Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dianna Agron evokes whimsy and wonderfulness in her Emmys dress

"It's been over 70 years since Rhett Butler charmed his way into Scarlett O'Hara's heart in Gone with the Wind, and yet the fashion from the era was alive and well this past Sunday night. Dianna Agron, who plays the blonde bombshell Quinn on Fox's Glee, stepped out at the Emmy Awards in a number that was both modern and late-1800s-chic.


Argon's dress was a strapless lace number that was created from oodles of violet and black lace. The gown, which featured a tight bodice and two tiers of terrificness, allowed the young woman to appear both mature and youthful the moment she stepped onto the red carpet.

So the question remains - can girls sport this style at their next school soiree? While the look may be difficult to pull off, women who are searching for dramatic dresses and gowns that make a statement shouldn't hesitate to give this one a go. If there's one trend that needs to be in vogue at the moment, it's Scarlett O'Hara-style, with a twist."

Many Quinceañera dresses are made in the Scarlett O'Hara style of very full skirts, lace, tiers, ruffles and exquisite details.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Beauty of Peacocks!

Peacocks are one of the most beautiful birds in the world. Their feathers are unsurpassed in beauty and uniqueness. The male peacock has iridescent blue-green feathers and when fanned, it's a glorious site!


With these gorgeous feathers as inspiration, it's not too surprising that peacock designs are very hot in fashion right now. 
 

Whether it's a peacock printed fabric, or peacock feathers, you'll find several here at TJFormal.com.






Monday, September 27, 2010

The (extremely) little black dress - how to wear it like a pro

"It seems like the Little Black Dress (LBD) has been a staple for women since the dawn of time. The item can often be dressed up or down, depending on accessories, jewelry and shoes.

This summer, one of the hottest trends making its way onto the sizzling bodies of celebs is a teeny-tiny version of the LBD. Still, gals who mimic starlets may be left wondering - how small can one possibly go?

Heather Graham, an indisputable beauty, showed up to the premiere of Countdown to Zero in New York City in a particularly miniature version of this iconic fashion piece. The sultry blonde had on a strapless, formfitting LBD that was perfectly-matched with a fierce pair of gladiator shoes.
Creating an even bigger stir was the one-and-only Angelina Jolie, who stepped out at a premiere for her new thriller, Salt, in a wee sampling of the LBD. The piece allowed the super-slim actress to show some skin and strut her stuff.
 

Women who are looking through semi-formal dresses shouldn't be fearful of a mini LBD. Those who want to look especially elegant in the piece can also choose to wear a simple pair of ballet flats, or sport a soft, dignified shawl."

We have many versions of the LBD even a complete line from Blush...BLACK

BLACK 2010 Homecoming Dress C005

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Eva Mendes wows in a dress fit for a bride

"While many brides-to-be search for a traditional white wedding dress for their big day, other women opt for gowns that are bright-colored, fashion-forward numbers. Some gals, however, desire the best of both worlds - a wedding dress that is classic but a bit unconventional. But finding such an ensemble may seem tricky.

Though she wasn't walking down the aisle, Eva Mendes recently worked the red carpet at the Moscow premiere of The Other Guys in a gorgeous gown that would look stunning on any bride. Like many traditional wedding dresses, the light-colored number boasted a floor-length skirt and a flowing train. Unlike classic bridal gowns, however, the dress featured a subtle floral print and a plunging neckline.



While the ethereal fabric would make any bride look like an angel as she floated down the aisle, guests would be sure to do a double take to get a closer look at the dress' print. Brides-to-be who are searching for a wedding dress that is both traditional and fashion-forward should start shopping early to ensure they have enough time to track down the perfect gown."

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pair a formal dress with high heels, and stay comfortable

"There are few feelings better than finding the perfect formal dress for an upcoming event, and when the big night comes, you'll want your gown to look its best. A gorgeous pair of high heels is a great way to accent your fancy frock, but the shoes may wreak havoc on your feet.

Instead of sacrificing style for comfort, strap on those stilettos and follow a few tips to help keep your feet feeling great throughout the night.

If your shoes are new, or if you have yet to wear them, break-in the heels before the event. Camilla Morton, author of How to Walk in High Heels, told Glamour.com to wear your stilettos to the supermarket. "As you stock up on groceries, use the cart for balance while your feet get used to the new high heel."

Once you've worn the heels, assess where you feel discomfort, as those are the areas that will become painful after four hours of wear, shoe expert and author Meghan Cleary told the news source. Invest in padding or bandages to keep the shoes from harming your feet."

TJFormal.com has a complete line of  Foot Petals to keep your feet comfy and satisfied even when wearing those highest of heels! 

 

Friday, September 24, 2010

New Alyce After Five Cocktail Dresses

Flirty and affordable new dresses from Alyce After Five - perfect for a special night out, dinner party, office party, or homecoming dance!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Select your wedding dress hue based on your skin tone

"While some women may think that wedding dresses come in one color - white - anyone who has ever shopped for such an ensemble knows that is not the case. From snowflake to eggshell, wedding gowns are available in a wide range of hues.

According to TheKnot.com, there may be some shades that look especially flattering on a blushing bride. Ladies with fair skin or a medium complexion with pink undertones should look for a wedding dress with gentle yellow undertones, such as ivory, as they walk down the aisle.

While the website warns that these gals should stay away from stark white as it can wash them out, women with dark or tan skin will look great when rocking the pure hue. Girls with medium coloring and yellow undertones will dazzle in a champagne gown that boasts subtle pink undertones.

However, there is one color that every bride-to-be should try on - diamond white, which is one shade away from true white. "Eighty percent of the population looks best in a soft, diamond-white dress, which isn't as chalky as a white-white," industry insider Melissa Sweet told the website. "When in doubt, buy diamond white."

Many wedding dresses at TJFormal.com can be made in Diamond White.

Sophia Tolli Wedding Dress Heidi Y2954

Casablanca Wedding Dress 1962

Flower girls dresses are also available in Diamond White.
Jordan Flower Girl Dress L700 Taffeta w/ Satin

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New Montage by Mon Cheri

Beautiful, stunning new styles from Montage by Mon Cheri. Gorgeous mothers dresses for weddings or any special occasion. 


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dresses on Sale!

If you want a dress for an affordable price, and to get it fast, be sure to look at our sale site TJ Sale Prom Dresses - hundreds of dresses are on sale! It's the same great company, with the same great customer service! Just an easier way to head straight for the sale racks...online!

Gossip Girl's upcoming season may feature more formal dresses

"Earlier this week, the CW's hit series Gossip Girl premiered, and gals around the country undoubtedly flocked to their sets. While some viewers may have been waiting to see what shenanigans the Upper East Siders had gotten themselves into, others tuned in for one reason - to see what Serena and Blair were wearing!

It's no secret that the program has become an on-air fashion guide for fledgling fashionistas around the country, and Gossip Girl stylist Eric Daman recently spoke to Glamour.com about what viewers can expect to see the leading ladies wearing.

"We have so many scenes where we need gowns," Daman told the news source. "I wanted it to be like higher high fashion...and just take it to the next level. I wanted the girls to look sparkly and amazing and just a little more over the top than usual - a fashion free for all! We treated the characters as who they were, but just taken up a notch."

Girls hoping to emulate the styles of their favorite Gossip Girl can search online for some truly glamorous formal dresses. Shopping for a gown early will ensure that the number arrives well before the date of the big event, leaving plenty of time for shoe shopping and accessorizing."

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ask TJFormal: Short dresses at weddings

Q: What length of dress is appropriate for wedding guests?

"In many areas, late summer weddings are some of the hottest you can attend, and as temperatures climb, so do the hemlines. But even on the most sweltering of days, guests should make sure their short dresses are appropriate for the occasion.

According to People.com, Ciara recently wore a controversial frock to LaLa Vasquez's wedding - a semi-formal dress that grazed her thighs. While the singer certainly has the gorgeous legs to pull of this look, some wondered if the thigh-high dress was inappropriate for a wedding.

While each woman seems to have her own rules for selecting the perfect length, typically a dress that falls just above the knees is safe for a ceremony and reception. Girls who want to keep their legs covered but still desire a cool frock can opt for a longer length, but an open back.

But remember, if rocking a raised hemline, make sure the rest of the gown isn't too revealing - a mini may look cute, but a mini with a low neckline (or an even lower back) may become instantly inappropriate.

Also, while pairing a short dress with sky-high platforms may make you feel ultra-sexy, save the shoes for a night out and instead don a pair with a modest heel."

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Leather cocktail dresses were hot at the VMAs

"At last weekend's MTV Video Music Awards, today's hottest performers stepped out to celebrate the iconic network's biggest night. And while the musicians took center stage, some of Hollywood's most beautiful actresses showed up - and stole the spotlight on the red carpet!

Unlike other, more traditional awards shows, the VMAs allow starlets to channel their inner-rockstars and embrace the edge. Emma Stone and Rosario Dawson did just that using the same trick - they both wore gorgeous semi-formal dresses made from leather.


Stone, who rose to fame after appearing in 2007's Superbad, dazzled in a fitted black leather sheath, sparkling black pumps and a purple clutch. Dawson opted for a strapless indigo-hued number paired with teal high heels and red nails.

Both women looked phenomenal, as the leather gowns hugged their curves and showcased their fantastic physiques. Most importantly, however, the leading ladies maintained the perfect balance of edginess and glamor by complementing their semi-formal dresses with elegant jewelry. Stone wore modest hoops and a cocktail ring while Dawson rocked dangling diamond earrings and a matching bracelet.

Women who want to embrace the rockstar within should take a few pointers from Stone and Dawson - a leather dress is great as long as it's balanced with classic accessories."

Friday, September 17, 2010

New Jovani Mother of the Bride dresses - WOW!!

This collection of Jovani Mother of the Bride/Groom dresses are so stunning! They could equally be worn for any special event and you'd be the center of attention! Just be sure not to upstage the bride. ;)


Thursday, September 16, 2010

One shoulder dresses seen everywhere at the Emmys

"If any more proof was needed about the hotness of the one-shoulder formal dress at the moment, let the recent Emmy Awards be exhibit A. The star-studded event was chock full of women dressed to the nines in gowns with this off-center, unforgettable detail.

First up is Jane Lynch, who took home the coveted statuette for her performance in Glee. The lovely lady was snapped by shutterbugs in an elegant eggplant-hued dress that covered her left shoulder while keeping the other one completely bare.

And who could take their eyes off Elisabeth Moss for a moment? Not us! The Mad Men actress stepped out in a charming champagne-colored gown that swept across her right upper body. The outfit was also adorned with a gorgeous, bold bow. 

Finally, Bones babe Emily Deschanel strutted her stuff in a deep purple number that hid the top of her left arm while keeping her right one out in the open. Make no bones about it - she was gorgeous.

What else is there to say about this ridiculously radiant dress detail? One-shoulder dresses have a hold on us, and we're loving every minute of it."

One-shouldered dresses are in abundance at TJ Formal for all occasions and in all styles!

Short

Long

Bridesmaids 

Bride 
  
Mother of the Bride 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Use summer dresses to create a perfect fall look

"While it may not seem like it at the moment, fall is right around the corner. Before we know it, the leaves will be changing color, the temperatures will be dropping and sweaters will be spilling out of our closets.

Still, girls who want to look trendy into the new season don't need to hunker down a huge sum of cash for an entirely new wardrobe. In fact, Glamour.com recently reported on some intriguing fall trends, many of which can be adapted from some of our best summer attire.

"There's no better way to make the most of your wardrobe than by wearing those spring-and-summer dresses over a body-hugging long-sleeve tee," reports the news source.

Also, the news outlet points out that '70s-inspired fashion is as popular as can be at the moment. Girls can sport their summer maxi-dresses and pair them with an autumn jacket and a bold pair of boots.

This is great news for women who adore a few staple dresses and want to continue to show them off. Keep that floral-print mini-dress where you can see it - you may need it well into the fall."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ask TJFormal: Getting out a makeup stain on a semi-formal dress

Q: How do I get a stain out of my dress?

"Accidents happen - even when you go out of your way to be careful - and there is nothing worse than putting on the perfect semi-formal dress and ruining it with a splotch of makeup before you head out. Instead of hanging the garment back in your closet, there are a few quick home remedies that you can employ to remove the stubborn stain.

Sometimes, getting makeup on a gown seems unavoidable - some may rub off as you put your dress on, or you may spill some as you are getting ready. According to Yahoo! Shine, you can remove foundation with items commonly found in your kitchen.

"Sprinkle [baking soda] onto the stain until it's completely covered and press it gently into the fabric," the website advises. "Wet a nailbrush or a toothbrush and lightly brush the spot. If any makeup remains, repeat the process until all traces have disappeared."

Of course, before you try any stain treatment, do a bit of research on your semi-formal dress' fabric. If the material can be thrown into the washing machine, a piece of white bread may also do the trick. "Blot up liquid foundation makeup spills on washable fabrics using a piece of fresh white bread kneaded into a ball," the news source added."

Monday, September 13, 2010

January Jones grabs attention in a fashion-forward formal dress

"The red carpet at the Emmy Awards is typically lined with beautiful stars in glamorous ensembles, all of whom look breathtaking. Each year, however, there is one formal dress that seems to divide popular opinion and leaves onlookers dazzled or disappointed.

This year, the divisive gown seemed to be January Jones' electric blue number that featured paillette-like ruffles and a hoop skirt with an asymmetrical hemline. The Mad Men star spoke to InStyle magazine about her fashion-forward outfit.

"I just felt like a bird. I love it. It's like a piece of art," the blonde bombshell told the publication. "It's great to walk in because it's short in the front. Turning is a bit tricky, but we'll see how I feel after sitting in it for five hours."

Not so surprisingly, it seems that putting on the gown wasn't a one-person job. "I had assistance [getting into the dress]. There's just two zippers. The corset zip and the outside zip." Jones added.

Women who want to make a serious statement at an upscale event can wear a fashion-forward formal dress as long as they are as happy with it and as comfortable in it as Jones was. You want to wear the gown, and without the right amount of confidence, the gown may wear you!"

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mariska Hargitay based her Emmy gown on her wedding

"When selecting a gown, women often gain inspiration from a variety of places - fashion magazines, their friends, even their favorite celebrities. However, it seems that Mariska Hargitay, co-star of Law and Order: SVU, got the idea for her 2010 Emmy dress from her own closet.

"[This gown] was inspired by my wedding dress," Hargitay told InStyle magazine. "I wore a very, very similar color...I wanted a dress that was very '50s, retro and romantic."


At the prestigious awards show, the brunette beauty, who is better known to fans as Detective Olivia Benson, wore a strapless blush formal dress with a silk tulle bodice, a mermaid silhouette and a simple train.

As to why Hargitay chose to use her wedding dress as inspiration, it may have just been a matter of perfect timing. "It was my wedding anniversary yesterday and I was feeling nostalgic," she added.

If you are selecting a gown for a special occasion, you may want to follow Hargitay's lead and pick a style similar to a silhouette you wore before and loved. You will already have an idea as to how the item will fit, and you can rest assured that you will feel comfortable in the familiar formal dress."

Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Dave & Johnny for Fall 2010

Dave & Johnny has a huge new collection for homecomings, dances, and all fall and holiday events! Here's just a few!


Friday, September 3, 2010

Redheads will shine in emerald green formal dresses

"When selecting formal dresses, women are often told to shop for their shape, but some ladies may want to begin selecting their gowns based on another attribute - their hair color.

Redheads in particular may have a difficult time choosing a hue for their formal dresses, as most advice for women with fiery locks involve which colors not to wear - often pinks, reds and oranges. However, according to Glamour.com, there is one shade that looks great on redheads and is appropriate for the upcoming season - emerald green.

When asked why the rich jewel tone looks so fantastic on red-haired women, the news source suggests basic principles once learned in art class. "Red and green are complimentary colors [they sit across from each other on the color wheel], so they bring out the best tones in one another," the website reports.

In addition to giving hair a boost, those with a pale complexion may also benefit from being paired with an emerald gown. "Redheads also tend to have fair skin, and a rich shade of emerald can help highlight that dewy glow, instead of washing you out, like a lot of other colors can," the news provider added."


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Two skirts on a formal dress are better than one

"When scouring around for the perfect formal dress, one of the most important things to consider is style. Still, it's often difficult for women to choose between a fitted skirt and one that is flowing and feminine.

Believe it or not, a girl can have it all. And, some of Hollywood's most stunning starlets have recently proved this.

Eva Mendes, one of the loveliest Latinas in Hollywood, recently stepped out at a premiere for The Other Guys in a seriously striking ensemble. The talented beauty was dressed in a cream-colored short cocktail dress that featured a perfectly plunging neckline.

However, it was what fell below the bodice that has us in awe. Mendes' dress featured two skirts - one that hugged her bodacious bod and another which was poofy and fun.

Not so surprisingly, country cutie Carrie Underwood has embraced this fad as well. In fact, the beautiful blonde was photographed at this year's People's Choice Awards in a black and white semi-formal dress that embraced the same, dual-skirted style.

For women who are thinking outside the box, two skirts on a dress may be key."


 

 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Formal dresses with pockets - yay or nay?

"Formal dresses often make women feel super feminine, but, let's face it - they don't pair well with an oversized bag. Women often have to squeeze all their goods into a miniature clutch before painting the town red.

So when a girl comes across a semi-formal dress with pockets in them, should she purchase the piece? There is some debate as to whether this style looks hot or hideous.

Model Helena Christensen was recently spotted in a black semi-formal dress that had this intriguing detail on it. The leggy lady had her hands resting comfortably in her pockets and seemed to be embracing her inner Zen.

And who can forget Jennifer Hudson's infamous Oscar piece? The gorgeous singer and actress showed up to the Academy Awards in a striking brown number that featured two obvious side pouches. The starlet was snapped without a purse, and it looks like she couldn't have been any happier about it.

Girls who are willing to take a chance on this style can place their most important valuables in their pockets and reap the benefits of remaining hands-free. Zip up and get down."