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Traditional and Regal: Ballgowns

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Have you been dreaming of your wedding day since you were little? If so, you’re probably familiar with the ballgown style. This type of dress is perfect for a bride who wants to make a statement.

If your style can be described as “fashionable, dramatic, and luxurious” then a glamorous ballgown dress is for you!

How it Began

Ballgown Dress | Rebecca Ingram | As seen on TodaysBride.com
Rebecca Ingram | Francis

Ballgowns have been popular for decades. They’re definitely the most classic silhouette! Characterized by their fitted bodice and full skirt, Christian Dior solidified their popularity. In 1947, he debuted his “New Look” collection which created the model for the modern ballgown.

Ballgowns are a style worn by a number of different people: from celebrities on the red carpet, to high school prom, to even the royal family. Monarchs especially have been wearing ballgowns for centuries. Style icons such as Grace Kelly and Queen Elizabeth II are known for their frequent wearing of traditional ballgowns with a fitted bodice and full skirt.

Take our quiz to find out if a ballgown is flattering with your body shape!

Ballgowns for Weddings

Ballgown Wedding Dress | Casablanca | As seen on TodaysBride.com
Casablanca | Karissa

When it comes to a wedding dress, nothing makes a statement like a ballgown. The bride can customize this classic style by choosing a gown with sleeves or opting for a strapless look.

Ballgowns are a popular dress style for celebrity weddings. Poppy Delevigne wore a ballgown paired with an elaborate veil and extensive train for a stunning and dramatic look. Chrissy Teigen chose a strapless ball gown with floral detailing on the bodice. Anna Camp wore a stunning ballgown for her wedding day but paired it with a simple, old Hollywood glam hairstyle and minimal jewelry.

Fabrics and Accessories

Ballgowns, being one of the most luxurious dresses, typically work best with fabrics such as silk, taffeta, and velvet. Ballgowns also present the perfect opportunity to incorporate texture into your dress. Using lace, chiffon, and tulle are ways to make a ballgown more unique.

Most brides tend to choose a strapless gown when wearing a ballgown style dress. A strapless style is very flattering with this type of dress because of the contrast between the fitted strapless bodice and the full length, voluminous skirt.

Ballgown | Maggie Sottero | As seen on TodaysBride.com
Maggie Sottero | Anastasia

We are loving this Maggie Sottero ballgown. The tulle on the skirt and detailing on the bodice add another element to the dramatic dress. This dress paired with a high bun and statement earrings creates a stunning look. Maggie Sottero gowns can be found at a number of vendors, including Lavender Bridal Salon.

Because ballgowns are such a popular style, there are a plentiful amount of designers who create stunning ballgown style dresses. Designers include; Stella York, Casablanca, Maggie Sottero, Adrianna Papell, Simply Val Stefani, Bill Levkoff, Christina Wu and Sorella Vita.


This blog is sponsored by Lavender Bridal Salon. Choosing a wedding dress is a big deal, and Lavender makes shopping for your gown special. Lavender is determined to help brides feel 100% happy and confident in their dress choice. With the help of their experienced bridal stylists, the option of custom designs, and their overall knowledge of the industry, Lavender is dedicated to helping brides find the perfect dress for their big day. Lavender has dresses from a number of top-notch designers such as Stella York, Casablanca, and Christina Wu.

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Jiya says:

Great blog !Whenever any girl think or talk about Ballgowns they do start dreaming about it. Owning a perfect bridal attire is every girl’s dream that she wants to fulfill.

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