The 3 types of XV dresses you need to know
Posted on August 1, 2013 in Quinceanera

Catalog XV dresses, designs from emerging designers, and gowns from an established fashion house. What are the pros and cons for each and which option is best for your Quinceanera budget?

Organizing a Quinceanera can be as memorable as the party itself, and shopping for the Quinceanera dress is by far the most exciting part of the party planning. But that joy can quickly turn sour if your family becomes overwhelmed by the various market choices. Therefore, before you set foot in search of the perfect Quince dress, you need to know the 3 most popular gown options available and the pros and cons for each one. Knowing this will give you and your family the tools needed to narrow down your choices and shop for the type of Quinceanera gown that best suits your personal taste and budget.


The 3 types of XV dresses you need to know


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Catalog Quinceanera dresses from Moda 2000 boutique.


Type #1: Catalog XV dresses
Catalog dresses are mass-produced and are often sold to individual retailers in large volumes. These are standard in design and sold to various retailers.

Cons: Since this type is produced in large quantities, chances are many Quinceaneras have worn the style or one very similar to it. So if a family is looking for a unique, one-of-a kind dress, this option will not work for them.

Pros: Since mass production keeps the cost of this type of dress low, it’s the less expensive option. Also, most catalog dresses are available in a large selection of colors and sizes, making it easy for a Quinceanera to find this model in the color and size she’s looking for. Plus, most Quinceanera boutique shops that carry catalog dresses tend to sell them in packages that include accessories, bouquet, kneeling pillow, and other ceremony basics.


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XV dress by emerging designer Raul Corona.


Type #2: XV dresses from emerging designers
These are gowns created by designers that are starting to make a name for themselves in the Quinceanera market. These designs are the midway point between Type #1 and Type #3.

Cons: Since most emerging designers work independently, they may be limited to resources, which may cause them to only take a few orders at a time. So getting your order in and on time will be key if ordering a dress from an emerging designer.

Pros:  These type of designers have a young hunger for creating, which is quite exciting for a Quince girl who is also at that point in her life of seeking freshness and innovation. This option allows families to purchase a unique Quince dress without having to pay the high cost that is typically associated with a high-profile brand. Plus, you never know if the emerging designer of today will be tomorrow’s leading brand. So being part of that history in the making is quite exciting.



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Designs by Mexican fashion guru Mitzy.


Type #3: XV dresses from established fashion houses
These are the brand dresses that are widely known within the Quinceanera market, they’ve been in the public eye for years and may have even dressed celebrities, too.

Cons: the biggest setback to selecting this type of gown is the price tag associated with the fashion house. Although most major labels work with payment plans, the final cost may still be too much for some families to afford. Also, since most established houses juggle various projects at one time (fashion shows, media events, photo shoots, etc.), families will need to schedule an appointment as early as possible. In some cases, even one year in advance.

Pros: Quality. Major fashion houses have their reputation to uphold, so creating top of the line dresses is their top priority. These gowns are flipped inside out, over and out with every seam and detail inspected before given the seal of approval. Another benefit of going with this type of dress is the privilege of wearing an exclusive gown of that particular brand. Many Quinceaneras choose this design because it goes hand-in-hand with the idea of being “Queen for a day”.


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