The Lowdown On Party Dresses
There are as many different kinds of party dresses as there are different kinds of parties. Party dress styles can range from the very formal occasion, such as a bridesmaid dress, to the fun and frilly for a teen’s summer party. A standard evening wear party dress that fits-in with just about any occasion is the “little black dress”.
What Makes a Good Party Dress?
Any parent that has gone shopping with their teen daughter for a party dress knows that the selection process can be complicated. There are a number of considerations that have to be taken into account. The party dress has to be more than a dress; it somehow has to be an expression of the young woman wearing it. What the party dress looks like on the hanger is irrelevant. It must fit the wearer as if it had been designed just for her.
A party dress should be comfortable to wear. It shouldn’t be too restricting or too tight. Of course, a certain amount of “packaging” occurs, as many dresses are designed to accentuate curves, trim waistlines, and flatter the wearer’s body type. The party dress should place the wearer in the mood to have fun – to party, so comfort is important. Party dress colors vary, but they are usually made to be bright and colorful. Party dresses can have few embellishments or many. It all depends on formality of the occasion, the location of the party – in a hall, in a home, at a restaurant, or on a ship at sea, as one might experience while on a cruise.
Whatever the occasion, the perfect party dress will draw oohs and aahs from observers, while leaving the wearer free to participate fully in the festivities. The dress should look good while walking, sitting, and dancing!
How Much Does a Party Dress Cost?
The classic little black dress can be had for $25, as it’s usually simply a black dress with no other enhancements. There are many ways in which the simple black dress can be cut to differentiate one from another, but that can be done with raising the price of the garment. Elaborate party dresses made of more expensive materials and with lavish embroidery can cost several hundred dollars.
Commitment to the Shoe
Unlike men, who may own only one or two pairs of dress shoes to wear with their suits, women usually own many shoes to go with the many different styles of dresses. A stylish pair of shoes can make or break the outfit.
When selecting a party dress, thoughts of the perfect shoes to go with the dress are always in the back of the shopper’s mind. If it’s an outdoor party, flat shoes will be required. Wearing a party dress for a night on the town means that high heels are probably in order. But how high should the heels be? This is where comfort usually takes a back seat to style. As Billy Crystal’s “Fernando” character on Saturday Night Live during the 80’s would say, “It’s better to look good than to feel good.” This line is funny because it’s often the actual thought process of people when it comes to fashion.
When selecting the perfect shoe, one has to commit to wearing them. That means committing to keep them on throughout the evening, without slipping them off and carrying them around. It’s just not a good look.
Dry Clean Only
Many party dresses are reasonably priced. This is especially true for the kinds of dresses that can be worn more than once. Certain dresses, like the aforementioned bridesmaid dresses, are intended for a single wear. Whether the party dress is moderately priced or branded by a famous designer’s label so as to be super expensive, party dressed should not be tossed into the laundry basket when the partying is done. Dry clean only, if you want the dress to maintain its look and feel for the next time you decide to wear it.
What Are You Wearing?
One of the most difficult things about buying a party dress for a young woman attending a junior prom or some other type of party wherethey “know everyone who is going to be there” is that they all tend to do their shopping in the same places. This geographic challenge brings about the most important aspect of a party dress – exclusivity.
Imagine, arriving at the junior prom. Your eyes scan the auditorium –searching; peering; hoping against hope that you don’t spot someone else wearing “your” dress. It may seem like a little thing to some, but to a young woman who has gone through the trouble of finding the right dress and the right shoes to go with it, seeing someone else in the same dress can ruin the evening.
“What if she looks better in the party dress than I do?”
It’s a real concern.