Seriously, I blushed upon hearing “nude” as a dress color the first time. Call me prude, but my word association matches nude with being in your “birthday suit.” If you’re wearing clothes, how can you be dishabille? On top of that, my nude skin tone is different than yours, I’m sure. How can a dress be nude? Turns out nude can mean eggshell, blush, ecru, champagne, sandy or buff (had to giggle when I discovered that). So there’s a nude that can work for every skin tone, no matter which season your skin (take this quiz to find your skin tone). What’s certain: wearing nude formal dresses gives you an ethereal, sublime style. Look at these 5 shimmering nude formal dresses, both long and short.
Two of my choices are from La Femme, a perennial favorite in formal dresses. The first nude La Femme evening gown is strapless with sequin embellishments. Wear this and you’ll look like an angel. The sweetheart neckline has a bandeau appearance, thanks to horizontal lines of sequins that travel around the front and back of the dress, like rays of otherworldly moonlight. While this strapless dress is available in other colors, the nude version is extra special.
The second nude La Femme long dress plays with ruching and sheer panels for a bewitching body conscious effect. The jersey gathers down a deep v neck with woven straps crossing the torso. Sheer panels embellished with small rhinestones begin at the sides and sparkle around a bare back effect. All so it looks like you’re nude in nude, va voom! I love the way the fabric falls and its placement on this sexy evening dress.
Primavera uses draping to create a gracious open back dress. I’d call this floor length dress iridescent and shimmering rather than nude, thanks to the multicolor sequins that cover the dress body and cascade down the slim skirt. Here’s a formal gown that definitely channels a vintage glamour. The nude color way is my favorite but it is also available in pink or purple.
I do want to include both long and short examples of nude formal dresses. For those of you who are looking for a short dress for prom, spring formals or wedding receptions, get a look at these:
A metallic shimmer glistens on this one shoulder ruched dress. The nude spandex body will be comfortable and easy to wear, while the sheer sparkling top layer gives this short formal dress an elegant air. You’ll feel daring and confident in this nude number.
Sweet, sassy and nude could sum up this short Atria formal dress. Sleeveless, with a high neck and sheer panels, Atria adds lace appliqué and beads for a romantic yet audacious cocktail dress. On the back, they’ve placed the appliqué on sheer fabric to frame your back beautifully. This dress marches ahead confidently, but carries appreciation of the past with it.
So, there’s 5 variations where a nude dress looks fabulous. Would you blush if you went in a nude dress to your spring formal or prom? I’d love to get your point of view.Tags: Atria dress, La Femme, nude dresses, open back dresses, Primavera formal dresses, shimmer
March 6th, 2014Prom
Pleats wowed the runways in Paris, New York and Milan for Spring/Summer 2014. As you can imagine, long formal dresses are a perfect palette on which designers could play with the trend. La Femme and Riva and others interpret pleats in their lines this season, inspired by history as well as runways.
Marilyn Monroe wore the most iconic pleated dress in the last 100 years. Remember the “Subway Dress” from the Seven Year Itch? Mon Cheri captures that same glamour with its v neck pleated evening dress. This long formal gown isn’t available in Marilyn’s white, but is just as fabulous in rose, royal blue or turquoise. The pleated chiffon delicately defines the waistband, criss cross v neck bodice and floor length skirt for a on trend, feminine formal look in sizes 4-20.
Riva blends current formal trends this season mixing sheer panels and pleats. You could call this evening gown one shoulder, but sheer panels embellished with pearls actually create this sleeveless jewel neck dress. The low cut back is also covered with sheer navy fabric dotted with pearls that fastens at the neck to create a back keyhole. The sheer pleated skirt is the final touch of trend in one gorgeous long gown available in sizes 00 – 24.
La Femme’s pleated dress incorporates irregular pressed pleats for fullness in the A line skirt. The beautiful lace bodice is lined with tan sheer fabric on both front and back. Lace frames what appears to be an open back, but sheer inserts actually provide full coverage. There’s a lovely juxtaposition of history and edge in this evening gown.
My final long pleated dress choice looks to Mariano Fortuny for inspiration. Fortuny worked in Venice to create his trademark pleated confections during the beginning of the 20th Century. The flowing pleats were inspired by Classical art and adored by fashionable figures in Europe and North America. Mon Cheri’s one shoulder pleated dress brings this look to the 21st Century. The floor length satin gown features pleats on the bodice front and skirt, embellished with rhinestones at the side, and of course, in its asymmetrical back straps. What a gorgeous dress for spring formals or prom!
If you’ve already chosen your dress, you can still tote the trend with this darling clutch! Tags: La Femme, long formal dresses, Mon Cheri dress, pleats, plus size formal gowns, Riva
“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s and so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey and thank her for her guidance. And to Solomon, thank you for telling her story as well as your own.”
With that gracious introduction, Lupita Nyong’o accepted her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 12 Years a Slave. We accepted the arrival of a global, intelligent and passionate actress to Hollywood’s circle.
Lupita holds Kenyan and Mexican passports, an MFA from Yale and is fluent in 4 languages. Since her worldwide debut at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, audiences, media and the fashion world identified her as a rising star. Both Prada and Miu Miu chose her to be a face of the Spring/Summer 2014 lines.
Lupita embraces a classic style with a modern edge. Body conscious cuts and emphatic prints bring out her beauty. Here’s four evening gowns from PromGirl that Lupita would totally rock.
Metallic foil decorates a black one shoulder formal dress from Betsy and Adam.
La Femme’s classic trumpet gown goes edgy with stripes and an illusion skirt.
Available in 4 bright colors, white or black, Lupita would stand out in La Femme’s beaded cut out evening dress.
It’s all confidence in La Femme’s white cut out gown.
At the Oscars, she was declared best dressed in a pleated Prada gown inspired by happiness and champagne bubbles. That’s worth a blog post in itself!
While her fashion style is inspiring, Lupita’s world awareness and ability to speak to reality fuels her sparkle. Does her perceptive energy inspire you? I look forward to seeing where Lupita goes next!Tags: Betsy and Adam, La Femme formal dresses, Lupita Nyong'o, Oscars, red carpet
You can’t wait for prom! You (or your parents) have set a budget of $100 for your dress. Ideally, you want a floor length dress. Next step? Shop PromGirl for great prom gowns that are affordable and on trend. You’ve set your budget, now choose which trend you want…
Side Cut Outs
Here’s a long formal gown with side cut outs under $100. A sequin braid trims the lace panels that embellish front side cut outs. That same braid sparkles on the dress straps leading from the gathered bodice. There’s a center front keyhole cut out that’s difficult to see in this photo, but definitely adds allure to a formal dress. Black is a classic investment choice, but I think the royal blue version of the dress is very tempting.
This strapless lace dress has a sweetheart neckline and slim skirt. It’s a classic yet sophisticated prom dress profile. But the dress lining stops above the knee, letting the lace netting flow freely and showing off a bit of leg. This sheer effect is definitely a 2014 trend, with a twist. The focus is on your legs, not your torso. A wide black belt with the floral buckle sets off the dress beautifully! Once again, you’re under the $100 price point and you still get to have fun styling your look for prom.
PromGirl has oodles of long prom dresses featuring beads for less than $100. I chose this Night Moves formal dress for the wide range of available colors, the sweet cut out back and the back bustle. The cut is flattering, the keyhole at front and back is a nice touch. To top it off, it’s available in sizes 0 – 32.
Choosing just one example of a sequin long prom dress under $100 was not easy. In the end, I chose the most popular dress in the category when I used the PromGirl Quick Dress Finder, filtering for length, sequin styling and price point. Available in red or silver, this sleeveless sequin dress is only available in petite sizes. The jewel neckline helps you focus on choosing the right bracelet and earrings, as no necklace is necessary. A deep V back lets you show off all of those push ups you’ve done! Good discovery, bargain prom dress shoppers!
Which trend fits you the best? I can’t wait to see what you choose!Tags: dresses under $100, lace dresses, petite size prom dress, plus size prom dress, strapless gowns