I used to be a big fan of solid evening gowns. After all, I believe that simple evening dresses are elegant and sophisticated, and solid is certainly simpler than patterned.
However, I have come to realize that sometimes, the right pattern can really brighten up a formal dress that would otherwise look subdued, almost “boring,” and make it really stand out.
Take a look at this white strapless printed evening dress, for example: it is absolutely stunning. It features a simple neckline with pleated, shirred side bodice above an A-line skirt. The combination of a simple, flattering cut and a splash of color make it truly exquisite. If this formal dress was plain white, it would have made much less of a statement.
Another favorite printed evening dress is this Ivory Printed Evening Dress. The floral print that adorns the bodice and the hem is simple and beautiful.
Of course, it’s important to choose a simple and elegant print. The pattern on a formal dress should never be overwhelming, “cluttered” or “noisy.” You want to draw attention to the woman who wears the dress and to the beauty of the dress – never to the pattern itself.