An evening gown isn’t a garment that you wear every night, but when you are dolling yourself up to beauty magnificence to be the belle of the ball or the princess of the party, slipping yourself into just the right evening gown is definitely a glamour girl’s paradise!
You will shine in an awe inspiring evening gown when engaging in a special night on the town!
An evening gown is a long-flowing woman’s dress usually worn to semi-formal or formal affairs. Gowns are designed to be worn for night time events such as the opera, formal dinners, cocktail parties and evening wedding receptions.
As a general fashion rule, evening gowns are only worn at night; there are other types of formal wear for daytime occasions such as day weddings, day receptions and teas.
Evening gowns are usually made of luxurious fabrics such as chiffon, velvet, satin and organza. Evening gowns are typically associated with glamour and luxury and are designed to be highlighted with high quality jewelry.
Evening gowns most often appear at events like the Academy Awards in the United States, the opening of the society season in urban areas, and formal receptions.
In most instances, evening gowns are designed to be worn only once! So if you are covering your fabulous self in evening gown wonder, be sure to go all out with your nails, makeup, jewelry and hairstyle. Party like a spoiled, pretty princess!
Evening gowns differ from ball gowns in that ball gowns will always have a full skirt and a fitted bodice. In contrast, an evening gown can be any silhouette (sheath, mermaid, A-line, princess or trumpet shaped) and may have an empire or a dropped waist.
I find mermaid evening gowns to be the most attractive style of all gowns. Sexy and elegant all wrapped into one! Mermaid gowns actually fit snug around the hips and thighs, draping out around the ankles and blanketing the floor!
Evening gowns have their origin in the 15th century with the rise of the Burgundian court and its fashionable and fashion-conscious ruler Philip the Good. Rich fabrics and fibers were usually the domain of the nobility, and clothing was used as an identifier of rank and status. The dawn of the Renaissance slowly changed the rigid social rank system, and allowed wealthy Patricians and merchants to visibly display their success through their clothing.
I find these red and burgundy evening gowns to be absolutely stunning in such rich color!
Evening gowns can be distinguished from conventional or day dresses by two primary features:
- The Cut: The cut tends to be couture and in line with the latest fashions.
- The Fabric: Silk, velvet, chiffon, etc. and they may be richly embroidered or decorated with beads, sequins, jewels and other ornaments.
When the back of the gown is cut and styled as splendidly as the front of the evening gown, you will want to sweep long hair up off of the shoulders to show off your fabulous backside!
If you are following strict fashion etiquette rules on the nights that you are glamming yourself up to off the chart proportions, when the gown is worn to white tie events, the evening gown is generally more elaborate than when worn to black tie events. Special gowns for white tie invitations will be fuller, to match the “very formal” white attire worn by men.
When deciding on what shoes to wear with your evening gown, either a closed toe or an open toed high heeled shoe is acceptable, depending on the cut and the style of the dress. However, to achieve the ultimate glam look, I feel that you should wear as high of a heel that you are able to walk in without looking awkward, clumsy or wobbly on your feet.
Along with an evening gown, the higher the heel the higher the premium glam level!
For your purse, you will want to carry an evening clutch bag. No bulky or shoulder strap purses please!
Drape yourself in evening gown dazzle!
Quality meant for a queen!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work and her love of glitz and glamour into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at http://www.nancymangano.com, her author/style blog http://www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.