Knowing your personal style when choosing the perfect dress

Choosing the perfect dress for a special event can be very exciting, but it can also be challenging especially if you have a specific look in mind. Whether you are looking for a simple cocktail dress for a party, your prom dress, your wedding dress, or a social occasion dress, it is important to stay true to what looks best on you. Considering your body type and complexion is key when choosing a gown- more so than going for something that is simply “in style”. When figuring out what look best suits you, think about the following:

Color:

Just because the dress looks great on the hanger doesn’t mean it will go perfectly with your complexion and hair color. If you have fair skin and bright red hair, a ruby red colored dress may not be the best choice. Similarly for olive skinned complexions, avoiding certain shades of green would be a good idea as well. Make sure the color makes your complexion and eyes pop rather than make you look washed out. Sharing the shopping experience with a close friend or family member whose opinion you could trust is always helpful in the selection process.

Style and Cut:

Choosing the right style and cut that’s flattering for your figure is just as important, if not more important, than finding the right color. Showcasing your best assets is key in finding your perfect dress. Do you have great legs? Show them off! Choosing a shorter cocktail dress such as our Affairs style 178 may be a great option for you. On the same token, if you are more concerned about hiding problem areas, such as your waist or hips, you may want to look at an A-line style gown that flatters your bottom half. A line silhouette’s such as styles 1803, 643, and 91002 are all good examples of styles that look flattering on virtually any body type. They cinch in the waist and cover up the hip area.

Accessories:

When choosing your special dress, you’ll also need to think about how you are going to accessorize. Shoes, handbags, and jewelry should complement the color and style gown you decide on. Usually, more neutral colors or metallics look good with anything. If you’re going for shoes and a clutch that match exactly, you may want to consider having the items dyed to match. When picking out jewelry also keep things in mind like the gown’s neckline, length, and how you will be wearing your hair. For example, if your gown is a halter neckline, wearing a necklace may be a little much. In this case, opting for a bold earring rather than a necklace would be the way to go. If your gown is floor length, selecting a shoe that is heavily embellished may not be the best idea as it could catch on the hemline. Go for a simpler shoe instead. It’s these small details and accessories that add the final touch to your overall look.

Time:

Give yourself time! Don’t wait until a week before your event to start shopping, In many cases, the gown will have to be custom ordered which will usually take several weeks. Don’t settle for less just because you didn’t give yourself enough time to shop. You should look your best and choose a gown you love!

Making a fashion statement doesn’t mean you have to follow the current trends. It’s about looking fabulous and feeling confident wearing something that flatters your best features. Hopefully these basic tips will help you the next time you find yourself shopping for that perfect dress!

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Wild Print Prom Dresses from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

Wild (Zebra or Leopard) Print Prom Dresses from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

Printed prom dresses are for a unique girl who is not afraid to wear what she wants. She is fashion forward and ready to show the world her true colors. The options below include a zebra-esque print Prom dress and two leopard-style print Prom dresses in tropical colors.

Mori Lee’s Flaunt Style 91105 is a beautiful beaded halter dress that skims the curves. The fabric is a multi-color charmeuse in a bright leopard print which is predominantly blue, magenta, and lime green with a hot pink lining seen through the thigh high slit on the left side. This leopard print Prom dress makes a statement entering and leaving a room, with a barely-there back of crisscrossed beaded straps and a small train.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91007 is sexy and sophisticated in silhouette yet screams party on the dance floor in print. The brightly printed charmeuse is tropically colored with bright blues, purples and reds on a lime green background. The fabric reminds us of a Lisa Frank zebra print. There is a removable beaded strap attached to the top of the bodice, which is designed to be figure-flattering, curve-hugging, ruched fabric to mid-thigh where it flares out into an A-line skirt.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91037 is for a unique girl. This printed Prom dress has the wild leopard-esque print as the lining and as a belt beneath the bust. The outer layer of the dress comes in bright blue or berry pink silky taffeta. The cut is a sweetheart neckline with ruched cups, under which is a patterned belt above a mini-skirt of layered pick-ups in the taffeta fabric. Although the dress is short in the front, with a peek-a-boo edge to a printed mini-skirt visible, the back of the dress has enough fabric for a ball gown, with pick-ups, below a criss-crossed corset back.

What is your favorite print to wear?

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White Prom Dresses from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

White Prom dresses have a certain amount of elegant refinement to them. Although white is a color typically associated with bridal fashion – wedding dresses especially – the color can make a stunning choice for your Prom dress. The following are three white Prom dresses that couldn’t be confused for a wedding dress.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91032 has a corset top and all the volume you would expect with a princess ball gown style wedding dress, but this white Prom dress hits above the knee in the front. You get drama in the sparkling accents on the corset bodice, the layer upon layer of ruffles in the organza skirt, and the show of leg due to the mini-skirt length front. This Paparazzi Prom dress is also available in black.

Mori Lee’s Flaunt Style 91128 also has a combination of a mini-dress and a full length skirt. This strapless beaded charmeuse dress has a waist-high slit with a beaded miniskirt beneath the floor length fabric. A thickly beaded belt and neckline add to the allure of the dress. This Flaunt Prom dress is also available in bright red.

Mori Lee’s Flaunt Style 91102 is a sleek and sexy white Prom dress made of charmeuse. The neckline is a beaded halter that then wraps around the waist forming a keyhole to bare skin in both the front and the back of the dress. There is a high slit up the left side of the dress. The simplicity is what enhances its beauty. If you are a fan of the simplicity and curve grazing cut of Kim Kardashian’s third wedding dress during her marriage to Kris Humphries, be sure to check this dress out. It is also available in bright red.

Would you wear a white Prom dress?

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Red Prom Dresses from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

Red – the color of passion – makes a bold statement as a choice for a Prom dress. Whether you want it sleek and sexy or voluminous, a red dress is for a girl who steals the scene and wants all eyes on her. Make sure to pack a lipstick that can stand up to one of these dresses:

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91004 is a stunning one shoulder dress with rouched silky taffeta composing the bodice. The dress itself ends mid-thigh in the front, with an enveloping train of pick-up ruffles that fall behind the dress, making it appear to be a ball gown from the back. The waist, mini-skirt, and strap are embellished with silver beading. If you love showing off your legs, but want the drama of a long dress – this one is for you!

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91034 may appear simple in design – a strapless sweetheart neckline with an empire beaded waist with a flowing skirt, but the sizzling red chiffon fabric is anything but simple! The waist beading is three bands of rhinestones, each with a slight chevron pattern, pointing up toward the middle of the sweetheart. This dress will flow around you as you walk with a skirt that skims your curves. Add a big bracelet, dangling earrings, and your favorite heels and you are ready to head to the limo.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91070 is a red Prom dress that screams drama. The dress is strapless taffeta, available in red or blue, with a deep sweetheart neckline that is entirely encrusted in beading. There is a corset back and a ruffle along the slit of the left side of the dress. On the front and back of the dress, the mid-section has added beading.

Are you excited to wear a red Prom dress to your Prom?

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Polka Dot Prom Dresses from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

Sometimes you fall in love with a print or specific fabric pattern that lets you express your individuality. The following two dresses in dotted fabrics made of chiffon or taffeta are a wonderful choice for expressing yourself at Prom.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91017 comes in two color combinations: black/white and white/red. The chiffon fabric is light and cut in an A-line from a thickly beaded waist band. This dress is strapless and has beading along the sweetheart neckline. We love the added sparkle of extra rhinestones on the fabric. This dress takes dots from day to night!

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91078 is a long fitted mermaid silhouette of taffeta fabric that comes with a removable strap. There are two color combination choices for this polka dot prom dress: orchid/black and silver/black, black being the color of the polka dots. The fabric is gathered for a flattering cut and has beading at the waist on the left side. The back of this dress is corset style, making it adjustable.

We love polka dot prom dresses – do you?

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Printed Prom Dresses in Chiffon from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

Are you looking for something flowing and white for your Prom night or a dress with sparkle and an ethereal look? Mori Lee’s printed chiffon prom dresses are perfect for a Prom in a location with a garden. The following three printed prom dresses are our favorites of the painted white chiffon Prom dresses available through Paparazzi.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91026 is soft and demure. This strapless sweetheart Prom dress has silver beading around the neckline and waist and lavender or pink butterflies printed on the white chiffon. Within the silver beading are matching stones to the color of the butterflies (the lavender dress has lavender butterflies and lavender beads amongst the silver ones). Each butterfly is approximately a foot in wing span. As the dress moves, it takes on the look of a watercolor painting.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91012 is romantic with a pink, yellow, and green floral print over white or black chiffon. Both styles are strapless with beading around a slightly transparent waist. The chiffon fabric is light for girls who want to twirl on the dance floor. This style is perfect for a romantic at heart who wants her dress to be unique.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91014 is a beautiful white chiffon halter dress. The neckline is thickly beaded and the flowing fabric is very flattering. From the middle of the waist to the floor of the front of the dress are yellow roses with lavender leaves. The back of this dress is solid white.

Are you planning on wearing white or black to prom this year?

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Metallic Prom Dresses: Part II – Print Prom Dresses

Are you looking for a patterned prom dress? Mori Lee has a number of printed metallic prom dresses that are sure to turn heads. Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91066 has all the glamour of old Hollywood with a high slit up one side and a jewel encrusted strapless sweetheart neckline. The fabric is made of sleek black sequins that shimmer with gold, silver, and deep pink hues. This glamorous prom dress also features a mini train fit for a red carpet walk. Pair it with a shawl or boa to amp up the glamour effect.

If you are looking for something brighter, bolder, and sizzling, check out our chameleon fabric dresses. This multi-colored fabric mimics lizard’s skin by using sequins in every shade of the rainbow. Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91040 is made of chameleon fabric with a sexy high slit on one side and a jewel encrusted halter top. This curve hugging dress also has mini train and for an added shock, is lined on the inside in purple. If you had your heart set on something shorter, Mori Lee’s Sticks & Stones Style 9158 is made of the same multi-colored sequin chameleon fabric, but is strapless and cut to be a mini dress. This style is strapless and also has a jewel encrusted neckline.

These printed metallic dresses make our hearts beat faster – what do you think?

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Turquoise Prom Dresses from Paparazzi by Mori Lee

“Under the sea” is a classic Prom theme possibly immortalized by the Back to the Future movies in the early 80s through their portrayal of the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance. A bit more recently, the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on November 29, 2011 chose an underwater theme for the line that included the $2.5 million Fantasy Treasure Bra, worn by Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr. The Angels rocked aqua, turquoise, and silver outfits as they walked the runway. You can do the same with the right accessories and a Mori Lee turquoise Prom dress.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91001 is for the girl who wants to look like a princess – a fairy tale princess. This strapless sweetheart neckline turquoise Prom dress is a ball gown with layer upon layer of beaded tulle. The corset is made up of beading and layered tulle and hits right above the hips. The corset and overlay of the skirt are made of a light sky blue to aqua shade of tulle, the middle layer of the skirt is a deep turquoise and the very bottom of the dress is a midnight blue. The blue-toned color of this dress is referred to as “twilight” on-site, reminiscent of the shades of blue seen at this time. The dress is also available in “sunset” which fades from bright pink to magenta or orange.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91003 is for any girl who has ever dreamed of being a mermaid. This fishtailed style hugs your curves before flaring out around the knees. From the strapless top to right after the flare, the dress has an overlay of sequined fabric. The flare itself is beaded tulle. This style is available in turquoise, purple, and fuchsia. The beading on top of the sequins is silver, so make sure to pair it with your favorite silver heels and clutch.

Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91030 is a more classic fit and flare style that hugs the curves with shiny taffeta fabric before flaring out at mid-thigh. This would make a stunning aquamarine Prom dress for someone who is sexy, yet sophisticated. The bodice is heavily beaded, the taffeta is ruched for a flattering effect, no matter what your figure, and there is a palm print sized appliqué below the left hip. This style is available in aquamarine as well as a light gold.

What is your Prom’s theme?

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Metallic Prom Dresses: Part I – Sequin Prom Dresses

Metallic prom dresses are very hot right now and Mori Lee has some gorgeous dresses for you to choose from. If your heart is set on a floor length sequin prom dress, we suggest looking at Mori Lee’s Flaunt Style 91131, this one shoulder prom gown mixes gathered charmeuse fabric (for a look like molten gold) with all over sequins, front and back. This dress also features two cut outs on the same side as the shoulder strap and a high side slit and is available in a gold or magenta berry color.

If you are looking for a long sequin dress with all of the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood red carpet, check out Mori Lee’s Paparazzi Style 91085. This strapless gown is entirely covered in sequins and has a mini train for a dramatic effect. If that much sparkle isn’t enough, the sweetheart neckline is adorned with eye-catching crystals. This stunning dress is available in gold, sexy silver, and a deep metallic violet.

Some girls just want to dance during the whole party and don’t want to worry about a train getting stepped on. If you are a dancing diva, consider Mori Lee’s Sticks and Stones Style 9151 or Sticks and Stones Style 9167. Style 9151 is a strapless super-short sequin prom dress option that is available in all over silver or gold sequins. The dress features a jewel-encrusted neckline and hem. As an added bonus, the back is a sexy corset. Style 9167 is a strapless super-short sequin prom dress option that is available in gold sequins with a band of silver beading beneath the bust and silver detail following the curve of the sweetheart neckline. This style is also available in a bright fuchsia, also with silver accents.

These are four of our favorite sequin dresses. Are you planning on wearing metallics for prom? We would love to hear from you!

P.S. The two short sequin dresses could double as fantastic New Years dresses.

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Counterfeit Wedding Dress Woes

A Mori Lee wedding gown is a one-of-a-kind original, made with a careful eye toward quality and overall aesthetic. Not only are there counterfeit wedding dresses being sold online, but copyrighted images from the Mori Lee site are being used without our consent to falsely imply that the dresses purchased from these sites would look, feel, or be of similar quality to our originals. This is not true. To help protect brides, we have compiled a list of currently identified sites that have been noted as selling a counterfeit wedding dress of one or more of Mori Lee’s designs.

Please view the list here:

Online Sellers of Counterfeit Mori Lee Wedding Gowns

Don’t be tempted by the promises of these sites. We understand that the economic times are turning many brides to carefully look at their options, but be warned that these sites are not trustworthy. Good Morning America even did a segment specifically on the options available to brides to save money. They ordered from a sampling of online sites (one wedding gown and two bridesmaid dresses) and found all to be lacking, sometimes horrifically so (an unfinished wedding gown with pins holding it together).

The six minute segment from Good Morning America can be viewed here:

Say Yes to the Dress! Tips and Tricks to Save Money on Your Dream Wedding Dress

You can search for your local authorized Mori Lee retailer here:

Mori Lee Retailers

You can view a schedule of trunk shows here:

Mori Lee Wedding Gown Trunk Shows

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