Evening Dresses

  • Date Night: What to Wear?

    DATE NIGHT: WHAT TO WEAR?

    by Maria Vasiliadis

    Dating is hard. Putting aside nerves, wondering what he thinks, and figuring out what you should/should not say all cause enough stress. But deciding what to wear on a date can be Date Night Outfitsjust as difficult, if not more difficult, than having a great date altogether. An outfit can make or break the entire direction of the rendezvous. And while it’s true that what you wear is your first chance to make a great impression, that's not the main reason the outfit can make or break the date. What you wear and how you feel about your appearance are what can greatly affect the encounter. After all, when you’re comfortable and confident, your personality will have it’s time to shine. The rest is up to him. Continue reading

  • What to Wear to a Spring Formal

    Spring is here, and that means it's time for lots and lots of college formal events. Whether attending your school's formal or a sorrority or fraternity formal, it's definitely a time to be dressed to the nines! Before you even begin to start shopping, double-check the dress code and determine if the event is a formal or semi-formal. One great way to make sure you're buying the right outfit is to talk to upperclassmen who have attended the events before and ask what they've worn. If it's a semi-formal event, a cocktail dress is a great option. If the invitation says formal or black tie, it may be more appropriate to wear a full-length gown. Either way, it's always fun to dress up!

    Below are four dresses that we love for college formal events: two cocktail dresses for a semi-formal, and two full-length gowns for a formal event.

    Spring Semi-Formal Event

    Shail K. is a great designer to look at for cute, sexy cocktail dresses. The designer has two dresses that we absolutely love for spring formal events: style SK3195 and style SK3823.

    Shail K sk3195

    Shail K. style SK3195 has a hand beaded ombre pattern that's just gorgeous. The black, blue, purple color makes it perfect to wear any time of the year, so you can definitely get multiple uses out of this dress.

    Shail K sk3823

    With pastels being so in this season, Shail K SK3823 couldn't be any more perfect for Spring with the two colors it comes in: Peach (shown above) and Nude. The flowing layers and satin accentuated waist give the look of beauty and power, and the translucent fabric around the neck and sides let enough sexy peek through while keeping the untouchable aura of a goddess!

    Spring Formal Event

    For sexy formal gowns that aren't as glitz and glam as prom dresses can be, there are two designers that we love: Sherri Hill and La Femme. Both have evening gowns that are so perfect for a variety of formal or black tie affairs.

    Sherri Hill 8510

    Sherri Hill style 8510 is our favorite evening gown for Springtime. It's a simple yet elegant strapless sweetheart dress that has intricate beaded detail. We especially love the subtle high-low look on the dress. You'll also have a variety of colors to choose from that are all so perfect for springtime: Strawberry (shown above), Ivory, Pink, Purple, Turquoise, and Yellow!

    La Femme 18713

    La Femme style 18713 is a beautiful figure flattering dress with intricate beading on the bodice and soft gathers at the waist. The beading gives it such an elegant look, while not being over the top. The dress comes in a variety of different colors, such as Peacock (pictured above), Purple, Nude, Light Lime, and Peach. If your event is a black tie affair, this dress in Black is a perfect option.

    Do you have any Spring Formals to attend? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

  • Dress of the Week: Shail K. Style KK3133L

    For this week, our Dress of the Week is Shail K. style KK3133L in honor of The Bachelor now being back on the air for Season 17! The Season Premiere aired on January 7th, and the second episode aired earlier this week on Monday, January 14th. This season, The Bachelor that all the ladies are vying for is Sean Lowe - a 29 year old entrepreneur from Dallas, TX.

    We picked this gorgeous Shail K. gown as our Dress of the Week because Jackie Parr, one of the ladies on the show, wore the dress on the Season Premiere! Jackie, a 25 year old cosmetics consultant from Ormond Beach, FL, couldn't have looked more stunning as she met Sean for the first time. She must have left a lasting impression because in both the episodes so far, Sean gave her a rose! We can't wait to see what happens in the coming episodes!

    Shail K. style KK3133L is a hand beaded gown that fits like a glove and accentuates your curves. It has a sexy high front slit and comes in 3 colors: Bronze, Ivory/Silver, and Platinum. Jackie wore the Bronze color on The Bachelor.

    Do you have a favorite on The Bachelor already? Leave a comment and let us know!

  • Best Dressed Celebrities of 2012

    The new year is finally here, and while that means looking ahead at what's to come, it also means reflecting on the year that's past. Of course, with our love for fashion, we've been looking back at some of the best dressed celebrities of 2012! We loved Lucky Magazine's list of their 25 best dressed stars because they included our favorite 4 in their picks. Check out our best dressed celebrities below and how you can get their look for your next formal event!

    Jennifer Lawrence rocked some very fashionable outfits througout her Hunger Games promo tour - they even earned her a gig as the next face of the Miss Dior handbag! Our favorite dress was the one she wore to the Hollywood premiere - a Prabal Gurung gold cut-out gown. The gown reminded us of the shiny outfits the contestants wore during the Opening Ceremonies of the Hunger Games. If you want to be the star of your prom, check out Faviana style 7182 - a foil jersey mermaid style evening gown with mesh cut-out details.

    Taylor Swift had a great year of fashion, from her casual looks, to being on the cover of Glamour, to dressing up in sparkly gowns at award shows. She's relatively consistent with her outfits, but she always looks so perfect, how can anyone complain?? We especially loved the nude gown with red floral embellishments that she wore to the CMA Awards show because of its elegance. If you want a similar look, try Sherri Hill style 21016 - a gorgeous strapless sweetheart high low gown with lace overlay.

    This soulful singer is always dressing in glittering gowns and cinched-waist skirts that suit her beautiful voice. We love that Lana Del Rey paired dark red lipstick and her long brown hair with this sparkly silver dress - she looks so glam! Get a similar look with the dress Night Moves style 6755 - an all-over sequin gown with matte and shiny sequins. The strapless bodice is accented with a beaded band at the waistline for a more fitted look.

    Jessica Chastain recently came into the spotlight for her role as a CIA analyst in the film Zero Dark Thirty. Even though she has a tough character to play in the film, she's been looking nothing less than gorgeous on the red carpet. Lucky Magazine says that Jessica tends to wear "feminine A-line silhouettes, well-placed sequins, and lovely lace." We definitely see all of that in our favorite champagne colored dress that she wore! If you'd like a similar look for prom, check out Primavera style 9490 - a gown with uniquely crafted sequins in a cross diamond pattern with a super sexy criss-cross low back.

    Who was your favorite dressed celebrity for 2012? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

  • The Latest Trend: Cutout Dresses

    A cutout design can add uniqueness to any silhouette. It's a sexy way to show a little skin without giving away too much...leaving the rest to the imagination. Whether it's for a night out on the town or a formal event, cutout dresses are the must-have trend of the season.

    There's many different ways and places that you can wear a cutout dress. Just make sure that when you do rock this look, you do so in a classy way by choosing a dress where the cutout isn't too revealing.

    Celebrities Wearing the Cutout Look

    Many celebs are taking this modern style to the red carpet. It can go anywhere from modest - like Rooney Mara - to super seductive - like Nikki Reed. Take notes ladies...these stars know how to work it!

    Actress Rooney Mara
    Actress Nikki Reed

    Finding a Cutout Dress for the Holidays

    Still stressing out about what to wear for this holiday season? Why not take this chic trend to your next holiday social gathering! The two cocktail dresses below couldn't be any more perfect - they both have Holiday colors and the sexy cutouts!

    1. Sticks and Stones by Mori Lee 9198 - Teal sparkly sequin dress with long sleeves and side cutouts.

    2. Sparkle 71106 - Red one shoulder jersey cocktail dress with side cutouts.

    Wearing a Cutout Dress to Prom

    This trend is definitely one you also might want to wear for the biggest dance of the year. It's a fun way to spruce up a prom dress - just make sure it's done in style. Check out our favorite prom gowns with the cutout look below - all reveal just enough skin to add a hint of sexy to the dress! They are all from the queen of designers when it comes to the cutout look: Jovani.

    1. Jovani 2136 - Black floor length prom dress with a drop waist, cutouts, and a asymmetrical neckline. This one reminds us of Rooney Mara's gown!

    2. Jovani 7506 - Sequin chiffon cutout evening gown featuring beaded straps and embellishment with an open back.

    3. Jovani 1927 - Strapless floor length gown featuring beautiful beading surrounding cut outs on the front and back. The cut-out looks a butterfly!

    Are you taking this trend to a holiday party? Maybe prom? Which one is your favorite cutout dress? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below!

  • Dress of the Week: Faviana Style 6428

    The 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which aired this past Tuesday (Nov. 4th)  was as amazing as ever! The performances by Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Justin Bieber were absolutely incredible - you could tell the whole place was full of Bieber Fever!

    While we couldn't take our eyes off of Biebs, we were amazed by Rihanna's performance and outfits. We especially loved her Audrey Hepburn inspired black gown with pearl glasses and necklace and lace gloves. That's why we picked Faviana Style 6428 as this week's Dress of the Week. We love the classic black gown, of course with a little sexiness added in with a slit down the side and a sweetheart neckline!

    This strapless evening gown has tightly ruched fabric across the bust and bodice. The skirt has a slight flair, and the back reveals a flyaway detail of chiffon for a whimsical touch to this classic evening gown. Best yet, it comes in 8 different colors - black, forest green, ivory, navy, plum, red, royal, & Tiffany blue. Just add some pearls to which ever color you choose and you'll look like a star!

    You definitely can never go wrong with the classic Audrey Hepburn look, whether it's on the runway or at prom.

     

  • The Perfect Theme for your Sweet 16

    The BIG ONE SIX is that time in a girl's life when she gets to shine and be the center of the universe for that one special day! It's an exciting day for her to get creative and showcase her personality through her party theme. It's all about the decor, the dress, and the party atmosphere. People have gotten really imaginative with their themes over the years. We decided to pick out some of our favorite Sweet 16 party themes - we hope they give you some inspiration for your special bash!

    Candy Theme:

    I hope all your guests have a sweet tooth because this one puts the sweet in Sweet Sixteen! If you're looking for a really delicious way to celebrate your 16th birthday, then look no further. You can go from Willy Wonka to Candyland! These playful dresses will go great with this whimsical theme. The pastel colors resemble candy colors and the sparkle gives it a fun and girly look!

    Dresses:

    1. Alyce Paris 5432 - Turquoise Strapless Hi-Lo Dress with encrusted geometric prisms and a sweetheart neckline. It also features a lace up back.

    2. Claudine for Alyce 2201 - A Beaded Cotton Candy Pink V-Neck dress with side cut outs and sheer three-quarter length sleeves.

    Accessories:

    1. Sizzle by Coloriffics Camilla 6300 - Sexy glitter platform sandal with ankle strap detail and criss-cross straps at toe.

    Mardi Gras Madness Theme:

    Mardi Gras is an extravagant celebration of crazy costumes, wild makeup, and colorful masks! Whether or not your birthday falls near the actual New Orleans's Mardi Gras, it is the perfect Sweet 16 theme for anyone who wants a magnificent carnival style to celebrate their special day. The gown we picked in our Polyvore set is so Mardi Gras appropriate; the multicolored jewels around the bodice has the right festive colors and the feathery skirt pairs up perfectly with the most important accessory...the mask of course!

    Dress:

    1. Alyce 6095 - A strapless black tulle and feather mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline and a multicolored jeweled corset bodice.

    Accessories:

    1. Alisha Hill Shoes Selena S1143 - Platform heels in black with multicolored stones and a 5 inch heel. Perfectly matches with the dress!

    2. Helen's Heart Style JE-CV004 S - These super cool Volcano Crystal earrings are ideal for this outfit!

    Hollywood Theme:

    Lights! Camera! Action! Roll out the red carpet and pose for the paparazzi! This one is probably the most glamorous one of them all. Guests will feel like they are going to a movie premiere and you of course will be the star. The amazing gowns below are so Oscar worthy! The intricate beading and silhouette exudes elegance. Angelina Jolie will have nothing on you!

    Dresses:

    1. Claudine for Alyce 2213 - A beautifully beaded blue radiance strapless mermaid gown with a tulle skirt.

    2. Claudine For Alyce 2124 - A long beaded mermaid gown in lilac with spaghetti straps, sparkling jeweled sequins around the sheer bodice, and a tulle skirt.

    3. Alyce Paris 6083 - A gorgeous beaded aqua one shoulder jersey gown with front side slit and side cut outs.

    Accessories:

    1. Touch Ups Tahiti 943 - Formal silver 3 3/4 inch heels with beading around the straps

    2. Helen's Heart Style JE-BT002 - AB Sparkling Prom Earrings (top)

    3. Helen's Heart Style JB-168354 - Silver base AB stone bracelet

    4. Crystal Pear J5613E1S - Drop Earrings (bottom)

     

    New York City Theme:

    Start spreading the news...you're leaving today...you want a great big part of it...New York, New York! Bring the glamour and excitement of NYC to your party. Your guests will get to experience celebrating in the middle of Time Square without going over the Washington Bridge. This is one super chic party theme!

    1. Alyce Paris 5529 - A black strapless ball gown with a full tulle and lace skirt and beaded corset top.

    2. Alyce Paris 5533 -A strapless light blue tulle gown with a full skirt and beaded trim on the sweetheart neckline and bodice.

    Accessories:

    1. Night Moves by Allure Shoes - Satin platform with 3 1/2" heel, accented with a satin ruffle in the center (On sale for $40.00)

    2. Touch Ups Prom Shoes Style Patsy - 4 inch jeweled halter sandal with an adjustable ankle strap and studded platform

    Which one is your favorite theme? Which will you pick for your special day? Tell us by leaving a comment below!

  • The Latest Fashion Trend: Embroidery

    Embroidery has been an existing fashion trend for many years, but this intricate design has been evolving lately and really inspiring fashion designers. This fabulous textured look oozes chic and can give a whole new meaning to the term "little black dress."  Whether it's embroidered with beading, lace, or studs, it's a very elegant look that will have you standing out from the crowd at any event you attend.

    This trend has really taken off in the celebrity world, too, with the trend being seen all over the red carpet. Supermodel Alessandra Ambrioso and singer Ashanti rocked two of our favorite embroidered dresses - check them out below!

    Supermodel Alessandra Ambrioso at the amFAR 3rd Annual Inspiration Gala

    Ashanti is in a Jovani dress available at our store! Perfect for a night out on the town!

    Singer Ashanti in Jovani 9095
    Jovani 9095

    Want to incorporate this fashion trend into your next formal dress? We've got you covered! Below are some more of our favorite embroidered dresses available at Rissy Roo's!

    This fun black feathery dress with beaded embroidery is another one from Jovani!

    Jovani 704

    This new gorgeous Nika gown embroidered with lace and beading will leave your prom date speechless!

    Nika 8010 in Nude/Black
    *also available in Creme and Nude/Red

    Here's another glamorous Jovani prom gown in a mermaid style with jewel embroidery. You'll definitely look like a movie star in this gown!

    Jovani 3425 in Black/Nude
    *also available in White/Nude

    What do you think about this growing trend? Is it a "gotta have it" for you? Will this be the next addition to your closet? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

     

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