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    August 30th, 2013Alanna NelsonDresses, Our Fashion Choice

    Last season, leopard print fabrics sprinted down the runway as those of us watched from the forest edge. It’s back again this year. Did you dash out an buy a leopard dress, love at first sight? Perhaps you tiptoed into the fashion terrain with a leopard print scarf or handbag.

    Animal prints have become a background statement. Some see it as wardrobe neutral that evolves into a design aesthetic, where layers of color and texture create a rich palette. Leopard print’s not just for smoky late night lounges any more. Designers are playing with the animal prints, creating innovative takes on a once offbeat fabric choice. Here’s 5 interpretations of the leopard print dress.

    Leopard print dresses from Simply Dresses

    One shoulder leopard print dress

    Starting with a classic one shoulder dress, style this short knit dress with simple, bold accessories in a solid color (black, gold and bronze are staple choices, but what about emerald or turquoise?). Although I’d be hard pressed to wear this to the office or on campus, put this leopard print in the party dress category.

    If there’s a formal gala, reception or dance in your future, take a peek at the high low gown from Temptation.

    Temptation High Low Formal Gowns with Animal Prints at PromGirl

    Sequins and ruffles on Temptation’s high low formal dress

    Ruching, ruffles and sequins give the animal print a new flair. Choosing a palette like turquoise or purple moves you away from the traditional leopard print stereotypes.

    Semi Formal Animal Print  Party Dresses from PromGirl

    A removable tulle skirt makes this semi formal dress versatile

    If there’s a semi formal special occasion or dance in your future, take a look at this leopard print dress with removable tulle skirt. The strapless dress is available in traditional leopard colorway, black and white and fuchsia.  Once the big event is over, take away the tulle and you’ve got a great layering piece added to your every day wardrobe.

    Shades of silver wrap around this sweetheart strapless animal print dress.

    Strapless silver animal print dress from PromGirl

    Silver and grey animal print dress

    Not only is the animal print reinterpreted in black and white, but the ruffles drape smoothly without a lot of gathers. This is a great dress for fall dances!

    Finally, return to the traditional animal print dress but add contemporary black accents and a ruched bodice. It shifts a strapless style to one shoulder styling.

    Animal Print Party Dresses from Simply Dresses

    Animal print one shoulder dress

    Leopard print dresses are running off the racks.  What do you think about this new “wardrobe basic” print?

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    August 29th, 2013Alanna NelsonOur Fashion Choice

    The trends speak clearly: Emerald green is the color of the season. A fantastic transition color, this jewel tone’s energy brightens cooler days. It’s high time for emerald to be fashion’s color of choice: it represents hope, prosperity and healing and I think we’re ready for that! Take a peek at the ways designers play with emerald dresses this season.

    MacDuggal emerald green semi formal dresses at PromGirl

    Illusion panels and silky drape make a beautiful semi formal dress

    Illusion panels provide the backdrop for beautiful lace and beading on the bodice of Mac Duggal’s emerald party dress. So cool to see the way he incorporated the front bow into the high waist. Sleeveless, this semi formal dress definitely looks poised and oozes élan.

    emerald green jersey dresses at Simply Dresses

    A slim silhouette in this jersey knit dress for fall

    Since not all of us (!) party every day, try this emerald jersey dress. Mixing leopard with green gives this print dress an extra kick. Cap sleeves makes it an easy piece to layer, and the long, slim silhouette follows runway styles.

    Budget Emerald Green dresses at Simply Dresses

    Color Blocking in faux leather and emerald

    What about faux leather and emerald? This sleeveless color block dress is an edgy way to wear green. It has a scoop back and is budget friendly to boot… a perfect way to hit the trend without breaking the bank. I could see myself wearing this knit dress day or night.

    Emerald will definitely be on the streets this fall, blending with other trends. Try it! You may find more hope, wisdom and love in your life.

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    August 26th, 2013Alanna NelsonOur Fashion Choice

    Even if you don’t have a red carpet or gala event in your future, choose from a fantastic selection of open back semi formal dresses for homecoming, fall formals and dances.  I’ve got the motto: “Bare your back in a fabulous new dress.” Ok, that  may not be as original as some of these open back dresses…

    Mori Lee Open Back Semi Formal Dresses at PromGirl

    Beads along the deep V back sparkle on this lace semi formal dress.

    A beaded deep V back and gorgeous lace make a sophisticated cocktail dress from Mori Lee. The nude lining highlights the lace, available in either black or royal blue. The beaded edging swings up over the shoulder and across the portrait neckline.  At the waist, the ruched fan is also decorated by beads.  Mori Lee does it again!

    La Femme Beaded Semi Formal Party Dress from PromGirl

    Beaded open back dress from La Femme

    A double criss cross of beads dart across the back of La Femme’s flirty party dress. The full chiffon skirt is capped by a wide gathered sash, topped by a fully beaded sweetheart bodice. Available in 5 different colors, choosing the color may be the most difficult part of this open back dress.

    Scoop Back dresses at PromGirl

    Purple Open Back Dress

    A perfect plum, the exposed zipper and deep scoop back update a cap sleeve dress. You’ll shimmer on the dance floor in this sassy floral lace dress.  Available in sizes XS to XL and budget priced, here’s a homecoming dress that won’t break the bank but still catches the open back trend.

    Here’s another great dress under $100:

    Black Open Back dresses at PromGirl

    Lace trimmed open back LBD

    Enchanting! This lace edged open back dress give the standard lbd a spicy touch. I love the way the lace is not lined at the neckline and is fitted throughout. There’s so many ways to to style basic black that this semi formal dress could become your go to special occasion dress.

    Open Back dresses under 50 at PromGirl

    Fabulous cut out shoulders on this open back dress

    Cut outs on the tulip sleeves echo the back of this darling teardrop open back dress. Princess seams are always flattering in a fitted dress.  In either wine red, black or oatmeal, this is a great way to adopt a trend and not look like the pack.

    Now are you ready to bare your back in an open back dress?

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    August 23rd, 2013Alanna NelsonDresses, Prom, Prom Tips

    What do you think about the open back dress trend?

    Once considered a daring choice for the flat chested or rebellious fashion fiends, this season, you’ll find all kinds of open back dresses at formal and casual affairs. There’s nothing like an open back evening dress to create drama and grab attention at galas. With advances in lingerie, choose a backless bra with adhesive wings or low back converter to give you great support when you make your statement in these fabulous dresses.

    Cassandra Stone Open Back Evening Dress at PromGirl

    Cassandra Stone’s Red Open Back Evening Gown

    Cassandra Stone’s red lace open back evening dress is powerful and sexy. Lace frames the deep scoop back, contrasting with the satin train. The front bodice combines lined lace with nude sheer panels.  A kick of thigh peeks out of the high front slit, letting you enter confidently into any formal event or reception. Wow!

    La Femme prom dresses with open back at PromGirl

    La Femme Sweetheart Sequin Formal Dress

    If you’re not ready to bare your entire back, try this sequin sweetheart dress from La Femme, available in white or black.  The bandeau back lets you wear a strapless or backless bra.  A gentle gather at the lower back is edged with sequin motifs. These themes carry through to the front, where the ruched sweetheart bodice and side sequin motifs give a romantic mood.

    PromGirl sells Night Moves sequin open back evening dress

    Silver liquid sequins and beaded open back long evening dress from Night Moves

    Shimmering and elegant, Night Moves offers a timeless open back gown trimmed with beads. The liquid sequin fabric is stunning in either silver or black. From the beaded motif at the begins at the halter front, curving over the shoulders and surrounding your back, this classic line will look fabulous at proms, balls, galas and formal receptions for years to come.

    So what do you say?  Did you choose an open back evening dress for your latest formal special occasion?

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