Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A wedding dress with a simple bodice - avoid it if you can!

"Women who are about to enter marital bliss and aren't much of a flashy kind of girl may be looking at simple wedding dresses at the moment. However, ladies who prefer comfort over craziness may want to tread carefully.

As Glamour.com pointed out, choosing a wedding dress with a simple and plain bodice has its downside - when a bride is photographed from the waist-up at her affair, she might lose her bridal appearance.

"All that'll show is the top, and if it's too simple, you may look like you're wearing a basic tank or tube top in every shot," an analyst from the news source advised.

Girls who aren't into frilly and fancy designs may want to spruce up their look with some bold jewelry. Also, never underestimate the power of a headpiece.

"Looking special in wedding photos is important to every bride I've known, and trust this wedding gown consultant: You'll look almost like you do in everyday life if your gown's plain on top and there's no veil to speak of," the expert advised."

Still set on a simple bodice? Try these ideas to dress up those all-important bridal portraits.

Monday, November 29, 2010

New for Prom 2011 - Terani Prom!

Terani always has fabulous styles for each season and the new prom dresses for Prom 2011 are no exception!

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Come see all the beautiful dresses available!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Princess Diana's wedding gown to be featured in museum exhibition

"It's been almost three decades since Princess Diana married Prince Charles in a ceremony that was broadcast around the world, yet her wedding dress still lives in infamy. Now, some lucky people in the Michigan area are going to be able to stand a few feet away from it.

According to MLive.com, the Grand Rapids Art Museum will be featuring the exhibition Diana - A Celebration, where 28 of the late Princess of Wales' gowns will be on display. However, it's her unbelievable wedding dress that may garner the most attention.

"It was seen on TV by over a billion people. That's why it's the most famous dress in the world," art handler Graeme Murton told the news outlet.

Women who want to enter wedlock in a wedding dress such as Lady Di's are in luck. While her gown's style was inspired by the trends of the era - big, poofy sleeves and elaborate fabric detailing - such features are slowly coming back in style.

However, there may be one detail that will be hard to emulate - her train!

"I remember the actual wedding, when she came out of the coach, the train just kept coming and coming and coming," Murton told the news source."

Friday, November 26, 2010

How to look thin in a formal dress

"Women are always trying to fit into a smaller semi-formal dress, no matter what size they may be. Can't we just be thrilled with the skin were in?

Believe it or not, girls can take a few steps in order to appear slimmer in a formal dress without starving themselves in the process. In fact, Fox News reports that looking as though you've shed a few pounds starts with one's undergarments.

"A perfect-fitting bra can help define your waist and make you look taller and slimmer by giving you the lift and support you need," the news source reports.

Also, women shouldn't hesitate to shop around for cuts and styles that suit their figure best. From A-line formal dresses to mermaid gowns, the options are endless.

And, experts recommend ladies remember the go-to cut for every body type - empire dresses.

"What makes this shape so flattering is that it's relaxed but still creates a clean line, it emphasizes the ribcage - a slim spot on almost everyone, and conceals the tummy," according to the news outlet."

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Dancing With the Stars costume that combines sex appeal and sophistication

"While the elaborate costumes featured each week on Dancing With the Stars may be a bit over-the-top for an event such as prom, girls can still look to the wild ensembles for inspiration for their next formal dress.

Twenty-year-old contestant Bristol Palin made headlines at the beginning of the season with her declaration to People Magazine that her outfits on the show would be the most modest of any cast member. And while the young mother stayed true to her promise, she recently dominated the dance floor in a short dress that was both demure and alluring.

Palin wore a black minidress that featured an elegant lace overlay with long sleeves, proving that gals don't have to show a lot of skin to be sexy.

"You can be so covered up and yet be so sexy!" DWTS costume designer Randall Christensen told StyleList.com. "[This ensemble was] by far Bristol's most sophisticated, sexy look to date."

Teenagers who want to find a prom dress that seamlessly blends sass and class should start shopping early so that they have time to check out every style available."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Carrie Underwood opens up about her favorite feature

"Carrie Underwood regularly wows on the red carpet in gorgeous formal dresses that flatter the her petite frame. However, it seems that there is one feature in particular that the country crooner likes to highlight - her legs!

"My fave feature is my legs," Underwood told People magazine. "I show them off in short - but not too short! - skirts and shorts."

This may also explain one of Underwood's most talked about obsessions - shoes. After all, a great pair of heels can elongate one's legs and make little ladies look their best.

"[When I want to stand out] I put on a fantastic pair of shoes. People often notice awesome shoes, men and women alike," the blonde beauty told the news source.

Underwood also enjoys how shoes can elevate the simplest of ensembles.

"You can have on the most 'plain Jane' outfit on the planet, and pairing it with a rockin' pair of shoes can make all the difference!" she added.

Ladies who want to show off their legs should take some tips from Carrie and pair a short semi-formal dress with sky-high heels." 

Stand out in shoes like these!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A toast to Kate Middleton's semi-formal dresses

"The world is currently enamored with Kate Middleton, and it's easy to see why. She and Prince William have been dating for seven years!

Of course, Will just put a ring on Kate's finger, and ever since then the public has been digging for details on the beautiful brunette. Still, the Huffington Post was more inclined to take a peek at her fashion choices throughout the years.

In 2006, Middleton was photographed at Laura Parker Bowles' wedding in a gorgeous getup. However, it was her accessories that left us in awe - the Brit was working a camel-colored poofy head piece that perfectly matched her adorable, super-feminine pumps.

The following year, the future royal was snapped by paparazzi wearing a casual semi-formal dress while leaving her apartment. The black and white creation featured a lovely leaf pattern and was paired with a gorgeous pair of black high-heeled boots and an elegant leather bag.

Finally, Middleton recently attended a friend's wedding in a gorgeous cobalt blue semi-formal dress. She complemented the creation with a trendy black blazer, dark high-heels and a regal, radiant hat.

With all these gorgeous creations, we have to wonder what took Will so long to pop the question? That prince is one lucky guy!"

Friday, November 19, 2010

Use accessories to add elegance to a semi-formal dress

"There are few things better than finding a semi-formal dress that fits you perfectly, and once you locate the ideal gown, you'll likely want to wear it as often as possible. But sometimes even a dress that fits you flawlessly can seem a bit too casual for a formal affair.

Instead of hanging the number back in your closet, why not dress it up with glamorous accessories? A few basic additions can turn a casual dress into an elegant ensemble.

According to Glamour.com, a jeweled belt is a great way to add a bit of pizazz to a low-key number. "Most women don't think to wear them for dressy events, so you'll stand out from anybody else who may decide to pull out their [little black dress] for the event," the website reports.

Dangly earrings, a cocktail ring and a brightly-hued clutch can also bring some glamor to an understated ensemble.

But when picking out shoes to go with a heavily-accessorized semi-formal dress, you may want to opt for a no-frills pair. A strappy pair of black heels [will] keep your look simply sophisticated," the news source states." 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wedding dress fabrics - choose wisely

"When a woman is about to walk down the aisle, she spends much time deciding on her wedding dress' cut and style. Still, brides shouldn't forget about one important facet of their wedding gown - fabric.

When a woman is about to walk down the aisle, she spends much time deciding on her wedding dress' cut and style. Still, brides shouldn't forget about one important facet of their wedding gown - fabric.

Luckily, Glamour.com gave brides-to-be some inside scoop on choosing material. As expected, the key is to make sure it fits a woman's personality and tastes.

"If you're a girly-girl looking for an uber-femme gown, you'll probably want to stick with one of the floatier fabrics, like tulle or organza," according to the news source. The publication goes on to remind girls that wedding dresses are usually made from silk, satin, chiffon and tulle.

While this is a great idea, brides should make sure to plan ahead. Some women want to exude femininity on their special day, but surprisingly wind up rocking something cutting-edge.

No matter what, brides-to-be should pay attention to the feeling certain materials convey.

"Lace is a girly fabric too but it's more old-school and has more of an antique vibe," the publication reports, adding that "taffeta's great if you're searching for some structure."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ruffles are radiant and beautiful on formal dresses

"When hoping to strut her stuff in an elegant and unforgettable formal dress, a woman often looks for some unique, intriguing detail. Between sexy sequins and cute cut-outs, having a dress boast one head-turning feature can turn a wallflower into the belle of the ball.

When hoping to strut her stuff in an elegant and unforgettable formal dress, a woman often looks for some unique, intriguing detail. Between sexy sequins and cute cut-outs, having a dress boast one head-turning feature can turn a wallflower into the belle of the ball.

This fall and next spring, a surprising trend is predicted to be popping up all over the place - ruffles. This adorable detail combines womanly ideals and a fun, carefree attitude with one single feature.

"Whether it's just a tiny ripple of fabric down the front...or full-on tiers of flourishes, this deeply-feminine embellishment is one of the quickest ways to add interest to an outfit," Lucky Magazine reports.

Girls who are in need of a fabulous formal dress for an upcoming occasion may want to look for pieces that feature ruffles. Floor-length gowns that have them cascading down the front, or semi-formal dresses that boast the design on the hemline will look absolutely fabulous at an evening soiree.

However, the news outlet recommends treading carefully.

"Because ruffles create volume, be sure to counter the effect with something tailored, like a slim jacket," according to experts at the publication."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

High-Low Dresses are HOT for Prom 2011!

A high-low dress is short or shorter in front and long in the back, sometimes with a train. While these have always been popular dresses, they are making a grand entrance with the Prom 2011 season with much more elaborate designs. Most brands have a few of these in their collections. Some are very short in the front and some are below the knee. A high-low dress gives the chance to show off those awesome shoes that were so carefully selected to go so perfectly with the dress. A few favorites...

Open House on Thanksgiving Weekend - great deals!

Open House on Thanksgiving weekend!
  • Brides - Enter a drawing to win $50, $100 or $150 off your wedding gown (over $600)
  • Brides - Purchase your gown on your first visit to be eligible to purchase an accessory package at a discount
  • Brides - Receive 20% off your reception and/or rehearsal dress
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  • All prom, homecoming, social and formal party dresses are 20% off
Please join us for this BIG 3-day sale in store at TJ Formal!
 Hours: Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Winner of Pink iPod Shuffle Announced!!

We have been fluctuating all week between 1004 and 996 fans and I was waiting for it to stabilize. But this morning we were at 1000 and a winner was randomly chosen!!

Cindy Parsons is the winner of the PINK iPod Shuffle! Cindy, please email us at contact_inquiry@tjformal.com with your address, and the song you entered with, so we can send you the iPod!

Thanks everyone for playing along!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mori Lee Paparazzi Collection

Mori Lee's new Paparazzi line for Prom 2011 is going to be a HUGE hit!! Gorgeous full skirts, slinky sexy designs and fabulous details are going to make these dresses a dream for prom!

Sherri Hill at CMA Tonight!

"Country Superstar Miranda Lambert made history with NINE Country Music Association Award nominations, the most for any female country music artist, so tonight at the 44th Annual CMA Awards, when she hits the red carpet, all eyes will be on her... and what she's wearing.

We are honored to announce that Miranda Lambert has chosen FOUR custom Sherri Hill dresses on the biggest night of her life (it's her birthday, too!).  We have been working with Miranda's stylist to design more than a dozen exclusive looks for Miranda.  She is confirmed to walk the red carpet in a Sherri Hill gown, perform twice in two different Sherri Hill short stunners and cap off her celebration at the CMA afterparty in yet another Sherri Hill design!

You can also expect to see rising star Katie Armiger (below left,wearing Sherri Hill style 2531 on her latest album cover) walking the red carpet in Sherri Hill and maybe even Kelly Clarkson taking center stage in another of Sherri's stunners!"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Jennifer Aniston puts her spin on the little black dress

"Leave it to Hollywood's biggest stars to grab hold of a classic and constantly reinvent it day after day. Currently, Jennifer Aniston is the latest celeb to put her spin on an timeless trend - the little black dress.

Leave it to Hollywood's biggest stars to grab hold of a classic and constantly reinvent it day after day. Currently, Jennifer Aniston is the latest celeb to put her spin on an timeless trend - the little black dress.

For an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote her new romantic comedy, The Switch, Aniston wore a short black dress. But while it sounds simple enough, the former Friend infused the ensemble with her trademark sexy style.

According to InStyle.com, the silhouette was anything but simple. "The easygoing-but-still-sexy shape was perfect for the laid-back star," the website reported. "A high hemline and peep-toe heels showcased her tanned, toned legs, while layered necklaces and bracelets brought shine to the relatively informal style."

The dress' flowy top and billowy sleeves allowed the actress to subtly show-off her shapely arms as well, without creating a too-bare overall look.

Ladies who are searching for the perfect little black dress of their own may want to take a page from Aniston's playbook and opt for an unexpected cut when selecting a classically conventional piece."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pair a short dress with a blazer for year-round style

"A sleek, short dress is a great way to add a bit of sex appeal to any night out, but as the weather cools down, some women may hang their minis in the back of their closets until springtime rolls around once again.

A sleek, short dress is a great way to add a bit of sex appeal to any night out, but as the weather cools down, some women may hang their minis in the back of their closets until springtime rolls around once again.

Instead of burying that little gown in the back of your closet to hibernate, why not pair the dress with a lovely blazer and rock the ensemble as the temperature drops?

Actress Kate Walsh looked stunning as she stepped out on the red carpet for the Disney and ABC Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California. The Private Practice star wore a mocha-colored short dress that showed off her fantastic figure and toned legs. Instead of draping a delicate shawl across her shoulders, however, Walsh opted for a white blazer with rolled-up sleeves.

While some cover-ups can overwhelm the delicacy of a short dress, the blazer complemented the ensemble perfectly, as the light color and slouchy sleeves kept the jacket from seeming overly structured.

Blazers are also a great way to add a touch of conservative-style to an otherwise revealing number. Throw a fitted jacket over your short dress for dinner, and then take off the blazer when you're ready to go out dancing!"

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Stacy London from What Not to Wear cautions against going overboard

"Stacy London may have people poo-pooing her choice to sport that infamous grey streak in her beautiful black mane, but if there's one thing the girl gets right, it's fashion. As one half of the dynamic duo that hosts TLC's What Not To Wear, she has helped style-challenged girls across the country look and feel fabulous in gorgeous semi-formal dresses and ensembles.

London recently took the time to speak with StyleList.com, and reminded girls that too much of a good thing can often ruin a look.

"It's about tone. Also, the one thing that drives me crazy is any trend head-to-toe. You see that with animal prints," she told the news outlet.

Girls who are hoping to work an animal print along with their next party dress should remember to these wise words of wisdom. A pair of leopard-print pumps or a cute zebra clutch is sometimes all you need.

"An animal-print shirt with a dark leather jacket can look very rocker - a dress with an animal-print cardigan can look very work appropriate. But if you pile it on, it's just going to be a disaster," London told the news outlet."

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Win a PINK iPod Shuffle!

We are soooo close to 1000 fans on our Facebook Page that we are giving away a PINK iPod Shuffle to celebrate!  
To enter:

Answer this question in the comments section on this blog post:

What's your favorite song or group that you'll be putting on this iPod?
OR, you can put a link to your favorite dress on TJFormal.com

The Rules:
  • One entry per person (anonymous posts will not be entered as we need to know who you are)
  • Contest will end once we reach 1000 fans.
  • The winner will be randomly selected from the comments and announced after we reach 1000 fans or Friday morning (Nov. 5), whichever comes latest.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bring the bedroom to the ballroom with a corset-style dress

"Long gone are the days when women would stuff themselves into a button-down corset just to run to the market. Still, ladies who want to embrace this sultry style may be in luck.

Corsets, garments that promote a much-desired hourglass figure, are making a serious comeback at the moment. And, while any woman can don this look in the boudoir, this design is slowly inspiring formal dresses.

Amber Heard, actress and model, recently stepped out in a striking example of this sexy style. The beauty was dressed in a white, strapless, knee-length number that featured a corset bodice. The piece allowed the starlet to embrace her feminine and vixen sides, all at once.

Believe it or not, corsets can also be worn as a woman walks down the aisle. Brides who are daring can don the piece and complement it with a shawl or shrug as they say their "I Dos." Those who want to show off some skin can let loose at the reception and sport the saucy style loud and proud."