Thursday, September 8, 2011

Homecoming 101: What Dress Your Need and Why You Need It...

It's time to start bringing out my favorite V neck sweaters and while you're digging through your closet you might realize you have NOTHING to wear for your Homecoming game that is right around the corner. You probably love getting all of your girlfriends together to put on your make-up and help each other with your hair styles, but do you know why you're all together zipping each other up and borrowing your best friends heels?
Homecoming is all about school spirit and this big night is a time for graduates to return to their alma mater to mingle with their classmates and meet their peers that followed in their footsteps. The homecoming tradition is an American celebration, and the exact school of the first annual homecoming is up for debate. The only fact known is that it began in colleges and universities, and slowly spilled down into American high schools.

While some traditions might vary from school to school, there are the basics. First, there is usually a pep rally the day before, or the same night of the biggest game of the season. Students traditionally dress up for this and girl's sport their short flirty dresses and heels while guys dress up in button up shirts and ties. All girls usually flaunt their own distinctive style in the short dresses, unless they are on the homecoming court. If you're an underclassman shopping for your dress, check out this Jasz Couture 4403! I love the coral color and the unique gathered skirt with feathers!

Long gowns are worn by the attendees of the homecoming court. The homecoming court is a group of selected juniors and seniors chosen to represent the school and it's spirit. There is usually a crowning ceremony for a homecoming king and queen. If you're in the court, you will obviously need a stunning floor length dress to look the part! The dress doesn't need to be too flashy for the fall. You don't really NEED the all over sequin Sherri Hill gown, but every dress shopper is different. I would suggest a gown that is simple and elegant. The Blush dress C027 makes a GREAT formal dress in the ivory and gold. This flowing jersey will flatter most any shape and the overall design is so classic!

We have a TON of short and long dresses that just arrived from Jovani, Mac Duggal, and Tony Bowls! Although, I am pretty excited about the Sherri Hill stock order! Just wait until you see what she's come up with!

Friday, September 2, 2011

A Few Things Every Pageant Girl Needs...



School is back in session which means soon it will be time to shop for your high school pageant dress! After you take the title at your school you might decide to do a local pageant or even a Miss Teen USA preliminary this fall or winter.

While finding the perfect winning pageant gown might be a bit of a challenge, the right shoes and jewelry for your pageant should also be taken into consideration! PageantDesigns.com not only has a HUGE selection of evening wear online, we also carry the hottest names in pageantry.

Jonathan Kayne is known for his custom pageant dresses and his looks that walked the "Project Runway" catwalk. He is even more known for his best selling pageant shoes! Jonathan Kayne has designed an incredible line of shoes for the die hard pageant contestant that works hard for the crown. The Austria Jonthan Kayne shoe is a great four inch heel topped off with dazzling A.B. rhinestones that look even better with a pageant gown with a high slit in the skirt. The Savannah shoe by Jonathan Kayne is what you see on the Miss USA stage. This nude heel is ideal for pageant swimwear. The rhinestone embellishment gives just enough sparkle to a simple bold colored swim suit but not distract the judges eye.

If your little star is not quite ready for the traditional six inch heels, start her off in the Paradox London Little Miss shoe, SweetPea. This adorable little girl pageant shoe features a closed toe with slight embellishment, while the chunky heel adds height and comfort for the stage. The strap around the ankle is adjustable so she can wear this little girl shoe pageant after pageant. Closed toe white shoes are usually required for national level little girl pageants, and are usually paired with cupcake pageant dresses. We also carry the hard to find infant pageant socks that can be made to match her newborn pageant dress! If she's in the junior sized Sugar pageant gowns, I usually reccomend the Missy 466 clear plastic shoe by Touch Ups. This is a comfortable clear shoe with glimering rhinestone embellishment and a slight heel for added height. This shoe will also go with any pageant dress, so the $44.00 price tag is great considering the milage she will get out of one pair of little pageant shoes!

Be sure to check out our large collection of baby pageant gowns, designer pageant dresses from Tony Bowls, Jovani, and Sherri Hill, and our popular Jim Ball pageant jewelry that tops off the whole package!