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The History Behind The Sexy Evening Gown

Nov 9, 2007
The first evening gown was decidedly not very sexy, at least by modern standards. In the 19th Century, when going out to theatres and opera houses was very fashionable among people of a certain class, evening gowns were long and heavy, the skirts reaching the floor, and the necklines high and the sleeves long. Of course, decetolage played a part in some dress styles, but the hems of the evening gowns really remained long until about 1920, when they rose daringly above the knee, and necklines dipped down as far as possible.

This trend of decidedly sexy evening gown styles continued through WWII, when fabric became scarce, and dress hems were raised out of necessity. The 1950s saw the advent of that quintessential sexy evening gown, the cocktail dress. In the 1960s, hemlines for all types of dresses and skirts were raised to a new height; some only just long enough to sufficiently cover underwear. Slits on the sides of skirts and dresses were not uncommon, either. Hem and necklines continued to become more varied as the seventies saw the advent of the wrap dress, and other, and further variations on the sexy evening gown.

In the 21st Century, women are decidedly freer to express themselves through dress than at any other time in history. Gone are binding whale bone corsets and crinolines, voluminous petticoats, and bustles. Todays corsets are light and comfortable, and todays dresses can be as sheer, curve hugging, short, and as sexy as the wearer chooses. Evening gowns are not always the traditionally cut outfits meant to be worn at corporate functions and stuffy state dinners anymore either. Women can wear shockingly sexy evening gowns when they are out having fun, or even shockingly sexier evening gowns when they are at home having fun, and the sky is truly the limit.

When you are looking for the perfect sexy evening gown, whatever the occasion, why not order one online? It is fast, easy, and fun, and, if you take the time to record all of your measurements before you start shopping, much less time consuming than dragging armload after armload of possibilities with you into the dressing room. Just make sure, again, that you take your hip, chest, and other applicable measurements before you start, and keep in mind that size designations like small, medium, large, extra large, and plus size can vary, so do not assume that you are automatically a certain size, without first comparing it to the measurement designations on the manufacturers sizing chart.

Whichever sexy evening gown you choose, have fun shopping
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