Holiday Formal Gowns


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How do you select that perfect holiday formal gown?
Soon your calendar will be filled with parties for the holidays. For some of those parties you are going to need a long formal gown. Which color will you select? Red has traditionally been the most popular color for formals for such an occasion. But, is it any longer? And, if it is, which shade of red is the best for you. It depends on your skin and hair color. Let’s see – we have, of course, Christmas red, tomato red, crimson red, blood red, reddish orange, scarlet, raspberry and a very special one this year is claret.

Every fabric takes dyes differently. So will scarlet satin be the same color as scarlet velvet? To get the color of your choice you will need to see the fabric from which the dress is made. What is the fabric of choice for a holiday party dress – satin, velvet, taffeta, jersey, chiffon, georgette? The type of fabric depends on the style of dress. Should you purchase a formal gown that is sleeveless or with long or short sleeves, boat neck or scoop neck, full skirt or straight skirt, or how about a slinky from top to bottom? There are so many important decisions to be made as you want to look your most ravishing in your holiday party formal.

Another question – if you need a plus size formal gown where will you find one with all the style and finesse that you want in your very special gown? And, even another question – if you are looking for a more modest formal gown, will you be able to locate one that is contemporary and stylish? After all, you want to be shining in your festive dress also.

We mentioned other colors. What other colors are good for holiday parties? Black is always good, gold is smashing and green is very dazzling. There are several other colors that are available. Be bold and daring and choose the one that looks the best on you.

You can always be the lady in red, the glowing lady in gold, sparkling in green, or the mysterious lady in black. Which ever color, fabric and style you choose, remember, be sure the gown is comfortable and have a wonderful time at your party.

Happy Holidays!

Sue Gray

I have worked in formalwear for 20 years and still find it as exciting as ever. Styles, colors, and fabrics come and go but the experience of selecting that perfect formal for that most important holiday party is still a thrill.


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