Bold and bright are the watchwords for prom dresses this year
By now, you’ve combed through Pinterest, Tumblr, malls and magazines looking for that picture-perfect prom dress. The leopards, cheetahs and zebras exhibited in last year’s prom jungle have been tamed and replaced by beaded bodices, tons of tulle and show-stopping shimmer.
When it comes to your party style, there are tons of different dresses to choose from this prom season. Whether you’re more fashion-forward and opt for the daring high-low skirt, or you want to make a sparkling statement with glitzy beading, we’ve got you covered.
“Big trends this season are all that colour,” said Lisa Dibello, associate buyer for prom and party dresses at David’s Bridal at the Ottawa Trainyards. “It’s all about the bright colours like fuchsia, yellow and turquoise, and we’re seeing a lot of neons.”
If colour drama doesn’t spark your appeal and you want to take a more mellow approach to your dress, there’s another colour trend painting itself across all silhouettes.
“Pastels are big. They’re a more sophisticated look. A lot of celebrities are wearing nudes and blush tones. Pale pink is a big one, as well as baby blue,” said Dibello.
Another option for the budding beauties is a print. “Prints are another big trend,” said Dibello. “There are floral, water colours and ombrés. But what’s really important in prints is that they’re multicoloured. It’s very dramatic and fun and young.” If you want to put your floral petals to the metal, pair with some metallic-toned shoes. But make sure your heels aren’t too high; you want your feet to be equipped for hours of dancing. “For shoes, going with metallic as opposed to matching the colour of the dress has been popular. It brings out the accents in the dress,” said Dominique Levesque, owner of Dominique Levesque Bridal boutique on Carling Avenue.
A lot of trends go back to what you see on the red carpet. Teen queen Selena Gomez has been a big inspiration for current styles and her staple dress will make sure your heavy metal toes gleam.
“Skirt drama is big this year. One of the big trends is the high-low silhouettes. Selena Gomez is wearing them a lot. There are chiffon high-lows, taffeta, sequin and printed high-lows,” said Dibello.
For a regal cut to any style prom dress, there is one go-to neckline.
“Sweetheart is definitely the biggest neckline; it’s very flattering on all figures. One-shoulder is also very important. It’s very elegant and the one-shoulder detail usually has a little beading and being. It looks best in long silhouettes,” said Dibello. “Those are the two biggest necklines for prom. And the necklines always look best when they’re beaded. It gives it that extra special look.”
“This year the dresses are more fun,” said Konnie Thok, assistant manager of David’s Bridal. “There are a lot of prints and embellishments, tulle and detail with the dresses versus last year. Last year, the dresses were more conservative.”
In previous years short dresses might have been the best style to grab off the clothing racks, but this year it’s a little different.
“There are some girls going for short dresses, but it’s a little less than we’ve had in other seasons,” said Levesque.
Instead, girls are buying the popular new high-low length and floor-sweeping gowns.
As far as jewelry goes, the bolder the better — like long dangling earrings.
“They (teen girls) love chandelier earrings, cuff bracelets and long earrings,” said Dibello. “Statement necklaces, something big and bold are great, especially if you’re wearing a strapless gown.”
To top off the prom-pretty look, girls usually crown themselves with an enchanting tiara. But you might want to opt for something different.
“Sparkly headbands or a thin band with a big accent piece on the side are very pretty,” said Dibello. “Flower fascinators are pretty in style right now too, or have it with feathers instead of a flower.”
“It gives it that special accent and completes the prom look.”