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Apr. 9, 2019

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Prom Trend 2019: Mermaid Dresses

One of the most figure flattering prom looks is a Mermaid dress. It’s sexy, classy and timeless. This body contouring silhouette that hugs your waist and thighs and then flares out at the knee, highlights every curve.

 

Check out these mermaid dress runway video clips.

 

Style 62903L

Be ravishing in this stretch crepe, V neck gown featuring body contouring seams to show off your amazing silhouette. The well-structured bodice gives way to a mermaid fit, tiered ruffle skirt. This style comes in Cranberry or Midnight Blue.

 

Style 30603A

Style 30603A is a plunging neckline twilight mermaid prom dress. Two tone sequin open back prom dress with criss–cross straps around bodice and the waist. Catch the light of the stars on your magical prom night in this gorgeous gown.

 

Style 66900A

The perfect stretch taffeta mermaid for all sizes and ages. The fabric shows off your curves and the corset allows for a truly cinched waist. This gown is embellished with an off the shoulder bedazzled collar. This mermaid prom gown is available in either vibrant Magenta or elegant Midnight Blue.

 

Style 66740M

This blue gown with golden metallic designs give angelic vibes. Simple beading surround the sweetheart neckline. The dress sweeps into a dramatic train to finish it off.

 

Style 30577A

This classic mermaid form fitting style features a shoulder neckline embellished with stones and rhinestones that wraps around the back. The stretch taffeta skirt reaches the floor and extends into a wide sweep train.

 

Style 66581R

This red mikado mermaid dress is sure to stun at your next event! Completed with body contour lines and a hand tailored ruffle train.

 

View more Mermaid Dresses or find a Mac Duggal Retailer

Mar. 19, 2019

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PROM DRESS BUYERS – BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT ONLINE STORES

How common is it for girls to get ripped off by fraudulent online prom dress stores? Walk into any prom dress retailer and ask them about this subject, and they will indicate it has become very commonplace. It’s a frequent occurrence for girls to come into their stores with tales of woe after having been cheated by a fraudulent online retailer.

 

If the price of a prom dress offered online seems to good to be true, it probably is to good to be true. There are a variety of bad things that can occur when dealing with a fraudulent web site.

 

1)  The order never gets shipped.
2)  The color of the dress is vastly different than the image displayed online
3)  The dress is made from cheap fabric with poor quality workmanship
4)  The fit is terrible
5)  The embellishments are terribly inferior versus what is shown in the online image
6) There are months of delays in receipt of the dress and customer service is non-existent

 

Be aware that the search engines are filled with the sites of fraudulent online stores. The search engines are enablers of the these prom dress counterfeiters. The paid results at the top of the results pages are infested with links to fraudulent stores that have stolen images from the top designers such as Mac Duggal. These stores are buying their way to the top of the search engines. In many cases, they can afford to pay a lot to get to the top of the search engines because they are saving money by using cheap, inferior materials and sloppy workmanship.

 

The results obtained when searching online for prom dresses is a jumbled result of legitimate and fraudulent sites. Most of the larger prom dress retailers have websites and there a numerous online stores that are extremely reputable. So how can you segment the legitimate stores from the fraudulent ones?

 

Tips For Finding Legitimate Prom Dress Retailers

 

1) Go to the sites of the top designers and use their “Where to Buy” function to find authorized retailers. The Mac Duggal authorized retailer’s can be identified by going to Find Retailer. (a link to “Find Retailer” is in the navigation bar at the top of the webpage).
2) Search for “store name reviews”. Be aware this method is far from foolproof. Many of the reviews are paid for and not trustworthy. It requires a lot of digging to find reviews that you can trust.
3) Look up the store’s Page on Facebook. Check on how many likes the store has. Check on whether the store’s posts are getting shared, as this is a good indication that they have an engaged customer base. Click on the “show share” button. See if the distribution of names seems to be typical. Read the comments to determine if they seem to be coming from legitimate fans, or if the online store is buying them. Be aware that this is not a foolproof method of sussing out legitimate stores, as the fraudulent stores sometimes buy likes and pay for positive comments.

 

Recommended Prom Dress Stores in Selected Cities

Atlanta Prom Dress Stores
Birmingham AL Prom Dress Stores
Chicago Prom Dress Stores
Nashville Prom Dress Stores

 

While the title of the video provided below is about wedding dresses, it is directly relevant to prom dresses. The story would be almost identical if they had substituted “prom dress” for “wedding dress”.

 

Feb. 11, 2019

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The Perfect Prom Dress to Flatter Your Figure

There are tons of prom dresses that look great on a hanger. But you’re looking for one you can fall in love with, makes you look amazing, and flatters your figure. Here are some tips on finding silhouettes that flatter specific body types:

Petite

A fun short dress with a flared skirt and fitted bodice will fill out a small frame and add the illusion of an hourglass figure. In the Cocktail, Mac Duggal, and Ieena collections, you can find dresses that are perfect for your body shape! short Lemon dress 26099i

If you are looking for the illusion of appearing taller, be sure to view the mermaid gowns in our Prom, Flash, and Cassandra Stone collections. Mermaid dresses give you a shaped silhouette with a fitted bodice, and the dramatic hemlines elongate the body.

Tall

Walk tall with confidence and show your amazing figure off! The soft gathering of a rouched dress keeps you from looking too thin and long. You could also find a short dress from our Prom Collections which will be sure to reveal your long legs. A high leg slit or high-low dress will give you the perfect accent to your frame. Show off your best feature with a dress that accentuates your legs and makes you walk tall!
Ivory Gold Prom DressOr elongate your midriff even more with a gorgeous two piece dress. The amazing designs in our Mac Duggal Prom Collection will flatter any tall girl.

Curvy

Your curves are what make you unique. Embrace your beautiful figure in a form fitting dress that makes you fell flawless. A diagonal or one shoulder strap will add more support so you can show of your bare shoulder with confidence. Several styles in the Fabulouss collection  give you the all-around support for dancing throughout the night.  The Fabulouss collection embrace body positivity with fun, flirty, and sexy styles.

An empire waistline draws the perfect amount of attention to your slim waist, while also creating an emphasis on your beautiful curves. A simple draped fabric of the skirt falls over your curves to increase confidence and comfort. Many empire style gowns are available in our Ball Gown collection and also all of the Mac Duggal Prom collections.

strapless red ball gown

Apple (Full Figured- Fuller Bust line)

An apple shape describes women who are typically “top heavy,” meaning that they have a wide torso, broad shoulders, and a fuller bust and waist. Apple shape figures generally want to draw attention to their bust and away from their mid-section. It’s important to wear dresses that flow from underneath the bust, expanding at the waist. Draped or ruched gathers that lie flat across your middle will work wonders without adding too much extra volume. A gorgeous empire waist dress is the perfect choice for a girl who is an apple shape.

Nude Plus Size Ball Gown

Pear (Full Figured- Bigger Bottom Line)

Pear shaped body figures are recommended to have a tighter fitting bodice with a skirt that flares outward. A gown with an intricate neckline and a high waist put the spotlight on your sexy upper half.

Find a dress that floats over your hips. There are many different variations of dresses that flatter a pear shaped body figure. These type of dresses create a slimming look, with just the right amount of sex appeal.

long Red dress 48716i

Sheath

The sheath style evening gown, like the usual sheath dress is designed to fit the body tightly. It can be belted or unbelted, and has a straight drape. It can have shoulder straps or be strapless. This style dress can be perfect for any body shape and can be worn for a more simplistic and modest look.

sequin long sleeve prom gown

Princess

A princess style dress is the most traditional prom dress that we have many variations of in the Ball gown collection. This style of dress can make anyone and any body shape feel like royalty on their special night.

The A-line style evening gown is close-fitting at the top and gradually widens at the bottom, without gathers or pleats. A- line dresses are commonly simple but often attract attention with its elegant appearance. There is an A-line dress for every body shape in both our Prom and Fabulouss collections.

gold ball gown prom dress

Dropped Waist

The waistline is dropped below the actual waistline. This style dress is generally worn to elongate the waist and create a slim look. The skirt can be fitted or flared. This style can be worn by any body type!

mint drop waist prom dress

Trumpet

If the evening gown is trumpet shaped, it is tight fitting until it reaches the mid thigh or the knees, where it flares. The difference between mermaid and trumpet style prom gowns is that the mermaid gown hugs your body all the way to the knees before it fans out. Trumpet prom dresses are fitted through the hips to mid thigh and then flair a bit less severely. This dress style is best for tall, curvy, and peared shaped body types.

black sleeveless trumpet prom dress

Mermaid

Mermaid, as the name suggests, resembles a mermaid’s silhouette. The evening gown is form fitting around the bodice and contoured to your body all the way to the knees where the skirt flares out dramatically. This style flatters slender, fit, and near flawless body types as it shows off all your curves.

mermaid seafoam prom dress

For details on what’s on trend this season, read Prom Dress Trends for 2018.

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Feb. 3, 2019

Dozens of Colors Means One Fake Prom Dress

Everyone has heard of scammers selling fake handbags and electronics. But parents and high school teens have to look out for another scam. . . counterfeit prom dresses. So be warned, getting scammed by a knock-off or counterfeit dress website can be a costly mistake that can damage much more than just your wallet.

It’s surprisingly easy to be lured onto one of the fake prom dress sites. It all begins as you search and search for the perfect dress. It starts with looking at the latest fashion magazines and red carpet interviews. Then you begin your search online. . .

Looking for the best deal and the dress of your dreams, you come to a store that offers more than 60% off your selection. While managing to pick out the perfect style and the best deal, you find that, even better, it comes in more than 20 colors. It’s a dream come true! Now you can look great in the dress you’ve always wanted and in the color that perfectly matches your skin tone.

The truth is, you’ve just seen the biggest dead giveaway that your dress won’t be quite what you are expecting. It’s time to hit the back button if something like this pops up on the page where the photographed dress is featured:

The above selection box is similar to what is shown on most websites that offers discount and “cheap” special occasion dresses. And it’s not something to get excited about.

The idea is appealing. You love this gown but it is green, and you hate green. But look at all of the available colors! Hooray!

There’s a reason that these sites offer dresses in every color of the rainbow, while the designer’s sites only show the dress available in just a few hues. According to Mac Duggal,  “The fact is you’ll never know which color you are going to get when you see so many colors. Counterfeiters use damaged, leftover material that they can get cheaply to offer such low prices. These materials often fall apart, rip easily, or even give young girls hives and rashes.”

What do we mean when we say you never know which color you’ll get? Well, for example, if you wanted a white dress and walked into a store, you would know exactly which shade of white you envisioned. The store would do everything to find you that perfect white tint you desired. However, when you choose the color white from an online counterfeiter you could be getting white, off-white, bone, or even ivory. It makes an even bigger difference when you order bright colors. Mac Duggal warns that, “you could choose the color ‘Pink,’ but what you could really get is a neon pink or light pink. It really comes down to which materials are left over, and sometimes you may even get two different color sewn together on a dress.”

Girls look forward to the idea of getting a dress in so many colors, but in reality it’s more of a curse than a blessing. When you look at a dress in your local prom retailer, you know what color you are going to get. Legitimate prom retailers are going to be there for you every step of the way. If you are deciding between a store or a counterfeit online deal, Mac Duggal asks you to remember this one thing, “These stores and honest designers are willing to fight for you and get you the dress of your dreams. Counterfeiters NEVER have your best interests at heart. There is no such thing as returns with prom dress counterfeiters.”

If you happen to stumble across a site that offers steeply discounted dresses in a wide range of colors, think twice before you click “Buy.”

Counterfeit Mac Duggal Prom Dress We purchased a counterfeit copy of a Mac Duggal prom dress. This comparison shows the difference between Mac Duggal Style 3434 and its Counterfeit Copy from Modern Bridals.

Overseas counterfeit websites (many of them China-based) target teenage girls by stealing images from top designers. They then claim to make the exact dress in multiple colors at a discounted rate, and millions of girls fall for their scam.

But when your dress is delivered, it’s hardly like the dress in the photograph. If you even get a dress, you are shipped a cheap knock-off with problems in the stitching, beading, and fit. Some girls only get pieces of the dress and are expected to sew it together!

Jan Ferracuti from popular prom dress store Bridal Elegance knows first hand the experience that mothers and teens go through when accidentally ordering a counterfeit prom dress. “During prom season, we have mothers and daughters frantically searching for a prom dress at the last minute because they ordered their prom dress online from a random website and it either didn’t come in or it doesn’t look like what they ordered. They will show us a picture of what they thought they were ordering and the dress that they received.  It’s very sad- not only does the girl not have her dress, her mom is out the money she spent for the counterfeit dress.”

Featured on the Today Show, one young high school girl, Alexandra Marschall, had high hopes when she found that perfect dress online for a discounted rate. However, when she received the dress it was in pieces and the beading was actually left in a separate bag!

Today Show Prom Segment Video

Alexandra was expected to sew her own prom dress together. . . just two weeks before the prom. So if you’re not into a DIY prom dress and don’t want a cheap knock-off, then stay away from scammer prom dress sites.

What Mac Duggal is Doing to Stop Counterfeit Prom Dress Scams

On a daily basis, Mac Duggal sends Google requests to remove links to the webpages of counterfeiters that use copyright infringing photos of our dresses. Within the industry we are the leader in Google takedown requests.  During the past year, our efforts have led to the removal of over 15,000 webpages from Google’s index. These webpages were on found on over 500 websites that have copied Mac Duggal photography with the intent of scamming consumers.  One of Mac Duggal’s top priorities is to protect the women and young girls who assume they are buying a designer Mac Duggal dress from getting ripped off.  We’ve also created a Counterfeit Prom Dress Nightmares page to increase awareness of how frequently teenage girls are being victimized.

What You Can Do to Avoid the Scam

You can take proactive steps to avoid being scammed by counterfeit prom dresses websites. Beware that if you view a counterfeit prom dress site, their advertising will pop up on your browser in the future.

It’s important to protect yourself and your prom dress purchase. Avoid getting ripped off by one of these fraudulent websites by watching out for the following:

Price: If it’s too good to be true, then it’s probably too good to be true
Website: Check the FAQ and About page. Make sure it’s a professional site
Return Policy: Reputable dress sellers will spell it out for you
Location of Website: Beware of websites based in and shipping from China. Mac Duggal has zero retailers located in China
Knock-off Prom List: If you still aren’t sure, check the Knock-off Prom List.

And if you see a website that offers a multitude of colors, run don’t walk.

Jan. 18, 2019

Prom Dress Trends for 2019

Prom is a big event for every young girl—an occasion when you can dress your best and have fun. The outfit you choose for it will be immortalized through photographs taken on the day. Therefore, you must find a dress that helps you look your best. It should also be comfortable, since you will be wearing the dress for several hours and even dancing in it.

Here is a round-up of the hottest prom dress trends for 2019 from the fashion enthusiasts at Best for Bride in Canada to inspire your choice.

Fringe

Fringe dresses provide the carefree, glitzy, glamorous fashion statement that made this style all the rage among flappers during the 1920’s. All eyes will be drawn to you as the fringe shimmies and sways when you enter a room or step upon the dance floor. Mac Duggal has brought up to date styling to the fringe dress, giving them a modern look and feel. View more fringe dresses

Ball Gown Prom Dresses

gold prom dress

The perfect evening gown for that grand entrance of your dreams is a romantic ball gown prom dress. It fulfills the dream of walking into a room and feeling like a princess. And when twirling across the dance floor you will feel like teen royalty. Prom dresses with a ball gown look and feel are surging in popularity this season. In particular, soft hue colors like rose gold and powder blue are on trend this year, to the point where these colors have become equal in popularity to red and black dresses. For a bold look in the red spectrum, burgundy prom dresses are in vogue this year.

Shine in Gold

gold short prom dress

Bring on the bling in a gown embellished with golden sequins or brocade. Metallics are very fashionable, and gold is the hottest choice this year. This universally flattering metallic hue works on all complexions and is just perfect to steal the spotlight. It is also a versatile choice that works well with any hairstyle and makeup. You hardly need any accessories to complete your prom day look, when your dress is opulent with golden details. So make a majestic appearance in a gold dress and you will certainly be noticed.

Dresses with Dramatic Backs

black and gold two piece prom dress - back

Show skin without being flashy in a dress with dramatic back details. This is a great option to show-off your sense of style in a sophisticated way. You can make your pick from illusion designs embellished with lace appliques and crystal embroidery, sheer overlays, pretty keyhole cut-outs and low-cut open backs.  Keyhole backs and illusion details offer beautiful coverage, while low-cut and open backs are revealing and bold. Don’t forget to choose a suitable hairstyle that highlights the back of your dress and doesn’t distract from its statement features.

Lace Details and Accents

Long Illusion Sleeve White Lace Ball Gown

If you love elegant and classy styles, lace is the way to go. All-over lace dresses are eternally romantic with timeless allure. Look for playful colors like bright red or blue for a modern twist on the classic. You can even go gothic with black lace. Or include lace in your outfit as an accent, by choosing a dress with lace sleeves. For a contemporary look, pick sexy silhouettes like the mermaid or sheath in lace. When wearing lace, choose your accessories with care or you can end up with a cluttered look.

Hi-Low Hemlines

Strapless high low dress

Don’t hide your beautiful, slender legs beneath yards of fabric. Show them off in a splendid high-low hemline dress. This style of a short hemline in the front that grows to floor-length at the back is very youthful and chic. Pay attention to your choice of footwear, since it will be visible beneath the short skirt in the front. Contrast colored footwear will stand out and make a statement, when paired with a dressy high-low gown that cascades and flows in the background. For more inspiration on this look, visit this celebrity trend post on Instyle.

Strappy Details

beaded burgundy prom dress - back

Spaghetti straps and slightly wider straps on the shoulders and crossing over the bodice or back are fashionable now. This vintage-inspired trend has a 90’s vibe, and looks best in solid color dresses. Dresses with sheer panels and cut-outs along sides and neckline also feature slender straps that structure the dress and hold it in place. This is a dramatic look to explore if you don’t mind showing off some skin. For an effortless and stylish look, keep your accessories minimum and choose a tousled and natural looking hairstyle.

Black and White

Black and White Lace Prom Dress

The black and white combination is a welcome update to the all-black gothic look, and one you can easily personalize. This classic combination of two neutrals is impressive for its simplicity and elegance.  Take your cue from the monochrome look sported by Michelle Williams on the Oscar Red carpet, and choose a black and white dress with a plunging neckline for added impact. On the other hand, go with patterns in these two colors for a fun and flirty look. Complete your black and white outfit with a pair of brightly colored heels or sandals for a pop of color.

Two-Piece Dresses

two piece sky blue ball gown

Incredibly versatile, two-pieces are the way to go if you love unique and customized looks. It allows you to mix and match colors and textures to make your own fashion statement. With the right style of top and skirt, you can create any silhouette whether it is a mermaid, sheath, fit and flare or A-line. You can also pick different colors for the top and bottom. The latest trend is to pair a crop top with a skirt, so you have a separate bodice and skirt that comes together while showing off a bit of skin. Two-piece dresses are also a practical option if you are on a tight budget, since there will be several options that work within your given budget.

Author Bio:

Best for Bride is a popular bridal shopping destination in Canada, offering brides and their parties modern dress collections, accessories and a range of wedding day services. Apart from four store locations across the country, this bridal chain also has an online shopping portal, which caters to brides from all over the world. More details about their dress collections and services are available at the Best for Bride website.

For tips on the dress silhouettes that best suit you, read The Perfect Prom Dress to Flatter Your Figure

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Sep. 20, 2018

Timeless Mac Duggal

It’s something every woman strives for in fashion — that perfect look.

Whether getting ready for work, primping for a date, dressing down for a casual weekend, or getting gussied up for a formal event, women turn to the pages of fashion blogs and magazines to make sure their look is on the mark.

As the years go by, some of those looks that you faithfully donned over the years can make you cringe. But when glancing in the rearview mirror at the history of modern fashion, the reality is, you are looking at two very different things: The trends of the day, and the classic styles of the fashion narrative.

Fashion trends, as the name suggests, are things that come and go. From poodle skirts and bell bottom pants, to tight-rolled jeans and the mullet, what’s “in” right at the moment is essentially a fad.

Trends and fads are fluent. They move with the times. Some last longer than others, and some, thankfully, disappear in time (like that mullet, what were we thinking?).

Trends, though, are also essential in the world of fashion.

Trends carve out who we are, what we are, WHERE we are in the world at that moment. While we may have been happy to see the mullet trend end, just SEEING an old school photo of a loved one with that styled coif elicits incredible memories.

Classic style, on the other hand, is enduring.

The Little Black Dress, a string of pearls, a crisp white button-down, a trench coat. All things that pass through the pages of fashion history unscathed. Each item may be touched upon by the prevailing trends of the time — an embellishment here, an accessory there. But the style itself remains timeless, classic, elegant, and pure.

For more than two decades, Mac Duggal has created gorgeous gowns and dresses that weave together the elements of the latest trends and everlasting style.

In 1990, even while the mullet trend continued its reign over the American hairstyle, Mac Duggal’s fashion forward thinking was all about keeping unfading fashion styles as a top priority.

Mac Duggal ~ 1990

gold 1990

The sleek look of this sexy and shimmering gold sequined sheath gown are as appropriate today as they were then. Like many Mac Duggal gowns, this one not only stands the test of time, it’s a testament to Mac Duggal’s vision of prevailing fashion that never goes out of style. Mac Duggal gowns are ageless, and perfect for every woman.

Mac Duggal ~ 2018

67662D Gold formal Dress

The proof lies in the sexy, sophisticated, classic designs of the Mac Duggal Fall 2018 collection, including style 12089R and style 50187R from the Black White Red Collection and style 67662D from the Couture Collection.

So embrace the trends. But remember the style. The Mac Duggal style remains consistently elegant, for the past, present and future.

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