Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mother of the Bride Dresses That Compliment All Figures

By John Jones

Women have been wearing party dresses for centuries. Gowns that were designed specifically for formal occasions date back to the 17th century. The mantua was a loose-fitting gown with cuffed sleeves that was often worn with a petticoat. It was developed in France and by the 18th century, it was the most popular dress to wear at Court (in the presence of a monarch).

Gowns grew ever more elaborate as the centuries rolled on. The sack-back gown, for example, would make most modern wedding gowns look like sundresses. It was made of luxurious fabrics arranged in box pleats that fell to floor with a modest train. The dress was so heavy it had a square hoop to give it shape. As you may have guessed, only members of the bon mot could afford these formal gowns.

During the reign of Queen Victoria, the term "evening gown" was first used. Most fashionable individuals agreed that an evening gown was an elaborate beach bridesmaid dresses with long sleeves that almost always had a hemline that fell between the ankles and the floor. Even so, designers continued to experiment with new looks.

Believe it or not, these dresses can be made quite easily by yourself. The advantages to this would be the cost and being able to personalize it. Making your own dress would be significantly cheaper than any cheap formal dresses and gowns and being able to add your own flavor and style to it will be a great way of creating a good look for yourself. If you are talented at creating things and sewing then making your own dresses would certainly be within your grasp.

Formal dresses and gowns can be very expensive so maybe buying one would not be for you but there are other options such as renting instead of buying a dress. You may want to buy your own if you would get a lot of use out of the dress but on the other hand if going to formal events is not something that you do often then renting is probably the best option. If neither of these sound like an option then there is always making your own dress. What better way is there to express yourself than wearing a dress that you have made all by yourself? So, consider doing that instead of anything else.

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