Red Prom Dresses

by Harleigh Hearts

We naturally gravitate towards certain colors, patterns, styles and materials. But what does this gravitational pull say about us? And what are ways to appear to others the way we want to appear?

Colors and hues have the ability to evoke emotion within someone without you even saying a word.

Unlike a calming emotion one gets when they see the color blue, Red evokes assertiveness. A red or red hue can make you appear outgoing to others. If you are going with a boyfriend or your latest crush, a red hue will help you appear confident. It is actually scientifically proven that boys are more attracted to girls wearing the color red.  Red is a universal color and works for almost every skin color, body type, and hair color. If you want to have all eyes on you on prom night, red is the way to go to.

2 piece is one of the hottest styles for prom 2016. Mac Duggal has you covered with this stunning red 2 piece prom dress. The bigger beading with smaller stones inside creates a balanced pattern. The high waisted skirt is made of Mikado, a form-fitting fabric that goes into a sweeping train. Not only can you rock the top on the dance floor, but also at your after party with a pair of jeans or shorts!

With a beaded waist and sweetheart neckline, the above mermaid dress is flirty.  Mac Duggal prom dress style 48431M is fun and moves just the right way on the dance floor. If you are looking to impress that special guy, there is no doubt his eyes will be on you in this gorgeous dress.

Style 62343M has so many different elements that come together beautifully. Between the lace, halter neckline, stoning, and slit, it isn’t hard to stop the show. One thing I love most about this dress is that the lace starts out small & close together at the bodice, and the skirt is bigger, more open detailed lace.

Okay, so maybe you love red, but a dress isn’t your style or you want to stand out even more. This jumpsuit is the perfect choice for a fashion forward girl. The plunging neckline screams confidence, but the wide leg pants make it more modest. You will be free to move and dance in this fully beaded prom jumpsuit.

This dress is attention-grabbing, with cutouts on both the sides & back. The low cut neckline with the mesh holding it together and the skirt makes the dress more teen friendly. The bodice will be the main focus on the dance floor at your prom.

If you want a ball gown dress that isn’t too fluffy, this red stunner is perfect for you. With just enough poof, you can have your princess moment. With an embellished bodice and drop waist, your torso will be elongated. The wide straps and sweetheart neckline will have everyone begging to know where you got this gorgeous red ball gown.

If you have the curves, flaunt them! Straight from Mac Duggal’s Fabulouss line, this sweetheart neckline dress is covered completely in sequins. The lights of the dance floor will shine and reflect off this dress to make you the center of attention.

Whether you are going with a group of girls, your boyfriend, or your crush, Mac Duggal has you covered, You will shimmer and shine on the dance floor. People will be green, or should I say red, with envy when they see you in a red Mac Duggal prom dress. Remember, prom is a night for you to feel like a princess, what you like or feel confident in might not be the same as your friends. Choose what makes you feel like royalty, and if you are looking to make a statement, red is the color for you.

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Top Ten Reasons To Choose A Sparkly Prom Dress

 

by Harleigh Hearts

Spring is almost here which means it’s time to start looking for proms dresses! If you are anything like me, you have dreamed about this day since your freshman year of high school. Dreaming of who would ask you, how glamorous you would feel with your hair, nails and make-up done, and of course, the dress. If you are torn between a gown, jumpsuit or two-piece one thing is for sure, a little sparkle is always the right option and here’s ten reasons you should choose an embellished prom piece!

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Prom only happens once! For most of us, the nights of formal dress up end (or at least slow down) after prom. The next time we’ll have the chance to get all dressed up will be our wedding day. So now is the chance to choose something out of your comfort zone.

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Your chance to stand out! I have spent my high school years in a boring uniform of khaki pants, gym shoes and a polo; prom is a way to show your classmates a different side of you. Your prom should be a magical night and nothing says magical more than beading that glimmers so standout with a show-stopping gown!

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Shimmer equals Slimmer! Embellishments are similar to black in the ability to create a slimming effect. For example, to camouflage your mid section choose a dress with an embellished belt to create a slimming illusion. We all know how contouring with makeup works so use the same principles in contouring your body!

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Feel confident! There is an indescribable feeling when slipping on an embellished gown. It is like slipping on confidence.

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Accessorizing will be a breeze! When your prom dress is filled with embellished sections or a full sequined dress you will want to go with simpler accessories. Choosing a simple stud and neutral clutch that may even be already in your closet.

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Photo ready! Lighting can be a major component for taking great photos. Most photo shoots are done outside but that is dependent on weather, location and time of day. However, when you choose an embellished dress your dress will look good in photos no matter what the backdrop is. A simple hue can get lost in certain backdrops or look dull in certain lighting that will not be a problem with an embellished dress.

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All around bombshell! If you are looking for prom to be your chance to go glam with hair, make-up and nails, an embellished dress will help compliment the look. Although, minimal hair and make-up would also go with an embellished dress, if you are dreaming of a bold red lip or messy up-do, the daring look will be well matched with a standout dress.

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Shine on dance floor! One of the best parts of prom is dancing! In an embellished dress all eyes will be on you. Let the light hit each bead and gem and and you will be twinkling like a beautiful star while you dance the night away.  Remember, bling is NEVER boring.

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Look taller! Embellished dresses help to elongate the silhouette by creating continuing lines unlike bold color blocked prints. If you are on the shorter side, or just want a few more inches after heels, choose a high neck embellished dress for optimum length.

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Accentuate your best features! Embellishments help to draw attention to your best areas. If you have a small waist, choose embellishments that are at your midsection, if you are pear shaped, choose embellishments at the neckline and sleeves.

 

No matter which Mac Duggal dress you choose this prom season you will certainly feel beautiful. In an embellished Mac Duggal prom dress, YOU WILL SHINE!

Mac Duggal dresses shine at Miss America 2014

The new Miss America will be crowned in front of a national audience on Sunday night. And it’s been a long road for the future title holder, including this past week of preliminaries, parties, meet-and-greets and endless preparation for what each of these 53 women hope will be their crowning moment.

Mac Duggal has played a prominent role in the Road to the Crown, as the choice of several of these talented women for what to wear to represent themselves and their state in this 92-year-old tradition of pageantry, scholarship, and female empowerment all rolled into one.

These women took to the stage in Mac Duggal creations during this week’s preliminaries:

Miss Illinois, Brittany Smith

MissILBrittanySmithEveningBrittany looked sleek in ivory during the Evening Gown preliminary in style 70002R from the Black White Red Collection, with gorgeous angled accents, a gold belt and structured peplum.

Miss Iowa, Nicole Kelly

MissIANicoleKellyEveMaking national news, Nicole is the first Miss America contestant born missing part of a limb. Nicole’s platform is to aid and support children with disabilities, and we’re proud she chose as her Evening Gown choice, style 61359P from Mac Duggal Pageant.

Miss Kansas,Theresa Vail

MissKSTheresaVailEveningTheresa made waves during the preliminaries as well, as this National Guard Sergeant and expert marksman took to the stage in the swimsuit competition showing off her two tattoos. Theresa picked Mac Duggal Couture for her Evening Gown choice, style 61566D.

Miss Minnesota, Rebecca Yeh

MissMNRebeccaYehTalentRebecca double-dipped in Mac Duggal at preliminaries, and we couldn’t be happier. The violinist chose a red peplum creation from the Spring 2014 Mac Duggal Black White Red Collection, style 61726R, to wear during her Talent preliminary, which she won!

MissMNRebbecaYehEveningRebecca also looks picture perfect in purple in her Evening Gown choice, style 43003P from Mac Duggal Pageant.

Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller

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Brooke was a vision in white in Mac Duggal Pageant! She chose this gorgeous chiffon gown with cascading crystals for her performance during the Talent preliminary.

Miss North Dakota, Laura Harmon

MissNDLauraHarmonTalent2Laura looked like the picture of style and grace when she took to the stage to sing during the Talent preliminary, dressed in the fabulous taffeta and lace creation from the Black White Red Collection, style 61393R.

Miss Rhode Island, Jessica Marfeo

MissRIJessicaMarfeoTalentWith sizzle and style, Jessica took to the stage during the Talent preliminary in a fringe and lace Mac Duggal custom creation.

MissRIEveJessica took to the stage in the Evening Gown preliminary in a Mac as well, picking this fabulous vintage-inspired mermaid gown from the Black White Red Collection. The taffeta gown with lace and illusion top is Mac Duggal style 61391R.

Miss Maryland, Christina Denny

MissMDChristinaDennyEveOne of our most exquisite gowns, Christina was truly stunning as she walked the stage in the Evening Gown preliminary in style 1195D from Mac Duggal Couture.

Miss Puerto Rico, Shenti Lauren

MissPRShentiLaurenEveWith style and sparkle, Shenti grabbed attention in a sparkling Mac Duggal Pageant gown that glittered with golden embellishments, style 50080P. Between her gown and smile, Shenti was all shine during the Evening Gown preliminary.

Miss Utah, Ciera Pekarcik

MissUtahCieraPekarcikEveWith floating layers of chiffon and a gorgeous beaded halter neckline, Ciera looked stunning in an aqua gown from Mac Duggal Pageant during the Evening Gown preliminary , style 43017P.

MissUTCieraPekarcikTalentCiera also chose Mac Duggal for her Talent gown as well, stepping on to the stage to perform in a Mac Duggal Pageant Collection gown, style 43006P.

Miss West Virginia, Miranda Harrison

MissWVMirandaHarrisonMiranda was the Lady in Red as she stepped out on stage in a Mac Duggal Pageant Collection gown for the Talent preliminary. The blonde stunner looked wonderful in the crystal bedecked style 81619P.

Miss Michigan, Haley Williams

MissMIEveHaley was red-hot in the Evening Gown preliminary in Mac Duggal Pageant, style 43005P, with dazzling beading on the bodice and an exquisite flowing red skirt.

Miss Wisconsin, Paula Mae Kuiper

MissWisconsinEvePaula was looked regal in this fabulous deep purple gown from Mac Duggal Couture. The gorgeous strapless mermaid gown is style 81954D, and Paula nailed it for the Evening Gown preliminary.

Miss Hawaii, Crystal Lee

MissHICrystalLeeEveningCrystal took to the stage of the Evening Gown preliminary looking graceful in red in this wonderful Mac Duggal Custom gown.

Miss Massachusetts, Amanda Narciso

MissMassEveAmanda struck gold in a shimmering body hugging halter top gown during the Evening Gown prelim, a custom creation by Mac Duggal!

Miss Texas, Ivana Hall

MissTXEveIvana was stunning as she graced across the stage in this fabulous white chiffon beaded gown from Mac Duggal Pageant during the Evening Gown preliminary.

444979056_e70ecfae7bWith so much talent, confidence and poise on stage, there’s no telling who will take home the crown this year!

Miss America 2014 will be crowned at the conclusion of the live Miss America Finals, Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

*images thanks to Miss America OrganizationThe Press of Atlantic City

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Own your look with a meaningful power color

It’s a part of the wardrobe best associated with women who seem to have it all figured out.

The power color.

Whether she’s on the go, a corporate bigwig, a community activist, or the Mom who seems to have her family activities meticulously organized, she’s put together each and every day with a unifying component to her wardrobe — her power color.

Red. Black. Blue. Orange. Chartreuse. Whatever it is, she wears it, and she wears it well.

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The gal with a power color always looks like she’s at ease.

But how did she find it? Is there some meaning behind it?

A search of the term “color symbolism” will produce more than 11 million results on Google. Colors are given meanings by cultures all over the world, and some take them very seriously. Wearing the wrong color to the wrong event in some parts of the world can get a person in some serious trouble.

Other websites will go on and on about how color can affect others, telling you everything from what color to paint your walls to what you should be wearing every day to enhance your mood, turn on your partner, make friends, get a raise or get a better deal at the store!

Colors are even used in language to describe things that aren’t even color related! You’re tickled pink. You feel blue. You’re so mad you see red after your husband’s white lie!

Orange you glad we didn’t tell you a bad joke?

Bah-dum-dum.

Color has meaning. Color has depth.

And once you have your power color, you want to own it.

Scratch that.

You NEED to own it.

First things first. If there’s not already a color you are drawn to, take our simple test to figure out what colors will look best on you. Now, armed with that information, here’s all you need to know about the meanings behind your power color, and how to embrace the color so it’s all you.

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Mac Duggal style 61393 is packed with passion, energy and FUN!

Red —  Red has its fair share of negative associations, such as danger, aggressiveness, anger, and fire. In the past, a woman wearing red at the “wrong” event may have been seen as anything from unstable to wanton! The area of town known for debauchery is the red light district, and everyone knows red means STOP!

But when it comes to your power color, it’s time to escape the primitive mindset that holds our beloved red captive. Red also means love, passion, energy, and strong spirit. The woman who wears red loves fiercely, works passionately, and plays with gusto and joy. She has an appetite for life and she’s not wasting a minute of it.

Other than pure red, other fun tones to try if this is your power color include cherry and bordeaux, and hues leaning toward oranges like sunset and tangerine.

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Think pink with style 76539.

Pink — Pink’s most negative connotation is that it is associated with immaturity and all things childlike, such as baby dolls and pigtails with bows in your hair.

But pink is also wonderfully feminine. There’s a reason that baby clothes are sold in pink or blue, and that a man who wears pink is hailed as embracing his feminine side. Pink is pretty and perfect and nice and pleasant. It’s flirtatious and fun. A woman who loves pink believes in unconditional love. She’s romantic, affectionate, and kind.

And maybe she likes the occasional bow in her hair. Embrace it. Embrace pink!

Other than pure pink, there’s the neon variety, as pictured here, as well as magenta, watermelon, fuchsia, blush, candy pink, and many, many others!

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Green styles like 61552 are fresh and full of life.

Green — Everyone has heard it before. The jealous child is the green-eyed monster. Green is the color of envy. Green is the color of greed. The game of negative word association that we play with green has us looking at our cold hard cash with disgust!

Well, stereotypes, you’re busted! Because as it turns out, it IS easy being green.

If green is your power color, it doesn’t mean you’re jealous and greedy. More than likely, it means you have a youthful spirit and a love of nature. The color green is all about new beginnings. Green is fresh. It represents nature, life and well being. If you love green, you likely also cherish your family and friends, and home really is where the heart is. You try to do the right thing and make a point to open your home to your loved ones. There’s nothing greedy about that!

Green comes in just about as many shades in fabric as it does in nature! Green runs the gamut from soft mint and key lime to deep emerald and true kelly green.

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Take back the blues with a style like 64511! This fabulous gown from the Mac Duggal Royalty Collection is featured in ocean blue.

Blue — Picasso probably made the most notable connection between blue and depression, with his famous Blue Period, the years of 1901-1904, when the famous artist’s works were dominated by monochromatic blue works. Picasso famously suffered through at deep bout of depression during that same time, coming out of it and entering his Rose Period.

But the use of the word “blue” to describe sadness predates Picasso by several hundred years, with historians placing the origin of the term anywhere from the late 1300’s to the late 1500’s.

History lesson aside, it seems the blues have efficiently hijacked, well, the blues.

Take them back!

Blue is also the color of peace and loyalty. And, as the color of the sea, blue can symbolize life and tranquility. If blue is your power color, you are likely idealistic, expressive, wise, spiritual, and a good communicator. You value trust above all else in your relationships, and as such, your friends and family can always trust you. Nothing sad about that!

Blues are vibrant and come in shades as vast as the ocean itself, including royal and sapphire, as well as green-blue mixes like peacock and turquoise.

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Purple can be fun while staying grounded, like style 85243.

Purple — Purple’s negative associations are less known these days than they were in years past. Back then, purple would have been the hue to mark sorrow and suffering for the common man.

But purple has always been a color associated with royalty. Purple is also strongly associated with enlightenment and wisdom. The woman who drapes herself with shades of purple has a wonderful imagination and a strong pull toward spirituality, while staying incredibly grounded.

Many of the wonderful shades of purple are named after the beautiful places in nature where they can be found, such as lavender, lilac and orchid.

Yellow — Yellow is the international color of caution. Any yellow street sign that you see in any country where you are, even if you cannot read it, means that there is a reason to slow down.

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Yellow hues are a cup of cheer, just like style 7245.

Yellow means there is a hazard nearby. Yellow is the color of a coward.

Nonsense!

Yellow is the color of the sunshine, which means it is the color of warmth, light, happiness and joy!

If yellow is your power color, you are confident and optimistic, and you start your days with a smile and hopeful energy. The woman who wears yellow offers a dose of cheerfulness to everyone she sees. Can you really look at something bright yellow and not think of something pleasant, like a summer day or an afternoon at the beach? Say hello to yellow!

Yellow is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face, especially with the happy names of its hues, such as lemon and buttercup.

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Browns are warm and welcoming, like this stunning Mac Duggal Couture gown, style 3622 in mocha.

Brown — The main problem with brown is that it is brown.

Even the word brown is so… brown.

It sounds bland and boring and blah.

But turn that brown frown upside down! Because brown is so positively grounded and welcoming, the woman who loves it is possibly the most dependable person who you could ever know.

Brown symbolizes so many wonderful things, things for which we all hope and strive. The great outdoors, simplicity, comfort. Brown is calm and sensitive. Brown loves for others to shine, while being the foundation for those around it.

The woman who loves brown is not one to steal the spotlight, but she loves to make sure her friends and family get credit when they deserve it. Chances are, she doesn’t even realize she has a power color. She chooses brown because it’s soothing and soft and comforting, but really, she owns it. If brown is your power color, chances are, you are a quality friend and partner, and your loved ones cherish you.

The wonderful shades of brown include mocha, beige, bronze and taupe.

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Go for the gold in a style like 64567.

Gold — In appearance, gold is the absolute opposite of brown. What brown lacks in showmanship, gold makes up for in spades. This makes gold appear materialistic and shallow. But just as brown is not blah and boring, gold doesn’t have to be vapid or hallow.

Gold is the color of health, optimism, and wealth. And wealth doesn’t just mean material things and swimming in a vat of gold like Scrooge McDuck. Wealth means you add richness and warmth to everything you touch.

The woman who loves the color gold has high standards and ideals. She’s confident and passionate, and like the color, eyes are drawn to her. She is a natural leader, and her friends turn to her for advice. If gold is your power color, you have a powerful personality, and you have the ability to use it for all the good in the world.

Some of the wonderful additional hues of gold include champagne, and, depending on embellishments and accessories, a lovely nude.

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Be a silver fox in 64540 in platinum.

Silver — Silver’s biggest negative connotation is that it is associated with old age or a boring personality. But we can’t for the life of us think of why getting older is somehow a bad thing, since everyone does it and there’s nothing boring about it!

So we’re stealing back silver and making it our own!

Silver is a sign of intelligence, security, and strength of character. If silver is your power color, it means you are a pro at pushing back negative energy and seeing the best in any situation. Silver is elegant and alluring, it is classic, dignified and respectable. The woman who wears silver has a pure, calming vibe when she enters the room. There’s simply nothing boring about her!

In addition to silver, hues of this downright glamorous color include platinum, grey, and gunmetal. Like gold, a woman who chooses silver as her power color can also pick a nude and add dazzle to it with silver accessories or embellishments.

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White is for everyone, like Mac Duggal 61388 in gorgeous ivory.

White — White has been battling its own stereotypes for decades. It’s only for weddings. It’s only for summer. It’s sterile. It’s cold. In some cultures, it’s the color of death!

Well, enough!

You don’t have to be walking down the aisle between Memorial Day and Labor Day to don a white hot number these days. White is pure, fresh and clean, and it demands a seat at the color table (even if technically it actually IS the absence of color).

The woman who wears white as her power color is likely someone who has achieved a great deal of balance in her life. She loves the crisp fresh look of white, and how she feels in this lovely pale hue. And since white is reflective in nature, others around her feel good when she walks in the room wrapped in her white garb.

The woman who wears white is incredibly fair. People come to her for great decisions, because they know she won’t just have a knee-jerk reaction to a situation. She’ll be fair and impartial, even when family is involved!

The woman who wears white is as dependable as it gets.

White and ivory are the staple shades for this color, but white gets to join in with gold and silver and utilize nude to its advantage from time to time.

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Own the room when you make black your power color. A little black dress always shines, such as Mac Duggal style 61382.

Black — Everyone knows the perils of black. It’s what you wear to a funeral. It’s the costume of the wicked witch. Black is always the color of the most negative character in the book or the movie.

Enough of that, because black is also about as sexy as it gets, and good girls can be sexy too!

Black is the color of power, wealth and of course, elegance. Why else do they call high class social events “black tie affairs.” Why not ask the gentlemen to wear pink if they want the event to be more innocent?

It’s because black is classy.

The woman who wears black as her power color is sophisticated and elegant. She is dignified and confident, and when negative energy is directed at her, she can bust right through it. If black is your power color, you are sure of yourself. You own the room when you enter it, and you’re not afraid to speak up when you need to. And you’re not afraid to embrace your inner bad girl, no matter how good you are on the outside!

We won’t offer alternatives or options for black. You’ve got this one figured out.

Find your power color. And embrace it.

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Mac Duggal dresses on top of the world

It’s a grand view from the top.

Mac Duggal and his fabulous array of prom, pageant, couture, homecoming and other special occasion dresses are certainly enjoying that view these days, thanks to a trifecta of top-tier accolades, some of the highest awards available in the fashion industry.

On Aug. 7, Mac Duggal stepped forward to accept three prestigious awards from Top 10 Prom during the annual Atlanta Apparel World of Prom Market. The designer, who will celebrate 30 years in fashion next year, was honored by Top 10 Prom with the Customer Service Award, the Most Improved Vendor Award, and Top Sales for dollars earned for official retailers.

Best of the Best ~ Mac Duggal's three Top 10 Prom awards were placed on prominent display during the Atlanta Prom Market fashion runway show from Aug. 8-11, where the fabulous Spring 2014 line was revealed to retailers!

Best of the Best ~ Mac Duggal’s three Top 10 Prom awards were placed on prominent display during the Atlanta Prom Market fashion runway show from Aug. 8-11, where the Spring 2014 line was revealed to retailers! Mac Duggal was hailed by Top 10 Prom for his Customer Service and the value his gorgeous dresses bring to the retailers and boutiques who sell them.

Top 10 Prom is a direct mailing book sent out to markets each year, aimed at advertising the top prom fashions to junior and high school girls. Denise Knapp, owner of Top 10 Prom, said that more than 700,000 books are mailed out each year, featuring the designers in the collective. Mac Duggal is among one of the most honored designers of Top 10 Prom this year. The book represents about 100 total retail stores and exclusive boutiques across the nation, all which feature all the Top 10 Prom designers.

Knapp said that the awards are well deserved by Mac Duggal and his entire team.

“Mac gives exceptional customer service,” Knapp said. “Mac’s dresses also sell so well, that it helps our group make money… What I care about it what sells from the floor out the door. And that’s what we track. And Mac Duggal helped our group make money last year. So they got the award for dollars produced for our group.”

Knapp said that the Most Improved award is like an MVP for Top 10 Prom, because Mac Duggal’s “rating” by stores and customers grew the most from 2012 to 2013.

But above the awards themselves, Knapp said that the kudos well deserved because of the way that Mac Duggal does business.

“I think Mac is a very sincere person,” Knapp said. “I think Mac is the real deal. I like Mac as a friend and I think if I was not in the industry, I would still have him as a friend, a good friend. I’d do anything for him.”

Knapp also noted that Mac Duggal keeps his designs fresh and appealing by surrounding himself with dedicated and talented staff who work hard season after season with the customer in mind.

“All of Mac’s people love and care for him and they love and care for the company,” Knapp noted. “I think that their loyalty to him is very strong. And when you have people who are that dedicated, your success is abundant. And so that’s what I think about his collection is that it shows the true hard work that his people give.”

1150425_10151775336649430_1925873773_nMac himself noted that hard work plays a big role in the continued success of the gorgeous lines of Mac Duggal dresses.

“These awards are really a reflection of all the hard work of our whole team,” Mac said while accepting the awards. “We work hard to make sure we get all the right dresses in all the right stores. We make sure that the customers are getting the products that they truly need.”

And Knapp noted that the general public should keep an eye out for the Spring 2014 Mac Duggal Collection, because Mac Duggal is one of the most fashion-forward stars of the entire industry, with a natural “couture” eye.

“I love Mac, and he never ceases to just amaze me,” Knapp said.  “He can walk in somewhere and see something that nobody else sees, but he sees it. And I just think he’s brilliant. He’s always been extremely good to me, and for that I’m thankful.”

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Mac Duggal dresses for “Walking Tall”

They say that the clothes make the man.

But Mac Duggal knows, the clothes enhance the woman.

For nearly 30 years, the designer, who recently won three prestigious industry awards for value and service for his stunning array of social occasion dresses, has designed timeless dresses and gowns to define every stage of a woman’s life, from stunning prom and pageant dresses, to evening gowns and chic cocktail dresses.

“It’s not about the dress, it’s about the woman,” Mac said of the ladies who wear his creations. “It’s not about the color or the cut, it’s how you perceive it. It has to be you.”

It’s the careful crafting and stunning selections that make Mac Duggal dresses perfect for enhancing any woman’s inner and outer beauty. Just ask Erika Rose, a staff writer for Four Points Magazine, a resource publication for the Miss America Pageant. Erika recently wrote about her experience trying on a fabulous Mac Duggal dress, which she’ll don for the Miss America Outstanding Teen Night of Stars Extravaganza, which takes place Aug. 16 in Orlando, part of the 2013 Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant.

“On the hanger, the dress Bridal Elegance stylists pulled for me was stunning, and on, it felt even more ravishing,” Erika wrote in the magazine’s blog. “Although I’m not an expert on fashion apparel, it’s easy to recognize the quality and sophistication of a dress made with practiced hands and creative design.”

Indeed, clad in a gorgeous Mac Duggal gown, any woman can feel on top of the world.

Read Erika’s full blog post at http://fourpointsmagazine.com/blog/item/1277-walking-tall.

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Find your perfect dress size

This post has been updated. The current version can be found at:

Find Your Perfect Dress Size on MacDuggal.com

It seems like an easy question:

What size dress do you wear?

But those six little words can sometimes be nearly as confusing as asking what is the meaning of life. For so many women, the answer is multi-faceted. It depends on the label, it depends on the length, it depends on the style, it depends on the cut, it just depends!

Hanging in nearly every woman’s closet is a hodgepodge of tops, skirts, pants, sweaters and dresses with varying labels. A woman may be able to fit perfectly into a size 6 ball gown which flares at waist. But for a sheath or mermaid dress that is fitted through the hips, she may need to move up to a size 8 and have the bust taken in for a proper fit.

Likewise, a woman could have a number of fitted tops on the hangers in her closet, but the tags could read 6, 8, M, L, 34, 5, 7, S, 8P, 38 or One Size, and every last one of them will fit her just fine.

It can be a maddening process. It seems, sometimes, that the only thing standard about standard sizing is the actual word “standard” in the name.

So how do you sort it all out?

First, you have to accept the fact that the clothes which hang in your closet simply won’t all have matching tags. Until the day comes when the designers and manufacturers and retailers of the world can all come and sit together and agree on a unified world-wide system of labeling sizes for clothing, you’ll just have to live with having mix and match sizing. And even a feat like that would fail, since all women are not built the same, and therefore could not all fit into a unified specification of size.

However, when it comes to a numeric dress size, you can find the one that will absolutely fit you best by taking the time to take your measurements.

The most important measurements for dresses are accurate measurements of the bust, waist and hip. Measurements should be taken with a cloth measuring tape.

Bust – The bust size indicates the measurement around your upper torso and around your breasts. So you want to measure at the fullest point of your breasts. Don’t confuse bust size as it relates to dress measurements with the number on your bra size. The number on your bra indicates the circumference directly under your breasts. A bra measures the fullness of your breasts via a cup size. But for a dress, the size of your bust only one number, the measurement of the fullest part of your chest. That’s the measurement you need for a properly fitting gown.

Waist – The waist should be measured at the natural waistline. You natural waistline is the narrowest part of your middle, under your rib cage, but above your pelvis, just above the top of your hip bone. Put your hands just above your hips and bend forward. Feel where it is that you bend precisely? That is your natural waist.

Hip – Hips should be measures around at the widest part of your hips.

These three measurements will help define how the dress will skim your silhouette. Depending on the cut or style, a variance of plus or minus one inch may apply to the measurements.

Once you are armed with your measurements, you can find your size on the charts that are provided by dress companies. Mac Duggal size charts can be found online by clicking on any dress, then clicking on “view size chart” on the left hand side, under the dress description.

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Click where the red arrow is to see the size chart!

Once you are armed with your numbers, find the corresponding figures in the chart for your proper size.

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The yellow highlighted numbers correspond with the measurements below each size.

Your measurements don’t fit exactly into the chart? Not to worry. The size chart is a guide, but we all know that every woman is different. If you find your measurements are falling between categories listed, like those above, choose the larger size. For a dress that fits like a glove, most women will likely need some sort of alterations done after they make their purchase.

Two other important tips:

1 – Have someone else help you with your measurements. You might feel silly having your BFF wrap measuring tape around your bust line, but having someone else help you out could very well mean more accurate measurements. That person will be looking straight at you, as opposed to you looking down at yourself and twisting about.

2 – Don’t be consumed by the measurements. They’re just numbers. If you find that the corresponding dress size is a number bigger than you had hoped, do NOT order down a size and hope that you can whip yourself into shape in X amount of time to fit into it. It can be a very costly mistake if the gown simply won’t fit when the time comes. It’s going to be a whole lot easier to take a dress in than to let it out. Besides, you are beautiful in Mac Duggal at every size, so don’t fret if there’s an extra inch than what you wanted. Mac Duggal has a dress for you!

Mac Duggal provides measurement sizing for all dress collections, including full length evening gowns, cocktail dresses, plus-size dresses, and the Sugar children’s line of pageant dresses.

Different designers may have slight variations on the chart, but in general, they are similar enough to give you a more definitive idea of your actual dress size.

Once you have all your measurements, you’ll be able to answer the question of “what size dress do you wear” with confidence!

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