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What to Wear to Galas, Proms, & Special Events


by Ephraim Danforth – Store Director at WARDROBE the boutique.

Spring has sprung in Fort Bend County and so has the season for galas, prom and special events too numerous to mention. The hardest part of choosing the right gown is selecting one that is trendy, but not tacky; sultry but not too sexy; and most certainly- PERFECT for you. As someone who helps women and ladies navigate these waters on a daily basis I created a list of the top Do’s and Don’ts to consider for your next special event. Fashions shown can be purchased at Wardrobe the boutique in Sugar Land Town Square.

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I love color and so should you. Black is always appropriate, but it is no longer taboo to go bright and bold. This dress is a perfect example of how a classic, timeless silhouette can be updated with fresh prints and colors. Because of its classic silhouette this dress works well for a wide range of body types and ages; from the petite and curvy girl to the tall willowy gal. It’s also appropriate for the high school and college age group to the vivacious mother of the bride who wants something different.

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One of the sweetest looks out there for 2010 is also a new red carpet favorite: layers of sheer tiers. Taffeta, tulle, netting, and silks are completely sexy and feminine looking, whether they fall in soft pale short tiers or bold swatches of different colors.

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Bold, beautiful and backless. Exotic emerald animal print silk chiffon gown is accentuated with scalloped beading and emerald stones. Perfection coming and going. In the past, low cut fronts and high slits made a sexy statement, but now low backs are leading the pack. The only challenge when wearing a gown like this is minimal undergarments are a must.

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This is a lovely look for the prom, absolutely stunning. Embellished bodices dazzle from beads, charms, cut-outs, and detailed straps, while the skirts are just as dramatic — look for fishtail skirts, high-low hemlines, trumpet skirts and trains.

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One of the hottest prom trends for 2010 is to wear a short dress. Whether it’s a classic strapless cocktail dress or a slinky mini with a bubble skirt, this hot length lets you wear the dress and not vice versa. Since there’s less fabric, you can also choose a bolder print or color than you might otherwise feel comfy in — like the star’s textured dandelion sheath.

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4You’ll light up the night in silvery disco ball magic. Hand-sewn silver paiettes swirl over your curves on the way to the sexy short hemline. Utterly dazzling and so much fun! This dress is perfect for the woman who is not afraid to be noticed. Ladies with proportionate shape top to bottom are best suited for this style. Curves are sure to smolder in this hot number, but boxy ladies beware. A strapless dress like this will only accentuate the things you hope to hide.



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