New York, NY (PressExposure) October 30, 2009 -- Are you looking for a wedding dress or a bridesmaid dress? Or perhaps a prom dress or an evening dress? At certain points in our lives, we find ourselves in need of a formal dress. And, with the holidays quickly approaching, there are usually plenty of occasions to wear a beautiful party dress. It's never too early to start looking! Some types of dresses can be worn for more than one type of occasion, so if you choose carefully you may be able to purchase a dress or two and wear them to multiple events, stretching your dollar in the process.
When shopping for any formal dress, an important thing to consider is the materials they are made of. Most formal gowns are silk, satin, taffeta, chiffon, or lace. Many gowns have glittery effects made by rhinestones, crystals and sequins. Read up on the fabrics and materials so you can make an educated decision on what to get.
Wedding dresses tend to be worn one time and then cleaned and stored for safekeeping. Some family traditions are such that a daughter might want to wear her mother's wedding dress for her own wedding. Depending on the type of wedding dress you choose, you might be able to adjust the dress so that you may wear it again to other events. Most wedding dresses are white, ivory or soft shades of yellows or pinks. Since brides traditionally wear white, more and more often you see brides wearing a bold red, blue, green, pink or purple sash to add some color to her attire. These colors as usually repeated throughout the wedding party's attire and flowers.
Bridesmaid's dresses are often chosen in a style similar as the bride's wedding dress or something that will complement the style. Bridesmaid's dresses are often in bright, bold colors or pastels and coordinate with flowers, men's ties, the bride's sash, or the overall theme of the wedding. Bridesmaid's dresses can often be worn again as a prom dress, a formal, or as a party dress for many events, depending on how you accessorize. With the proper shoes, jewelry and wrap, the correct bridesmaid's dress can get you through many occasions throughout the year.
Many prom dresses can be worn again, depending on the style and formality of the dress, of course. A floor length dress can be shortened to tea length or cocktail length and with proper accessories, the dress can be worn for many occasions. Kept long, a prom dress might be worn to other formal parties throughout the year, especially at the Holidays or at presentations.
Evening dresses are probably the most elegant of all formal dresses. They are usually a sleeker, more form-fitting dress than other types of formal dresses. Strapless, halter, and spaghetti straps are common for evening or party dresses. Plunging necklines, open backs, shimmery, glittery, curve-accentuating lines describe the overall appearance of an evening dress, and only you can decide how revealing you wish to be.
No matter what you're looking for, if your special occasion calls for a wedding dress, a bridesmaid's dress, a prom dress or an evening dress, it pays to do plenty of research and then go looking for what is best suited for your needs and your body type.