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"How to Find the Perfect Formal Evening Gown"

Formal evening gowns are the appropriate fit for formal wear, prom, homecoming, bridesmaid and 'black tie attire' occasions. They come in several gorgeous styles but usually share a similar trait which is the length: Long, swiping the floor.

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Black prom formal evening gownYour choice of evening gown should depend on the formality of the event. If it's a conservative and formal occasion then covering up your shoulders with a shawl is a must. Otherwise you can go for sexy styles (such as side split, side cuts) that show off more skin and demand attention.

Dark colors are popular and acceptable choices for formal attire because they portray a sophisticated and classy image. But again, it depends on the formality.Yellow jovani prom formal evening gown Also if you want to stand out from the crowd you can wear evening gowns in just about any color - or print for that playful summer look.

It might be a little tricky to pull off the long gown-look because if you don't pick the right style for your figure, it just won't look right. The trick is to find a gown style that will bring out the best in your body fiure and minimize the parts you're not too confident about.

Basically, work with what you've got - your and height.

Here's a look at what styles and trends you should invest your money in - plus fashion advice on how to select the perfect evening gown to flatter your body figure, coloring and personal style:

Set a Budget

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The first step is to set a budget. You'll find evening gowns in a variety of prices, ranging from $20 to $2000 depending on the dress' 'exclusiveness'.

Also leave some extra money for accessories such as a pair of high heels, , makeup, jewelry, shawl and .

If you're looking for a bargain, it's best to look in the off-season. Summer and winter (around January) are the best time to get great prices. The flip side is that trends change and it may be considered 'outdated' by the following season.

Study the trends and see if there are any details that will continue to rock the stage throughout the year. It's always a wise thing to be thrifty but finding a bargain requires patience.

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