I narrowed it down to about two things: the first one being color. Color is extremely important because you want to stand out on stage and not blend in. The judges aren’t looking for someone who blends in. You want to find one that is very simple for your complexion, your hair, your eyes, everything. You want to take everything into consideration. And the second thing, is style/personality. If you want to find a dress that complements your body type, whether it be a mermaid, a ballgown, whatever you like, but it also has to fit your personality. Because that’s your time to shine on stage in evening gown and it’s a big favorite portion of the competition. At least it’s mine. So that’s what I consider to be most important when selecting my evening gown.