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Formal Dress Patterns

By Sameer Vishwanathan

Not everyone of us is Cinderella whose fairy godmother could, with the twirl of the wand, find her glass slippers and a gown more gorgeous than any made in the lands far and near. Normal human beings have to depend on malls and designer clothing from boutiques (if we have enough money), for that perfect dress that will make us the belle of the ball. But how do we choose that perfect dress? How do you know which design befits a formal occasion? Here is a quick guide on the formal dress patterns that you could opt for if you are fed up of searching high and low for the perfect formal dress.

Evening Formal Dress Patterns

There are several styles of formal dresses that you can opt for and if you stitch well, you could also modify basic designs with formal dress sewing patterns and innovations to give it that unique touch that will make your dress stand out in the sea of ready made mall-bought dresses. Fashion is ephemeral, albeit cyclic in nature. Most fashion trends do a turnabout and return to do the rounds of the ramp. So, don’t throw away that gorgeous dress that your mother has from her college days; just modify it to give it that modern touch and flaunt your vintage look. Given below are a few classic looks that never fail to impress.

Backless Beauty A halter pattern adds just the right amount of panache to the look of a dress. It is the perfect formal dress pattern that brings out the feminine side in every woman. Whether you like the length of your dress to be short or long, the material of the dress and the right accessories can make your dress just right for an evening at the ball. If you are not comfortable baring your arms, you can always wear a bolero jacket, a shrug or carry a stole wrapped around your arms. To give the dress that extra zing, you can make the dress out of satin and use lace or net to create the halter knot. You could also opt for a dual toned dress in colors that complement each other.

Strapless Gowns Every woman dreams of wearing a gorgeous evening gown, but it is not something that you can wear to any occasion. So, if you are attending a charity or going to your prom, then grab the chance to wear a full length gown. And if you can carry off the strapless look, then be ready to be floored by a flurry of compliments that are going to come your way. A strapless full length formal dress exudes glamor like no other pattern. Let the formal dress pattern be such that the upper body of the dress hugs every curve and let the skirt of the dress be either an A-line cut or a full bodied billowing, flowy skirt. If you like bling, then you could use sequins on the dress but make sure that it is tasteful. Strapless gowns are also popular formal wedding dress patterns.

Princess Cuts All designer evening dresses and dress patterns have at some time or the other looked towards royalty for inspiration. Evening formal dress patterns that we flaunt with so much pride have all been inspired by the little boxes of colored pictures with the princesses in flowing dresses in pastel colors. Sure, the colors of the dresses have changed and the patterns have become a little more comfortable, but which girl does not want to look like a princess, with flowing skirts, dresses made with lace and net, full-sleeved, bell sleeve wonders which make you look like a fairy. If you are a petite woman, then designing a dress which gives a modern touch to royal clothing should hold you in good stead. More on formal dresses for girls.

Wrapped Silhouettes Though not very popular among formal dress patterns for evening wear, a wrap dress does wonders for the silhouette of women who are on the heavier side. If designed with the right fabrics, a wrap dress can look elegant and graceful, and can be one of the perfect formal party dresses. Obviously wrap dresses need to be shorter in length but they accentuate just the right body parts to make you look beautiful without being conscious about your weight issues. It is also a perfect cocktail dress. More on cocktail dress suit.

Hope these basic formal dress patterns will help you choose the perfect evening dress for a formal dinner, a gala night out or your prom.

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