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    January 30th, 2014Alanna NelsonProm, Prom Trends

    Four hundred years ago, lace meant you were rich, religious or regal. With the advent of machine made lace in the 19th Century, the mere mortal could afford to decorate their dresses and home with lace motifs. From formal gowns to curtains, lace was everywhere. Perhaps too much of a good thing eventually led to lace being labeled old fashioned.  One thing’s for sure, lace is back on the runway.  For 2014, pairing lace with sheer panels makes evening dresses anything but old fashioned!

    5 Sheer Panel and Lace Dresses for Prom 2014

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    Dave and Johnny lace and sheer panel gown

    Red, white and sheer panels contrast to create a fabulous Dave and Johnny long mermaid gown. Sheer panels inserted at the midriff and lower shoulders and back are sexy touches.  Red lace is a powerful yet sentimental choice and the off white organza layers are truly ethereal.  Dave and Johnny blend trending features for a gorgeous evening gown.

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    Dave and Johnny short sheer panel formal dress

    Here, Dave and Johnny show the wide range of the lace and sheer panel trend. This short formal dress features elegant ecru lace that edges a sleeveless sheath.  Its expert lining and scalloped hem allows the full pattern of the lace to awe the crowds. If someone said a “large scale lace dress with beads”, would this be the picture in your mind? Kudos to Dave and Johnny for their interpretation!

    For a romantic interpretation of this trend, try this floor length Toni Bowls gown.

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    Toni Bowls lace and sheer panel gown

    Lace and beads embellish the portrait neckline and bodice, with sheer panels creating beautiful intrigue on both front and back. The full skirt, however, switches it up! Sheer organza covers a lace underskirt for a frothy finish to a beautiful formal dress.

    Buy Temptation lace sheer panel prom dresses from PromGirl

    Red lace and sheer panel long dress from Temptation

    Wow! Temptation created a body con prom dress by using those sheer panels effectively. They lengthen the torso of the sweetheart bodice. On the back, sheer panels provide the back drop of a simple yet strong placement of lace. It all adds to the sexy, powerful image perfect for any red carpet event. There’s attention to detail from the wide shoulder straps to the short train on this gorgeous formal gown.
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    Cassandra Stone for MacDuggal short prom dress

    Cassandra Stone for MacDuggal uses lace and sheer panels in an equally effective but much more playful way. The short ruffled open back dress strategically places sheer cut outs to let the lace pattern peek through at the waist and bodice. A long asymmetrical line of lace crosses the back like a floral swag. All of this tops layers of tight organza ruffles. This dress is definitely ready for a party!

    Which way would you wear the lace and sheer panel trend for prom?

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    January 28th, 2014Alanna NelsonDresses, Our Fashion Choice

    Chinese New Year, or spring festival begins on January 31. As the year of the horse looms on the horizon, it’s time to finish up old business, tidy up, reorganize your closet and your life! Are you ready to celebrate the Spring Festival? If so, put one of these red dresses to send your wishes of health, wealth and happiness!

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    Red sleeveless dress with keyhole opening

    A keyhole neckline and gentle gathers spread good cheer in this red sleeveless dress.  The keyhole motif repeats itself at the back neck, which has to be auspicious! Tiny beads embellish the empire waistline.  The full skirt and rich red are a great choice for parties and family celebrations. Think of the fun ways to style this dress for Chinese New Year!

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    Strapless red high low dress

    Stitched sequins create a scalloped motif on a white background, which contrasts nicely on this red high low dress . Who can resist a strapless dress for all of its styling options? The sheer fabric flutters in the high low skirt… reminding me of the lion dance you see at Chinese New Year parades. This is a great red party dress!

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    Asymmetrical ruffles distinguish a red one shoulder dress

    Even I can get motivated to tidy up if I know this one shoulder dress awaits me at the end of the work! The asymmetrical flounce captures a rising fashion trend. While you can’t see it in this photo, there’s a nice beaded brooch that sparkles at the shoulder. Here’s a sophisticated party dress that attracts good luck.

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    Auspicious lace flowers on a red dress

    Flowers are an important aspect in Chinese symbolism, so I had to include this red dress with a floral lace overlay. While this is a semi formal dress, for sure, I could think of many opportunities to wear this classic party dress.

    With Valentine’s day not long after Chinese New Year, these red dresses are an irresistible selection.  Which one would you choose?

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    January 26th, 2014Alanna NelsonProm, Prom Trends

    A prom dress in two pieces? Oh, yes, my dears, this is the year that the 3 piece tux meets the 2 piece dress. Start your ab crunches now, because gowns that show off a well toned midriff will be hot this spring. Here’s five prom dresses from Sherri Hill and Dave and Johnny to inspire your workouts.

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    Sherri Hill Long Midriff Prom Gown

    Sherri Hill leads the trend with a sleek blue two piece dress. This prom dress proclaims elegant opulence, yet in such an understated way. The long skirt flaunts a short train cut on the bias. Beads embellish the border of the skirt waistband and bodice edging. What a fabulous midriff gown!

    Shop PromGirl for Sherri Hill Polka Dot Midriff Dresses

    Sherri Hill Polka Dot 2 Piece Gown

    For a dose of pep and personality, there’s nothing like polka dots. With expert ease, Sherri Hill combines polka dots and sequins in this two piece long prom gown. The black sequin strapless bodice is a nice counterpoint to the white polka dot skirt. Choosing a longer train pushes this playful dress into the “formal with a touch of romance” category.  Texture and trend fits flawlessly into this prom dress.

    I’ve showcased this dress already, but Sherri Hill’s black midriff gown is worth a second look. All hail Cleopatra… this long prom gown is regal and totally body con.

    Sherri Hill Black midriff gown from PromGirl

    Sherri Hill beaded black midriff gown

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    Dave and Johnny lace 2 piece formal dress

    Prom dresses don’t need to be long to be formal. Take this short midriff formal dress from Dave and Johnny. The racerback midriff features allover lace.  The lace motif continues along the waistline of its full organza skirt. I love the way the large floral motifs cascade beyond the edges of the two pieces.

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    Sherri Hill Short 2 Piece Prom Dress

    Sherri Hill’s 2 piece short beaded dress is easy to wear and full of detail. Horizontal bands of beads take a curve at the bust line. Layers of organza create a short full skirt. You may not want to take this dress off… ever!

    Shop PromGirl for Dave and Johnny beaded midriff short formal dress

    Broken glass beading embellishes a Dave and Johnny short prom dress.

    Finally, Dave and Johnny mix midriff with broken glass beading for a spectacular white strapless sweetheart short prom dress. Actually, this little formal dress has removable straps, so you can wear it both ways.

    I could see myself using the bodices of these prom dresses to mix and match for parties later this year. Hmmm, maybe the two piece prom dress trend has another up side.

    So I guess I’ll see you at the gym! Haven’t ever done an ab crunch? Watch this video from the Mayo Clinic about how to do them properly.

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    January 24th, 2014Alanna NelsonProm

    Flirt Prom is the design child of Maggie Sottero, the international designer so respected in the wedding industry. Like her wedding dresses, Flirt prom dresses are known for their interesting details and fabulous fit from size 0 to 28. Unlike the wedding dresses, Flirt plays with the full color spectrum. Take a peek at these Flirt formal dresses….

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    Flirt’s pleated strapless long gown

    Pleats are used horizontally and vertically in this long strapless dress by Flirt. Horizontally, you’ll see them in the strapless sweetheart neckline and vertically in the floor length full skirt. Dividing the pleats is a beaded lace motif that wraps diagonally to create a diamond shape cut out at the lower back. This is a flattering dress for many body types.

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    Sheer panels, beads embellish Flirt’s one shoulder gown

    Capturing the asymmetrical trend, Flirt’s one shoulder prom dress uses sheer panels and beads to highlight lame fabric. Oh so body conscious, a short train adds extra drama. This formal dress reminds me of a lightning bolt! Choosing between violet, teal and fuchsia keeps the energy high. Jaws will definitely hang when you show up in this beautiful gown at prom!

    Lace with bling could describe Flirt’s strapless lace up long gown. An allover lace pattern begins at the sweetheart neckline contrasting with off-white or nude fabric (See * below). In typical Flirt fashion, no detail is left behind.  Beads accent the center of flowers in the lace pattern. With a riff on the corset dress trend, the lace up back closure parallels the lace appliqués that swing down the dress body.

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    Strapless lace corset gown from Flirt

    Just as I said that Maggie Sottero uses the Flirt Prom Gown collection to play with color, let me point out that white plays a key role this season. Take this strapless lame dress: brilliant, great detail… insouciant (how’s that for French vocabulary? In case you’re studying another language, that’s carefree).

    Flirt lame prom gowns from PromGirl

    White lame strapless formal dress from Flirt

    Well placed gathers, a long front slit and a short train make an elegant impact. Flirt plays with the lace up back in this beautiful prom dress as well.

    Ready to explore more? Check out the current stock of Flirt formal dresses at PromGirl.

    * My latest grouch? Fabric color classified “nude.” For Pete’s sake, not all of us are off white when nude.  I can only figure that choosing “nude” as a color name is blatant sexualization of product, or myopic world view. Neither is realistic in the long run. I hope this trend withers quickly.

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