Whether it was Cinderella, Ariel, or Aurora, if you were a little girl watching Disney movies as a child, you wanted your own ball gown. The billowing skirts, fitted bodices and elegant updos made ball gowns seem the like the ultimate in formal wear.
As you’ve gotten older, chances are that you have shelved your dreams of wearing ball gowns on a regular basis, but there are still opportunities to don those fancy dresses on occasion. Ball gowns come in all shapes and sizes, and are available to you today!
Ball gowns, much like wedding gowns, come in a variety of cuts. The first thing you have to think about is the kind of skirt you would like your gown to have. If the event is a very elegant affair, or something that requires a bit of costume, like an awards ceremony or a masquerade ball, a fuller skirt could be an option to you.
The traditional ball gown skirt poofs out at the hips, but an a-line skirt can serve your purposes as well, being full with sleek lines. If the event is a little less formal, you can still wear a long skirt in a mermaid, sheath or flowing skirt.
After you have decided the cut of the skirt, you have to think about the waist line. Ball gowns offer a variety of waist lines for every body type. To accentuate your curves, a dropped waist can be utilized.
To accentuate the bust while downplaying the hips, an empire waist should be selected. For the average body type, a natural waist can provide a wide variety of detailing options. More modern ball gowns may even offer asymmetrical waist lines, giving a couture effect to your dress.
Another important decision about the cut on ball gowns that must be made is the neckline. The neckline decision is often made in tandem to your decision about sleeves. You can have long sleeves, three quarter length sleeves, or cap sleeves.
You may also choose to go sleeveless, spaghetti strapped or halter with your sleeve choice. Of course, the classic look today is to just go strapless all together. Each option looks good with certain necklines.
For example, a sweetheart neck, which resembles a heart shaped wrapping of the bust, looks fabulous with a strapless or halter gown, but odd with a basic sleeveless gown. A scoop neck looks great with long sleeves or three quarter length sleeves, but can make the bust seem small and poorly supported with cap sleeves. Ball gowns may just seem like pretty dresses, but selecting the right cut for you can be complicated!