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Short Sleeved

Ah, to be the belle of the ball! Our short-sleeved ball gowns are filled with Victorian charm and elegance. You will be turning heads as all eyes are on you at your next party or event wearing one of these beautiful dresses.

Each gown featured here is designed to be worn off-the-shoulder for elegant evening affairs. The sleeves on some of the dresses can be worn on the shoulder for daytime events or to create a new look. Do you like lace? We have designs that feature ruffled lace to create a shawl effect. Do you like poufed sleeves? We have several styles featuring a double-poufed sleeve that is charming when worn on the shoulder and stunning when revealing your shoulders. One of our customer favorites features beautifully shirred sleeves that draw just the right amount of attention to your shoulders.

Many of our short-sleeved ball gowns feature a natural waistline, which was popular during the Civil War era. This mini-era had a style all of its own. Balls, cotillions, and other fancy events of this era were huge formal affairs. Statements were made through the garments worn to such social engagements. We feature several styles ranging from simple elegance to sheer opulence. Some are modest and some daring. Are you prim and proper or are you Jezebel? Perhaps, you are royalty!Whatever you need or wherever your fantasies take you, we have a short-sleeved ball gown to suit you.

Some of our short-sleeved ball gowns feature our famous 'V' bodice. This bodice is so flattering! Some bodices feature boning, others are fitted

Our gowns are embellished with beautiful and delicate laces including Venice, French Alencon re-embroidered, ruffled, and as rosettes! Some are adorned in fabric ruffles or shirred hems. Looking for something to change up your style or add a little modesty? We have a gown featuring a fichu, a modesty covering for low necklines. We also have a gown with a beautiful lace basque, which is another modesty covering popular during the mid-19th century.

Fabrics used in our short-sleeved ball gowns include delicate organza, lustrous dupioni, cotton calico, satin, and taffeta. Some of our gowns are washable, but we recommend dry cleaning to keep your garment as beautiful as the day it arrived on your doorstep.

Are you planning a spring or summer wedding? Several of our short-sleeved ball gowns come in white and would be perfect for your special day! Many styles are also suitable for your attendants. Your bridal fantasy starts with one of our ball gowns.

Many of these gowns can easily accommodate a hoop skirt or extra-wide crinoline underneath. We offer a selection of hoop skirts and crinolines from which to choos. We also have a wide assortment of other accessories such as shoes and boots, stockings, capes, shawls, fichus, basques, chemisettes, jabots, cuffs, fans, gloves, reticules, hats and hair ornaments, jewelry, and parasols from which to choose to complete your look.

Recollections' short-sleeved ball gowns are lovingly designed and crafted in the United States of America and come in sizes XS to XXXXL.

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Size Chart


English / Metric
  XS S M L XL XXL XXXL XXXXL
  24 68 1012 1416 1820 2224 2628 3032
BUST 3334 3536 3738 4042 4446 4850 5254 5658
WAIST 2425 2627 2830 3133 3537 3942 4447 5053


What size should I order?

Most people find that our sizing runs generously. If you are undecided with which size to order, it is best to order the smaller size, or give us a call to assist you (1-800-452-5925). You may also email us at sales@recollections.biz with your measurements (bust and waist) and we can help you choose the nearest size.


An exception to the generous sizing is the type of ball gown that requires boning in the bodice and that supports a heavy skirt. Many times this style is also "off-the-shoulder" and requires a firm fit to stay up. These styles tend to not run as generously as most of our other garments because of this. But please, give us a call if you are uncertain.


In most cases you should take your bust and waist measurement to determine your size. Please wear the undergarments that you intend to wear when you do your measuring. For example, take your measurement over the type of brassiere or corset that you may be wearing.


Measure the fullest part of your bust around and the smallest part of your waist.


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