Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Prom and Party Dress Ideas 2013

This post comes as a special request from a lovely reader looking for some prom dress inspiration. Here in Safrica, we call this end-of-school event a 'matric farewell' and it is known as being the biggest and most important day in a girl's life, other than her wedding, that is. 

Whist trying to find the best source of beautiful and tasteful prom dresses, I stumbled upon far too many tacky showgirl-type looks with more glitz than the Vegas strip and rainbow ruffled nightmares. Thankfully, my taffeta torment ended when I uncovered the elegance and glamour of Alyce Paris. The French-American based brand are favored for their exquisite and refined evening wear that will turn any Cinderella into a Prom Queen.

If you have passed that prom stage, they also create looks for weddings, bridesmaids dresses, engagements, parties, pageants and any other formal occasion. The prices range from $250 for a short party dress, to around $350 for a simple chiffon evening gown and $500 - $1500 for a look that's heavily embellished. See more of these beguiling styles at the Alyce Paris website. P.S This post is not sponsored, I just happen to really like these dresses ;)

Be Enchanting
Pick a pastel shaded gown in floaty chiffon with silver crystal embellishings to bring out your feminine side. Enchant in lilac, rose, coral and peach sweetheart strapless dresses.

There are also shorter flirtier options to dazzle your date with.

Be Pretty in Pink
Keep in trend with a range of pastel pink empire waist dresses in high-low & maxi lengths.

Be Enigmatic
There is nothing more classic than a well constructed black dress that flatters any shape.

Your end-of-year party look dilemma is solved with elegant cocktail dresses that are accented with ornate gold embroidery and sheer detailing.

Be Dynamic
If you're out to make a bold style statement, there's no better way to say it than in red. Lace and tulle fabricate these stunning curve-hugging mermaid dresses.

For a more youthful and less formal approach to this power colour, a sleek chiffon frock with minimal beading is bound to do the trick.

Be Bright
Set the dance floor alight in vivid hues like fuchsia, chartreuse, cobalt and yellow.

Be Serene
A soothing blue oceanic mood is translated no better than by these sweeping circle-cut skirts.

 Be Sparkly
Outshine the others in an extravagantly sequined gown that will ensure you are the 'light' and sparkle of the party. I mostly see of these types of dresses at weddings I've attended here.

Be Golden
Get the Midas touch in a scintillating gold gown that ranges from demure to 24 carat couture.

Which Alyce Paris dress would you pick for a formal occasion?

*Just a note: My next post will be on Friday.


Anonymous said...

So many amazing dresses. I like the cocktail series best!

Kati said...

I think the mint/blue series is really pretty and perfect for almost all hair colours!

Have a great day,

Lena vgolove said...

Amazing dress!

Have a nice day!

mademoisellemode said...

all dresses are just amazing ^^


♥vendy♥ said...

wow...love especially the second of gold sequined selection
happy day


Imogen said...

My favourite style of dresses ever are the short tutu style. So stunning. I wish I had somewhere to go so I could wear one.

Abaya and Heels said...

OMG I want everything!! the sort ones are amazing!!!

My Urban Market said...

I really like your proposals. I would like to wear all the black dresses...they're wonderful.


Daniela Macsim said...

Great blog, darling!

What do you thing about THIS beautiful cheap clothes?

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Jessica Mattioli said...

Wow, very beautiful dresses!!
Have a nice day Sam!!

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Sveva said...

amazing dress! love all but I prefer the pink sets!


Johlet said...

How beautiful are these dresses!!! OMW!

Anthea F said...

love all of them!

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Ozden Ozdogan said...

Second pink set and the first red set were amazing.I loved them all.
Nice ideas when you have a special event to attend to.Thanks for sharing dear.

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Anita said...

Stunning dresses <3

Busisiwe Mgoboli said...

These dresses are beautiful.

Jackie Harrison said...

Beautiful dress I need to show my nieces this post its elegant.

Margaret Dallospedale said...

ohhh Be Serene set's so wonderful!!!!
Lovely post sweetie.
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trishie said...

So hard to choose! But I think i'll go golden.

Denisa said...

Beautiful dresses. Great day.


Antonella C'est moi said...

hi honey great selection!!! kisses

Beauty Follower said...

Hi there!
I like the red slim strapless dress
and the one with the golden sequins.

kisses :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

All the chiffon options are so beautiful and elegant! Have a good week Sam!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Chadlen said...

Although I don't usually wear formal dresses I like the ones you persented...I would choose one of the white short ones ...I also visited the site...It seems really interesting...you are right...but it was hard to find the price of each dress...

Have a nice day dear...

Lilli said...

Morning Sam! I have no ideat that from you that event is called so and it is very important. I would have loved too to wear one of these marvelous dress for the prom, always see the celebrations on tv (especially shows) and Im very amazed. The brand you featured is flawless for the occashion and also for a party. All the gowns are princess like, wish I owned one!:) I have a favorite, the first black dress with lace details, simple and classy, just perfect!:) Have a good day dear, kisses! xo

Lina Louise said...

Beautiful dresses! I like the light pink one, in the middle:)
Wishing you a wonderful week! xxx


Zahra Sandberg said...

Great picks! I would say my favorites are sparkly and golden - which surprised me because I normally don't go for glitter when it comes to dresses. I do love the center sparkly dress best, and the one all the way on the left for golden. Now I just need some where to go!


judith said...

Muy bonitos!!!

S said...

OMG!!!! Enchantig e pretty in pink sets are to die for!!!! *_*
I wish to wear something similar!


ELISA said...

OMG they are all amazing!
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beauty visions said...

These are some beautiful dresses! Unfortunately prom nights or any other kind of school dances aren't really a thing where I live. When we got given our diplomas at the end of high school it was more of a formal ceremony. I remember all the guys in suits and the girls dressed up in pretty dresses but everyone kept it very simple, so no long dresses or glitter applications or really bold colors. I wore a simple dark purple cocktail dress and nude heels (and I was running late so I did a french braid in the car) :) xx


Mª Pilar Domínguez said...

They are...I have no words!! Amazing models and lovely colours. My favourite ones are the red ones but every single one is a jewel. Kisses, Sam:)

Anonymous said...

I love lond red dresses. I want them all.
Have a nice week darling.

angelika eM said...

wow loooove dressss <3

Ileana said...

Love the pink ones, so playful!!!



Anngelik Martinez said...

Beautiful dresses! I remember my prom dress, I miss those days.


miss b said...

Just catching up after my holiday! What a varied selection - truly something for everyone here. I especially like those golden gowns and once againg I'm admiring the red which really makes a bold statement. With Christmas coming up, there's plenty of party inspiration here.

Kat said...

wowwww these gowns are so beautiful! makes me wish i were back in highschool so i can go to prom again :P


Amanda Chic said...

OMG!! lovely

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Your Beauty Fix said...

These are all VERY tasteful. Love that your picks weren't gaudy or overdone.


Lady parisienne said...

wonderfull prom dresses!

Kim Alston said...

i remember my prom dress. it was white and very simple. lots of sparkle here.

What is in the hat? said...

You gave me wonderful inspiration for dress for my prom :) Thank you so much Sam. This post is really great. <3

Monchi said...

I really like the ones with the "be enchanted" tag.
where i live we dont have a propper prom, we have something similar
but its not the same!
love these dresses

Isa Machado said...

Wow, amazing dresses! ;)

awhite said...

Such a fun group of dresses; great post doll!


Anonymous said...


Caitie Schlisserman said...

When I was in high school most everyone wore short dresses.... sometimes I wish I wore a long one because I love how they look (especially those golden ones!)

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Danny said...

wow! wish I had a prom to go!

Miss Top Ten Image said...

Darling you always discover such amazing fashion brands!! That's one of the reasons I like your blog so much!! I've felt head over heels with the red lace long dress... ;-)

Kishikiari said...

love the red ones

getcarriedaway said...

wonderful party dresses! love the black and white ones, so chic and elegant!
wish you a wonderful day!


Marisa Ferreira said...

So beautiful and elegant <3


Elle said...

Thank you for educating me about this custom, I am always interested in reading things of that sort. What a grand display of lovely dresses! My favortite among the lovely confection is the red and nude lace that rivals Valentino! Amazing find! Now where to wear it to?
XX, Elle

Sharon said...

As a pageant girl, I'm no stranger to dress shopping. I loveee these and you should definitely check out Sheri Hill!

London Loafers said...

All these are just absolutely spectacular!


Katerina said...

Amazing dresses, I would like to have so many of them right now!


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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

LOVE the gold ones!

Carmen said...

Unfortunately I don´t have a party or prom ahead but these are really elegant dresses and I think every girl would feel like a princess wearing them :)

Dressed with soul said...

Although I know that I won´t attend a prom or something similar in the next time I would prefer to wear on of the wonderful a read dresses which you show here, dearest Sam! But the other dresses which you are selected are also great.

Hope you had a great week so far :)

xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


Sorana Nistor said...

i love long dresses!

Ma Petite Ana said...

Amazing dresses !!
Kisses dear

Bruna Fernandes said...

thank's dear :)

Jacy said...

I'm loving gold for formalwear right now! Now I just wish I had something to dress up for! :)


Gail J said...

beautiful colous!!

LaTasha Bunting said...

Hello lovely Sam!

No problem on stopping by love! I always enjoy visiting your page! :) I'm doing fine. Life is treating me well. Thanks for asking! How are you love!? No problem on the comments love! I LOVE your blog! I'm grateful for your comments as well! I'm glad that you enjoyed the poem! I agree with you! You're so wise love! :)

As for this post, SO many AMAZING choices to pick from! I LOVE the Bright section! It's bright and colorful! But I also love the Dynamic section! Love the Pretty in Pink since pink is my fave color! But the Enchanting section is also beautiful too! So many good choices love! You make it so hard to choose! :)

Love always,

Alicia Sofía said...

Hi darling, I think that the enchanting coral would be a good election.

Michelle LL said...

Never experience going to a prom myself but this dresses are so pretty and glamorous, would love to wear them for parties and special events. Enchanting set is my favourite. Big thanks for the nice comment Sam, have a good day :)

AlittlebitUnique // UK blog said...

Hi stranger :) loving your picks as usual, I'd love to have the confidence to wear the sequin numbers!

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Alexa said...

loving all the lavender ones! my fave color <3 prom dresses are so fun and cute

Alexa <3


OMG, I'm so drawn to the gold dresses! If only I had somewhere to wear them too!


Tanya said...

Hi dear Sam! There are so many of so beautiful prom dresses! I love the be bright one with Cobalt colors! So gorgeous, and lovely details! Thanks for always there on mine darling! Hope your day is already lovely to start!


bridechic said...

Although I'm not a prom girl I do love all thee dresses--just so lovely!

Fash Boulevard said...

These dresses are gorgeous. I wish homecoming dresses looked like this when I was in school.

Patricia G. said...

Lovely!!! With these dresses you can look like a start!!!

Johnny said...



wow stunning dresses! i made a prom video for my senior prom, getting the dress is definately the best part!


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Carolyne O' said...

Aww doll the pink ones are dreamy and the black so sensual, I love those *-*
Would love to have them!



Sandra Leiva said...

Beautiful dresses!!



Nee said...

Hey Sam! ahh i'm so sorry i haven't been commenting on here so often lately... but i swear i look through all you posts:) and i'm always super happy if i see you leave a comment over on my site:)

these gowns are so so beautiful! i wish we had some kind of events like prom or so here. but unfortunately we don't:( i'd love to have such a beautiful dress but i have no idea where to wear it to lol. the shorter ones in the second row are so pretty! also ove the super long ones, they're definitely red-carpet appropriate hehe.

lots of love xx

kim bim said...

Wow!!! Speechless...

Anat Koren said...

Fabulous gowns!!! Great post inspiring as always!


Sara said...

Wow this are truly amazing, so pretty, it`s hard to decide which one I like more, the colors and shapes rock!
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Laviña Jampit said...

those "be golden" are definitely my types of gowns :)


Mihaela Pojogu said...

Red, black <3 them but also the coral one, of course I would love to wear them each :)

L.E.N said...

such beautiful color palette!!

Vale ♥ said...

I like the sparkly ones with more colors together, amazing =)

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BELULOVE said...

nice dreeses!!! kisses

Gigi Katz said...

I have my nieces wedding coming up so it's good to see some ideas. thanks so much for that. I love the last one in the gold set so stunning and flattering I would totally wear this built up on top of course but amazing! xx. gigi.

Coco Colo said...

The last one is stunning


Bailey Schneider said...

Gorgeous dress choices! I love them all :)
Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

dim_3fs said...

Wow how gorgeous are all these dresses!!!!


Rowena @ rolala loves said...

They sure didn't make prom dresses like these back when I was in high school! That peachy pink dress in the pretty in pink group is such a stunner!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Kacie Ellis said...

Pretty dresses! I love the red and gold ones!


Sara Alwan said...

Wonderful dresses <3


Oh to Be a Muse said...

I never go anywhere where I need to wear a dress like this, but I must say, that body hugging mermaid dress in red is pretty awesome.


Viola said...

Oh I love all these dresses!! I could buy all of them!


Fernanda said...

I skipped my prom and promptly regretted it! I love these dresses so much, so princess like! xx

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(Anna) la mode said...

So pretty! It makes me miss being in high school and going to dances. I love the last one in the second set. It's so girly and pretty!


Sakuranko said...

Oh really cute dresses, I prefer this time Be Enigmatic I love it the black color in the clothes!

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Caro * said...

Wonderful selection ! Golden dresses are fabulous ! :)

LoveT. said...

Really love the golden Dresses ,amazing Post <3

big Hugs

JanM ♥ said...

The pretty in pink ones and the gold ones are my favorites!:)


Fabulous Petite said...

Oh Sam these dresses are gorgeous. I love the red with lace and it's long sleeve, reminds me of Valentino's.


Manhattan Image and Style said...

Fabulous! It's hard to decide which one is my favorite! Lovely post!

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Dania said...

All these dresses are made to dream!
My favorites are the red.

Lot of kisses



Emmylou said...

Awesome awesome picks, Sam. My fave are the black dresses, just because for my prom, I wore black:D

Mindy Fan said...

can I have all these dresses???!!
I was trying to pick my favorite out of all these, but to be honest, I would be glad to have any of them!


Jamie Fleetwood said...

Those dresses are gorgeous!!!! Wow! I'll keep them in mind if I have a special occasion to dress up for.

Tanya W. said...

Have a wonderful away time Sam!!! Will see you on Friday doll!!!!


Renisha said...

Lovely collection of dresses!!


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Nora Armani said...

Wow beautiful dresses! Prom dresses are always a great fantasy coming true. Very nice post dear! Enjoy your time off :)


Paola Lauretano said...

Oh..... I love the red dresses of "be' dynamic", amazing selection Sam!!!!
Will see you tomorrow doll!!!!

Lilli said...

Morning Sam, thanks a bunch for stopping by and your very nice words, they made my day everytime and I am really thankful for them. Hope you are enjoying your time off, rest and have lots of fun my dear friend! Hugs and kisses! xo

LOLA FINN said...

Hi Sam :) Very beautiful post again!! :D
Those dresses are soooo great! Very in love with the gold dresses <3

Alejandra said...

wow! all dresses are amazing:D I love all!!! haha
Have a nice day Samy,

Francy -Stef said...

Wow, these dresses are to die for!!!
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Jessica Mattioli said...

Have a nice day sweety!!

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CQUEK said...

pretty in pink yes..

Amanda Chic said...

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Mira said...

So you call this matric farewell. I had no idea it was such an important event. Over here we don't really celebrate it that much. It's called Abiball and not everyone has one. Well I did and I wore a silver dress (nothing like these super amazing gowns). I mean every single dress looks stunning but if I had the chance to go back in time and I could pick one of these beauties it would be "Be Dynamic" the third one. Enjoy your little getaway Sam and I see you on Friday!!

xx Mira


Michelle LL said...

Thank you so much for your kind words Sam, means a lot and really made my day. Have fun on your break hun, see you Friday xx :)

Antee Gurung said...

hey Sam
u always bring out the best fashion article in ur blog
i always love going through ur posts. out here i love all the dresses esp the golden and pink one

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Ann said...

So much to choose from...
and all of them lovely.
But if I can go back in time
I'd still be wearing a pink dress for the prom.
I'd love that high and low pink dress.

Alexandra Zakharova said...

oh, those dresses are gorgeous! Any girl would love to wear any of them!!! Adorable post, good job, Sam!
Have a great time!


Antonella C'est moi said...

great day honey kisses

em.me.ma said...

adore all the short dresses! mine was a mermaid style :P

Kashaya said...

Oh these are all stunning.=) Hope you're having a lovely vacation.

Pamela RG said...

Wow, these are amazing gowns. I like the first three groups in pastel colours. It is hard to choose.

Sammie said...

wow these gowns are so beautiful
following you now on gfc,maybe you want to do the same? :)

Elsa de Diego said...

Great blog, Sam! Thanks so much for your beautiful comment in my blog. And how providential this is! I am heading to Cape Town on Nov 11 to spend two weeks in that area, from Cape Town to Jeffreys Bay. First time in the country and cannot be any more excited. Do you live by that area? Let's keep in touch, if you will! Muah!

Mª Pilar Domínguez said...

Passing by to wish you a happy day, dear Sam!!Kisses:)

Evi said...

Amazing girly dresses! So pretty! Thank you for stopping by!

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Gloria la borsa di mary poppins said...

Love it!:)


Sharon said...

Thanks for your idea! Maybe I should write a pageant post sometime! :)

Always Maylee said...

The Be Serene colors are gorgeous. But I love the middle dress in Be Golden. So stunning.

xo, Yi-chia
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Peet said...

You're right!!! Most of the girls go for the showgirl type dress, that's just horrible!!:D You wanna know something?:) I didn't go to my own prom, I hated the concept and I decided not to go. I don't regret it, I'm actually glad I didn't go because I'd just be miserable if I went.:) But I'd definitely stay alway from all the sequins and glitters, I'm sure I'd wear something black and leather.:D

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

Very princess-like. I am sure there will be many girls out there who would love a dress like that. x

Josie said...

They're gorgeous and classy! If I were to go for one of these I'd be boring and go for a black dress xxx

Sadie said...

Gorgeous dresses! I love the third red lace one, it reminds me a little of Marchesa :) xx

Megan, TfDiaries.com said...

these are so beautiful Xo, Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

Gabriele said...

wow, all of these dresses are so pretty, almost magical! perfect for prom! xx

Emma Henderson said...

Oh I love those golden numbers!

Denisa said...

Like I wrote.. I ned a dress like that


Dascha Boonstra said...

So stunning <3


Afina blog said...

Love red!

What Kenny Hearts said...

this is such a lovely post dear! I am so liking all these dresses. Already excited to see your future posts.

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borka gamero said...

Amazing post! Loving it! great prom dresses, loving the reds!
Kisses from Miami,

Linda B said...

Ahhh, dresses like these always make me think of Homecoming...sigh

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Darina said...

Beautiful dresses... love the black and red! :)

Janice Lunes said...

Even though there is one in every category, I love the one from Serene the most :D

The blue looks so pretty :D

Just got 2 new posts up and can’t wait to see your opinion!

Have a great weekend!

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Trenchcoats to Tiaras said...

Oh goodness, I love all these dresses. I rather wish I'd found this group back in high school, since my junior year prom dress was a bit of a mess. Also, I'm so jealous you didn't have to take math past high school! I would love to not have to deal with this. I've had an okay week. I hope you've had a great one!


Toks said...

I would choose the first red dress of the second row of red dresses. Simple and elegant, less is always more!!

Margaret Cruzemark said...

They are all really beautiful.
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

June said...

Oooh they are so lovely! My favorites are the sparkly ones! :)

Charles said...

Very nice prom dresses
. Gave me a lot of inspiration, thank you

Bride Self said...

It is looking mind blowing, thanks for the sharing sexy prom dresses