Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields. Photo: Judy Eddy/WENN.comFinding the right evening gown can, at times, be a struggle. If you are anything like me, I am always screen-shotting the prettiest gowns I find on Instagram. Trying on gowns is one of my favorite parts of pageantry. Who doesn’t like to dress up? If you are looking for that once-in-a-lifetime gown, consider velvet for the fabric. This fabric is making a comeback in a major way and will probably be a hot item in the coming years. Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, is one of the latest contestants to go for velvet and win. Savvy wore a black velvet halter gown with a deep sweetheart neckline. She completed her look with a bold, red lip and pulled her hair up. She looked gorgeous walking across the stage and presented a very timeless look. (Read: Miss America 2017 Evening Gown: HIT or MISS?) Velvet has a way of making a contestant looking royal, timeless and elegant. The soft fabric forms to any body type and, with the dark, color can contrast well with any skin tone.
Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields wows judges in her velvet gown. Photo: Yahoo
Sydney Marsh, Miss Madison United States. Photo: Sydney MarshHere's a fun fact: Her gown originally belonged to Nia Sanchez for Miss Universe. However, Nia chose another gown and the dress was picked up by Marsh, who wore it for her pageant. Marsh says velvet gowns are rare and different. "It is the most comfortable gown and has a classic look and it stands out,” Marsh said. When it comes to the fit, she said fabric is great. “
Britney Henry, Miss Washington 2011, at Miss America in her velvet all black gown.In her Miss America gown, Britney also kept her accessories simple. Her Sherri Hill gown fell off her shoulders, shaped her body, and was completed with a thigh-high split. When it comes to the best season to wear this gown, Henry suggested keeping this gown as a winter pageant gown because the fabric is heavy and can be hot to wear during a long pageant in the summer. Henry wore hers in January. “I personally find velvet somewhat seasonable but appropriate for night time and evening wear,” Henry said. The smoothness of the fabric creates a chic, sophisticated look, so a winter pageant is the best fit for the right velvet dress, like the one Olivia Culpo wore a few days before Christmas when she won Miss Universe.
Olivia Culpo wore velvet when she won Miss Universe in December.Upkeep Both Marsh and Henry said that having a velvet gown was easy to take care of and there was little if any serious care that they had to worry about when traveling. Velvet is making a comeback on the pageant stage and is no longer considered a 90’s fashion trend. It has been long overdue to see the right velvet gown. With Savvy’s win in both black and velvet, I would not be surprised if we see one or both of these combinations during the 2017 pageant season. It is definitely a way to stand out on stage and draw the judges eye to you for a royal and elegance look and feel. Do you have a velvet gown and want to share your experiences with us? Comment below and let us know some of your favorite things about your velvet gown!
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