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Miss Illinois 2017 Evening Gown: HIT or MISS?

Abby Foster, Miss Illinois 2017. Photo: Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization, INC
Abby Foster, Miss Illinois 2017. Photo: Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization, INC

Miss Illinois 2017 Evening Gown

Abby Foster is the new Miss Illinois 2017 and will represent the state of Illinois later this year at the Miss America 2018 pageant held in Atlantic City this September. Abby won over the judges in this unique red gown!

Interested to see some of the other Miss Illinois contestants? (Read: Top 10 Headshots of Miss Illinois 2017)

The Color

Ah, another red gown! But, can we honestly ever be sick of seeing too many red gowns? Part of the fun in pageantry is seeing all the unique designs and styles of gowns worn by each beautiful contestant.

Abby Foster is no exception as she wore this fire engine red and underlying nude gown during the evening gown portion of the competition.

The Silhouette

Damask prints have certainly become more and more popular in evening gowns and I’m loving how this particular design pops against the nude underlying shell.

Want to see another gown with a dramatic Damask print? (Read: Miss Colorado USA 1st Runner-Up Evening Gown: HIT or MISS)

Abby’s gown features tank sleeves, red and clear crystal rhinestones piping the inner seam and trimming the plunging v neckline, and an elegant satin train!

The Styling

Abby chose to wear crystal earrings along with a crystal bracelet. Both of these pieces match perfectly with the beading design found on the bodice of her gown.

I also like how Abby wore her hair up, but I would have liked to see a different up-do on her. This one is slightly too slicked back for my liking.

Are you wearing your hair up for your next competition? (Read: 4 Easy Updos Any Pageant Girl Can Achieve)

Abby took this look to another level with striking smoky eyes and red lipstick! I am loving this bold look.

The Verdict

Aside from the up-do choice, I love the color and silhouette of this gown along with Abby’s perfect makeup, making this look a HIT! Way to go, Abby! Enjoy your year and best of luck at Miss America 2018!

Do you agree or disagree with my verdict? Weigh in by clicking HIT or MISS below.

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One thought on “Miss Illinois 2017 Evening Gown: HIT or MISS?

  1. The dress is stunning and Abby is even more stunning which is a testament to her great beauty and stage presence, but for me it’s a MISS because of those tippy top shoes. It’s very distracting! And I can’t look away which is unfortunate because Abby and the dress are just breathtaking. As someone who judges pageants from time to time my plea to pageant contestants for evening gown PLEASE try and avoid those tippy top shoes it’s even more distracting from the view of the judges table. But congratulations to Abby she will be a wonderful representative for Illinois at the Miss America pageant!

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