Best trends in evening wear Abendkleider post banner with 9 formal dresses

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by JJ’s House.

Every woman needs formal wear in her wardrobe

When I was a kid my favorite part of the biennual clothes-shopping trips was the special occasion dresses aisle. Typically, it was just one rack about 10 m long with gorgeous robes mostly in black with lots of sequins, crystals and beads embellishment. My parents always said that I were obsessed of Abendkleider, which is the German word for evening gowns.

Well, I am still in love with these garnments. I give ballroom dancing the fault. 😉 However, there are so many more special events to sport these beauties than just balls. Christmas, opera, horse race and formal wedding come to mind.

In Germany, however, there are even more occassions where an “Abendkleid” is a Must-have. For instance, I wore one at my graduation from High School.  Another example: When you or your hubby was the best scorer at the annual rifle competition. My brother-in-law, for instance, won the title Schützenkönig (champion marksman) three times, and even became regional Schützenkaiser (top scorer) once. Each time, my sister-in-law wore a new festive garnment for the reception. At these festivities, color is a Must.

Pink is It in evening gowns

When you watched the Oscars you may have gotten the impression that pink is the Pantome Color of the Year as so many celebrities were donning this color on the Red Carpet.

#eveningwear pink mermaid jersey gown with pearl embroidery
Pink trompet mermaid hem jersey gown with V-neck and pearl embroidery. Search #167710 €176
#eveningwear pink mermaid jersey gown with pearl embroidery
Love that the wide collar is nearly a stole and covers the upper arms as well as camouflages the waist. The V-neck in the front and back look sophisticated sexy

Color is a big do

Speaking of color, sporting color is a huge trend.  JJsHouse has 34 color choices which include the classics like black and gemstone colors, statement colors like lime green and, of course, those of the Pantome color palette of the year. They come in EU sizes 32 to 58. This means every woman with every body can find her perfect dress.

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Ruffles anyone?

Put it on Serena Williams‘ stunning Oscar appearance in a sleek dress with ruffles all down the front. How can one better hide a belly? My favorite variation of this trend is this LBD with high Angelina Jolie inspired slit and Jackie Kennedy like cut armwholes.

#formalwear sleek classic maxi LBD with a ruffle hem
Back view of sleek black maxi-dress with ruffle hem
LBD with slit and waterfall ruffles #trendsover40
Princess cut top with boat-neck and A-Line cut skirt asymmetric stretch-crepe LBD with waterfall ruffles and slit. Look for #137358 €110

High-low hems

When you love your legs and they are you best feature, show them off with a high-low hem. Everything is possible from sexy black lace like an Argentine Tanguera to a more feminine sweet look in satin and beaded top like the example below.

#romanticstyle high-low hem satin with pearl embroidery promdress
Romantic high-low hem with salomon pink satin skirt and white pearl embroidered top. #153618 €137
#trends blush and pearl embroidered robe
Back view to illustrate the nice see-thru and pearl embroidery

Pleats in formal wear? Yes, please!

Accordion pleats are a perennial classic. They pop up every now and then and are so flattering on many of us. Well, the skirt is cut in A-line. That’s why. This pleated garnment looks very sophisticated in gray. Perfect for a red head or brunette.

#styleover40 Pleated A-line bottom and heart-neck cleavage plus accentuated waist and 3/4 length sleeves robe
#164945 €172 Pleated A-line bottom and heart-neck cleavage plus accentuated waist and 3/4 length sleeves make this item perfect for women in midlife
#advancedstyle beautiful pleated wedding guest attire
Love the sophisticated coverage of the skin and the see-thru

Statement sleeves like in Mc Beth

This trend reminds me of the robes the actresses wore in Shakespear’s Mc Beth in 1981 when I visited the play at the Old Vic in London. Long, floor length sleeves will give you an entrance and are perfect for the arm-shy women among us.

#formalweartrends woman in floor-long lace sleeves robe
Floor long lace sleeves robe #149490 €168
gray drapped chiffon evening dress with statement sleeve
Drapped chiffon with statement sleeves #192562 €128
#fashionover50 square neck robe with floor length sleeves
Side view of the square neck robe with floor length sleeves
#eveningstyle great gray draping with cool sleeves
Back view to show the draping

Cinderella-like style

Did you like the Cinderella fairy tale and its takehome message
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Remember her dress? In this piece, you will have a hard time not to feel like a Princess.

#agelessstyle Cinderella look with Duchesse V-neck
Cinderella look with Duchesse V-neck. #153634 €137
#duchessestyle great blue and black garnment for special occasions
Love the accentuation of the waist. You will need an adhersive bra for this style.

You can’t go wrong with lace

It hasn’t to be full on. Just the sleeves or as embellishment also do the trick. Recall that champagne lace looks sophisticated, black has a sexy vibe, white is elegant, red is feminine – think Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward at the opera in Pretty Woman.

#trendsover50 woman in figure flattering classic with a twist formal attire
Classic black and white sheath with a lace embellishment. The light color on the top is perfect to play down big boobs. The black waist and vertical lines have a slimming effect
#formalattire Julia Roberts Vivian Ward like maxi little red dress
Lace elbow length sleeves and off-the shoulders maxi version of the little red dress. #167705 €134
#midlifestyle long sheath with lace embellishment and see-thru
This black and white sheath has a nice see-thru in the back. #167682 €120
#advancedfashion gorgeous LRD
Back view of LRD. The slightly darker lace enhances the illusion of a slim waist

Velvet is still a Do in special wear

“She wore Blue Velvet.” Remember that song and the movie? I love the deep saturated color of velvet fabrics, especially when it comes in gemstone hues. If you have the cleavage you will love this pick.

#timelessstyle velvet wrap-dress with beaded details
Beautiful velvet, draped robe with pearl embellisment on the side, cascading ruffles and long sleek sleeves
#retrostyle sleek velvet fitted special event robe
View from the other side. Love the sleek fit. #192582 €132

Capes and bolero jackets for a sophisticated look

Capes and bolero jackets are perfect cover-ups when it gets chilly after sunset or due to AC or in church. Why not directly buying a perfect match?

#winterformalwear great winter formal attire with matching cape
Blue A-line cut with pearl embroidery, deep cleavage and matching cape. #153621 €124
#Ascortoutfit look for a horse race
Love the tea-length and sophisticated look like an Ascort outfit. #153408 €129
#formalattire great blue deep back cleavage attire
Back view without the cape
#dress4success what I would wear to a horse race
Back view without jacket

Jumpers are hot in formal attire

Are you a trendsetter? Or a tomboy? Then the jumper trend is made for you.

#trendsetter cool glam jumper for dancing the night away
Love the feminine take on the jumper. The lace pearl embroidered front with the statement sleeves turn a casual piece of clothes into real glam.
#tomboy perfect glamerous formal jumper
Back view of glamerous jumper #167711 €133

Sequins created pattern

Growing up in the 70s, sequins fascinated me. Yeah, they are back! Love this sophisticated sheath-style gown with long sleeves.

#sophisticatedstyle Sequin maxi sheath
Sequin maxi sheath formal robe #147959 €161
#70trend sequin maxi with long sleeves
View of back cleavage

Lust for getting a beautiful garnment for the next wedding or whatever?

You can find these and more special occassion dresses at affordable prices at JJ’s House. Don’t understand German? No problem. They have their site also in English.

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Photos of my choice courtesy JJ’s House Germany

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by JJ’s House. They did not endorse the post. I wrote the post myself and all opinions are my own and as usual 100% honest.

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3 thoughts on “Best trends in evening wear

  1. Actually I have lots of collections here that I liked.
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  2. Based in China. enough said. Velvet as description for a dress not enough, there is a huge difference between velvet made from cotton or polyester..

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