Tuesday, August 31, 2010

White formal dresses - they're not just for weddings anymore

"While the color white is synonymous with wedding dresses, believe it or not, a woman can don this hue on occasions other than a walk down the aisle. Still, girls who adore this shade and want to sport it at the next formal event should tread carefully.

For starters, the general rule of thumb is to never, under any circumstances, don the color white at another gals' wedding. A bride is meant to be the center of attention at her own shindig, and this tint is especially reserved for her.

Of course, there are places where girls can put on this color and wear it proud.

Mel B., the former Spice Girl and talented beauty, showed up to an event at Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas and looked wonderful in white. The gorgeous vocalist was sporting a body-hugging number that showed off her voluptuous figure and spectacular cleavage.

Women can emulate Mel B. and choose a white dress when heading out to a club or late-night party. The light shade will also help a woman stand out and grab the attention of people in the room!"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Spice up a semi-formal dress with vibrant, yellow shoes

"When it comes to adding a bit of pizzazz to a semi-formal dress, women have plenty of options. From unique belts to intriguing, bold jewelry, a girl can often take her look from dull to daring in an instant.

However, there's a sensational trend that has been popping up on the red carpet recently - vibrant yellow shoes. This fancy footwear has the ability to make a single-color semi-formal dress stand out, and a cocktail piece pop.

The first celeb to sport this sunny hue was "it girl" Anna Kendrick. The Twilight actress and Academy Award-nominee showed up to the premiere of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in an itsy-bitsy royal blue number that was complemented by a pair of ruffled, yellow shoes.

Also, former Spice Girl Mel B. looked extra sweet at the NBC Universal press tour. The beautiful babe showed us what she really wants from her formal wear in a plain strapless black dress and sexy lemon-colored high heels.

When it comes to spicing up formal wear, yellow is far from mellow. Girls should embrace the color and see if it works for them."

Friday, August 27, 2010

Crocheted dresses - wear it and look fabulous

"When women hear the word crochet, they often conjure images of grandmothers quilting through the wee hours of the morning. Believe it or not, wearing sexy crochet formal wear is possible.

In fact, StyleList.com got the details on how to sport this fabric loud and proud. The news source spoke with celebrity stylist Jessica de Ruiter and picked her brain for some tips and pointers.

"I think a crochet dress can be a great investment," the fashion authority told the news outlet. "It is very versatile when worn with different accessories, taking you from a day at the beach to a chic city soiree."

De Ruiter has dressed countless starlets, which include Zooey Deschanel, Isla Fisher and Anna Kendrick. And while we have yet to see any of those ladies out and about in Tinseltown sporting crocheted duds, the autumn may be ideal for the trend.

"During the warm summer months we often seek out fashion that has more of an effortless, elegant undone and easy feel," she told the news outlet. "Crochet fits the bill perfectly."

Crocheted Mother of the Bride dresses are very popular. They are comfortable and have a very forgiving fit. Soulmates has a large variety of beautiful crocheted dresses in rich colors and elegant styles.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

We are at the Atlanta Apparel Mart!

Our owner and buyers are in Atlanta at the Atlanta Apparel Mart to see the brand new styles for Prom 2011!

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January Jones' dress - perfect for a bride

"For a variety of reasons, many brides opt to change into a less formal gown for their wedding receptions - some don't want to chance ruining their wedding dress while eating and dancing, while others simply enjoy the comfort that a more casual frock provides.

Still, women want to make sure they look their best throughout their entire wedding celebration, and choosing the right type of dress to don after the ceremony can be difficult. However, one A-list actress recently stepped out wearing a short white number that was ideal for a wedding reception.

At the New York City screening for the season four premiere of Mad Men, January Jones wowed the crowd in a white halter minidress, which featured gorgeous beaded detail that added a touch of elegance and gave the ensemble a unique look.

This white beaded mini would look fantastic on any bride ready to party with her husband and loved ones, as the cut would let her dance and work the crowd with ease, while the material still retains a bridal-feel.

Changing into an alternate frock also enables women to take more liberties when selecting their wedding dress - since the gown will only be worn for a short period of time, brides don't have to worry about burdensome features, such as a long train or full, princess skirt."

TJ Formal has a great Bride's Reception Dress department where you can find many different styles that work well for a reception dress. 

 Sherri Hill Dress 2264

Terani 2010 Homecoming Dress 35003H

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Finding an age-appropriate semi-formal dress

"When girls need to select a semi-formal dress, they often want a style that will make them appear grown up, while mothers prefer they don an age-appropriate frock. However, when looking toward young Hollywood, the two ideas aren't mutually exclusive.

Teen queen Selena Gomez, star of Nickelodeon's Wizards of Waverly Place, recently stepped out on the red carpet at Miami's Fashion Week Swim. The Ramona and Beezus actress looked just her age in a sleek magenta dress that fell just above her knees.

Instead of choosing a body-hugging fit that may appear too mature on the young starlet, Gomez opted for a one-shouldered number that gathered slightly at her waist. The frock's fuchsia shade was also spot-on, as the fun color was fashion-forward, while still appearing young and fun.

Gomez, who turns 18 later this month, can serve as an inspiration to young girls (and their moms) who are shopping together to find an ideal semi-formal dress. Mothers can search online with their daughters, and browse hundreds of styles until they find the perfect gown that is both age-appropriate and stylish."

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Select a pageant dress inspired by Jessica Biel

"Let's face it - there is an overwhelming amount of gowns out there. From strapless to V-neck, A-line to mermaid, how is one woman expected to navigate the seemingly limitless selection to locate the perfect pageant dress?

Instead of shopping blindly without an idea of what you are seeking, look to some of Hollywood's most glamorous stars to gain inspiration.

While she began her career playing tomboy Mary Camden on 7th Heaven, Jessica Biel has blossomed into a fashion icon. Not so surprisingly, the starlet didn't disappoint at the recent German premiere of her film, The A-Team.

Biel dazzled on the red carpet, donning a powder blue strapless number that highlighted her flawless physique. Still, the gown's most eye-catching feature had to be the sparkling intricate beading.

If you are preparing to hit the stage, a gown similar to Biel's may be the perfect pageant dress - the sparkling adornments will grab everyone's attention, while the classic cut will showcase your fit figure.

And, like Biel, make sure your frock fits you perfectly - an ill-fitting gown can be unforgivably unflattering!"

Yes, of course, we have a Pageant Dress department!

We also have Girls' Pageant dresses...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Shop cheap, look like a million bucks

"Some girls think that a new semi-formal dress is needed for every soiree they attend. While this sounds incredible, a hefty budget is needed to make this work!

Believe it or not, it's possible to change things up with a few staple dresses. The key is to accessorize and think outside the box.

Ashley Benson, who stars in the new ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars, spoke with StyleList.com about the series' costume designer, Mandi Line.

"Mandi is so great with creating outfits," Benson told the news source. "She buys a lot of basic pieces and then adds fabric or lace to tops, adds studs to jeans, and she makes a lot of jewelry as well. It's all so cheap and unique, and you'll be the only person wearing it."

Girls scouring through formal dresses at the moment may want to test out Line celebrity style secret. Single-color, floor-length gowns can look unique and different when paired with different jewelry, a different belt, or a variety of high heels.

It looks like Benson has the right idea when it comes to this trend.

"It's nice to buy less expensive clothes and make them dope by adding a few things that reflect your personal style," she told the news outlet."

Or, just check out our Affordable Dresses department for stunning cheap prom dresses!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Primary colors are wonderful for formal dresses

"Jason Wu, design expert and stylist to scores of fashionistas around the world knows his clothes. So when the talented guy gave the scoop in InStyle on what formal dresses were in vogue at the moment, we were all ears.

Wu advised women to keep their eye out for primary colors, which are perfect for the upcoming fall.

"Some grown-ups believe bright reds, yellow and blues belong only on children's clothes, but I never tire or eye-catching primary hues," he wrote in the news source.

However, the talented stylist also recommended that women take some chances by incorporating accents in a surprising shade.

"I just indulge in a little tonal adjustment: scarlet with a dose of orange, golden mustard yellow or a deep cornflower blue. This way you get the rush of the familiar plus a dash of the unexpected," he wrote in the news outlet.

We think this is a great idea - primary colors are pretty standard, but when spiced up with a dash of another hue, a formal dress is bound to be a hit!"

And of course we have all colors at TJFormal! But primary colors of red, blue, and yellow will be a great standout in the fall.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The fall runway trends to follow when selecting a homecoming dress

"As summer winds down and a new school year approaches, teenage girls are bound to start thinking about what to wear for homecoming. While summer styles may still be in the forefront of your mind, girls looking for an autumn semi-formal dress can select an ensemble that fits with fall's hottest trends.

According to experts at Refinery29.com, fall runways were filled with a mix of rich jewel tones and classic colors. While gem tones are typically most popular in autumn, the news source states that deep purples reigned supreme for the upcoming season. Depending upon their hair color and skin tone, ladies can opt for warm, aubergine-colored gowns or cooler violet-hued dresses.

Girls looking to turn heads while wearing a lighter color may want to select a pale blue ensemble. "[This tone] really caught our attention not only because it seemed unexpected for the cold season, but because it had an icy-cool modernity that seems incredibly chic right now," the news outlet reports.

Of course, there is one classic color that seems to never go out of style, especially for semi-formal dresses - bright red! This bold yet sophisticated shade is sure to make any teenager feel like a homecoming queen."

TJ Formal has many, many brand new styles for fall in these popular shades of purple, blue, and red.

Jovani Homecoming Dress 8861 (this could double as a holiday dress too!)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wear the right shoes for your body type

"While unearthing a picture-perfect formal dress is often a splendid experience, there's one hard cold truth every woman must face - if your tootsies aren't looking stylish, you might as well pack it up and go home.

Still, finding the most fashionable footwear can be a challenge for many trend-conscious women.

Sam Saboura, celebrity stylist and host of My Body, My Style, recently spoke with StyleList.com and gave them some inside shoe scoop.

"A woman with a fuller foot or a fuller ankle is going to benefit from shoes that are pointier or have a V-style at the vamp of the shoe - the same way a V-neck minimizes a fuller bust and a fuller shoulder line," he told the news source.

We think this is fantastic advice. And, ladies who want to appear even slimmer can pick out an ensemble entirely in black.

Still, it looks like Saboura knows what he's talking about when it comes to looking and feeling fantastic.

"At the end of the day you have to wear what you love and wear what you feel the best in," he told the news source."

Here's some great shoes that really slim the legs:

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pink, white and black - three colors that can do no wrong

"Is Holly Madison the world's most adorable pseudo-celeb? By the looks of her recent getup on the red carpet, we're leaning towards a resounding "yes."

The former Girls Next Door reality star showed up to an event in Las Vegas sporting three of the most wonderful, eye-pleasing colors - pink, white and black. The pin-thin Playmate reminded every girl out there that pairing these three hues together is one of the wisest choices in the world.

Girls who are in the midst of uncovering the ultimate semi-formal dress may want to follow Madison's lead. Try to choose a pink cocktail piece that features small black details and pair it with shiny white heels. Or, look for a black mini-number that has a white ribbon, and sport pink ballet flats along with it.

Girls should be sure to stay true to their own sense of style. Still, those who are unsure of what colors to wear at their next big event should remember that pink, white and black is a trifecta of terrific-ness."

Thursday, August 12, 2010

January Jones is beautiful in architectural hemlines

"Unique formal dresses are all the rage now, and these trendy pieces show no signs of slowing down. In fact, A-list celebrities have been hitting the red carpet dressed in striking ensembles that feature inspiring, non-linear hems.

According to FabSugar.com, "architectural hemlines...are all about geometrics. Whether it's a slight dip down, full-on asymmetrical cut, or intricate layers, these uneven hems give off a fresh vibe no matter the occasion."

It looks like January Jones, the stunning model-turned-actress who stars as Betty Draper in the hit series Mad Men, has joined the masses and is now embarking on this trend. The leggy lady stepped out recently at the ESPY awards in an unbalanced frock with a noticeable architectural hem.

January paired her head-turning outfit with a pair of simple black pumps, while showing off her sexy tousled hair.

Women who want to incorporate this fad into their next formal dress can do so without seeming too adventurous. Girls should consider picking out a striking piece that has a unique hemline, but pair it with a simple pair of shoes."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kelly Rowland rocks a long-sleeved mini-dress

"When it comes to looking sexy in formal wear, girls have plenty of options. Women can either choose a mini-dress that shows off their legs or a strapless number that highlights their shoulders.

Of course, picking a semi-formal dress that features both of these details can be tricky. While it's always wonderful to flaunt certain body parts, if a girl wants to look refined, sometimes less can be more.

Kelly Rowland, the beautiful chanteuse and former member of Destiny's Child, showed up to an event in Nashville, Tennessee, exuding sexiness and class. The talented woman donned a remarkable black and white mini-dress that featured elegant long sleeves.

This is a wonderful look for women scouring through semi-formal dresses at the moment. Girls can also pair a piece such as Rowland's with sky-high pumps, which will give their legs more length and allow them to feel like the most luscious woman in the room.

Keeping one's arms covered always adds a bit of mystery to a look. Remember, those who want to snag the attention of onlookers shouldn't give everything away at once!"

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tony Bowls Evenings

Stunning new styles from Tony Bowls Evenings are now at TJ Formal! Rich solids and exquisite prints make these some of the most beautiful gowns of the season! Whether you are attending a dance, party, or formal event, you are sure to find the perfect style.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Finding the perfect little black dress...

"There are certain pieces that every woman should have in her closet, but perhaps the most integral item is the little black dress. This versatile number can be dressed up (or down) with the right accessories, but may also stand alone as a striking ensemble with nothing more than a great pair of heels.

"Every woman knows she should have a little black dress," celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez, who has worked with stars including Rachel Bilson, Kristen Bell and Scarlett Johansson, told InStyle magazine. "But it's important to invest in one that's special."

Instead of picking out a plain cut, Chavez suggests finding a frock with a distinctive detail, such as an interesting sleeve or an embellished belt, to make the black number unique.

However, the semi-formal dress should do more than just look great on a hanger. "Finding the right fit is important!" the stylist added.

Women on the hunt for an ideal little black dress may want to begin shopping online, as they can sort through a variety of silhouettes until they find the style that suits them best."

BLACK 2010 Homecoming Dress C001 - Simple and Classic!

Evenings by Allure Dress A351 - Sultry and Sexy!

Hannah S Short Dress 27588 - Fun and Flirty!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Pair a colorful dress with neutral-colored accessories

"Colorful, short dresses are hot this season, and stars around the world are rocking fun frocks in bold hues. But when you're dressed in a bright little number, picking out the appropriate accessories can be a challenge.

Instead of searching high and low for the perfect complementary shade, why not pair your get-up with neutral-colored accents?

Unlike black, which can seem too formal for a daytime or casual affair, and white, which may feel too stark, beige is a wonderful tone that can match any bright-colored fabric you happen to find.

Eva Longoria Parker recently stepped out at The First Annual Benefit Hosted by Los Angeles Nomadic Division, wearing a cobalt blue frock. The Desperate Housewife paired the bold-colored short dress with a tan clutch and heels.

Meanwhile, halfway across the globe at the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival in Italy, Heather Graham donned a strapless fuchsia number with beige strappy sandals.

Beige is a perfect accent color for bold summer brights, and the neutral hue will also look smashing against rich autumnal shades and cool winter tones."

Beige is a great color that works with dresses that are hard to match.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Plaid - the perfect pattern for a party dress

"While plaid patterns often call to mind images of 90s grunge rockers or Scottish garb, there are ways to work this design when headed to an event. Women may not believe it, but plaid can be especially fab.

Tina Fey, one of the most beautiful funny-ladies out there today, made an appearance at an off-Broadway event recently rocking this pretty pattern. The 30 Rock star was snapped by paparazzi in a party dress that featured a black short-sleeve top and a flowy blue plaid skirt.

As usual, Fey dazzled the crowd with her loveliness. While some may believe her getup was rather low-key, Tina titillated onlookers with a plunging neckline and tussled wavy hairdo. The woman even sported a pair of ballet flat shoes, proving that gals who want to look even dressier in this design can instead opt for heels.

While plaid might not be the best option for formal events, the pattern is a perfect way to seem unique and original at a party. Wear it and have a ball."

Fall is the perfect time for a plaid dress! We carry several that are beautiful and sexy!

Blush 2010 Homecoming Dress 9047 - this is one of our best-sellers!