Spring Formal Fashion: Get the look for less

By Michelle Costa
February 11, 2010

With the Grammys not far out of sight, and spring formals around the corner, it is the perfect time to look for those “it” formal styles that all the stars are sporting.

From Prada to Givenchy, the stars all worked the red carpet in fierce and original creations that were sure to leave impressions.  Bold colors, stunning patterns and striking details all embellished gowns from head to toe.

Whether it be cocktail length or full length, each dress should show off one’s personality and style.  To get the look for less, I picked my favorite styles of the Grammy night that can be easily replicated for great prices and equally fabulous looks.

Mary J. Blige stepped onto the red carpet in a form-fitting pink gown by Gucci that left crowd in awe.  The style of the gown perfectly complemented her body shape and landed her on the top-10 list for best dressed.  To get the same look at a shorter length, BCBG MAXAZARIA has an amazing pleated satin sheath dress that is available at Lord&Taylor for $298.

The pink dress has flattering roushing that makes the waistline appear smaller and elongates the length of the body.  The sweetheart neckline opens shoulders allowing space for a great neckpiece to top the whole look together.

Who else other than teen sensation Miley Cyrus rocked an amazing short dress that offered edge and rock.  Her stone-colored longed-sleeved Herve Leger number worked alongside her long locks and complementing jewelry.  French Connection has a new sequined dress that sparks green highlights and accents a retro-’80s look.

The Gracie Spirit above-the-knee cocktail dress is marked at $278 but is sure worth every ounce of glamour and detail that is guaranteed to leave you noticed.

For a more conservative and mature look Nicole Kidman sported a ruffle-halter black gown that showed off her post-baby body.  The gorgeous creation from Prada displayed a springtime feel with a unique detailing on top, which is perfect for a casual updo.  To grab the same style, Forever 21 has a new Satin Jabot Woven Dress for a steal of $29.80.

The short style makes the formal look more approachable and can be used for work and play.  Pair the dress with opaque black tights and high-heeled boots for a sophisticated yet fun look.  Add bangles and simple earrings to finish the whole look.

Last but certainly not least is my favorite style of night, worn by Glee star Lea Michele.  The Romona Keveza cocktail dress was youthful and fun, perfect for springtime festivities.  The gorgeous pulled, one-shoulder neckline was simply mesmerizing, which drew the eye to the feathered-layered skirt on the bottom.

My favorite designer, French Connection, has a stunning and almost exact creation called the Dotty Dress for a sale price of $153.  The dress offers the same flirty look with ruffle layers and bow closure on shoulder.  With black satin pumps and simple jewelry, one can be guaranteed a memorable night.

Be sure to rock these best-dressed looks at the Student Government Association formal dance on April 9.  Color detail and length are key to any great look.  The themes is “Boardwalk,” so don’t be scared to have fun with patterns that will make you feel confident and stunning.

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