There is just something in the DNA of women that makes us love dressing up to the nines. Some like to be theatrical with large, flowing gowns and their best jewels, while others prefer to be daring fashionistas trying out latest trends and newest designers. The best thing about these special occasions is that they give you the opportunity to go all out in a way that your office dress code and everyday life just doesn’t allow. So whether for a red carpet event, a charity ball, whatever the occasion (find one if you have to!), these are my top gowns for the season.
Oscar de la Renta Embellished High-Low Gown: No one does ball gowns better than the master of drama himself, Oscar de la Renta. With just the subtlest of high-low hems, you have a flirty design that will show off your killer shoes. At Neiman Marcus for $11,390.
Esteban Cortazar Draped Open-Back Cady Gown: The high-low hem is definitely having a moment in the spotlight. This severe cut is far more architectural, but even with this intriguing skirt, I have to say the gorgeous back of the dress is what you want seen the most. Exclusively on NET-A-PORTER for $2,110.
Lanvin Silk-Charmeuse Gown: This gown would be a showstopper in any season. The draping on the red dress flows behind as you walk, like you’re a girl on fire. On NET-A-PORTER for $3,802.
Monique Lhuillier Embroidered Tulle Ball Gown: Monique is a favorite on the red carpet, so I’m really pulling for this princess tulle number to make a public appearance soon. At Neiman Marcus for $10,990.
Donna Karan Cross-Back Sculpted-Neck Gown: The silhouette created by the gathered silk on this gown feels Old Hollywood to me, yet it’s perfectly balanced out by the splash of color on the skirt. At Neiman Marcus for $6,800.