Fashions for Proms

Strapless Ball Gowns, Let me count the days

How often do we get to wear a ball gown? As little girls, perhaps we dressed up in "princess dresses," twirling around on imaginary ballroom floors a lovely strapless floor length gown, its full skirt pulling us in circles as we spun around.

Today, the opportunities to wear such magical long dresses might be few and far between, although a shopkeeper in the UK invented "National Wear a Ball Gown Day". We can wear a strapless ball gown on our wedding day, to charity galas, military balls, royal jubilees. Perhaps your family celebrates yourquinceaeraon your 15th birthday, and of course, prom. Here's 4 strapless ball gowns in which I would gladly dance all night:

La Femme's embroidered gold tulle gownreminds me of Cinderella's ball gown. Ok, not the Disney version, but the one in my mind. Light, airy, its embroidered motifs traveling down the full skirt like the sands of time, Cinderella's evening dress swirls as Prince Charming leads her around the dance floor. The opulent sweetheart bodice accessorizes best with her beautiful looks. I, unlike Cinderella, do not have tiny feet, so crystal slippers may not be the best choice!

Drama and beauty combine in Mori Lee's beaded ball gown. From the sweetheart neckline, sparkling clear beads darken to purple then scatter across the black tulle skirt. The lace up back creates a corset style evening dress. This ball gown is mysterious, elegant and enchanting, perfect for those who mix a touch of wicked with her sweet nature. Definitely not a typicalquinceaera dress, but still a gorgeous ball gown.Crazy, but I can't match this to an fairy tale princess. Who would you suggest?


Taking some of the same ball gown features, Mori Lee completely changes character in this ruffled long dress with beaded bodice. Is it perhaps one of the sisters in the 12 dancing princesses? The one who wears this strapless ball gown not only loves to dance, but her enthusiasm brings everyone onto the dance floor with her. Notice the beads sewn on to the ruffles, even near the edges of the floor length skirt. With the same corset lace up back and strapless sweetheart bodice, these two princesses would be welcomed at any prom or gala event.

"If I was a spider princess, she said, things would be different." Such are the words Brian Andreas' modern thinker in Still Mostly True. Toni Bowls captures this determination in an embroidered strapless ball gown. Pearl beads create a web like effect on the sweetheart bodice. An angled waist lengthens your torso and the bias cut skirt moves gracefully but without extra yards of material to carry around. I like the mixture of sweet interpreted in a confident, modern manner. Here's a ball gown for someone who wants to make a difference.

Sigh. It's definitely past midnight. Ball gowns are for special occasions. But thanks, PromGirlfor giving us such a wonderful selection of gorgeous long formal dresses for those magical, fairy tale nights.

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