Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Winter Formal Dresses to Heat Up the Season!

Fashionable cocktail dresses for winter events are often overlooked, but these designs are sure to catch your attention. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and you’re about to see why!
While we’ve taken you through this seasons latest homecoming and prom trends, you’ve yet to see the last hurrah from the fall 2015 collections. Earlier this season we wowed you with color, sequins, jewels, and fabrics galore, but now it’s time for silhouettes to take center stage. With the temperatures dropping, you’ll have to hang up your perfect Sherri Hill two-piece and look for something fit for a Winter Wonderland. Sleeved cocktail dresses are stealing the spotlight ready to heat you and the dance floor up as the seasons start to change!

Rachel Allan
Alright, so maybe you don't have to hang up your two-piece quite yet. This sassy Rachel Allan design boasts a beautiful animal print and is paired with a separate top. Perfect for those girls who want to stay warm but just can't keep their abs out of the spotlight!

Rachel Allan
This sensual red cocktail dress will wrap you up in a warm velvety hug. The small key-hole below the bust adds a sassy touch without depriving you of the soft warmth of the form-fitting dress. The exquisite beading accentuates the silhouette of this stunning long-sleeved cocktail dress!

Shail K
Wanting to keep your arms warm but dying to show off a little skin? This gorgeous off-the-shoulder Shail K. cocktail dress is just what you need. The elegant beadwork in it's simple color adds glamour and beauty to this classy design while keeping you snuggly warm on the dance floor!

Hannah S
You're the type of girl yearning for summer. The novelty of winter, bonfires, ugg boots, and hot chocolate just don't appeal to you. Quite frankly, you wish it could be 75 degrees and sunny all year long. Alas, your clothing has to accommodate your human needs. Try this one shoulder cocktail dress that has just enough see-through elements to rebel against mother nature's temperature drop.

Hannah S
While having to add sleeves to your formal dress might seem like a drag, it only makes more room for more beading! Add glitz and glamour to your ensemble using the extra space on your dress available for beading galore. This stone-studded red cocktail dress by Hannah S will be perfect for your Winter Affair!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sherri Hill's hottest trend will remind you of your best memories

     Dresses make us feel a lot of things as emotional teenage girls. Somehow, we throw on some stunning masterpiece of silk, taffeta, and beads and feel like a queen. First were gazing at our newfound selves in the mirror, grinning like a little girl. Then the next thing you know, we’re crying, freaking out and screaming “I’M SAYING YES TO THE DRESS”.

This author may or may not be speaking from personal experience.

Sherri Hill is one of those designers that takes that emotion and amplifies it by 10000%. Her designs are innovative, edgy, and just plain fun. Somehow she just knows what we want to wear. It’s like she’s stalked us all on social media and taken her ideas from some random high school junior’s selfies. It sounds crazy but it’s true. She has caught on to the latest trends doted on by young women today and she’s taken notes- like crazy good straight A student notes.

So what has she seen that has made her designs so fabulous and desired by women all over the world? Crop Tops. We love them, our parents hate them, but we wear them anyway. There’s nothing today’s teenage girl wants to wear more than a shirt that looks like she grew out of 10 years ago at any social event, homecoming not excluded. And if you were a Dora the Explorer fan like myself circa 1999, you know that little todder trend setter was rocking the style way before it was cool.

 However, Sherri Hill takes this typical night out outfit and makes it formal appropriate. 
Hold on to your basic little black dress from last year’s homecoming because this is gonna be a wild ride for you: 

Try a form fitting bedazzled style with a sheer neckline making your skin look absolutely sparkling: 

If you've got a fun-loving personality, slip into this midnight blue crop-top ensemble with a full skirt!

Want something a little more structured? No problem! You'll be pretty in pink in this little number. 

For an edgy sophisticated look, try this nude-sequin combo for a head turning ensemble. 

There are so many Sherri Hill's to choose from! You can find French Novelty's entire selection at http://www.frenchnovelty.com/c/Sherri-Hill-HC/Sherri+Hill+Homecoming+Dresses.html

Thursday, October 8, 2015

This Jovani dress is the most important purchase you'll make. Ever.

    To any normal person, this may look like an unassuming white cocktail dress you’d see some girl from class dancing around in at homecoming. However, this Jovani JVN27493 lace cocktail dress actually has magical powers. You see, it has the power to transform. In a matter of seconds it has the power to change from a regular white cocktail dress to one for sorority initiation, graduation, and can even make a stylish appearance at homecoming. This one dress can carry you through some of the most important milestones of your life. 

And you just thought it looked cute on the rack.

      Your initial use will be for homecoming, obviously. As an excited teen, you’re thrilled to have any excuse to walk into your local dress boutique. Before you know it, your swimming in chiffon and have been blinded by oodles of gems and rhinestones by the end of your trip. After trying on some vibrant shades of chartreuse and lavender- you see it. The one. A clean, elegant white cocktail dress that would look perfect with your date’s simplistic style (He’ll just be thrilled he doesn’t have to wear a matching lime green tie). You’ll beg your mom to let you buy it and insist you’ll “wear it for ever formal event for the rest of your life-even your wedding!!” It is white, after all! At the time, it was a ploy just to get her to buy it for you. As she reluctantly pulls out her credit card, rolling her eyes, you make a mental list of every occasion you could pull this white dress out for....

      If you’re a senior, chances are your graduation is swiftly approaching. What does that call for? A diploma, a graduation gown, some stoles to show you were actively involved, a nice pair of wedges, and a white dress. I’m not quite sure how this tradition got started, but somehow white grad dresses are the item to have. For one, it will go with every obnoxious color your school throws on the graduation gowns and tassels, but it also gives you the opportunity to pull out your white homecoming gown again. Score!
      After graduation comes college. If you go to a large state school, you’ll likely join a sorority. For every ritual you ever do in your undergraduate sorority experience you will need some kind of white dress. While it seems redundant, all you need is one special white dress for you to wear four times a semester for the next four years. Lucky for you, you made that purchase back in high school! No matter how much your parents want you to come back home, you and them will be thrilled you won’t be paying a visit to buy another dress. 
    To keep it simple, a formal dress is a formal dress, and that’s exactly what this gown is. It’s classic and will mold to the many important events in your life. Life’s a party- dress like it. One solid gown purchase can take you to so many places and will be a blank canvas for all of the fabulous occasions you attend. By adding pops of color, trendy heels, statement earrings, and a rockin’ hair style, this dress will assist you in life’s most special occasions. 

What milestone would you style this dress for? Show us with Polyvore @ French Novelty!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Three Homecoming Essentials as Told by Cats

Homecoming is upon us! Tis the season for adorable cocktail length dresses, rowdy football games, and homecoming date proposals that are #SoCute. You only get four homecomings to go to so why not make the most of them? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

(Cat Memes added for your personal enjoyment)

  1. Take Lot’s of Photos: How are people going to know you had a great time if you don’t plaster it all over social media with a cheesy caption? Photos are a great way to share the memories you made at homecoming and keep a record of the things you did in high school. One day, when you’re looking back, you’ll remember that killer dress you had on, the shoes you got a hundred compliments on, and the awkward dances you shared with John from Pre-Calculus (he hasn’t stopped texting you since). I mean, he was nice and all, but you looked like a queen and he showed up in cargos and a button down. You do the math. 
  1. Go with Fun People: Let’s face it, the quality of your night depends on the quality of your company. Make sure that if you choose to go the couple-y route, aka you reluctantly say yes to your guy-friend who has had a crush on you for like…ever, he’ll be outgoing enough to keep you entertained and laid-back enough to let you do your own thing. Bringing a date makes for the best photos and mildly less uncomfortable slow dances, but going with a group of friends is also a great option. Nothings better than dancing the night away care-free with 8 of your best buds. You can do the chicken dance without worrying about “how cute you look” and pig out at the snacks table completely un-judged. Either way, just make sure your company is hyped up for a wild night!

  1. Wear the perfect ensemble: When you look good, you feel good. It’s a simple science! In fact, getting a dolled up is 90% of the fun at homecoming (the other 10% being divided up amongst embarrassing moments witnessed, dancing, socializing, and messing with chaperones). First, you’ve got to say yes to that perfect dress! Pop into French Novelty with your best girlfriends and play dress up for an hour-or two! Homecoming 2015 is full of amazing dresses from Sherri Hill, Alyce Paris, Tony Bowls, and so many more! Feeling like a queen is just the first step towards having the time of your life. You’ll look amazing in all of your fantastic pics, wow your date, your friends, and feel like a star strutting into the dance. 

You can find French Novelty's  fabulous selection of homecoming dresses at the storefront or at http://www.frenchnovelty.com/c/Homecoming_Dresses/Homecoming+Dresses.html

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Homecoming Horoscope for Fall 2015

Aries can be headstrong, and this homecoming season is no exception. The perfect date might not be in your future, but you’re determined to turn heads as you walk in to your high school gym. Bold colors like red are not only hot for homecoming 2015, they look hot as well. You’ll be hard to miss in a rockin’ shade of rouge this fall. Try this blazing number from Alyce Paris, not for the faint of heart, with an eye catching tulle skirt and a bedazzled bodice. 
This is the year you’re ready to shed your old image and try something new. You’ve held back previous years, trying to follow the status quo, but no, not this fall! You’ve decided to be daring in a way that challenges stereotypical homecoming dresses. There is no way to enter subtley- this dress demands you to strut into the room, no turning back. This dress doesn’t just express your fresh new attitude, it reflects the rest of this school year. This season, it’s about taking chances, trying something new, and shedding an image you’ve held onto far too long. 
Summers over- you’ve had your fun. You’ve been wild, crazy, and daring. Now? It’s time to bring back elegance and sophistication. You like playing it safe while making a statement. This fall is all about hanging back with your best friends, saving the last dance for your old beau, and making sure you get home before midnight. With a dress like this chic, yet conservative Angela and Alison, people won’t dare keep their eyes off you. You’re feeling classy this fall for a reason- its something people just can't turn their nose up to.
Homecoming is the highlight of fall semester, a busy season that seems to have everything packed into a few months. And summer? Summer was all fun all the time- and you’re missing it. So this year, you should wear something that reflects the kind of fun you want to have at the dance. This brightly colored Hannah S two piece is sure to do just that. This wild pattern is unique and unlike anything else other girls will be bringing in to the gym. After all, girls just want to have fun!
Fall is a busy season for high school girls and there are a lot of changes going on. For now, you just need a reliable dress you know you can count on. A little black dress such as this keyhole angela and alison is your new BFF. It’s tight, comfortable, easy to wear, and beyond figure flattering. Every stitch of the fabric hugs every perfect place for the summer body you’ve kept in tact. This semester is going to be intense and unstable, but the one thing you need not worry about is having the perfect little black dress to help you rock homecoming and any other formal occasion this fall. 
 VIRGO AUG 22 - SEP 23
Sherri Hill   
You’ll be quite the social butterfly this fall! It’s time to make some new friends, head out with a new group to homecoming, and finally talk to that guy from pre-calculus who you have, “like-totally-been-crushing-on-since-like,-freshman-year!” Your personality will be especially dazzling this homecoming season- just like this stunning Sherri Hill that is positively decked out in glitz and glamour. If he doesn’t see how completely radiant you are in this little number, he’s either blind or didn’t show up to homecoming in the first place. 
Sherri Hil   
Everyone else can try and out do you, but you are most definitely queen bee this season. Glamour never goes out of style- it’s a classic. If you walk into the dance with a dress like this deep v a-line, you’re not going to shock, but you sure will turn everyones head. This sophisticated style isn’t something to get the crowds thinking- it’s pure eye candy that is effortless and beautiful on everyone, but you'll do it best. 
You’re going to swamped this season with events-you’re a busy girl. You need something versatile that you can wear to parties, weddings, and most importantly, homecoming. Whether its gracefully making an entrance across the gym floor or dancing the night away at an after party, a versatile cocktail dress like this Mon Cheri is the perfect fit for you. Comfortable, easy to wear, and irresistibly chic. You’ll look fresh off the runway at every event you attend this fall season!
Glitz and glam will be defining words for your homecoming season. Whether it’s a glistening homecoming tiara placed on your head, or just your fabulous homecoming dress, you’ll be regal from head to toe. A dress like this rouge Madison James halter will be the perfect accent to any tiara! This dress emulates a classic elegance that can be perfectly transformed into a gown fit for a queen- a homecoming queen, that is… 
Well aren’t you feeling sassy this fall? High School dress codes can be a drag, and dances this homecoming give you the rare opportunity to break out of your crewnecks and jeans. You’ll be working hard this season and it’s really going to show off in this rocking dress. You’re definitely breaking out of your shell and getting ready to rock this dance with every curve flaunted in a dress like this from Blush. You won’t be afraid to ask anyone to dance…but mostly because you won’t be able to keep off the offers coming at you left and right… 
Things will be going your way this homecoming season! You will finally ask the guy you’ve been thinking about all summer to homecoming- and he’ll say yes. He sure won’t be regretting his decision when he sees you rocking this classy off the shoulder cocktail number from sherri hill. This stunning Sherri Hill number will help you keep it classy, while still maintaining a sassy silhouette and flattering color. You’ll be dancing the night away, happily in your easy to wear dress with your more-than-giddy date by your side. 
Sherri Hill   
It’s only the beginning of the year, and you’re already ready for the end. Homecoming excites you, but prom is really on your mind. You’re feeling a dress that reminds you of your favorite Sherri Hill evening gown you’ve been eyeing all spring. Finally, homecoming gives you the opportunity to partially fulfill that day dream and get the short version of your dream prom gown. You’ll feel comfortable and classic while dancing, chatting, and strutting around the gym. You might even forget that prom is only a mere 9 months away…

You can find all of our wonderful homecoming styles at http://www.frenchnovelty.com/c/Homecoming_Dresses/Homecoming+Dresses.html

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Homecoming dresses that are almost too hot for your A/C lacking gym

       The annual homecoming dance- it’s a thrilling time for high school students. Girls get to dress to the nines and spend hours doing their hair, adjusting their dresses, throwing on pounds of make-up, and gearing their attitudes ready to strut into the sweaty gymnasium like it’s a Parisian runway. (Seriously, they just held PE in there like, four hours ago.) The girls line up one by one, locked-and-loaded behind the doors before their grande entrance. Suddenly the most daring of the group of girls, the girl who is always stepping out on her own and doing things her way, the one with fierce practically written across her forehead, walks forward. She grips the door handle like it’s her very own Excalibur and wields it, throwing the door behind her and prancing straight towards the middle of the dance floor. 
If this sounds like you- if you’re one of these rare gems that dares to push the envelope in everything she does, you’re probably on the hunt for an edgy homecoming dress to compliment your fearless attitude. Lucky for you, the fall 2015 collections are drenched with bold styles that are sure to get the crowds talking and bring you straight into the lime-light. These designs will make standing out from the others a piece of cake so you can focus on owning the dance floor. 

Sherri Hill
   Maybe you’ve got killer abs or just love showing off a little extra skin. The fall homecoming lines are overflowing with these sassy two piece ensembles. Each is unique and brings it’s own flavor of sensuality, whether you like fun tulle skirts or hip-hugging a-lines. No matter what you choose, when you glide into the room, no one will be able to turn away from your jaw-dropping look. Try pairing it with a classy pair of rhinestone pumps to amp up your avant-guard ensemble and make each confident step you take sassier than the next. 

Angela and Alison
   If revealing your entire abdomen isn’t really your taste, try a dress with cut-outs on the sides. This season, you can find cut outs on almost any part of the dress from the waist, to the skirt, and even the collars. Especially hot for Fall are the peek-a-boo slit-sides, however. This allows you to show off a little more skin without creating two separate pieces. By adding a bold pair of hoops and simple heels, you’ll keep all the attention on the intricate top and your grinning, confident expression. 

Sherri Hill
    Are you craving something edgy that maintains a re-wearable timeless elegance? Plunging necklines, while hot for the upcoming homecoming collections, never go out of style. It’s hard to go wrong with a classic silhouette that compliments ladies with sculpted collar bones and torsos that would otherwise go unnoticed. If you’re skeptical about buying a new cocktail dress this season, you can feel assured that purchasing a dress with a deep neckline will be in fashion season after season for trendy outfit repeating. Keep it simple with a pair of classic pumps and basic studs to complete your ensemble. 

Mac Duggal
   For a truly unexpected and unconventional homecoming dress, try a new take on the high-low trend. If you like the keep people on their toes, striding into the dance in a gown thats typical homecoming-business in the front and a trend-setting party in the back. You’ll truly embrace a royal appearance when sashaying around your court…your, er, basketball court. Regardless of if you’re homecoming queen or not, this gown/cocktail dress is sure to make you look like one. Choose a pair of shoes that add to your royal affair and a pair of earrings that won’t clash with your crown. 

Be daring this homecoming season! Choose a style that best suits your personality and rock this years dance. You'll have everyone chattering about your killer ensemble and have everyone wishing they had the guts to flaunt Fall 2015's unique, edgy styles!

All of these hot-off-the runway designs are available right now at www.frenchnovelty.com. If you're in love with the ensembles in this blog, follow us on Polyvore for more homecoming ideas utilizing this season's latest dresses! 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Why you are NOT the one saying yes to your homecoming dress.

Every teenage girl has been there- you’re standing in front of a multi-directional mirror, eyes glittering and heart a-flutter. All eyes in the store are on you. As you swish around in the perfect cocktail length dress, you acknowledge that it was absolutely worth ripping off the hanger and pushing past every jealous girl who dared to eye your dress with envy. They didn’t matter any more, that dress was on you now. It complimented your skin tone in the only way the perfect combination of chiffon and satin can and sparkled like a diamond fresh off the press from Tiffany & Co. As it seemed angels descended and God himself open the heavens to praise your perfect dress, you take a glance to your right and all seems to drop from a perfect TLC moment to a poorly produced Hallmark tragedy. 
It’s your mother. And she's giving you a look kinda like this… 

Your heart sinks as the heavens close and the rhinestones that once glittered willfully seem to all fade into dull, withered, stones. Every vision you once held of stopping the hearts of every guy at your homecoming swore is zip-gone-dead with the deathly glare of your disapproving mother. 

But why?! You ask yourself. Why Me?!

And from that moment on you are 100,000% you are the only teenage girl who has had her heart broken by the deadlock placed upon your parents wallet due to one. little. word.


“It’s too short,” she declares. 
“Your principal will never let you walk in like that.” 
“You just don’t look right in it.”
“It’s too much.”

Alas, never fear, you’re not alone. While we all hope walking into our local dress shop (*cough* *cough* French Novelty)  that we will walk out shouting “I said Yes to the Dress!!!!”  from your mom’s arms, it’s an unfortunate truth that you might never see eye to eye. Until Now…

As the Fall season for cocktail length dresses opens, teen girls can rejoice of Fall ’15 trends that will please any conservative mama (or dad) and school administration.  
Thick straps and a proportional bust line are a great way to match your mother and schools dress code, but the extra fabric allows for extra room to be covered in immaculate stones. All that extra glitter will have you turning heads as you sparkle your way to the center of the dance floor. 

Alyce Paris
A fitted bodice brings an illusion of a lack of fabric. You might even trick your parents into thinking there’s less coverage than there really is! Sheer nude material will keep you daddy approved while incorporating it into a sassy style that will please your friends, family, and faculty!

Angela and Alison
Without the extra glitter and coverage, this omg-that-girl is fit silhouette might be too much for your poor mom’s heart to handle. Never fear- the extra pizzaz brings a conservative twist to a Bond girl’s spicy cocktail dress. 

Rachel Allan
Maybe you’re expected to have a little extra coverage, have a chilly October homecoming, or just get cold really easily. Try a dress that envelopes your arms and accents your collar bone. For those of you with budget conscious parents, you can even add in that a necklace is  not necessary for a dress like this with  an extravagant neckline!

You can have that perfect “I Said Yes to the Dress” moment. While you might not be the only one who has to say yes to it first (Hi Mom! Hi Dad!), with the help from Fall 2015’s innovative designers, you can choose a trendy style that will will get the your your parents and school administration screaming yes to your dress. 

Be sure to check out all of our homecoming dresses available at French Novelty and http://www.frenchnovelty.com/c/Homecoming_Dresses/Homecoming+Dresses.html

Saturday, July 11, 2015

New 2015 Homecoming Dresses Now Online at French Novelty!

2015 Homecoming Dresses are now being introduced from many of our designers. We have just added new fall homecoming 2015 dress styles from many of our vendors including: Sherri Hill, Sticks and Stones by Mori Lee, Rachel Allan, and Madison James! Additional Fall 2015 homecoming dresses will be featured as the photos are made available by each of our exclusive designers! Whether you are parading in front of the school on homecoming court or you are just showing up to the homecoming party, French Novelty has the perfect homecoming dress for you. French Novelty is an authorized retail agent for many of America's most famous dress designers. We are offering you a variety of homecoming dress styles, colors, and sizes which can be special ordered through our online store. Find these designers and other great homecoming dresses now online at www.frenchnovelty.com

Sherri Hill

Rachel Allan

Alyce Paris

Sticks and Stones

Hannah S

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New 2015 Hannah S Homecoming Dresses Now Online at French Novelty

Turn heads for homecoming 2015 with a short and sassy formal dress by Hannah S. Full of sassy sophistication, Hannah S homecoming dresses are both fun and flirty with their short hemlines and stunning details. Fashion forward with their innovative design; Hannah S dresses are captivating onlookers and captivating the runways with their dramatic silhouettes, sparkling beaded detailing, and vibrant colors making these dresses perfect for homecoming, the red carpet, and other formal events. From flirty two piece dresses to sleek and sexy illusion designs, there is sure to be a Hannah S dress for every girl making these designs essential for homecoming 2015. Find these styles and other great dresses online at

Hannah S 27014
Price: $507.99

Hannah S 27021
Price: $359.99

Hannah S 27026
Price: $567.99

Hannah S 27050
Price: $267.99

Hannah S 27051
Price: $399.99

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2015 Rachel Allan Now Online at French Novelty

Make homecoming 2015 memorable in a dress by Rachel Allan. Established in 1985 as Party Time Formals, Rachel Allen continues to evolve with the times, creating flawless designs and exceeding industry standards season after season. With a continued devotion to fashion, Rachel Allan has re-released their company for 2015 with a new name and new designs that are sure to put them in the spotlight making them a must have for homecoming 2014. Unique and upscale, Rachel Allan homecoming dresses are sure to leave all eyes on you as stunning details and dazzling silhouettes come to life in vibrant color. Dance the night away in high style with a short party dress by Rachel Allan! Sizes available are 0-16, but not in every dress style. Certain Rachel Allan dresses are also available in the Rachel Allan Plus collection in sizes 14W-24W. Order your Rachel Allan dress now as the best designs and sizes are sure to sell fast! Find these styles and other great dresses online at www.frenchnovelty.com 

Rachel Allan 4003
Price: $378.00

Rachel Allan 4007
Price: $398.00

Rachel Allan 4020
Price: $438.00

Rachel Allan 4055
Price: $398.00

Rachel Allan 4056
Price: $378.00