Tuesday, November 7, 2017

AND THE WINNER IS.....How to pick a Winning Evening Gown for a Pageant

  Selecting your evening gown is one of the most important aspects of  pre-pageant preparation. It can also be the most overwhelming. Your evening gown paints a "portrait" to the judging panel and gives them insight to your personality. This dress also serves as a wonderful opportunity to show off your best qualities. Since the dress itself is not being judged, it is important to remember it's how the contestant looks in the dress that's being considered.

  Here are a few tips to help you capture the crown.

Tip #1: Cost

  You don't have to spend a fortune to win! An evening gown is generally only one of many garments you'll need during pageant weekend so look for ways to reduce costs. One of the biggest myths in pageantry is how much money you'll have to spend on your evening gown. Pageant insiders know designers often create gowns for their less expensive lines based on sample designs from the couture collections. Olivia Jordan stunned the judges on a custom couture Sherri Hill evening gown at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant. That winning gown style is now featured in Sherri Hill's Prom 2018 collection for a fraction of the cost of the couture version and in seven different colors. Cara Mund, Miss America 2018 wore a custom Jovani design when she captured the crown back in September. Jovani has created a dress in a similar style and color, available for much ;less than the price of the custom dress. By focusing on how great the dress makes you look and feel, not the price tag, you'll save money.

Cara Mund, Miss America 2018, in Jovani
Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015, In Sherri Hill

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Tip #2: Select a Gown That is Age Appropriate

  If you are competing in the teen category, it is very important that you look like a teen in your evening gown. Find a style that is flattering to you while being age appropriate for the pageant. Stay clear of low or revealing necklines, cutouts, high slits or mature designs for younger age divisions. It is also important to read over pageant dress guidelines, especially for high school pageants & scholarship programs. Two piece gowns are fantastic options for homecoming, prom and some pageant systems like Miss Teen USA, however some school pageants have stricter guidelines. If you are unsure, stop by French Novelty and let the experienced style team provide you with a variety of trendy and affordable options for every pageant and age range.

Mac Duggal

Tiffany Designs
Sherri Hill
Tip #3: Accentuate Your Body Type and Best Features

  Selecting a winning gown requires a host of different considerations - from the image your gown conveys to the judges, to your body type and figure, as well as skin tones and hair colors. Knowing your body type is important because it helps determine what fabric and styles will work best for you. An example would be avoiding clingy dresses or jersey material if you are trying to minimize your waistline. Instead select a dress that flows and draws the attention upward towards your face, not your waist. Keep the focus on your best assets.

  Don't be afraid of wearing a color other than white, especially if you have a fair skin tone. The stage lighting tends to wash you out. Pageant consultants agree white looks great on stage and more national pageant winners have been crowned wearing it but it's also the most commonly worn color by pageant contestants. Try colors like red, pink, blue, yellow, and green that will make you stand out amongst the sea of white dresses.

  French Novelty stylist suggest bringing the under garments (spanx & bra) you intend to wear to the dress fitting. It can be overwhelming and generally requires help from professionals who know styles, fabrics, necklines, and all the other intricacies of evening gowns.

 Ellie Wilde
Ellie Wilde

Ellie Wilde

Tip #4: Know Before You Go

  Part of being successful in pageants is being prepared. With that in mind, know the different styles that are available to you. There are six different style silhouette dress styles: Empire, Mermaid, Sheath, Ball Gown and A-Line. By knowing these styles in advance, you'll be able to better communicate what you are looking for. After you decide on a silhouette, familiarize yourself with the different neckline options. The possibilities are endless with necklines with the most common being: Sweetheart, Straight Across, Asymmetric, Queen Ann, Off the Shoulder, Jewel, Boat Neck, Halter, High Neck and Collar. It's also helpful to bring along your shoes. This gives you the ability to check hemlines and walk in the dress.

  At French Novelty, we have been dedicated to our customers for 107 years, serving as experts in the field of dressing winners. We would love the opportunity to work with you on your next pageant wardrobe and welcome you to stop by for an evening gown consultation. New arrivals are coming in daily and we are also available to help you using our online store.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Miss Fancy Pants

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Are you searching for a special occasion alternative this holiday season? Look no further, because French Novelty has you covered! The runway is all the buzz, showcasing pants and jumpsuits that will help you stand out amongst the sea of little black dresses at your next event. Prom and Pageant designers, Sherri Hill and Mac Duggal, feature several variations that will have you looking picture perfect in your party pants.

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Sherri Hill style 51433 keeps the look simply stated with this off the shoulder jumpsuit. This look can be dressed up by adding over-sized earrings and a clutch and comes in several color options.

Is red your signature color? This one-piece jersey jumper, style 51360, features a high neckline, cut-out lower back, and flared leg. Style 51432, is an off-the-shoulder, two-piece pant set, that's sure to grab everyone's attention. You'll look fierce and fabulous at your next holiday party or special event.

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If bling is your thing, check out these fully sequined jumpsuits from Sherri Hill and Mac Duggal. Let the style team at French Novelty, help you Glam it up at your next special occasion in a formal jumpsuit.

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Mac Duggal 9052L

Check out our website at www.frenchnovelty.com to find the perfect jumpsuit style for you!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

2018 French Novelty Prom Reps

2018 French Novelty Prom Reps

As the 2018 prom season approaches, and we finalize prom orders from some of your favorite designers, we are also putting together an amazing group of young ladies to help make this the best prom season yet! Introducing, the 2018 French Novelty Prom Reps! These girls are some of the best and brightest within their high schools and we are so excited to have them as a part of the French Novelty team!

Just a few of our 2018 Prom Reps showing off some of their personal favorites for Prom and Homecoming!

During our first meet and greet, our Prom Reps came together to not only get to know one another, but this meeting also served as what we call our "Fashion Panel" focus group. The purpose of our Fashion Panel is to get feedback from our Prom Reps on what prom dress styles they want to see for Prom 2018, what new trends and colors they are excited about, as well as what looks they don't think will be a hit among their peers. We are so excited for our customers to see what styles our buyers and Prom Reps collaborated on. Check out some pictures of the girls below as they discussed their thoughts.

Do you want to join in on the fun? There are several schools who we still need representatives from! If you're interested, please send an email to Jessica at info@frenchnovelty.com with your name, what school you attend, as well as your grade and a little bit about yourself. Stay tuned for more info from the next Prom Rep Event!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2018 Prom Dress Trends: World of Prom Market Recap

Our buying team has returned from World of Prom Market in Atlanta, GA and we couldn't be more excited to spill the deets of some of the hottest trends for Prom 2018! Let's jump right into it and check out some sneak peeks of what is to come this prom season!

Here's a sneak peek of a velvet prom dress from Shail K's 2018 prom collection.


Velvet is one of the hottest trends for Prom 2018!  The days of velvet being only a fall/winter fabric are behind us! The velvet prom dress trend completely dominated the prom scene at this year's World of Prom market. Most of your favorite prom designers including Sherri Hill, Jovani, Alyce Paris, and La Femme just to name a few, each had a hint of velvet mixed into their Spring Collections.


Ruffle prom dresses are all the rage for Prom 2018! There's just something about ruffles that add a bit of extra pizzazz to your dream prom look. From 2-piece prom dresses to mermaid dresses to ball gowns, every style prom dress could look even more fabulous with a little ruffle action!

Mori Lee style 42015, COMING SOON 

Sneak Peek of Alyce Paris Prom 2018


The fringe prom dress trend is back and better than ever for prom 2018. This look is for the prom-goer who exemplifies all things glamour and loves to make a statement. Shimmy and Shake on the dance floor as your fringe prom dress moves to the beat right along with you. 

2018 Fringe Prom Dress, Style 5002, by Rachel Allan 


You can never go wrong with a little bling! Prom 2018 is filled with sequins and sparkly styles that are sure to have heads turning all night long! Top designers like Sherri Hill, Morilee, and Rachel Allan all showcase fully sequined prom dresses within their collections that will satisfy your craving to stand out on prom night. 

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Floral Print

The floral print prom dress trend has been popular for the past few years and it looks as though it is here to stay for at least one more season! Large roses, vibrant colors, and bold patterns all graced the runways at this years World of Prom Market. Newcomer, Ellie Wilde, made her mark last year with her signature prints and this year is no different. 

Ellie Wilde floral print is second to none! Coming Soon!
Off the Shoulder

Off the shoulder prom dresses, which is one of our faves from last year, is also a top trend for prom 2018. If you are looking for an off the shoulder prom dress, you are in luck because you can spot this look in every collection this season from Ellie Wilde and Sherri Hill to Dave and Johnny, just to name a few!
Ellie Wilde off the shoulder 2-piece dress for prom 2018.

Top Colors for Prom 2018
The Pantone color of the season is PINK, so don't be afraid to show off your girly side for prom 2018!

Shhh!! The Sherri Hill Spring 2018 is top secret for now, so enjoy this fabulous sneak peek in the color of the season!

 Rose Gold

Emerald Green

 Images for Prom 2018 aren't available just yet, but don't worry! Your dream prom dress will be available on our website soon!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pageant Dresses that Won't Break the Bank

Our customer, Semaya, after being crowned Miss Westside 2017, wearing a gorgeous Mori Lee ballgown.

Finding the perfect pageant dress is probably the most critical part of the pageant preparation process. You may have to try on several until you find "The One", but once you step into the dress and walk out of that fitting room, you will know. We also understand that pageant dresses can get quite pricey and once you add-in your interview dress, opening number dress, appearance dresses and let's not forget alterations, your budget has now accumulated into something you didn't expect it to be. Well fear not! French Novelty is here to help you find a gorgeous pageant dress that won't bust your budget. Check out just a few sale pageant dresses that are currently in stock in our retail store.

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$449.99  Now:$299.99

Dazzle the judges in a fully beaded mermaid dress with a dramatic tulle bottom and deep-v back by Madison James. This dress is also in stock in the color turquoise

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$458.00 Now: $279.99

This Jasz Couture fit and flare pageant dress provides the perfect combination of sophistication and sassiness with its beaded illusion bodice and captivating, deep turquoise color. 

$348.99 Now:199.99

The flowy, chiffon skirt on this beautiful dress by Blush is perfect for sashaying across the stage at your pageant.

Madison James-17-285
$329.99  Now:$199.99

This hip hugging mermaid dress is perfect for the pageant girl who wants to make a statement with its tiered ruffle bottom, yet keep it simple with its minimal beading on the bodice. This dress is in stock in green and silver as well. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fall 2017 Homecoming Dress Trends

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Even though the school year has just ended and things are heating up outside, we are already dreaming of fall fashion around here. As soon as prom season ends for us, it's time to switch gears into homecoming as we check out the fall and winter collections for the perfect homecoming dresses. For the past several weeks we have been shopping the latest looks of short dresses from your favorite designers and here are just a few of the Top Homecoming Dress Trends for Fall 2017 that we know you're going to love!

1. Plush Velvet

This rich and luxurious fabric made a comeback in a major way on the runways of New York Fashion Week for fall 2017, and the homecoming dress styles for this year were no different. Whether you are looking for a form fitting and figure flattering look, a short and sassy 2-piece dress, or an a-line dress with a girly tulle skirt, there is the perfect velvet homecoming dress for you!


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2. Binge on Fringe

This popular 1920's inspired trend made its way back to the formal wear scene for prom 2017 and has carried over into the fall. This hand-beaded style is not for the faint at heart (or muscles) as the beads tend to be a little heavier than simpler styles, but the rich detail and head turns you will receive while wearing a fringe homecoming dress makes it well worth it.

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Alyce Paris-4488

3. The Golden Rule

We are seeing a lot of flashy and sparkly golds this season, particularly from one of our favorite designers, Sherri Hill. Shimmering sequins and intricately beaded lace all in beautiful golden hues are dominating the homecoming dress scene for 2017. A gold homecoming dress just screams FABULOUS!

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4. Throwbacks

Are you still in love with a few of the homecoming dress styles of the past? Well you're in luck! Many of your favorite styles such as two-piece dresses, bold floral prints, embroidered floral, the classic LBD, and the fit and flare all make a comeback for homecoming 2017 with a new twist on each look.
Sticks and Stones by Mori Lee-94060

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Ellie Wilde-EW21711s

No matter your homecoming dress style, French Novelty will have the perfect dress for you. New collections are being added daily to our website, so go ahead and check it out by clicking the link below!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

French Novelty's Dream Team and Prom Queens

Our customer, Anna, front and center in her gorgeous Jovani dress with her girls headed to prom.

After months of searching and the blood, sweat, and tears (for some) that comes along with this journey, the time has finally come! Prom 2017 has come to it's bittersweet end. The French Novelty Dream Team has truly enjoyed helping all of our customers find the dress of their dreams. From the time these ladies walk through our door, we dive right in to begin bringing their prom night vision to life. Every year prom season connects us with some pretty amazing girls, and we get so excited to see pictures of our customers on prom night once they put their entire look together. Check out just a few of French Novelty's prom queens who lit up the room on prom night! 

Our customer, Natalie, wearing new designer, Ellie Wilde's signature print and check out her date with the matching tie! 

Our customer, Kayleigh, stole the show in this stunning 2-piece dress by Dave and Johnny.


Our customer, Sara Kate,  looks breath-taking in her rose printed 2-piece by La Femme. 

We can't forget about our wonderful online customers like Kat! We LOVE how she styled her Sherri Hill dress with Converse sneakers!

Last, but not least, we love this picture of our customer, Allie, being dipped by her date while wearing this beautiful dress by Mori Lee.