Fashions for Proms

5 Beautiful Black Evening Gowns

Black is the absence of all color according to what we learned in physics, but wearing black embodies images of mystery, sophistication and poise. Choose from these five black long dresses and walk into next formal affair radiating strength and beauty.

A beautiful ruched bodice makes this one shoulder formal dressa dramatic choice for gala receptions, military balls or prom. An asymmetrical cut out highlights the direction of the gathers and is anchored at the waist and shoulder with jeweled accents. The skirt's sheer layers swoosh as you move. Strong and sublime describes the woman who chooses this long black dress.

Looking for a contemporary and powerful one shoulder black dress? A wide beaded white band tops this trim black evening gown. This time, the body of the dress is ruched, which masks any extra curves while still creating that sleek line. The long side slit adds to the drama. I love this dress in any of the available colors, and three more cheers for petite to plus sizes!

The jeweled neckline gives a special sparkle to this long black halter dress.Kicking the open back trend, this formal dress has a sexy racer back, baring the shoulders and eliminating the need for a strapless bra. The bias cut creates a flattering long skirt with a slight train at the back. You'll flow into the night with glamour and a certain savoir vivre in this formal gown.

What do you think? I can't decide if this strapless black gown is more beautiful coming or going. From the front, there's that femme fatale glamour in the applique at the lower hip. Multidirectional gathers are graceful and sinuous. At the back, the skirt is cut at a diagonal, which makes dancing and walking not only comfortable, but with a flirtatious shimmer. Va voom! You definitely want to meet anyone wearing this beautiful dress!

Last but definitely not least here is Alyce Paris' strapless beaded evening dress. This timeless style featured a v neck jeweled insert that simply sparkles in black. Its sweetheart neckline and empire waist is flattering in all sizes. And if black isn't your style, take a peek at the other color choices.

Showing up in black at your next formal special occasion and you won't be colorless in the crowd. Most of the formal gowns I've included are available in super small to plus sizes (about time!), so shop with ease for galas, balls, proms, pageants and formal parties coming your way.

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