Quinceanera is an old Latin American tradition symbolizing a social metamorphosis of a girl from adolescence to adulthood. It borrows its name from the Latin word "Quince anos" meaning "fifteen years," and is celebrated on a girl’s fifteenth birthday. This tradition is popular in Mexico and the United States. It’s like a rite of passage for girls. The ceremony is marked with a mass followed by a dinner-dance party with family and friends. Symbolic actions signifying the transition include presentation of a doll by the girl to her younger sister, the changing of the shoes from flat to high heeled, and the presentation of a ring or circular earrings.
Much like a wedding, the dress code for a Quinceanera is formal. Choosing the right dress is very important for the girl being honored as she is the belle of the ball and all eyes are on her. What a girl should wear on her Quinceanera depends on her body type and personal taste along with her budget. The dress should make her look like a princess, but comfort should also be a factor.
The shape of things to come
Over the years, there have been many changes in the style of the Quinceanera dress, but the ball gown style, with ornate details on fine fabric, is still quite popular. Ball gowns in vivid colors, traditional silhouettes, and jeweled embellishments can create a stunning look. The safest shape is an A-line silhouette dress with a sweetheart neckline — it will compliment any figure. Corsets have always been known to emphasize the feminine aspects of the female form. Well-structured corsets are available in a huge assortment of colors. If carefully chosen, a good corset will bring out the best in a girl. Empire gowns are also suited for most figures with a sweetheart neckline or a halter neck.
The right color
Though pastels, pink, green, and ivory are all-time favorites, black dresses are always in style and are timeless. Blue has a cool appeal. Sapphire and turquoise gowns are also great options.
Add a final touch to the princess look with the right accessories. All jewelry like tiara, earrings, and necklaces should go well with the dress. Choose subdued tones if the dress is a dazzling color. Go for a touch of color contrast with the clutch or shoes.
Finally, choose a hairdo that frames the face elegantly. Armed with poise and grace, the young girl finally steps into the world to make it on her own as a woman.
The maids of honor
Now that the dress of the princess of the Quinceanera has been dealt with, let’s move on to what the maids of honor should wear. Usually the princess has seven maids of honor. It’s essential that the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses complements the princess’s dress well. For instance, if the princess of the ball is wearing pink, choose blues or mauves and not black.
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