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    March 30th, 2014Alanna NelsonProm, Prom Trends

    While I jumped for joy as Celesia Orange became a trending color, pinky purple fumes of jubilation erupted all over the web when Pantone declared Radiant Orchid “Color of the Year.”  Orchids aren’t just for corsages and boutonnieres any more! When looking for a radiant orchid formal dress for prom, you’ll find that a simple color search is not always easy. The sweet and punchy mixture of pink and purple defy most color categorizations.  I’ve clicked around for you, looking for floor length gowns at both designer and budget price points. Imagine my surprise when my first favs were all strapless gowns!

    4 Radiant Orchid Strapless Dresses

    PromGirl Radiant Orchid long formal gown

    Strapless sequin formal dress in radiant purple

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    Radiant Orchid strapless print gown.

    For less than $150, glow in a radiant orchid stylish formal gown that features sequins and a detachable corsage. This long strapless dress has a sweetheart neckline, ruched waistband and a full   multi layer skirt. Notice how the dark sequin colors allow the radiant orchid fabric take center stage.

    Love a print that features radiant orchid? On the left, look how essentially the same strapless sequin gown plays with a large scale print. It, too, has a floral accent on the ruched waistband for a new look.

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    Alyce Paris strapless long sequin gown

    Alyce Paris gives radiant orchid a different perspective in a floor length strapless sequin gown available in sizes 00 to 32. Sequins on the sweetheart bodice contrast with the chiffon fabric, creating a dynamic duo or radiant orchid and silver. Both dresses have a ruched waist band and a full skirt, but the each have their own vibe.

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    Jump radiant orchid ombre strapless gown

    Don’t you love the woven ruched panels that criss cross the body of Jump’s strapless ombre evening dress? It is so beautiful, I just have to show front and back views, so you can see the beaded rhinestones trailing across the open back. With the ombre skirt, this is probably the least radiant orchid of today’s picks, but who can hide this beauty?

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    What a sparkling back view!

    With these strapless dresses, your wrist corsage could still contain orchids. Just choose other colors than radiant orchid, like green, yellow or white. Pantone definitely adds pizazz to this spring’s formal season.

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    March 26th, 2014Alanna NelsonOur Fashion Choice, Prom Trends

    When Pantone announced Celosia Orange in its palette for the Spring 2014 forecast, my heart jumped for joy. True, too much of a good thing can be overwhelming, but orange fills the room with happiness! Isn’t that what you want when you head out to prom, formals or that extra special occasion? Basically ignored recently in formal wear, it’s fun to focus on orange. Whether apricot, carrot or tangerine, there’s an orange floor length gown for everyone!

    Shop PromGirl Blush open back orange prom dresses

    Blush sheer panel beaded orange gown

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    Nika beaded orange evening dress

    Blush’s beaded halter gown mixes beads and the orange trend in an open back dress for 2014. Rhinestones and beads are sewn to a sheer panel, creating a jewel like sparkle to the halter neckline. This orange gown is a shade lighter than trending Celosia Orange, but the color mix is similar.

    Nika takes the same elements: beads, sheer panel and orange for a completely different vibe in this sleeveless evening dress. The copper rhinestones and coordinating belt create defined lines in a elegant formal dress. A cut out back echoes the front shaping, while the short train creates a flow behind the long skirt with center front slit. Notably, you can buy this formal dress in sizes 0 to 32!

    Blush formal dresses feature many shades of orange this season. I’ve chosen this strapless apricot high low gown for the flowing skirt and beaded accents. Doesn’t it inspire you to dance? Here’s another long dress available in petite or plus sizes.

    Orange is a powerful color, making it an excellent choice for a simple dress profile. Case in point? La Glow’s orange strapless gown.  The beaded sweetheart neckline creates a bandeau bodice. In the front, gentle gathers at the empire waist give you ease of movement. From the back, the line is clean and modern. Believe it or not, this long dress sells for under $100. Excellent use of color, line and your budget!

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    Blush apricot high low formal gown

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    La Glow strapless orange formal dress

    In Victorian times, the Celosia flower signified humor, warmth and happiness. Perhaps the debut of Netflix’s “Orange is the new black” last year brought orange to stylish fashion minds.
    Whatever it was, let orange ring! Let your strong, adventurous, joyous side shine when you wear an orange formal dress.

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    March 22nd, 2014Alanna NelsonOur Fashion Choice, Prom Trends

    Thinking about 101 Dalmations, how could I not follow my black and white dress picks without including a polka dot dress list as well? Love those spots!

    Sherri Hill and La Femme have great choices in designer formal dresses with polka dots.

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    Sherri Hill strapless polka dot trumpet gown

    Top of today’s list is a Sherri Hill strapless polka dot gown. The collection features several adorable, fresh takes on black on white. All are long with short trains, but I chose this trumpet gown for the drama. It was a toss up between this long dress and the 2 piece dress featured over the winter. Which is your favorite?

    Blending sheer panels and polka dots, La Femme’s modern vintage formal dress can go tough or tender, depending on your style. A sheer panel covers the open back which is so very 2014. That full, gathered skirt reminds me of “rock around the clock.” This dress was made for dancing!

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    La Femme black polka dot formal dress

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    Polka dot sheer panels highlight this knit jersey dress

    Polka dots embellish sheer panels in this knock out long jersey dress from Atria. While the sleeves give you complete coverage, those cut out panels at the waist are your chance to flaunt that figure you work so hard to get. This dress comes in a rainbow of colors, and not just black.

    Polka dots seem to pop up as a style trend every few seasons. These dresses are very 2014, and a perfect choice for your next formal dance or reception.

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    March 21st, 2014Alanna NelsonCelebrity Dresses, Prom Trends

    Have a I really not written a single post about black and white dresses? This trend sailed across the runways last fall, so it’s no surprise that black and white formal gowns are popping up everywhere. The new focus is just what I need to change my image of  black and white.  Reflecting my Disney-imbued childhood, you say black and white:  I say, “Cruella DeVil.” Cruella De Vil – Official Music Video – Selena Gomez on Disney Video When you look at  these 4 sharp, modern long black and white dresses, there’s nothing scary and everything irresistible.

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    Atria one shoulder formal gown

    Long horizontal panels of black and white create a dramatic statement in this one shoulder gown from Atria. The ruched body is forgiving, while the long side slit continues the long lean line. Notice the black and white braid that divides the dress body. There’s nothing evil about this formal dress! Black sequins artfully stitched on a white bodice give this Blush strapless dress  a modern touch. You may not match black and white with romantic, but this sweetheart neckline and the full floor length tulle skirt create a modern day belle of the ball vibe.

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    Blush strapless sweetheart ball gown

    Shop PromGirl Sherri Hill black and white prom gowns

    Sherri Hill white appliqué on black trumpet gown

    Applique white foliage meanders down this strapless Sherri Hill formal dress. With characteristic attention to detail, the white appliqué follows the sweetheart necklines, and the black tulle trumpet skirt trails onto the floor beautifully. A beaded one shoulder dress under $100 caps off my black and white picks today. This one shoulder dress is a timeless formal choice. Another ruched dress, that’s true, but the swoosh of white across focuses on your shoulders, a great smile and fantastic earrings!

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    Beautiful, black and white, under $100!

    The world is such a happy place now that black and white have a new icon!

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