In the early days of fashion, a gown, from the Greek word, gaunna, was a loose usually pleated top from knee to full-length worn mainly by women in the early Middle Ages and later on in Europe, but also worn today by many. The main difference between a gown is that it can be long or short. There is also a distinction between a taffeta style gown, which means a wide or low neckline. The term ‘semi-formal dress’ is another way of describing this type of dress.
A formal gown, also known as a satin dress or a bodice dress, is a gown with an empire waist line. It is made from silk, satin, or velvet, with a train made from lace, brocade or satin. It may be full-sleeved, halter-necked, or semi-formal. It may also be embroidered. A full-sleeved, fully-lined satin gown, with a high neck and a full skirt, is the ideal gown for an afternoon tea date or evening with the kids.
Women’s gowns are available in many different sizes and colors. There are styles that fit perfectly on a petite woman while there are those that suit larger women. The most popular color for women’s dresses is white. A white dress is very elegant, but can be worn in a more casual way to look casual. When wearing a white gown, avoid having it be too tight; it should have room for your movements as well as showing your beauty. A red dress is a classic choice for any occasion and is often paired with a pearl necklace or a beautiful purse.