Cocktail Dresses vs. Semi-Formal Dresses

Choosing between a cocktail dress and a semi-formal gown can be a difficult decision. However, deciding which dress to rent may come down to the type of event you are attending. Watch the short video and continue reading to learn which type of dress rental is right for you.

Cocktail dresses are fun and flirty, but they may not be appropriate for all events. If your event invitation calls for semi-formal or formal wear, then you will want to choose a semi-formal dress. This will be longer in length and more appropriate than a cocktail dress for most events.

No matter your choice of dress rental, Lending Luxury can accommodate. We have a wide variety of cocktail dresses and semi-formal gowns near Tampa, FL. Please call us at (800) 403-9848 to work with our specialists before your next event.

3 Real Reasons to go Solo

We've been there and done that, and I promise you that what you'll remember the most from prom is dancing the night away with your girls! So if you're sans-date, chin up, we got you. Here are 3 of the best reasons to not even bother with a prom date!

1. Color matching is a completely uncesssary drama. Don't worry that your pinkish-coral gown might be impossible to match to a bow tie. You pick your dress for you, girl! Love that dusty rose? wear it! Craving a blue-gray-smokey look? Do it! The point is, this night is all about you. Wear what you love, without worrying about someone else's opinion, and you'll shine, we promise!

2. Heels of your dreams to match the dress of your dreams! You don't have to worry about towering over a date who might be on the shorter side if you're heading out solo. Wear the heels, or flats, that you've been dying to break out of the box!

3. Spend more time with your girls! Let's be real. These friendships will last a lifetime longer than the average high school sweetheart so why not celebrate each other and spend this milestone together, looking fab and dancing the night away! Have fun with the pre-prom photos, these moments will last a long time, especially with social media. Who wants to look back at the IG and see the boy they went to a dance with once? Pick a pre-prom dinner that you actually want to eat and a post-prom party at a real friend's house.

Make this night yours! #OwnTheMoment

Long Gowns 101: When to Wear Them and How to Pull Off the Look

Whether you are looking for homecoming dresses or a formal gown for a wedding, there is a time and place to wear long gowns. Read on to learn about wearing formal gowns to match your personal style and the event you are attending.

Determine the Event Style
The type of event you plan to attend will likely dictate the type of gown you choose. If you are attending a prom, then you will want a formal prom dress rental. If the event is a casual corporate event in the evening, then you may choose a less formal gown that could be worn during any casual night out. Consider the style of the event hosts as well; if you are attending a formal wedding held in a religious building, then you will want a modest gown that covers your shoulders, cleavage, and legs.

Follow Your Personal Style
Another aspect of choosing a long gown depends on your personal style and body shape. Long, formal gowns and high fashion dresses come in a variety of options, from A-line to a mermaid train. Consider the dress styles that you look best in to narrow down your options; find the colors that your skin tone looks best with. Finally, determine if you prefer flashy or simple dress options. By figuring out your personal style, you can quickly find the perfect dress for your next event.

Choose the Right Accessories

Pulling off your dress rental also means finding the right accessories to wear with it. If the dress is intricate and flashy, then your jewelry accessories should be minimal. If the dress is very simple, then you can wear larger and more colorful gemstones. Find the right balance between your formal gown and accessories.

Work with Lending Luxury to find the perfect formal wear in Tampa, FL for your next event. We have a wide range of gorgeous dresses and outfits to complement any style of event. Please visit us online and call us at (800) 403-9848 to learn more about our selection.

What To Wear Under The Dress

You've probably heard it all before: The proper underthings are the foundation of a great looking dress. Here are some short and sweet, helpful tips when it comes to choosing the right lingerie!

1. You don't have to wear a bra. If you're most comfortable not wearing one, go without for your big night! Most formal gowns come with cups sewn into the bodice for coverage (not necessarily support) so you don't have to worry about peeking through the fabric. If you feel you need the extra coverage, opt for adhesive bras or nipple covers for a descreet, barely there coverage. Adhesive bras can also help add a tiny bit of cup size to otherwise loose halter tops, but don't expect a miracle! They're perfect for backless and strapless looks!

2. We love seamless panties. You know, the silky smooth, ultra comfy ones that practically disappear under your clothes? Yes, those! If you're wearing a form fitting skirt or semi-sheer fabric, you definitely want to opt for these barely-there pieces. Make sure you pick a color that blends in with your skin tone or jet black.

3. Opt for Spanx for smoothing - not to size down. If you need to smooth something out , hold something in, or even cover up under sheer fabric, support garments are a life saver! Make sure you are getting the right size so as not ot cause any visible lines cutting into your skin. Be aware where the waistband sits in regard to the cut of your dress as well as any low backs or sheer panels. And remember that spanx will not shrink you magically to a smaller dress size, only smooth out your curves and keep you comfortable.

Proper Prom Dress Fit

It's all about the bling; the wow factor; THE FIT. There are a lot of factors that go into finding the perfectly fitting gown. We know it's a little challenging when you're renting, but it's definitely not impossible. Let's talk about fit and then we'll get into the temporary alterations that Lending Luxury offers in-store.

Bodice

The bodice accentuates your neck, your arms, and your girls! You want to choose a neckline that flatters you. Feel like you have a broad back? Steer clear of halter necklines. If you have large breasts, strapless might be a challenge to your comfort. Also, watch out for too much cleavage. Always make sure you're dressing for the occasion as well as your age. A good test is whether or not your date can see down your dress. If so, the dress does not fit you properly. There should be no gapping, even when you sit down. Side boob and under boob are some new challenges thanks to all the trendy cutouts in today's dresses. Move your arms around, turn side to side, make sure nothing is popping out that shouldn't be showing.

  • Fit Tips: raise and lower your arms. Sit down to make sure there's not gapping or pulling.

Skirt

It's important to remember that form fitting and skin tight are two different ideas. If you want to show off your curves, make sure that the dress isn't pulled so tight that you can see the threads that make up the fabric. Also make sure that it is not pulling horizontally across your thighs. This is a tell tale sign that you need to size up. Form fitting fabrics include stretch jersey and polyester. More forgiving fabric for a looser, sweeping fit, are chiffon, tulle and satin. Embellishments like beading and lace can also help cover some problem areas if needed.

  • Fit Tips: Make sure you can walk, dance, sit down, get out of your car, etc. We absolutely allow you to move around our showroom to make sure you love the fit and feel of your dress!

Temporary Alterations

Length

Most of our brand new dresses come to us with a pretty long length. We recommend a temporary (blind) hem done by our professional seamstress if that length is not right for you. We take up an average for 3 inches for an extra fee so you can definitely move around your event without tripping. If 3 inches doesn't seem like enough, look for high-low gowns or dresses with a front slit to making walking easier. Please note that most dresses now come with slightly sweeping trains and even a temporary hem will not shorten a train.

Straps and Halters

Depending on the fabric, embellishments and construction of the bodice, our seamstress is sometimes able to adjust straps and halters to make them tighter for more support and better fit. This includes straps that might wrap around your sides and back. Please consult your stylist to see if this is possible.

  • Fit Tips: We can't cut the dresses or alter them permanently by taking them in, but we can make some adjustments to help fit our customers the way they want. Just ask!
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