This gown was made for a dramatic walk up the aisle. We're crazy about that hint of pink lining you see as the fabric flares from the off center front slit. That extra hint of skin at the asymmetrical neckline is a fresh detail, too. For special occasion dressing on a budget, Aqua is one of our go-to brands. Sizes 0-16. Buy from Bloomingdale's.
Asymmetrical necklines are really having a moment, and this one makes a statement at a price no one will believe. It's memorable coming or going—from the front, it's all about that interesting one shoulder cut; from behind, there's the unexpected train of ruffles. Sizes 0 to 16. Buy from Bloomingdale's.
Not into bare shoulders? Here's the obvious alternative. Classic t-shirt styling on top, with a surprise scooped out (but not too deep) back. Glamour all over. You can't miss with this timeless style. Note: they say it runs a bit small even with stretch to the material, so don't fixate on the numbers, and just size up for flattering fit. Sizes 0-16. Buy from Bloomingdale's.
Sophisticated need not mean a steep price. The cuffed balloon sleeves and shimmery embellishment give this party dress a special occasion vibe; the midi length is perfect for afternoon or evening. Buy from ASOS Design.
We were drawn by the unique color, and stayed for the glam design meant to play up your assets with those batwing sleeves and the clever wrap waist. The price is pretty unbelievable, but in our experience, ASOS delivers. Sizes 12-26. Buy from ASOS.
Amazing what an extra swirl of trim can do to elevate a dress. We love the mix of fluidity, architectural flourish and vibrant color. Sizes 0-16. Buy from Saks Fifth Avenue.
Dressed to slay, and totally comfortable doing it. That's the dream, and this is the silhouette. Dolman sleeve, plunging neckline, belted waist, full skirt. Pockets seal the deal, along with the unexpected autumnal hue.Sequins up top; satin on the bottom. Total winner. Sizes 2 to 16. Buy from Saks Fifth Avenue.
From the sequined bodice and blouson sleeves to the wide waist tie, A-line pleated skirt and smoky hue, this is truly the ultimate in shirt gowns. Its level of relaxed sophistication says: I woke up this glamorous. Sizes 0 to 16. Buy from Neiman Marcus.
Instant glamour. We love the flow of the sunburst pleating on this silky satin "Acacia" dress, the one shoulder neckline, and the asymmetrical high-low hem gives it a modern touch. Sizes 0 to 10. Buy from BCBG.
A fun twist on modern style. The one shoulder, A-line cut is as flattering as it is comfortable to wear. The cutout at the neckline is a cool surprise, and we love the navy/metallic shimmer. See it on real mother-of-the-bride Denise. Sizes 2 to 12. Buy from Nordstrom.
If it's possible for a sequin gown to seem cozy, this is it. We love the peek of shoulder with the elbow length sleeve and the figure skimming sheath style. The sequins give it an all over shine without making it seem fussy. See it on real mom Heather. Sizes 4 to 16. Buy from Nordstrom.
Gold stars for this formal dress! We love the dramatic cape sleeve—a gorgeous moment from the front and back that's also practical: arm coverage, and no concern about tripping. The slim fit is designed to flatter with its ruched detailing. Sizes 14 to 20. Buy from Macy's.