12 Beautiful Quinceanera Dresses for 2015

A Quinceanera is one of the biggest, most anticipated events in the life of a Latina woman, and the dress you choose to wear on the special day should be worthy of such a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Though there are certain styles and colors that traditionally designate a Quinceanera dress (white or pastel hues; a large, full skirt), these days, more and more girls are pushing the envelope with their gown choice, opting to blend classic cultural looks with modern, fashion-forward styles. Whether you’re sticking to a traditional look, considering something cutting edge, or shopping for something in between, these 12 beautiful Quinceanera dresses for 2015 are the perfect place to start your search for the perfect dress.

For a classic look: Opt for a dress with a full skirt or petticoat, in a soft pastel hue or bright shade of white.

1. Vizcaya by Mori Lee 88085: We love this stunning ballgown! The large skirt is perfectly balanced by a structured, corseted top.

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2. Vizcaya by Mori Lee 88089. For a princess moment, look no further than this gorgeous white gown with a beaded bodice.

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3. Vizcaya by Mori Lee 88043. For a look that’s as fun as it is sweet, a bubblegum pink gown can’t be beat.

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4. Vizcaya by Mori Lee 88042. This pastel purple shade is no shrinking violet.

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For tradition with a twist: Keep the traditional dress silhouette, but try a gown in a more contemporary shade, like a neon color or bright hue.

5. Vizcaya by Mori Lee 88013.  This hot pink ombre look is party-perfect.

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6. Q by Da Vinci QuinceaneraShimmering sating and bold, contrasting colors make this dress a knockout.

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7. Vizcaya by Mori Lee 88001. Not for the wallflower, the two-tone gown is sure to make a statement at your Quinceanera.

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8. Vizcaya by Mori Lee 89036. A deep red hue adds a sophisticated air to this beautiful gown.

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For a modern take: Forgoe the full-skirted look and opt for something more streamlined instead.

9. Mac Duggal 48261h: Though this dress is technically still a ballgown, a slightly slimmer skirt makes the look more modern.

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10. Mac Duggal 48262h: This one-of-a-kind design incorporates traditional Quineanera whites and pastels in a fun, unexpected way.

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11. Flirt by Maggie Sottero P5838: A mermaid skirt feels inspired by a ballgown, but the silhouette is much more modern and on-trend.
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12. Jovani 158934: This canary yellow stunner has all the frill and flair of a traditional Quinceanera style, but offers a slightly more streamlined shape (a perfect option for petite girls!).

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Adult Guests: How to Dress for a Bat or Bar Mitzvah

Whether it’s your first Mitzvah or your fifteenth, deciding what to wear to a Bat or Bar Mitzvah can be tough: each party and family is different, and calls for a different level of formality. If you’re struggling to figure out what to wear to the party, here are a few cues that can help you decide what’s appropriate.

1. The time.
Where and when the celebration is taking place is perhaps the biggest cue as to what to wear. If it’s a lunchtime gathering at the family’s home directly following the ceremony, chances are good that you won’t have to dress to the nines. A simple shift dress or a pantsuit will work for these events, just make sure it is modest enough to wear to the synagogue, too. 

If the event is at a reception hall, hotel, or private space at a restaurant, opt for something a little fancier, like a cocktail dress and statement jewelry.

This Jovani cocktail dress would be a beautiful choice for a daytime Bar or Bat Mitzvah:

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 2. The place. 
Though some Mitzvah receptions will directly follow the morning ceremony, many will take place later in the day. If the party is more than a couple hours after the ceremony ends, it’s advisable that you change for the second half of the celebration.

Like weddings, it’s a safe bet that if a bat or bar mitzvah is held in the evening (meaning a start time after 5 p.m.), it’s going to be more formal (and call for a matching manner of dress) than a party thrown during the day.

You can’t go wrong with a little black dress, and this one is both sophisticated and modest, since it’s neither too tight, nor too short.

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3. The invitation.
Besides the obvious–that the invite may actually specify the dress code–looking at the invitation itself can also offer clarity about the formality of the function. A letterpress envelope with a formal reply card is almost certainly a sign of a fancy gathering, while a flat printed invitation and an email RSVP signals a less formal party.

Does the invitation call for black-tie? Feel free to go all out with a long gown.

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4. The family.
How religious is the family? If the Bar Mitzvah is being thrown by a Orthodox or very traditional family (Orthodox families don’t typically throw Bat Mitzvahs), expect to get more dressed up. Ladies, that means opt for a dress, like the one below, instead of a pantsuit.

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Remember: It’s a religious ceremony and a big event in the lives of the children being honored. If you’re stuck between two outfit choices, air on the side of formality and modesty.