Rock Prom! Find the Best Dress for Your Body Type

Selecting the perfect prom dress that looks like it was practically made for you, is all about embracing your body type and celebrating your favorite features. Everybody has body parts they worry about. Short, thin, tall, curvy, well-endowed or tiny, all girls want to look their absolute best at Prom. Accentuate your positives, dress to flatter your figure and you will rock your prom dress for sure! It’s all about balance and proportions. Want to pick the best prom dress for your own special body type? Read on for some easy tips on how to select a style that fits YOU best! Remember our friendly stylists at The Gilded Gown are trained to assist you find the absolute perfect style that you will love, too.

Are you Petite?

Try a dress with a sheath or column silhouette, ‘cuz those long, lean lines lengthen the body visually. Princess seams which run vertically up and down a dress will also make you look taller. If you want a princess style ballgown, try one with a strapless, sweetheart top but a flowy skirt. The fewer layers in your skirt, the better. Short dresses are also good for petites, especially when paired with some amazing high heels. Empire waisted gowns are another perfect option!

Column silhouette with princess seams and sweetheart neckline

Are you worried about your bust?

Keep the girls in check with a corset style dress with built-in boning. The structure and support will have you carefree and dancing. Or, try an illusion top gown for tons of security. We love their ease of wear. And you can’t go wrong with a defined waist dress!

Illusion Top gown with a defined waist

Want a boost in your bust?

Your best choice is a plunging v neck dress. These dresses feature super low necklines, sometimes with sheer panels, which are very popular this year. You can also try a dress that is heavily beaded or sequined on the bust area to emphasize what you’ve got. A sweetheart neckline accentuates as well.


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Heavily Embellished Bodice

Want to look little in the middle?

A-line gowns are the most forgiving style and they are also super easy to wear and comfy. Sitting, dancing, and even eating are no problem in this silhouette. Your midsection will be discreetly concealed by layers and layers of tulle. Another style to try is a dress that features flattering pleats (called ruching) that camouflage any unwanted lady lumps. Consider emphasizing your shoulders with a cap sleeve selection. Creating the illusion of more width in this area will make everything below it appear more narrow.

A line, flowy dress

Concerned about your arms?

Sleeves are cool these days, and we are really happy about that. Try a gown with three-quarter sleeves for a fresh, fun, modern take. You will be covered, but stylin’, with a glamorous lace top.

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What to slim down your lower half?

Try on dresses with A-line skirts, but stay away from anything TOO full to avoid that tu-tu look. We suggest a color blocked dress featuring a fun pattern, with a dark top. Two piece gowns are also a nice option.


Whatever your shape, you can feel confident and beautiful! We invite you to come view our selections for Prom2K18 at The Gilded Gown. We have a huge selection of all styles and colors in stock. Plus all sizes are available from 000-36. Easy layaway program! And, we register your gown so you can be sure to be the only one at your school in your dress.


Jori Finds The Perfect Cruise Dress for Dinner with The Captain!!!

Jori is totally excited about her upcoming cruise on Carnival to gorgeous Nassau, Bahamas.

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A popular cruise-ship stop, the city has a hilly landscape and is known for picturesque beaches as well as offshore coral reefs, perfect for diving and snorkeling. The charming island retains many of its vintage pastel-colored British colonial buildings.

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Jori can’t wait to explore the island AND the cruise ship. A huge Titanic fan, she is most looking forward to occasions where she can dress up like Rose, especially dinner at the Captain’s Table!!! We love that Cruise lines feature at least one night on the voyage where guests have the opportunity to showcase their more elegant attire! This is a chance for Jori to go all-out! Her first choice is this glorious, jewel neck Nina Canacci 2017 Prom Gown in black and emerald Green (which highlights her beautiful red hair):

She test-drove this look to make sure it would work perfectly on her ship. We think she looks amazing no matter what activities might arise. Here she is resting on a bench, dancing past windows and grabbing a soda.

Jori is such a lovely girl, and we know the captain is bound to take notice of her in this stunning, intricately beaded gown.

Jori completed her look with scrunched satin gloves. Adorb! Jori’s requirements for the perfect dress includes: fun, beautiful, comfortable, danceable and noticeable. We think she accomplished her mission!

We can’t wait to hear how her trip goes! Hopefully she will share a dance with the Captain!


And, since no packing job is complete without OPTIONS. Jori has selected another gorgeous dress to bring just in case. (Plus we just know she is going to meet a dashing gentleman who will whisk her away to a glamorous date!)

What do you all think of this navy, long sleeved Azzure Couture look?


Where the other dress is loads of fun, this gown delivers sophistication and glamour in a big way, from the navy velvet skirt to the beaded sheer sleeved bodice. Wowza!

We know Jori will be turning heads in this gown. 

No more cleaning carts for Jori! It’s time for her to dine, relax and enjoy!

She’ll be like, “hmmm… I want the steak or the lobster?” We’re like, “GET BOTH!”

And she’ll be sure to do loads more on her trip, too:  Try out a Celebrity Chef Restaurant. Sip a Frozen Drink (or two) Poolside. Take in a Broadway Show. Have a Slice of Pizza. Surf, Swim and Skydive. Shop. Rest. Why not do it all!

We have a feeling this might be the trip of a lifetime for Jori. And beautiful both inside and out, this ever-smiling & hard-working single mama deserves it!

If you are headed to a cruise in the near future, we invite you to come find your dream dresses for the occasion at The Gilded Gown. We are fully stocked in all sizes, styles and colors. The Prom gowns are NEXT LEVEL this year and work for any dress up social event.

Located in Knoxville Center Mall, we are open 11 am t0 7 pm Monday – Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. Always offering personal stylists, easy layaways and friendly service, The Gilded Gown is your locally-owned formal wear boutique.

Bon Voyage Jori! We love you!!


Get Ready for Prom 2017! Handy Checklist! #BESTPROMNIGHTEVER2017

Ok ladies it is MARCH…time to start planning your perfect prom night! Since prom is one of life’s biggest moments (that you will always look back on), it is totally worth it to put in the work to make it ah-mazing. Now is the find your dress and make your plans! Here is a handy checklist to help you get everything nailed down for the BEST PROM NIGHT EVER! Yay Prom 2017.

The first step is to find your dress! …Everything depends on the dress. You want something that makes you feel your most beautiful and is also comfortable. You’ll be eating, riding in the car and dancing in this gown, so you want to be able to breathe and move in it. PLUS you need a dress SO SPECIAL that you’ll still love it ten years from now when you are looking back at your prom pics. #IstillLOVEthatdress

Visit The Gilded Gown to get an idea about what style and color dress makes you the happiest. No matter your size, taste or budget we have endless options to choose from. AND we have convenient layaway terms, so if you do happen to find THE dress, you can easily afford it. Shopping early pays off since we register every dress sold. This way everyone who shops with us can be sure they will be in an original look on their special night. Once a dress style is taken for a school is no longer available to other girls.




Once you have the dress, everything else revolves around it. Complete your look with shoes and accessories, and a cute clutch. Consider a shrug or cover up in case your prom night gets chilly. Take your time and source the best undergarments for you gown.

Check out our fabulous accessory department at The Gilded Gown, (remember these are always half off with a dress purchase):


A go-with anything metallic sandal with loads of sass from Betsey Johnson, $69:

Blue by Betsey Johnson Tee

A nice neutral shaper is the B’tweenie Panty by Spanx, $24:

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Once you have your shoes and undergarments, it is time to schedule an appointment with your alterationist. You’ll need to bring those items to your first fitting appointment so your seamstress can custom tailor your gown to you. If you need a recommendation for a good seamstress we have a list available at the front counter at The Gilded Gown.

You’ll be wanting just the right hairstyle and makeup for Prom. Visit Sephora and Ulta, plus check out youtube for makeup looks you like. Local makeup artists are awesome, so call around and schedule a consultation. This is the night for false eyelashes! Also schedule a run-through of your hairstyle with your stylist ahead of time. That way on prom day you will be guaranteed to look your best. Don’t forget to schedule a mani-pedi & spray tan if you want an extra glow.

You’ll also need to take care of things like planning your ride. Will you be riding with your date, with friends or going solo? Consider hiring a limo with a group for maximum savings and fun! Make sure the prom tickets get purchased. Make your reservations for din-din and after prom fun (or confirm that your date has). Don’t forget the florals: order a coordinating corsage &/or boutonniere. Consider packing ahead for your special night. Fill a tote with  makeup, brush, hairspray, bobby pins, hair elastics, toothbrush & toothpaste, mints, gum, energy bars, water, nail file, your id, money, clear nail polish, safety pins, bandaids, aspirin, your phone, a change of clothes and comfy shoes. Hey you’ll be prepared for anything. Throw in some duct tape and you’ll really be covered.



Prom 2017 is ON at The Gilded Gown – From the Designer To The Runway To You!!!!


Prom 2017

Prom 2017 is ON at The Gilded Gown! We are absolutely thrilled with the excitement generated by prom girls shopping in 2017. Word is out, because we’ve had shoppers from five states, our prom registry is filling up and it is just January 18th! Our team scoured the markets in Chicago, New York and Atlanta to find the very best prom styles for you! Our owner, the awesome Jacqui, met with the designers, carefully studied the latest trends and took into account what our girls want for this year. The 2017 Prom Gowns are arriving every day at The Gilded Gown and they are GORGEOUS!


This year we have more exclusive designers than ever before! We have more styles on the floor! We have all sizes from 000-36! And we have the best staff, eager to help you find your dream dress! Come visit us to find your YES dress for prom this year.

We have easy layaway terms, a fun atmosphere, and the most gorgeous gowns we’ve ever had in store! We are located in Knoxville Center Mall (downstairs near Sears) and we are open Seven Days A Week: Mon-Sat from 11 am to 7 pm and Sun from Noon to 6 pm.

Please enjoy the following photos of some of the amazing styles we have available this year. These were taken at our recent fashion show held in conjunction with Gage Talent, Knoxville Center Mall and were shot by the amazing Isbill Photography.

We saw floral prints and embroidery at all the market fashion shows, so we made sure to bring tons of this on-trend style to our runway and store. Florals Rule!

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Lovely lace is very popular this year, and we love how many beautiful options we’ve got in store for you:





Two Piece Gowns are still on trend this year, and how fun is this shimmery beaded bodice on the left?



How about this two piece style with,,,PANTS? What!!! How awesome.


We invite you to come see for yourselves what an amazing selection of gowns we have.



Come to our PROM PREVIEW 2017 Fashion Show to Benefit @2ndHarvestFoodBank!


We have something very FUN in store. Please join us this Saturday, November 19th as we celebrate the styles of Prom 2017. We have lots of awesome surprises in store from fizzy drinks, to passed appetizers on silver trays. There will be doorprizes, fashion, lights and music.


AND, the best part of all is that your donation of canned goods or $5 will go entirely to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. And at this grateful time of year, helping those who need it most is something we feel strongly about.

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The Fashion Show will be featuring the spectacular designs from Azzure Couture and our Curvy Line!

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Our fave tux shop,Regal Tuxedo ,will be highlighting the best new styles for the guys for 2017!

Melissa Timm Designs will show us the latest in corsage and boutonniere styles.

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Patrick Michael Weddings will be providing the bumpin’ sound and light show.

Dance Floor Lighting at Dara's Garden in Knoxville, Tn.

Thank you to the beautiful models provided by Gage Talent and The Gilded Gown.

The fashion show will be directed by the talented folks at Claire Queisser Runway Events.

Big shout out to Knoxville Center, our home, for providing the space, chairs and tables!


Can’t wait to see you there!


All dresses featured are in our Prom Preview Trunk Show 2017 at The Gilded Gown. Dresses can be ordered now for Prom 2017!!!!





Ms Wheelchair Tennessee 2016 Carly Pearson Found Her Dress at The Gilded Gown <3

We absolutely love meeting new people and finding out their stories. Yesterday we were thrilled to meet a beautiful, vibrant lady named Carly Pearson. She came in looking for a formal gown. She described herself as a tomboy who doesn’t like to wear dresses, but said she urgently needed a long dress. And, it needed to be beautiful. Oh, and another thing….Carly Pearson uses a wheelchair. Turns out she needed a very, very beautiful gown because she is Ms Wheelchair Tennessee 2016 and she is going to represent Tennessee in the national pageant NEXT WEEK in Grand Rapids, Michigan to compete for the crown of Ms Wheelchair America 2017. Our reactions: Wow that is cool! YAY Carly! So glad she is at The Gilded Gown! Ummm, wait. did she say Next Week??? and OK WE NEED TO HELP HER FIND THE PERFECT DRESS STAT!!!




Carly, a healthy, extremely fit and beautiful mother of two, would much rather be participating in sports than rocking a long dress on a stage. However her mission is to help other people with disabilities live active and healthy lives and she knew participating in the Ms Wheelchair Events would help promote her platform.

Carly sustained a spinal cord injury in 2002, when she fell while heroically fighting wildfires in Oregon as part of her work with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She currently works as an independent distributor for Advocare International and a motivational speaker.

Carly’s Facebook Page

Vote for Carly here!!!

Carly Pearson News Interview

Bridal Stylist Grace kept Carly busy trying on lots of gorgeous options. Everyone in the store admired the different dresses as Carly came out to look in the big mirror. The choice was obvious when Carly came out in this Nina Canacci Royal Blue Gown:

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Carly, thanks for making our day! We know you are going to do great in Grand Rapids!

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Gilded Gown Prom Pics 2016 – Part 3 #KnoxvillePrahmPics #KnoxvillePromGirls

Love Letter to All Our Gorgeous Gilded Gown Girls:

Dear Girls,

Thank you beautiful Gilded Gown Girls! We are completely thrilled that all of you took the time to share your prom pics with us. It was an honor to help each and every one of you find the perfect dress for your prom! All of us at The Gilded Gown cherish your lovely photos and share in your joy. Your loose braids, long waves and updos all look amazing. The photos you generously shared prove that the wrist corsage trend is going strong and this year’s high illusion neckline trend is a big-time winner! We love all the great outdoor shots and all the guys look handsome too. Thank you for being such great role models and for showcasing our gowns with such beauty, class and elegance. We hope that as you graduate and move forward in your lives you always look back on your prom night with pleasure. Our dream: Once you finish college, and meet your fiancée we hope you will once again return to The Gilded Gown and let us help you find “THE” dress for your wedding. Your futures are bright with promise. Remember to live your life with courage, grace, gratitude and love! Study hard, work diligently and have lots of fun.

We leave you with some words of encouragement from greater minds than ours:
“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” Albert Einstein
And, “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” Henry David Thoreau
And, last but not least, “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” Thomas Jefferson

Love, The Gilded Gown


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Curvy Girl Alert: Lots of Beautiful Prom Gowns Still In Stock!

Curvy Girl Alert: We’ve still got lots of beautiful prom gowns in stock at The Gilded Gown!

WooooHooo! We are so excited that our owner Jacqui Wadsworth went to bat for us curvy girls again this year! Thanks to her careful planning we have had the most beautiful gowns available all season for girls in every size from 0-32. And luckily we still have some lovely options in a rainbow of colors and styles! If you are out there still searching for your prom dress, fear not, we might have just what you’re hoping for! We invite you to take a look through the photos below and see if anything fits the description of your dream dress. Our definition of a dream dress: Flattering, beautiful, affordable, comfortable and available!

The options below, from our exclusive Curvy line, feature quality construction and beautiful embellishments. Light and airy chiffon strapless dresses, lace, sequins, beading, corset backs, hi-lo hemlines, illusion necklines, spaghetti straps…you name it, we got it! And, best of all, they are all on sale for $50 off if you mention this blog post. Pretty sweet, right?

More perks: We register all gowns, so that every girl can be assured that she will be the only one in that style at her prom. We have easy layaway options. Our stylists are friendly, caring and fun.  And we are open seven days a week. Monday – Saturday 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm.

Please come visit The Gilded Gown at the Knoxville Center Mall. We are located downstairs near Sears, across from the Shoe Depot. We would love to see you! If you have any questions about size availability and/or prices of the dresses below, please give us a call at 865-329-4905. We are happy to ship nationwide.

Model: Our lovely stylist, Emily Muse

Photographer: Our lovely stylist, Grace Alexander

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Gilded Gown Prom Pics 2016 – Part 2

We love this time of year. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and exciting proms are happening all around us. AND, our Gorgeous Gilded Gown Girls’ prom pics are starting to roll in. We’ve helped so many beautiful young ladies find their dream dresses at The Gilded Gown and we are thrilled to see them glowing and happy on prom night. The proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes. And the photos we are receiving prove how lovely our girls look and feel for their special events!

Haley Prichard of Maryville is absolutely stunning in her pale pink ballgown. We love you Haley!!!

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Haley posed for this precious pic with her brother Zachary. (Don’t be fooled, they actually love each other lol!)

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Ansley Williams of Gibbs Highs School wore one of our favorite gowns this year, a Long Sleeve Lace dress by Nina Canacci. Super-sophisticated Ansley! You look amazing.
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Another Gibbs High School beauty, Cora shined brightly in her black lace over nude bodiced ballgown. So pretty!!!!
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Lexi Jones from Powell decided on a vibrant royal blue strapless dress with a heavily embellished drop waist. We can see why. Lexi is beautiful!
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The Gilded Gown is located in Knoxville Center Mall, downstairs, near Sears, across from the Shoe Depot. We are open Monday thru Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. We offer the largest prom and bridal store in our area with dresses by Mon Cheri Bridal, Nina Canacci, Justin Alexander, David Tutera and many, many more. Friendly and fun atmosphere where we love our girls and it shows. Happiness is contagious and love is all around! Easy Layaways! New stock! Miles and miles of jewelry and accessories. Special sales going on now! Come see us, we are waiting for you!

Gilded Gown Prom Pics 2016 – Part 1

We love this time of year. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and exciting proms are happening all around us. AND, our Gorgeous Gilded Gown Girls’ prom pics are starting to roll in. We’ve helped so many beautiful young ladies find their dream dresses at The Gilded Gown and we are thrilled to see them glowing and happy on prom night. The proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes. And the photos we are receiving prove how lovely our girls look and feel for their special events!

Rachel Ward rocked her black Nina Canacci dress featuring gold accents and a hi-lo hemline which shows off her awesome black cowboy boots. We love how she made the dress her own by wearing her boots!! POW!

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Mindy Luttrell sent us photos of her beautiful daughter Kira which span the last three years. Three proms in three years all in dresses from The Gilded Gown!!! How cool is that? We are honored to be a part of Kira’s life. Can’t wait to see what she picks for next year’s Senior Prom and her WEDDING! Thanks Kira & Mindy!
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AnnaLauren Kelly shared her gorgeous pic from prom this year. She nailed it with this black ballgown with a heavily sequined bodice and tons of detailing at the waist! AnnaLauren completed her look with the perfect hairstyle and accessories. So BEAUTIFUL! YAY! Thanks AnnaLauren. Come see us when you get engaged!!!


The Gilded Gown is a bridal and prom emporium located downstairs near Sears at Knoxville Center Mall. Open Monday – Saturday 11 am to 7 pm and Sundays Noon – 6 pm. We have racks and racks of gorgeous gowns by Nina Canacci, Mon Cheri Bridal, Justin Alexander, David Tutera and many, many more. We register each prom dress sold to insure girls are the only ones in the dress at their event. Easy Layaways available. Friendly, caring stylists. Fun & casual atmosphere. Love is all around us!