Formal Dresses

Written by Ingrid Chen
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When it comes to picking formal dresses for special occasions, a wide and sometimes overwhelming variety exists for every event. Formal dresses are required or suggested for many events, from communions to high school proms. Narrowing down your options can be a daunting task, but there are several things you can keep in mind to make picking your formal dress a little easier.

Finding the Right Formal Dresses

First and foremost, what is the tone of the appearance you're looking for? Whether it is conservative or daring, it is best to find something classy and not too over-the-top. If you want something more modest but still fun, try a sleeveless or short-sleeved dress with a mock-turtleneck collar. If you are looking to go bold, look for formal dresses with a unique top cut, such as a boatneck collar that reaches from shoulder to shoulder. Additionally, instead of opting for a traditional hem, why not try looking for an asymmetrical hem?

Secondly, consider your price range. Expect to pay at least $100 for a dress with a high quality of tailoring and materials, or for a popular brand name. It's not hard to find something less expensive, though. If you're looking for value, don't limit your dress shopping to department stores. Try online stores or bridal shops, which regularly carry non-bridal dresses. Comparison shopping is always the best bet.

Lastly, and most importantly, it is always best to feel comfortable in what you are wearing. A safe method to follow is this: As you try on the dress, if you think you might not feel comfortable in any way, be it due to the color, cut or even price, chances are you won't be happy if you purchase it. Still can't decide? Go with the simple black dress--it's always a safe bet.


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