There is so much to consider when entering any pageant. As well as an amazing personality, at least one show-stopping dress is required. The right dress can single you out from the competition and make a lasting impression on the judges.
For any pageant, usually a formal long gown is needed. The traditional pageant gown typically has a sweetheart neckline and ball gown skirt. However, there is now a movement towards designs inspired by the runway or red carpet.
Choosing a pageant dress should also be about reflecting your own style and taste. As well as looking on-trend, you should also think about selecting the right dress for your body type. Don’t forget to choose a color that suits your skin tone too.
With all these factors to consider, it can simply come down to finding that dress that makes you stand out. The one that makes you feel confident and beautiful. That means it automatically ticks every other box!
Need some help choosing? We’re looking at 5 of our favorite pageant gowns. These feature statement detailing, gorgeous color options and just generally stand out from the crowd.
Top 5 Statement Pageant Dresses
This jaw-dropping ivory gown will turn every head in the room in an instant. It features pearl style embellishment as well as silver bead-work. The simple neutral silhouette highlights a gentle hourglass look.
Everything starts with the high neckline – it’s like an opulent necklace with layers of embellishment. This amazing detail hangs in strings from the shoulders and drapes over the arms. The bead-work then flows down the body of this dress in various shapes.
The tail end flares slightly, allowing for gracious movement. The otherwise figure-hugging shape does its best to show off your natural curves. Luxurious and couture quality, this beaded design will be one-of-a-kind at any pageant.
Team this up with simple white minimal heels, loose wavy hair and a smokey eye. Add a pink lip and try out silver metallic nails to complete your beauty look. Then, all you need is a winning smile!
There are the usual suspects when it comes to color choices for pageants – pink, red, blue. No one will be expecting this unique shade of stone. Crafted from a silky fabric with plenty of natural sheen, this is an original color and fabric choice.
With a classic sweetheart neckline, the bodice of this gown is covered in sparkling silver detail. The edges are rimmed with extra embellishment, creating a punctuated waist and neckline. Tucked pleats create a long, dramatic skirt with so much flow.
From behind, this gown even has a short train. The overall design is just so timeless, yet has a modern twist and feels updated. If you want to look sophisticated and effortless, this has to be our top pick.
Team this up with matching silver heels and a very elegant tidy chignon hair-bun. Opt for natural/dewy makeup with a pink lipstick. A pink manicure and chandelier earrings are all you need to complete this pageant ensemble.
Bring some red carpet vibes to your pageant look in this sexy black dress. This original design features a statement neckline that appears to defy gravity! One side wraps around the neck with an embellished layer, while the other half creates a sweetheart shape.
The center of the neckline amplifies the drama by dropping into a plunge all the way to the waist. A sparkling belt adds a dash of shimmer to this sleek piece. A bold side-split reveals a glamorous peak at your legs.
From behind, this dress has an open back and further cut-out below the belt. It has so many amazing details that it needs no further embellishment to make a big statement. The simplicity of the black fabric gives it a clean, vampy finish.
Team this up with a pair of nude/beige heels (the highest heel possible!) and bronze makeup. Go for a sun-kissed glow with bronzed, contoured cheeks. Add side-parted curled hair with a polished look.
This completely embellished dress will immediately get you noticed at any pageant. Sparkling from head-to-toe under the light, this design is an unusual and glamorous choice. The simple dress design starts with a high neckline and drapes down the body.
It has a loose fit, meaning the heavy embellishment will sit well and you’ll still move with ease. From behind, there’s a stunning open back that reveals some skin. Each side of the dress is also split to around knee length.
Far from the classic pageant dress, this stands out as a completely different choice. Align yourself with a modern, fashion-forward point of view. This all-over beaded look is an empowering and still flattering option.
Dress this up with some red for a unique styling twist. Add a velvety red lipstick and red heels. Opt for a half-up hairstyle – experiment with adding a braided element.
Shine like a ray of sunshine for your next pageant. This bold and beautiful yellow chiffon dress is such a statement color and style choice. It wraps flatteringly around the neck to create a keyhole bodice and open back.
The waist is highlighted with a belt of fabric, showing off your slimmest point. The skirt half then flows, with a side leg slit to show off a flash of skin and facilitate some powerful poses. The floaty chiffon fabric means this has a light, feminine touch as it moves.
This dress has a contemporary, fashion-forward look. The unique design makes it stand out from any other pageant ensemble. That bright color suits many skin tones and ensures the wearer instantly grabs attention.
Team this up with a pair of sparkling gold strappy heels and straight, sleek hair. A pink or even purple lipstick will pair up to striking effect. Add a bracelet or a pair of dramatic earrings to complete the outfit.