evening gown featured

Holiday Gowns That Make You Look
Like a Million (for Under $500)

evening gown featured

“Maybe it’s much too early in the game/Ooh, but I thought I’d ask you just the same/?What are you doing New Year’s/New Year’s eve?” Frank Loesser

Ah, the Lady in Red

Above Left: Ruth Tarvydas Hollywood Gown- Va va voom. Leave it to the British to really “get” old Hollywood. This gown will make you move differently. Epitomizes the Copacabana and popping flashbulbs; try Veronica Lake hair (a wave over one eye.) Tonal bead embellished at the bust, strapless sweetheart neckline, horizontal pleated panels. Gathered detail to body. Concealed zipper at the back. Acetate, cotton, spandex $ 480.00 www.harrods.com

Above Center: ABS Allen Schwartz Penelope Tucked Strapless Gown- Belle of the ball gown. Romantic and waltzy. Youthful. Sweetheart neckline. Tiered diagonal pintucks starting at bodice and cascading down the front of the gown. Chevron shaped bands create fitted silhouette at back. Back zipper. Polyester. Lined. $284.99 6pm.com

Above Right: Issa Silk Jersey Halterneck Dress- Very Marilyn Monroe, this number requires good posture and confidence. If you’ve got it…Plunging v-neck, open back, ruched seams at bust and back, partially lined. Concealed zipper and hook fastening at back. 100% silk. $438.00 net-a-porter.com

Goddess Gowns

Above Left: Biba Asymmetric One Shoulder Gown- Devastating with dark hair and a bit of glitter eye shadow (subtle, please) This can support an elaborate neck piece and/or chandelier earrings. Ruching through the bust and waist gently hugs and drapes. Zipper. Polyester/spandex soft, thick, silky fabric. Lined. $460.00 houseoffrasier.com

Above Center: Barbra One Shoulder Gown- (the trend this year) Love the folds and drapes. Feminine, but not frilly. A lot going on. Simple jewelry. Why gild the lily? Single adjustable strap over left shoulder. Classic fit. Strap overlay at boned bodice. Concealed zipper with hook at back. Satin/polyester. Crepe-de-chine lining. $288.00 bcbgmaxazria.com

Above Right: Anoushka G Paula Grecian Drape Dress- Venus, really. Ava Gardner as the statue who comes to life. Grace Kelly on the Riviera. Will elicit sighs. Embellished cross back straps, waterfall draping. Zipper at back. 100% silk. $485.00 houseoffrasier.com

Go For the Gold

Above Left: Tibi Metallic Halter Gown- As the beige seemed Greek goddesses, this is perhaps Roman. Classical. Muted gold. The straight fall will slim most figures. Ruched at the waist. Hidden zipper and hook at back. Halter straps tie behind neck. Lined at bodice. Jersey/polyester/spandex. $375.00 shopbop.com

Above Center: Diane Von Furstenberg Isadora Silk- Blend Lame Gown- Touched by Midas. Valuable, but not ostentatious. Sexy, not flashy. A definite occasion dress. Catch the light and his eye. Asymmetric draping, slit at side, fully lined. Concealed hook and zipper at side. Lined. $488.00 theoutnet.com

Above Right: Aiden Mattox Long-Sleeve Sequin Gown- …like the bubbles in a glass of champagne, as Cole Porter might say. Discreet, body skimming; rather Lauren Bacall in the day. Shoulder to toe sparkle. Boat Neck, V-back with concealed zipper. Silk/polyester. on sale $385.00 bloomingdales.com

The Right Kind of Blues

Above Left: Badgley Mischka Platinum Label One Shoulder Gown- A little more covered than much of the one-shouldered formal wear. Ladylike. Soft but structured. Speaks of private schools. Jeweled detail on the shoulder. Navy, mid-weight polyester/satin. Curved seaming across the waist and down the skirt-life is in the details. Short train at the back. Invisible side zipper. Fully lined. On sale $316.80 bluefly.com

Above Center: Badgley Mischka Platinum Label Satin Gown- Elegant with some silver or crystal glitter-rhinestones to diamonds. Reliable construction. Timeless-you’ll have this gown for years. Navy. Strapless sweetheart neck with interior flexible boning. Pleating extends from bodice in front and back. Gently flared skirt. Invisible back zipper. 100% silk/satin. Lined. On sale $311.20 bluefly.com

Above Right: Hoagland New York Embellished Gown- Mmm mmm. Provocative without flaunting. Beautiful neckline just waiting for decoration. Should skim the body. Beaded waistband, crossover v neckline, concealed back zipper; lined. Side slit. Polyester. $385.00 blooomingdales.com

Royal Purples

Above Left: Nikita One Shoulder Dress- Gorgeous jewel color. Stand out in a room of black. Single wide strap over left shoulder. Shirring at bodice and strap. Boned for shaping and support. Gathering at waist. Concealed back zipper and hook. Acetate/spandex. $348.00 free shipping bcbgmaxazria.com

Above Center: Issa One Shoulder Dress- Now this is royal purple! A head turner. Body hugging. Sweetheart neckline. Boned bodice for shape and support. Ruching around the waist makes becomes pretty skirt draping. Hidden back zipper. 100% Silk jersey $425.00 josephm.com

Above Right: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Sunburst Pleated Gown- Rather innocent and delicate. Attractive for dancing. Patrician. Square neckline with pleated shoulder straps, ruched bodice, slightly flared skirt. 1” satin belt with rhinestone buckle. Concealed side zipper and hook. Polyester $240.00 bloomingdales.com

Black is the New Black

Above Left: Halston Heritage Twisted Halter Gown- An image of iconic 1970s club culture. ‘Been working on those shoulders? Retro twisted halter neckline with discrete hole at bust, banded waist, column skirt. Open back with low zipper. Polyester/spandex. $375.00 neimanmarcus.com

Above Center: Tadashi Shoji Sequin Lace – Covered but fitted. Works for many vintages and body types. Extremely feminine. Sequined lace top with an asymmetrical neckline and elbow length sleeves. Draped skirt with a modified mermaid hem. $410.00 lordandtaylor.com

Above Right: David Meister Long Sleeved Illusion Gown- A real portrait gown. Traditions, but not stodgy. Alluring (now there’s a grand old adjective!) Whispers womanhood. Round neckline. Long chiffon, bishop sleeves with button cuffs. Ruched waist gathers into beaded appliqué at left side. A-line silhouette. Black stretch matte jersey with polyester lining. On sale $417.00 neimanmarcus.com

One Can Never Have Too Much Black

Above Left: Tasha Strapless Dress- Built as if separates with a bustier, this stylish gown is both figure flattering and distinctive. Notched sweetheart neckline. Beautifully detailed satin bodice pleating. Jersey skirt. Concealed back zipper with hook. Lined. $398.00 bcbgmaxazria.com

Above Center: Mikael Aghal Silk- Blend One-Shoulder Gown- Contrast hot pink satin, structured bow-detail bodice makes this the one in the room to stand out. Seam detail. Sweetheart neck. Concealed hook and zipper at the side.Fully lined silk/nylon/spandex. $295.00 theoutnet.com

Above Right: T by Alexander Wang Silky Velvet Dress- Really a frame for your face, this deceptively simple down is ready for its close up-just add great jewelry. From the Metropolitan Opera to a Tribeca loft, from Westchester to London-eminently useful and stylish. Slightly shiny panne velvet like second skin. Deep v, spaghetti straps. Extra long cut. $400.00 jades24.com

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