Prom dresses through the decades

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After doing some research on formal dresses of the decades, I concluded that all of them show about the same amount of skin, and are all in all beautiful in their own way. I don’t get how some people think that prom is all about flaunting what you have. Most prom dresses are classic, covering, and modest — only some girls like to throw it all on the table. Formal dresses from now back to at least the ’40s are all alike, despite style changes. During the ’40s it was all about sleek, long, trimmed edges down to the floor, silk and modesty. The’50s however, were quite a different story. Formal dresses were all about the ruffles, floral patterns, and strapless dresses. These dresses were always in pastel colors like lavender, pink and yellow. Gathered and ruffled chiffon was the material to go with for this type of dress. The ’60s was a time of romance and passion, so an empire waist with a beaded bust line was the only way to go. This was about the time that haltered-top style dresses with a vague glimpse of the back gave a sensual, yet beautiful appearance. During this time dull colors were in effect, like misty green, light grays, aqua, and light blues. The ’70s were a time to be overly glamorous, unique and all around fabulous — a time of pure glory. Formal dresses in the ’70s were usually long and sequined, similar to the ’40s. But there was one minor change — long, synthetic materials were used for scarves andwraps. The ’80s were the most random and bold time period. Three words come to mind when thinking about the ’80s — lace, bows, and tight. Formal dresses from this time period were not only provocative and unusually tight, but loud — not only with the colors, but with extra everything. The ’90s formals were all about the baby doll dresses, the shorter the better. Prom is one of the milestones in a girl’s life, so make sure it goes how you always thought it would. Above all else wear what you want to wear and do what you want to do, but for God’s sake have some fun. Today it seems that the dresses picked for formals are all like the Disney princess style, or coronation style. I’m under the impression that the best dresses are the ones with thin or no straps, a flat line top, and large bottoms. Sequins and floral or glittery patterns seem to be very popular. Well, prom dresses are all different in some ways, but all in all it’s just something you’ll wear once and stash in your closet.

Evening Entertainment in London That Requires Formal Dress

If you’re looking for an excuse to don your spiffiest garb, London has plenty of venues ready to open its doors to you. On the other hand, for visitors to the capital concerned about appropriate attire, relatively few of the locales require extremely formal dress. Where formal dress is required, expectations range from a smart jacket to black tie. As rules and expectations vary widely from one place to another, check with the specific establishment, whether it’s a theater, a restaurant or a lounge.
Fine Dining

London has no shortage of fine restaurants, many of which require that patrons adhere to a formal dress code. For example, Le Gavroche asks gentlemen to wear a jacket. Petrus requires men to wear collared shirts and prefers they don a jacket. At Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, diners should dress “smart,” ideally with jackets and collared shirts for gentlemen, though ties are not required. No sportswear is allowed. Claridge’s requires a shirt and jacket; ties are optional.

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Lounges and Clubs
London’s nightlife is sufficiently varied that you can find a pub or a club catering to any taste. For the sartorially ambitious, some of the city’s finer hotels have swanky lounges where formal dress is the rule. Fine hotels such as The Dorchester, The Ritz and The Savoy each has opulent bars and lounges that serve decadent cocktails and champagne. At the ritzier clubs, the dress code is often unspoken, but dressing the part gives you a better chance of getting in. Annabel’s and Bouji’s are exclusive spots for cocktails and dancing where black tie dress will improve your chances of getting past the doormen.
Theater and Opera

Historically, London’s theater and opera scenes were strictly black-tie affairs. The tide changed, and matinee performances are especially likely to attract tourists wearing sneakers and t-shirts. While the West End theaters no longer require it, many patrons prefer to wear smart dress for evening performances. Likewise, the Royal Opera House has relaxed its official rules for dress. The unspoken expectation, however, remains that opera-goers dress in smart or even formal attire.
Formal Balls and Parties

With dress codes relaxing throughout theaters, clubs and restaurants, balls and gala events are left as the chief situations that demand formal attire. For example, while the London Philharmonic Orchestra regularly plays to audiences dressed informally, the company’s annual fundraising ball is a black-tie affair. The required dress for gala events is typically indicated on the invitation, as you would expect elsewhere in the world. Many balls and galas are designed as fundraising events for charities or artistic organizations. Venues are typically the ballrooms or lounges of the city’s finer hotels.

Prom Dress

We’ve met teens who started prepping for their proms as early as four months in advance. They scheduled tanning sessions and appointments for manicures and pedicures. And, of course, they dieted. They browsed magazines and hit the shops looking at cheap  prom  dresses, shoes, earrings and handbags. The time and effort these girls put into preparing their physical selves dwarfed anything their mothers did before their own weddings! All of this preparation costs money and heightens expectations. Can you imagine how disappointed these girls would be if they were not asked to prom? We’ve also met parents whose daughters, in teary-eyed tirades, pleaded for new dresses. But their pleas didn’t come until days before the big event. These last-minute surprises often forced parents into on-the-spot purchases that were expensive (“Just buy it; we don’t have time to find a deal”) and regrettable (“It’s so revealing, but that’s the only style they have”).
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When it comes to your daughter’s dress, here are a few do’s and don’ts that can help tone down some of the extravagance and drama. By following these parenting tips, you’ll also help your daughter become a better consumer and a more grounded individual:

  • Don’t be clueless about school-sponsored formals. Be proactive and ask around when prom, homecoming or other formals are scheduled. If it’s a school-sponsored event, don’t be afraid to call the school and find out if there’s a dress code or other guidelines. You’ll feel better because you’ll know what’s going on, and you can start talking to your daughter about her plans and clarifying expectations and rules for the evening.
  • Do set a limit on spending. If your daughter needs a new dress, put a limit on how much she can spend. What’s reasonable will depend somewhat on your family’s financial resources. But you should encourage your daughter to think outside the box when dress shopping. There are other alternatives, often more affordable, than going to traditional department stores or boutiques. For example, many larger communities have vintage clothing stores that offer reasonable and distinctive choices. Other options worth considering with your daughter include having her swap last year’s homecoming or prom dress with a friend’s, making her own dress, or redesigning and altering an old dress to make it new and contemporary.
  • Do emphasize comfort, not sexiness. When it comes to the dress, the overall goal should be to be fashionable, yet modest. If you’re shopping with your daughter, you shouldn’t be the one dictating all of the decisions. You should help her make the best choice she can. Think of the mom in the dress shop who was asked her opinion. She wanted to shout out how wrong the girl’s dress was. But rather than say something that would make the girl feel awkward or bad, she asked questions that made the young lady think more critically about her choice. When your daughter is picking a dress, she should ask herself:
    • Can I dance in this dress?
    • Can I get in and out of the car comfortably in these clothes?
    • Will I spend the entire evening worrying that I might pop out of the dress?
    • Will my date’s parents be embarrassed by how I’m dressed?

You don’t want to be the clothing police, but you do want to set some limits. You want to help your daughter look beyond the style or label and see the bigger picture. Help her to understand that if she wants to have a carefree evening with no regrets, her choices matter.

If you can’t be with your daughter when she’s shopping for a formal dress, most department stores will put items on hold for 24 hours at no cost. If she finds a dress, have her put it on hold until you have a chance to look it over. That’s better than being uninvolved or turning over the family credit card and leaving her to the whims and tastes of friends and strangers.

Preserve Your Wedding Dress

The wedding’s over and your gown, the most expensive item of clothing you’ve ever bought, is hanging in your closet. Now what?

After countless hours spent searching for your dream dress (not to mention the dollars spent), it’s only fair to give your gown a happily-ever-after too, right? Whether it’s because of the way it made you feel on your wedding day or the possibility of passing it down to your daughter or another family member in the future, preserving your chear wedding dress is the best way to maintain it’s color, fabric and shape. And now it’s easier than ever, especially with wedding gown preservation kits like the one from Prestige Preservation, where you’re sent a kit with everything you need to securely ship your gown, and the preservation company takes care of the rest!

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What Is Wedding Dress Preservation?

This is a special cleaning and packaging techniques used to ensure your gown retains its beauty. A professional preservationist will survey your gown: the materials, embellishments and various stains, then formulate a specialized cleaning procedure. “Cleaning your gown is the single most important part of the preservation process and all the stains, including the hidden ones containing sugar that turn brown over time, must be removed,” says Sally Lorensen Conant, the executive director of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. You can usually wait until after the honeymoon to take your dress to a preservationist, but remember it’s better to take your gown in while the stains are fresh and not set in (especially if it’s stained with mud or red wine). “The longer you delay, the less likely all stains can be removed, and if you wait years, your gown will need restoration rather than just cleaning,” warns Conant. After cleaning, your gown is wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and placed in museum-quality archival box.

Wedding Dress Preservation Kit

To make it super-easy and convenient, some companies are now offering mail-away services. In fact, we partnered up with an amazing (read: trust-worthy) wedding dress preservation service called Prestige Preservation. They will send you a mailing kit with a pre-paid label and have it back to you within 4-6 weeks. That even includes insurance on your wedding dress.

Finding a Preservationist

Before choosing a preservationist, do a little detective work. You’ll need to investigate where to take your gown for cleaning a few weeks before the wedding. That way, if your dress is stained badly or damaged on your wedding day, a family or bridal party member can take your dress to the preservationist for you so that you can make your honeymoon get-away. Ask friends and family, bridal shops or your wedding consultant for preservationist referrals.

Though many dry cleaners claim to clean wedding gowns, most are not specialists. Unless the dry cleaner you’re thinking of using processes more than 100 wedding gowns a year, consider going to a professional gown preservationist with a noted track record instead. “I always tell my brides to ask a lot of questions. You want to make sure that the person taking care of your gown pays attention to detail and knows fabrics as well as how gowns are constructed,” says Karen Jean-Aimee of Madame Paulette in New York City. Ask about the type of cleaning method used, do they hand clean and if they will pre-treat any stains and soiled areas Jean-Aimee suggests. Also, find out if the company does the work on location or if they ship gowns elsewhere to be cleaned and packaged. Don’t rule a company out if they don’t work in-house, especially if they have good reviews.

Ask Questions

Ask your gown preservationist whether you must sign a release or disclaimer because these documents sometimes state that the company isn’t responsible for any damage done to the gown during the cleaning process. You will want to find someone who will guarantee every last bead and sequin. Next, ask if the company offers a warranty and how they will reimburse you if you find the gown to be damaged after a certain number of years. Read the fine print of the agreement: some companies will refund the preservation cost—not the replacement value of the dress. And consider it a red flag if they claim the warranty is void if you open the box. Finally, beware of companies that give quotes over the phone—different materials and stains require specialized care. Your gown will receive the best care if it’s individually inspected before a price is given.

Wedding Dress Cleaning Techniques

Some gown specialists use the wet cleaning method, which consists of gently washing the gown by hand with gentle cleansers that remove noticeable stains and unseen stains, such as champagne and sugar. If left untreated, unseen stains can oxidize and turn yellow over time. Other companies use a more traditional dry-cleaning method, which involve pre-treating the stains and then placing the garment in a dry-cleaning machine. “The solvent in the machine should be safe for fragile decorations, and these should be protected with muslin during the cleaning cycle or removed before cleaning and re-sewn onto your gown afterward,” says Conant. Solvents such as perchloroethylene (perc for short) or petroleum-based cleansers are used as stain removers. Petroleum-based solvents aren’t as aggressive as perc, and they’re also not as powerful in stain removal, but, due to its high oil content, petroleum nourishes certain fabrics and can give them a lovely sheen.

Pristine Packaging

The correct packaging materials are utterly imperative for guaranteeing the life of your gown. And all storage materials should be clean and completely acid-free. After the cleaning process, your preservationist will wrap your dress in acid-free paper or muslin, then place in an acid-free or pH-neutral box, which allow the gown to breathe and adjust with changing temperatures. Some boxes feature a viewing window: a clear panel designed so you can see your gown without opening the box. If your box features a window, look for acetate rather than plastic, and keep the box out of direct light, which can yellow the fabric over time. Some companies utilize boxes with Coroplast, a specially designed plastic known for its durability.

Handling Your Wedding Dress

While some companies choose to seal the box to keep out insects and vermin, others say sealing is unnecessary, if the gown is packaged correctly. If you do open the box, remember to use discretion when handling the dress. Jean-Aimee recommends wearing clean white cotton gloves (which many preservationists provide to you), but at a minimum be sure to wash your hands first. “There is no inherent reason why you cannot open your gown, but we are trained in museums not to handle something unless absolutely necessary because there is always the potential for danger,” says Conant. Talk to your preservationist about including other item such as jewelry and shoes to you box. It may not be the best idea depending on the type of materials you’ll want to include, but your professional will have an opinion on how to store properly.

Money Matters

Fabric, decoration, ornamentation and degree of stain damage determine the preservation price of a gown. “Your heavily beaded silk ball gown will cost more than a simple polyester gown you wore on the beach, and you should never trust your designer gown to someone offering a bargain price. Saving a few dollars is simply not worth the risk of ruining your wedding dress,” says Conant. Expect to pay $250-$700, though prices can go as high as $1,000 depending on the gown and location. Costs vary across the country, with higher prices in metropolitan areas.

Before & After

To help maintain the integrity of your gown, there are some things you should not do before sending it to be cleaned and preserved. First, don’t wrap your dress in plastic. This can seal in off-gassing vapors and trap moisture, inviting mold and mildew. Don’t hang your dress on an ordinary wooden or wire hanger—the weight of the dress will stretch and distort the weave of the fabric—try a plastic or padded hanger instead. Don’t try to clean the stains yourself —you risk setting them in the fabric. Once your gown is back from the preservationist, pay attention to storage. “Keep your dress in a cool, dark and dry environment with a relative humidity at 50 percent at all times,” says Jean-Aimee. Most professionals agree that light and heat play the most damaging roles when it comes to gown preservation. As a guideline, store your preserved gown in a place where you would feel physically comfortable. That rules out a hot attic or damp basement. Under your bed or in a dry closet are your best bets.

Wedding Dres s Preservation On a Budget

If you already spent most of your wedding budget, it is possible to preserve your wedding dress at home, though it won’t be perfect and may retain stains. Conant suggests, “Cloth or tyvek bags can offer short-term protection, but your gown should not hang for long periods of time, and a wedding chest provides more protection from sharp objects, smoke and from fire.” The acidic content of ordinary paper will literally scorch your gown. Don’t use colored tissue paper either. If the box accidentally becomes wet, it could stain your gown. For storage, professionals recommend wrapping the gown in pre-washed unbleached muslin, and then placing it in a sturdy box under your bed. That way, if you decide to preserve your gown down the road, it will be right there waiting for you.

How to Find a Perfect Dress

Finding the right cheap prom dress can be very difficult. With so many designers and styles to choose from, not to mention the plethora of stores, the choices have never been more confusing. Pricing needs to be just right and each store has a slightly different price range and selection. And what if the current fashion styles don’t accommodate your fashion sense?

1、Don’t buy the first thing you like. With so many dresses to choose from, it would be unwise to limit yourself. If you think you have found the dress of your dreams, ask the store to hold it for you (just in case) and then go home and look it up online. You can buy the dress from the store later, especially if it is coming down to the wire and prom is only a week away. But most of  the stores are over-priced and you can find the same dress for a much better deal online.
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2、 Use your research and shop online. This will likely save you quite a bit of money, since online purchases often cost less. Take the pictures you have stored in your camera and the recommendations from your friends and look for a dress that perfectly matches every detail. Don’t settle for something that is “okay.” Go for the perfect dress to match your personality. Shopping online allows you to look at all of the different designer dresses, and most websites will allow you to see each dress in multiple colors. From your online searching, you should be able to find a designer that you like, a style of dress that fits your body type, and the perfect color dress for your skin tone.
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3、Try it on. When the dress comes, try it on and make sure it fits well. Your bedroom will become your own personal changing room. Often times it won’t cost much to have a few parts of the dress altered, especially if you know someone who can sew. So, if it is a bit too long or requires a new button, don’t just send it back. These things are superficial and can be fixed quickly. However, if the dress is too big, too small, too revealing, not revealing enough, or just not for you, it is best to return it and try again.

How to Find Charming Winter Wedding Dress

When we think about winters, the images that come to mind are of snowflakes and white landscapes. There is something romantic and magical about winter weddings. However when you are planning to hold your wedding during winters, you need to keep certain things in mind. You have to purchase a bridal dress which is not only gorgeous but at the same time keeps you warm too. Here are some useful tips to help you find that perfect cheap wedding dress for a winter wedding.

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1、Check out several bridal magazines to know what is in vogue. In addition, also browse the net to find out the latest popular trends for a winter wedding. Jot down all the ideas and take the clippings of the wedding dresses you particularly liked. Take these clippings with you when you visit the bridal shops.
2、Winter wedding dresses look as stunning as other bridal gowns. And most of the wedding dresses for winters come with long sleeves. A wedding gown of thick satin looks as elegant as any summer style bridal dress. A wedding during the cold months means you must opt for long sleeves. But it doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on the style or the glamor quotient. In fact long lace sleeves and sleeves in crushed velvet or satin look quite glamorous. Still if you fancy a sleeveless bridal gown which is more appropriate for hot temperatures; make sure you wear a body suit underneath. Or accessorize with a lacy shawl, faux fur stole, velvet cape or a cashmere wrap. And do carry gloves with you which you can always take off once you are indoors.
3、The thing that you have to keep in mind while searching for the wedding dress is the fabric of the gown. Make sure that you choose fabric which provides warmth and comfort. After all, you won’t be able to enjoy your D-day if you are shivering. The best part of winter wedding is that you can opt for luxurious silk satins. Other heavy and rich fabrics which can keep you warm are satin, velvet and brocade.