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Miss Idaho USA 2016 Evening Gown: HIT or MISS?

Sydney Halper, Miss Idaho USA 2016, Miss Idaho USA 2016 Evening Gown
Sydney Halper, Miss Idaho USA 2016

Miss Idaho USA 2016 Evening Gown

After finishing as a two-time runner-up, Sydney Halper has been crowned Miss Idaho USA! For her evening gown she wore an “oldie but goodie” style in a strong color and flattering shape.

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The Color

Red continues to solidify itself as one of the premier pageant winning color choices. The power and confidence it exudes just can’t be matched.

Paired with her soft facial features and golden blonde hair, the overall look is well balanced. (Want to see another gorgeous blonde in red? Read: Miss US International 2015 Evening Gown: HIT or MISS?)

The Silhouette

This design makes for a long and lean figure thanks to a fitted bodice throughout. The simple tank straps sit right atop her shoulders and add even more inches of height to her line of sight.

The bandage layers create a horizontal stripe pattern with texture, yet isn’t jarring due to the monochromatic style.

A subtle fishtail hem comprised of layers of flowing fabric is a nice contrast to the otherwise structured look of the gown.

The Details

The two most important details to note are the jeweled bodice and coordinating earrings.

The fact that the beading is localized to her bust-line elongates her torso even further.

Her earrings are a perfect match as they feature a combination of red and silver stones, which carry over from the multi-tonal adornments in the bust.

The Verdict

This evening gown was immensely popular in the beginning of the decade. It debuted during Kristen Dalton’s farewell as Miss USA and then was most notably seen on 4th Runner-Up to Miss America, Emoly West, and eventual Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella.

Miss USA Alyssa Campanella
Miss USA Alyssa Campanella at Miss California USA
Miss USA Kristen Dalton Wolfe
Miss USA Kristen Dalton Wolfe
Miss Texas Emoly West
Miss Texas Emoly West and 4th Runner-up to Miss America


After a few years, it’s nice to see this foolproof design on the pageant stage once again. Fashion repeats itself and a great fit never goes out of style. Congratulations, Sydney, it’s a HIT!

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