If there’s one day in your life that you have the opportunity to wear a ball gown, it’s likely on your wedding day. This silhouette is known for its fitted bodice and full skirt, and it’s universally flattering on everyone. From romantic and feminine to bold and edgy, we’ve rounded up the best new ball gowns on the market. So why not go big or go home?
Best Modern Classic Ball Gown: Justin Alexander Signature, Style Inez
Clean lines, a bikini neckline, and trending pockets modernize this timeless and refined ball gown.
Most Unexpected Ball Gown: Le Blanc by Casablanca Bridal, Style Jovie
Stylish and sexy, this ball gown features a side slit that unveils a surprise mini skirt.
Best Boho Ball Gown: Chic Nostalgia, Style Dior
Float down the aisle in this ethereal, lightweight gown with a plunging V-neck bodice and 3D flowers allover.
Best Blush Ball Gown: Anne Barge, Style Nantucket
Picture it: you’re flitting around your tented wedding reception in this blush corset gown with a peek-a-boo slit and an asymmetric bow belt.
Best Puff-Sleeve Ball Gown: Dany Tabet, Style Bijou
Voluminous puff sleeves and a fitted waist lend a flattering silhouette to this lace-and-silk dress.
Best Drop-Waist Ball Gown: Watters, Style Cordell
This royal-reminiscent gown features a boned corset and dramatically dropped waist. Marie Antoinette would approve.
Boldest Ball Gown: Maggie Sottero, Style Scarlet
Turn heads in this show-stopping red dress that your guests will remember forever. We said go big or go home, right?
Best Long-Sleeve Ball Gown: DB Studio, Style SLLBWG4036
Sexy, chic, lighter-than-air, and under $700.
Best Crop Top Ball Gown: Jesus Peiro, Style 2315
We’re drooling over this look, consisting of a chic bandeau top and a full high-low Mikado skirt.
Best Blinged Out Ball Gown: Eve of Milady Couture, Style 4402
Hand beading, lace appliqués and crystal-covered illusion panels make this knockout gown perfect for the glam bride.
Best Pastel Ball Gown: Ines Di Santo Couture, Romina
Something new. Something blue.
Best Square-Neck Ball Gown: Justin Alexander, Style Dreama
A square neckline and an illusion lace bodice make this traditional tulle ball gown a breath of fresh air.
Best Textured Ball Gown: Amare Couture, Style Ivy
Made of a special Italian crinkled satin, this unique, voluminous ball gown brings the drama!
Best Black Ball Gown: Adrianna Papell Platinum, Style 31205
Show some edge in this glamorous black ball gown, and take off the long sleeves for a second look.
Best V-Neck Ball Gown: Eddy K, Style Ginny
Make a statement in this voluminous champagne-colored ball gown covered in sequins and lace appliqués.
Best ’90s-Inspired Ball Gown: Amsale, Style Noor
This ball gown features a cool, rounded neckline and a stunning hand-beaded lattice bodice, giving us ’90s vibes in the best way possible.
Best Off-the-Shoulder Ball Gown: Monica Loretti, Style 8233
The swiss dot fabric adds a Parisian-chic feel.
Best Tiered Ball Gown: Sareh Nouri, Style Grayson
Shown in “frost blue,” this tiered, pleated ball gown is a regal dream come true.
Best Floral Ball Gown: Monique Lhuillier, Style Positano
This gown makes us wish we were hopping aboard a yacht in Capri.
Best Princess Dress: Sottero & Midgley, Style Elton
From its fully beaded bodice to its glitter tulle skirt, this dress is perfect for the princess bride.
Best Bow Ball Gown: Vera Wang, Style Margot
The queen of ball gowns does it again, with this exquisite silk ball gown with a dramatic neckline and organza shoulder bow.