Fashions for Proms

4 Season Party Dresses

Certain occasions call for a party dress that will live longer in your closet than on the dance floor. When you're a bridesmaid, a formal ball or prom, a one night dress is fine by me. For other occasions, the frugal fashion fiend in me asks, "Will you wear that dress again?" "Could it work at New Year's Eve and summer weddings?"

Why not? With the right neckline, fabric and cut, a party dress should look great charity galas, dances and cocktail parties. Here's four party dresses perfect to wear all year long.

Angled piecing alternates sequins and fabric to create a beautiful V neck dress from LaFemme. The drama continues on the back side with a deep V as well. This classic sleeveless dress silhouette looks current year after year. Mix textures by adding a faux fur caplet as you head into winter formal events. This dress will not sit in your closet often!

Not into sequins? Then try this belted party dress. With a deep V neck in the front and the back, you still get to show off your shoulder. Gracious gathers project a more romantic theme. To top it off, this sleeveless dress comes in under $50. At this price, you may want one in every color!

Available in silver or gold, this strapless party dress is a perfect choice for gala events all year long. With its origami flower at the waist and the pin tucks that swirl down the bodice and skirt, this semi formal dress is spectacular. I could easily see this as a bridesmaid dress for an evening wedding and rocking on the dance floor New Year's Eve.

With its sheer drape, this one shoulder party dress catches a rising trend. Gentle rucheing at the waist kicks the asymmetrical movement down the skirt. Beading emphasizes that movement, adding just a touch of bling. Choose from black, red or navy depending on the message this party dress should send: classic, powerful or fashion forward.

These are definitely fun and versatile dresses. Looks like my New Year's resolution should be to invent more parties!

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