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There are basically only two factors that determine the tag price of any dress: the designer's name on the label and the raw materials. You can basically ignore other manufacturing input but these two can make your evening, cocktail, homecoming, or prom dresses pricey.
Finding the proper style and design for an event isn't easy; pick the wrong one and you'll be scarred for life and will probably carry a memory that can make you cringe anytime. The choices you have will depend on how well you know your neighborhood designer, how well-read are you when it comes to expensive international fashion houses and brands, or how wide you have scouted the many stalls and clothes' rack of your local mall.
Teenagers, in particular, suffer the greatest anxiety when it comes to prom dresses, while some older women who are looking for homecoming dresses 2011 may experience similar stresses too. To resolve such situation, some may just go for a rental especially for one-night only affairs. Some may elect to buy or have a set made that they can pass on to a younger family member or use in some event.
Whatever the choice is, the rates for any kind of transaction will depend primarily on the materials. The label or the designer house or name will pad up the price. Be aware of these when selecting a dress off the rack or talking with your designer.
The design usually dictates how much material is used. Many of the dresses come in long and bias cut and with layered fabrics. Decorative stitching is added to give a hint of elegance and opulence. These are sometimes bedecked with toned-down beads, rhinestones, or ruffles. For proms and informal events, mullet dresses are popular. Short hemlines and those with A-line silhouettes are also popular and are in demand.
You can also have tube and sleeveless designs, or those with straps, cap, or long sleeves. In such styles, you can choose to have off-the-shoulder, sweetheart, strapless, keyhole, or one-shoulder, sling-type necklines. Halter designs, meanwhile, use beads, sequins, rhinestones, or any combination of the three or with other materials. Some bodices feature ruched bust or an overlay of vertically shirred tulle.
For waistlines, the classic empire, natural, and dropped styles are the current flavors. You can go for A-line, pencil, bouffant, or mermaid cut and have it covered with sheer lace layers, beadwork, or embroidery.
With the exception of short cocktail dresses, most other types of evening wear are made of synthetic fabrics such as nylon, polyester, rayon, and acetate, which are blended with cotton or silk. You can go for one sewn from satin to have lighter and softer pieces with high sheen.