Choosing Your Quinceanera Dress

A Quinceanera is a Latin tradition celebrating a young girl's entrance into womanhood on her 15th birthday. The celebration of this special age varies, but typically, a grand party is thrown gathering friends and family with dancing, music, and joy to honor the birthday girl.

Planning a Quinceanera is not an easy task and may take months to organize. From booking the venue to hiring a catering service, the checklist goes on and on. But, the experience should be exciting- this will be a day the birthday girl and her peers will remember for the rest of their lives!

One of the most fun and important parts of the party planning is finding the perfect Quinceanera dress. There are hundreds of styles, colors, and designs to choose from and the list is endless which makes it important to start searching in advance. Here are a few tips to help find your perfect dress:

1. Choosing a Color

Sometimes, choosing a specific color can help narrow your search greatly. Does your Quinceanera have a theme? Do you have a favorite color since you were a kid? What color would you like to see your Damas ("maids of honor") wearing? Will you be matching them? These are all questions you should ask yourself beforehand. You could also narrow down your color choice by:

Skin Tone

Darker tones: Bright and vibrant colors like red, royal blue, orange, yellow, fuchsia, emerald green, and violet complement darker complexions beautifully. Light colors also work well like baby pink and even white to create a lovely contrast. 

Medium tones: Look for jewel tones like emerald green, ruby red, and sapphire blue. Bright and vibrant colors work well, too. Try to avoid pale and neutral colors with earthy tones like orange, earth green, and brown.

Fair tones: Pastels like pastel pink, pastel blue, and pastel green work great with paler skin. Shades of red and pink complement light skin nicely so look for strawberry, magenta, scarlet, and crimson (the list goes on.) Also, darker shades of blue and purple go well.

** Keep in mind these are just general tips and there is no rule for what to wear based on your complexion. Wear what makes you feel beautiful. **

Season

What time of year does your party fall on? Use the season as a way to choose the color of your Quinceanera dress. 

Summer:  Bright, neon colors. Warm colors like red, pinks, amber, tangerine, tulip. 

Fall:  Neutral colors, earthy tones. Orange, maroon, yellows, olive, pine green, dusty pink. 

Winter:  Cool colors and sparkly dresses. Think of an ice princess! White, baby blue, baby pink, mauve purple, teal. 

Spring:  All pastels! Yellow, pink, blue, purple, green. Think of your favorite flower that blooms in the spring- tulip, rose, lily. 

2. Budget

Large parties can get costly so it is wise to make a budget for every expense. Plan how much you are willing to spend on the Quinceanera dress in order to narrow down your search in the store. There are hundreds of gorgeous budget-friendly gowns available that are top quality. Keep in mind that shoes, accessories, make-up, hair, etc. are not included with the dress. Don't forget the rest of your look! 

3. Style

The traditional style of a Quinceanera dress is a tight corset around the torso with a princess-style skirt made of several layers of tulle and fabric. Some details vary based on what you prefer:

Neckline 

High Neckline

High necklines can elongate your neck and add a touch of modesty to a gown. 

 
Mori Lee 89200

Mori Lee 89200

 

Sweetheart Neckline

Sweetheart necklines are flattering on all body types. They accentuate the hourglass figure and can be paired with or without sleeves. 

 
Mori Lee 89173

Mori Lee 89173

 

V-Neck/V-Neckline

 
Mori Lee 60055

Mori Lee 60055

 

Sleeves

Strapless

Strapless dresses can be paired with a cardigan or overlay for modesty and can be worn as is for dances. 

 
Mori Lee 89146

Mori Lee 89146

 

Sleeveless

Sleeveless dresses are different from strapless in that sleeves don't go past the shoulder but the neckline isn't completely exposed. 

 
Mori Lee 89127

Mori Lee 89127

 

Sleeves

Sleeves on a gown come in different styles. You can have off-the-shoulder sleeves, cap sleeves, or regular sleeves. 

Mori Lee 89168 featuring an off-the-shoulder sleeve

Mori Lee 89168 featuring an off-the-shoulder sleeve

Mori Lee 60060 with cap sleeves

Mori Lee 60060 with cap sleeves

Mori Lee 89190 with detachable sleeves

Mori Lee 89190 with detachable sleeves

4. Comfort & Confidence

Before you order dresses online, make sure to try them on beforehand. Gowns fit different body types in different ways whether it be height, size, bust, etc. so getting fitted by a professional at Oz Boutique should be the first step. Sometimes, shorter girls require a trim on the skirt or taller girls may need to add fabric to fit their height which can also be done at Oz Boutique. Additionally, designers' size chart may not always be consistent so trying on a few styles can help make a better purchasing decision. Try your dress on before you order!!! Oz Boutique carries a beautiful selection of quinceanera dresses that you can try before you make a final decision.