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Pure International Elegant Ms 2017 Evening Gown: HIT or MISS?

Traci Russell, Pure International Elegant Ms. 2017 Photo: John Flynn / Clover Storm photography
Traci Russell, Pure International Elegant Ms. 2017. Photo: John Flynn / Clover Storm Photography

Pure International Elegant Ms. 2017 Evening Gown

Pure International Elegant Ms. 2017 Traci Russell graced the stage in this elegantly beaded black gown during the evening gown portion of the competition.

The Color

Black evening gowns can be very bold and striking on stage and, like this one, can pop really well against the stage backdrop.

Usually, bold colors like this black can wash out someone who has a lighter skin tone, but Traci’s warm skin tone and sandy blonde hair look great against such a dark color.

Are you planning to wear a black evening gown for your next competition? (Read: 10 Reasons You Should NOT Wear A Black Evening Gown)

The Silhouette

Traci’s gown earns big points for the Queen Anne sweetheart neckline. I adore a Queen Anne neckline! It’s classic, chic and timeless! Not to mention, it really trims Traci exceptionally well around the shoulders and bust.

The rest of her gown features long sleeves detailed with crystal beading that also encompasses the bodice and skirting of the gown. The bottom of the skirt is very modest with a small slit and feathered tulle, adding more dimension to Traci’s look.

I do think that the sleeves could have used some minor alterations to fit her better as they appear loose around her elbows and a bit too long.

The Styling

I really like how Traci left her sandy blonde hair down in loose curls and brushed to the back. This way, we are able to see the full stunning neckline.

Traci also chose small crystal earrings. I’m glad to see that she kept her styling simple since the gown has so much detail already.

The deep red lip color Traci chose matches great against her skin tone and makes this look great!

The Verdict

Black can be a hard color to pull off, so kudos to Traci for making this look a HIT! Way to go, Traci!

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

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One thought on “Pure International Elegant Ms 2017 Evening Gown: HIT or MISS?

  1. Age-appropriate gowns are important for older pageant contestants too. I am in no way demeaning older contestants but some gowns don’t look right with too low backs, fronts, or too high slits. I always thought an older contestant would want to err on the side of elegance rather than too much sexiness. This gown looks great on her.

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