The design usually dictates how much material is used. Many of the dresses come in long and bias cut and with layered fabrics. Decorative stitching is added to give a hint of elegance and opulence. These are sometimes bedecked with toned-down beads, rhinestones, or ruffles. For proms and informal events, mullet dresses are popular. Short hemlines and those with A-line silhouettes are also popular and are in demand.
You can also have tube and sleeveless designs, or those with straps, cap, or long sleeves. In such styles, you can choose to have off-the-shoulder, sweetheart, strapless, keyhole, or one-shoulder, sling-type necklines. Halter designs, meanwhile, use beads, sequins, rhinestones, or any combination of the three or with other materials. Some bodices feature ruched bust or an overlay of vertically shirred tulle.
For waistlines, the classic empire, natural, and dropped styles are the current flavors. You can go for A-line, pencil, bouffant, or mermaid cut and have it covered with sheer lace layers, beadwork, or embroidery.
With the exception of cocktail and day dresses, most other types of evening wear are made of synthetic fabrics such as nylon, polyester, rayon, and acetate, which are blended with cotton or silk. You can go for one sewn from satin to have lighter and softer pieces with high sheen. Chiffon, organza, and georgette are some of the lighter and sheerer fabric you can use. More expensive frocks come with lining including piece-dyed taffeta, polyester-cotton-spandex blend, or polyester or acetate. All these fabrics come in various colors.
The choices for creating evening, cocktail, prom, or homecoming dresses can be overwhelming. Sometimes, you just want to leave them all in the hands of the designer or pick one off the rack. For those who want to control expenses, then it is best you consider these elements individually.