in the right places.

So, if you have a beach wedding to attend this year, it may be a good idea to revisit last year’s maxi trend and choose a dress that will look dressy even while being casual and comfortable.

The other popular dress styles were A-line skirts and asymmetrical hemline dresses that ended between mid-length and calf. Perfect for cocktail parties, these designs are cool and chic, and look good whether they are in prints or plain.

This Mori Lee evening dress features an unusual up and down hemline that makes it both casual and chic, flirty and fun. Perfect for that fun evening out with your girls, don’t you think?

We have also noticed that the neatly pleated style is back on the scene. The refined and clean look that is part of this design seems to appeal greatly to women who want a polished look. Perfect to go with a neat updo or when you want to attend a formal function at work, this is perhaps the dress style that will help you nail the look. Don’t you think this pleated dress from the Jasmine dress collection is worth your attention?

The off-the-shoulder style is still a big hit, and you would definitely look sultry and romantic in a dress that features this style. When the off-the-shoulder style is combined with a long gown it has a sophisticated charm, while it looks stylish and glamorous in a shorter version. Either way, we think that this is a definite style that will continue to be favored for a long time. So don’t hesitate to grab a dress in one of the colors we mentioned previously and look both trendy and beautiful for the occasion you will be attending.

Splendid and sexy, this Mori Lee beauty is a masterpiece for more than just the off-the-shoulder feature on it. The asymmetrically ruched bodice and the scintillating waistband are the other interesting elements that make this dress a total hit.

The other style that is really trending is the Goddess style dress. Don’t you love the one-shoulder dress that has always looked romantic and mysterious? With a dress that focuses on enhancing your natural beauty, while still adding an ethereal charm with delicate and unique features such as a draped bodice or one-shoulder strap, this is a definite winner. Choose a longer version if you want to look formal, or go with a shorter skirt or one with ruffles all along if you would prefer to be playful and effortless in what you wear. Take a look at this dress from the Jasmine evening dress collection.

Accessories

The same colors that we discussed above are the top choices in dress accessories. Brown and muted pinks are subtle colors that look great with almost any dress. They allow you to tone down your overall impact, when your dress is really vibrant. Apart from this, the deep sea hues are also seen dressing up large clutches and also adding extra glamour to earrings, necklaces and shoes with the iridescent effects that we talked about earlier. These effects are exquisite and match an outdoor beach setting, as well as look great at winter holiday parties. Now, if you know your friend has a nautical theme party, you know what you need in the accessories department to get your look just right for the theme.

Metallic Moody Blues Demi Parure Set
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Warm yourself up when you step outside in oversize fluid coats, which were all the rage on the runways last year. Not only are they cozy, they go well with most dresses making it a versatile outer wear choice. Wrap cardigans and sporty culottes were also a fashion statement, however they are appropriate only when the occasion you will be attending has a casual vibe. The other style icons are trucker jackets updated with fringing and embellishments.

Details we loved

When choosing a dress, you needn’t go with the latest trends all the way, just a few statement features are all that is required to help you stand out of the crowd. These are what the details of a dress can achieve with ease. Let us now look at the various details that we loved from the dresses we have been seeing last year.

Ruffles are one of the most attractive features that adds extra personality to any dress. We have seen ruffles come and go, but its been in the main scene most of last year. So, it may be a good idea to stick to ruffles as a fashion element in your dresses. The fun thing about ruffles is how they can be used to change the overall impact of a dress. By adding it in the right locations and adequately, we have seen ruffles dramatically alter the look of a dress from formal and sophisticated to casual and elegant. Ruffles may appear either in the neckline, sleeves, bodice or skirt of the dress. Then again, it can be added in moderation or luxuriously. You can choose this based on whether you want to look fun or serious. Either way it is undoubtedly a very feminine and romantic element, so it is one that you should definitely try.

Have a look at this ruffled dress from the Jadore collection, and you will soon realize how dramatic ruffles can be.

Black and white continue to be eternal favorites, but white this time seems to have taken an entirely distinct effect from what was ever seen before. Antique white, or parchment white is the new color on the scene, and you may like to consider it in moderate doses as part of your attire or in your accessories for a clean and crisp look that also exudes a vintage vibe.

The other notable fashion styles were the presence of eyelet holes on shoulders alongside the cold shoulder or off-the-shoulder style. This use of designs that show off skin in the shoulder area is both chic and youthful. If you want a fun flirty look with lots of spunk, you should definitely consider getting yourself a brightly colored evening dress with exposed shoulders and perhaps sleeves that skim the shoulders or with a number of straps that brace your arms for the perfect look this season.

We think that a dress like the Jadore gown shown here would do the job very well.

Hope you’ve found yourself enough inspiration to go shopping for your evening dresses soon enough. Check out our evening dress collection on Best for Bride for hundreds of more attractive designs and find dresses that will be just perfect for every occasion you have in mind.