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Formal Ball Gowns

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FORMAL BALL GOWNS

Formal ball gowns are among the most formal of all dress styles and truly the best silhouette to channel your inner modern day princess look, no matter if you are young or young at heart! Whether you are shopping for a White Tie event, Cotillion, Prom or a formal gala event, we have an incredible selection of gorgeous formal ball gowns in our collection this year from which to choose! You are sure to find the princess dress of your dreams at Christellas!

FORMAL BALL GOWNS COME IN A VARIETY OF FABRICS AND STYLES

The most popular fabric of all formal ball gowns is definitely tulle. In fact, some formal ball gowns have over 20 layers of tulle and 140 yards of tulle fabric to make the incredible full ball gown skirt! Tulle is a very easy fabric to hem since it just requires precision cutting. We recommend using a professional tailor for altering the hemline of a tulle gown, however, no sewing is required to do so - just expert even cutting. Tulle fabric comes in several varieties as well. Plain tulle and sparkle tulle are favorites for formal ball gowns.

Formal ball gowns come in a variety of fabric options in addition to tulle. Taffeta remains a favorite fabric for those who want a traditional look or a skirt with pick-up which is like tuckpointing for fabric where the “pick up” creates a cascading-like divot in the fabric. Taffeta has a wonderful structural quality that is on the stiffer range of the fabric profile and this structured look creates a look of formality that can only be achieved with taffeta.

Chiffon formal ball gowns usually have full crinoline underskirts and are most often worn with a 4 or 5 ring hoop skirt slip. Chiffon by nature does not have any structure to the fabric, so a hoop skirt is required to create the full skirt expected in a ball gown.

Another favorite fabric for formal ball gowns is organza. This fabric has lasted the test of time and we see organza ball gowns every year. This classic fabric has a beautiful sheen that catches the light in every direction and looks like it is softly spun silk, almost like a spider web in a solid fabric. Organza is also has an opaque or translucent value that shows layers wonderfully. This beautiful and elegant fabric is timeless to create your ball gown look.

2016 brings an extraordinary spin to the formal ball gown scene with the emergence of satin skirt ball gowns oozing with loads of fabric and a sexy thigh high slit to showcase your leg as you walk. Many of these satin formal ball gowns have a ruffle hemline that creates extra structure to and helps maintain the ball gown full skirt look. We always love the look of a new style, if you are looking for the combination of sexy and princess, this is the perfect go to look for you!

Here’s a little note on the fullness of formal ballgowns from our stylists….You may LOVE the fit and look of a formal ballgown, but if the fullness is a little much for you, check out the possibility of removing some of the petticoat underneath, which tames the fullness, so you get the look you love without the fullness. It’s a little trick we learned from countless in-store appointments and fittings.

One style element prevalently used in formal ball gowns is the lace up back. This lace up feature allows for you to get an almost precision fit without alterations. This lacing feature can also be known as a corset style back. You can use our Dream Dress Filtering Tool on the category pages to pick and choose style and feature options that you desire in your formal ball gown. Lace Up back is an option you can use to sort the dresses should you desire a corset back for your dress for the best possible fit.

What we love about formal ball gowns is the way you stand out among the crowd, wearing the most formal of gowns with extraordinary grace.

FROM PETITE TO PLUS WE HAVE YOUR SIZE

We carry formal ball gowns in sizes 00-24 regular and 14w-30w plus size. To verify sizing, please make sure to check the product page in the description box. most styles have availability in all size ranges, however some plus sizes are only available by special order and you will want to allow UP TO 10-12 weeks for special orders. We welcome your call to verify current stock on plus sizes.

With so many dresses from which to choose, we know questions arise. Please chat box us or call to get your questions answered. Your event is special to you and important to us. We want to help you find your perfect gown to make an incredible style moment. Formal ball gowns are among the most special of all the styles and we want you to feel equally special in your dress at your big event! Let us help you make your dress dreams comes true!