Friday, December 30, 2011

Get the dresses Kendall Jenner wears in TeenPROM

Kendall Jenner is all the rage right now! This young beauty gives you a peek into her photo shoot with Teen Prom.

We have the dresses she is wearing right here! 

Terani 2012 Prom Dress P677 


Dana Mathers 2012 Prom Dress Leza


 Terani 2012 Prom Dress Y752


 Jovani 2011 Homecoming Dress 9597

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Are you hitting the club on New Year's? Make sure you're comfy and flashy

New Year's Eve is the next big holiday that people around the country are gearing up for, so if you're heading out on the town for the occasion, you're probably looking at clubbing dresses as we speak! Between plunging necklines to sparkling sequins, there's something out there for everyone, but staying comfortable is another matter.

Let's face it, even the hottest cocktail dress will leave something to be desired in the late December weather, so make sure you have a few items to stay toasty. A colorful cardigan is a wonderful addition to your ensemble, and it will keep you warm while you're waiting in line to get into the club.

Another tip is to find evening dresses that can pair well with tall boots. This footwear can easily add a bold edge to your outfit, and they can help to keep you a bit warmer when the mercury starts to dip.

Lastly, don't neglect a formal dress with sleeves! This can keep you a bit warmer and give you even more sparkling material to plan your ensemble around.
Sherri Hill 2012 Prom Dress 1452

 Jovani 2012 Prom Dress B171313
Sherri Hill 2012 Prom Dress 8421

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wearing an animal print for New Year's? Make sure you have plenty of gold jewelry

New Year's Eve is right around the corner, so if you're hard at work planning your ensemble for the evening, you can't go wrong by adding a bit of animal print along with your formal dress or cocktail dress. However, this pattern is very strong and can dominate the look of your outfit, so you'll need complementary accessories to make it look its best.

According to, if you're wearing a standard leopard print, gold jewelry is the ideal pairing. Whether you opt for a simple pair of stud earrings or an elegant statement necklace, this can add a dazzling accent to your ensemble.

On the other hand, if you're sporting an animal print that utilizes unconventional colors, it's probably best to use neutral accents to add a touch of contrast to your look. Opt for a few black cuff bracelets or a cute pair of teardrop earrings to perk up your look.

Animal prints are dazzling options as evening dresses on New Year's, but they come with their own unique style challenges. Opting for these chic accessories will give you plenty of confidence on the big night.
Sherri Hill 2012 Prom Dress 2889

Hannah S 2012 Prom Dress 27672

 Mori Lee Sticks & Stones 2012 Prom Dress 9152

 Jim Ball Designs Earrings PV113GC

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

TJ Formal's Joplin Extreme Prom

On May 22, 2011, Joplin was directly hit by an EF-5 tornado. It devastated over 8000 homes and impacted countless families. Thankfully TJ Formal, which is located in Joplin, was out of the path of the tornado and suffered no physical damage. However, many high school students lost their homes, jobs, and schools.

Attending prom is a major lifetime event for many teenagers, but those impacted by the tornado may not get to attend because of financial constraints.

TJ Formal's Joplin Extreme Prom event is helping these students get to prom in 2012. We invite students who have a financial need, due to loss of homes or jobs, to come to our store to fill out an application.

Go to the Joplin Extreme Prom website to see how you can be a sponsor and help make Prom 2012 a memorable experience for all of these students.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Customer Photo Contest - Be a Show-Off!

Would you like $200 towards your next dress purchase? Simply send us a photo of yourself in your TJ Formal dress via our Be A Show-off! Facebook app and you'll be entered for a random drawing at the end of the month! We want to hear from you!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A jewel tone formal dress is your recipe for success during the holidays

With the amount of holiday parties and gatherings you'll be attending in the coming months, you're going to need an adaptable formal dress that can keep up. According to, jewel-toned evening dresses don't need as much accessorizing to pull off and they can make your life a lot easier.

If you want to spread some holiday cheer, opt for ruby red or emerald special occasion dresses. These outfits can be easily perked up with matching accessories, and they look especially beautiful with gold. Keep it simple with a few bangle bracelets or some teardrop earrings to give your ensemble a bit of contrast.
Jovani 2012 Prom Dress 9613
Jovani Evening Gown 159330

 On the other hand, jewel tones like sapphire or amethyst can also be wonderful choices for your next social occasion. Whether you choose a cocktail dress or a formal gown, these outfits can combine beautifully with neutral footwear to ensure that your dress is the star of your wardrobe.
Dave and Johnny 2012 Prom Dress 6743

 Tiffany Designs 2012 Prom Dress 16672
There are countless styles to choose from this holiday season, but opting for a timeless jewel-inspired hue will ensure that you're one of the best dressed ladies at the bash. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

The holiday season is your time to sparkle

Whether you have a work party on the horizon or if you're going to be attending a charity gala, shopping for evening dresses or cocktail dresses for the holidays is a unique experience. According to, sparkling embellishments in clothing and accessories are extremely trendy for the holiday season, and the following tips will help you pull them off.

While sparkles may not seem subtle, you need to be selective with your accoutrements and find the right balance to avoid glittering from head to toe. In particular, you should allow your formal dress to be the main source of shiny materials, which you can then pair with other neutral accents to make it a focal point of your ensemble.

When you've decided on a color for your dress, you can then use footwear and accessories to amp up your look even further. Black peep-toe pumps are always a good choice and can go with nearly any outfit, and you can use colorful accessories to add some complementary hues to your outfit.

Going with a seasonal trend is always a fabulous way to dress for your next social occasion, and you can find glittering special occasion dresses that will give you plenty of confidence this holiday season. 

Sherri Hill 2012 Prom Dress 2861

Jovani 2012 Prom Dress 30072

 Hannah S 2012 Prom Dress 27700

Friday, December 16, 2011

TJ Formal now has LAYAWAY for online sales!

We are expanding our Layaway program to include online sales! We realize that with the recent economy it is more difficult for girls to come up with the money for their prom dress all at once. But don't worry, now at TJ Formal you can take up to 90 days to pay for your dress.

Sherri Hill 2012 Prom Dress 2814


 To take full advantage of Layaway at TJ Formal, now is the ideal time to order your 2012 prom dress. You can pay it off over 3 months and have it just in time for prom. 

Check out all the brand new dresses for Prom 2012, call us to put it on layaway, and don't forget to register the dress on the National Prom Dress Registry. Then you can relax, knowing you'll be wearing the dress of your dreams on your amazing prom night!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Outshining your coworkers at the office holiday formal party

For those that work for large companies, the holiday season is usually given an exclamation point with the annual formal party. This is your opportunity to come dressed in your best, and maybe even show up a few of the ladies around your office. However, since this is still a work environment, you'll have to find a balance between tasteful style and risk-taking.

One style of formal dress that is sure to make a hit is a mermaid dress. This fabulous style shows very little in the way of skin, but it will highlight your figure beautifully. Whether you choose a strapless or dual-strap design, a statement necklace can help to pull your entire ensemble together.

Blush 2012 Prom Dress 9377 

 Paris 2012 Prom Dress 112723

 Another trend to look out for when you're shopping for special occasion dresses is the one shoulder dress. This is the perfect style when you're looking to wear a brilliant brooch pin on your strap to add a pop of color.
Terani 2012 Prom Dress P641

Lastly, don't forget about your footwear! Peep-toe heels have been one of the most popular trends in the fashion world, so throw on a belt or a cuff bracelet to make a black pair of pumps work with your outfit. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Emma Watson sports a dazzling mixture of materials that's ideal for the holiday season

With the amount of holiday parties on the horizon, you're probably racking your brain trying to find a cutting-edge look that's tailor-made for this time of year. Oftentimes it's best to look to the red carpet for inspiration, and Emma Watson's recent ensemble at a Lancome event combined various materials into a stunning look.

Mixing materials is often one of the best ways to get noticed, and it will open up your style choices to accommodate risk-taking footwear, accessories and cosmetics. Watson wore a fabulous dark gray confection that combined a intricately detailed bodice and a tulle skirt which allowed her to sport a pair of glittering dual-strap sandals.

 In addition, the neutral hue of her formal dress allowed Watson to sport a bright red lip color and colorful eye makeup to give her ensemble a visual boost.

Combining various materials in your formal gown is an effortless way to add depth and texture to your outfit, so be sure to keep this style in mind when shopping for special occasion dresses in the near future. 

Sherri Hill 2012 Prom Dress 2814

 Mori Lee Sticks & Stones 2011 Homecoming Dress 9131

Party Time 2011 Homecoming Dress 6565

 Dana Mathers 2012 Prom Dress Kitten

Monday, December 12, 2011

A low-back gown could be a chic choice for your upcoming holiday party

As you prepare for the multitude of holiday parties that are on the horizon, oftentimes it's best to look to the red carpet for inspiration for your ensemble. Actress Rachel McAdams was one of the highlights at the recent premiere of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and she sported a dazzling silver low-back formal gown that could be a tempting choice for fashionistas.

McAdams' dress was a scintillating silver number that was embroidered with slightly darker embellishments that helped her glitter from head to toe. The formal dress opened from her lower back up to her shoulder blades, and the back of her ensemble featured draped fabric that added a bit of visual interest to her look.

The actress' choice of evening dresses also featured an elongated tail that fluttered effortlessly behind her on the red carpet. She kept her accessory choices simple with diamond stud earrings and a soft pink lip color to pull her outfit together.

A low-back dress could be a dynamic choice when shopping for special occasion dresses this fall, but be sure to find a matching cardigan or jacket to keep you toasty during the winter weather!
Sherri Hill 2012 Prom Dress 8435
Terani Prom Dress JP249
Tiffany Designs 2012 Prom Dress 16647

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Carrie Underwood displays a trendsetting ensemble at the American Country Awards

For some ladies, the darker colors of fall and winter are a serious cramp to style choices, so it's better to just flaunt the look that works best. Carrie Underwood knows this all too well, and she stayed with her playful style at the recent American Country Awards in a dynamic tulle minidress with colorblocked sandals.

Underwood's strapless choice of evening dresses was a cute white number that worked perfectly with the spirit of the occasion. The bottom of her dress featured feathery white material, which is a chic choice for a white formal dress that could use something to set it apart.

 To top off her look, Underwood opted for a silver clutch and cuff bracelet, as well as white earrings and a matching pair of ankle-strapped white sandals. Oddly enough, it was the straps on her sandals that provided a burst of color, and the subtle purple wraps gave her ensemble a unique addition.

Stay true to your sense of style this winter by embracing the colors and dress styles that work for you to turn heads at your next gathering.

Jovani Homecoming Dress 757

 Night Moves 2012 Prom Dress 6402

Hannah S 2012 Prom Dress 27671

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

TJ Formal donates prom dresses to charity!

Attending prom is a big event in most girls' lives. They dream about it and plan for it months in advance. But attending prom is also a big expense. Once you buy a dress, shoes, jewelry, tickets, get your hair done, nails done, etc. it can be in the hundreds of dollars. Unfortunately there are some girls who can't even fathom going to prom because of the cost.

Last week, the staff at TJ Formal packed up several hundred brand new prom dresses to send to many charity organizations around the country. These organizations help girls, who cannot afford to go to prom, find the dress of their dreams so they can attend Prom 2012.

Dresses were sent to:
The Princess and Prince Prom Project
Lake Ozark, MO

Operation Fairy Godmother

Joplin, MO

Princess Closet

Chicago, IL

Robeson County Public Library
Lumberton, NC
A small rural library in North Carolina, one of the poorest in the state, is planning on having a prom fashion show to help raise money for the library. The event will take place in March 2012.

We hope many, many girls find their dream dress and are able to attend prom with the help from these worthwhile projects!

Monday, December 5, 2011

How to dress appropriately for holiday season events

It's almost that time of the year again - holiday season! Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner, which means you'll probably have more than a few gatherings to attend. What are the rules on dressing appropriately for holiday get-togethers?

Before you pick out a formal dress, make sure you understand the kind of people you'll be rubbing elbows with. A short mini-dress might be great for a New Year's Eve at the club, but it probably won't fly at a family gathering or an office party. For these more conservative environments, pick a modest neckline and a floor-length hem and dress it up with plenty of feminine accessories.

It's also important to consider color when picking out a dress for a holiday soiree. Pastels are out - warm, rich tones are in. Jewel-toned hues like fuchsia, sapphire and emerald are perfect for a late-night get-together, and rich reds and golds can definitely bring a little heat on a cold evening.

Finally, don't forget about the shoes. You'll need to keep those toes warm, so opt for closed-toed pumps instead of strappy sandals that'll have you shivering. 

La Femme Prom Dress 16071

 Dave and Johnny 2011 Dress 6832

Evenings by Allure 2012 Prom Dress A500

 Wild DNA Shoe "Cosmo" 06

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Enter our Create Your Dream New Year's Eve Outfit contest!!

Go to our Facebook page to enter this contest! Hurry - it's a short one, deadline is December 7th at midnight!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Got a killer pair of heels? Flaunt them with a high-low dress

The holiday season is upon us, which means that you will have many opportunities to sport some chic formal wear to holiday parties, charity benefits and many other events. Some ladies like to plan their outfits for these occasions around their footwear, and there's no better way to accomplish this than with a high-low dress.

A high-low dress combines the sleek cut of a typical formal dress with a sleek tail and a form-fitting bodice, but it turns convention on its head by having a short skirt in the front. This style is a fabulous way to strut your stuff at your next social occasion, and will show off your flair for the dramatic.

Best of all, if you have a pair of heels that you've been dying to wear, these evening dresses will put the spotlight on them in a hurry. A bright and bold pair of pumps flanked by a black ensemble could be a fabulous way to make them an instant focal point.

When you're shopping for chic formal wear this fall, a high-low dress could be the perfect blend of boldness and opulence to create a dynamic ensemble. 
Sherri Hill 2012 Prom Dress 8300
Alisha Hill Zoe Shoe S1078
La Femme 2012 Prom Dress 15087
  Coloriffics Shoe "Xanadu" 750

Jovani 2012 Prom Dress 7333
Helen's Heart Shoe FS-1501-108