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Formal Dresses

Today, formal dresses and gowns have branched out to include daring backless dresses, halter style dresses, one shoulder dresses, tea length dresses, and even the short-short formal dress, with hemlines cut high above the knees. What makes the short-short dress still formal is the elegance of the bodice and skirt and the lovely fabrics and colors, whether solid or patterned prints. Some floor length formal gowns have slits that go to above the knee, adding some peek-a-boo to a still very formal appearance. Formal dresses do not typically require lots of adornment, even if the dress itself is simple. A v-cut neckline may be enhanced with a sparkling necklace and complementary earrings, but a high neck gown can usually be without neck jewelry. Strapless gowns are striking with a choker necklace and sometimes a matching arm band. Bracelets can add some shine to a formal dress with spaghetti straps or short sleeves, but long sleeves do not require any wrist jewelry. You can wear a watch or bracelet over long sleeved gloves as long as it doesn’t clash with the formal gown. After your event is over, make sure proper care is given to your formal dress so that you will be able to wear it again if the occasion arises. Formal balls do not happen every day, but there may come a time when you get invited to a black tie affair and you can wear your prom dress again.

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