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Karlie Reynolds, left, is wearing an Alyce dress priced at $258, and Courtney Payne is wearing an Alyce dressed priced at $283.

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Courtney Payne, left, is wearing an Alyce dress priced at $470, and Karlie Reynolds is wearing a Jovani dress priced at $640.

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Ladies and Gents Bridal offers hundreds of dresses for high school formals and proms.

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Designer Alyce dress priced $270

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Ladies and Gents Bridal can match their many shoes with their many dresses.

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Ladies and Gents Bridal is at 124 Oak St.

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Karlie Reynolds, left, is wearing an Alyce dress priced at $258, while Courtney Payne is wearing an Alyce dress priced at $283.

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From left to right, attire includes Calvin Klein Arden suit, Alyce dresses, and LaStrada suit.

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Ladies and Gents Bridal offers hundreds of dresses for high school formals and proms including these: (left to right) Sherri Hill, Scala, Sherri HIll, Scala, Night Moves

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Designer Alyce dress priced at $283, and a Calvin Klein Arden tuxedo.

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CJ Heard is wearing a LaStrada suit

Soon, thousands of high schoolers throughout Bakersfield will be donning their best formal wear, loading up in limousines and dancing the night away at local venues.

It's formal season.

And with more than 400 dresses in stock to choose from, including one-of-a-kind items, Ladies and Gents Bridal can help your teenager pick the perfect formal wear.

The shop is known for featuring high-end bridal gowns from designers like Maggie Sottero, Allure and Mori Lee. But it also features hundreds of prom and formal pieces.

Dresses with sparkles, feathers, and high-low dresses are in for the season, according to Ladies and Gents Bridal -- all available in store. The shop also offers alterations at personable prices: hems starting at $35, and $25 to make a piece smaller. Alterations are less than $75 for prom and formal dresses.

And sister shop Blush Bridal & Prom -- at 324 Oak St., Suite P -- carries dresses with "cheaper" prices.

Here are some examples of the latest formal fashions available now at Ladies and Gents Bridal. More information, selections: ladiesandgentsbridal.com, 325-7911.

-- Photos by Mariel Hannah (marielhannahphoto.com), and Mark Nessia with Bakersfield Life Magazine

-- Models: CJ Heard, Braden Sauer, Courtney Payne, Karlie Reynolds