Forget the sparkle and encrusted bodices and leave the velvet in 2016; a new trend in 2017 is taking it old school all the way back to the days of embroidered bodices and skirts.
Of course, embroidery can have a touch of sparkle, too, but embroidery can add breathtaking detail to any garment for any stage of competition. (Read: What Your Evening Gown Color Says About You)
Interview and Onstage Question
JOVANI SHORT AND COCKTAIL 24660
This super cute dress is perfect for Onstage Question. It may be a bit busy for interview itself, but it will draw the eyes up without sparkle in Onstage Question. It would also be great for an opening number dress.
JOVANI SHORT AND COCKTAIL 28233
This dress is perfect for a fashion-forward system in Interview. It’s also great for rehearsals and outings in a system that appreciates glamour. (Read: How to Pick the Best Interview Outfit for Miss Contestants)
RACHEL ALLAN PROM 7501
High-low skirt, two pieces, bold color and dramatic details make this dress prefect for Fun Fashion in Teen and Miss divisions. Wear a full-length top to cover the belly to stretch this Fun Fashion wear into a younger Teen or Mrs. division. (Read: Fun Fashion Style Guide By System)
RACHEL ALLAN PROM 7538
Rock the stage with this gown featuring a bit of Bollywood vibe. Its fit-and-flare skirt and two-piece style is perfect for Fun Fashion and is great for Miss and Mrs. contestants. It comes in mint and marsala color options.
RACHEL ALLAN PROM 7564
Perfect for any age division Teen and above, this gown offers a short skirt look with the longer skirt overlay for sassy stage movement. The embroidery appears as a pop of detail on the short skirt. The two-piece style is popular and perfect for Fun Fashion. It comes in blush, royal, and a mint/white combo.
RACHEL ALLAN PROM 7608
This gown allows you to achieve a variety of looks depending on the color you chose. The jade is youthful, the royal is romantic and the white offers a touch of whimsy with its airy skirt.
Go for the drama in this black, off-the-shoulder, embroidered crop top and skirt set from Janique. This look is perfect for Miss, Ms. and Mrs. divisions.
ANGELA AND ALISON LONG PROM 771036
While this gown could work in a Teen pageant for evening gown, be careful of the color you choose to do so. Any of the colors it is offered in will work great for Fun Fashion in Teen divisions, but not all will work in Evening Gown. It is available in light pink, hot red and turquoise. The turquoise has a strong Little Mermaid vibe to it, but the hot red is stunning! (Read: How to Find The Best Red Lip Color for Your Skin Tone)
ANGELA AND ALISON LONG PROM 771081
Not to be forgotten, older kids and younger Teens, here is a dress for you that features an embroidered waist, tip-of-the-shoulder straps and a ballgown skirt. It is available in fuchsia, ivory, hot red and navy. Older contestants could use this dress in Talent.
This adorable gown is great for a Teen evening gown. It’s bright and fun and allows for a youthful presentation when many in the field try to appear older.
JOHNATHAN KAYNE 7015
Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. This simple silhouette of a gown offers so much detail you don’t need a big skirt or train to get the judges’ attention. It also offers a bit of sex appeal with its thin straps and waist-accentuating belt. If you’re a Miss or Ms. contestant, definitely put this one on your list to try on. It is available in black or blush. (Read: Should You Wear Nude Heels or Clear Pageant Heels)
ELENI ELIAS MOTHER OF THE BRIDE M114
While Mother-of-the-Bride looks often don’t translate to the pageant stage – after all, you don’t want to upstage the bride on her big day – this gown offers enough drama to make the transition. Perfect for Mrs. and Elegant age divisions, the gown offers an off-the-shoulder neckline, fit-and-flare skirt with a slit, and a dramatic cross body sash reminiscent of sashes worn by royalty in a monarchy to give you curves where they may have disappeared.
Miss and Ms. contestants can consider this style for talent competitions. It is very basic in the back but does come in black, silver, fuchsia and navy.
This embroidery trend hit the runways, prom catalogs and racks with a vengeance this year, and there are way more options than just the ones featured in this article. So, embrace the embroidery, ladies.
Interested in any of these gowns or other embroidered options? Visit Hannah’s Boutique. Some styles are available for Quick Order, and Hannah’s offers a search tool on the website that really helps narrow down your options for simple shopping.