Parents can relax a little this year, as skin is no longer quite so in for prom dress fashions.
“This year we are seeing a lot of more girlish dresses that are sweet and not overtly sexy,” said Jane Keltner of Teen Vogue magazine. “There is definitely a move in the market from the overtly sexy to the sweet look. There is a move from trashy to classy.”
“Pouffy is not really in,” said San Marcos High senior class president Sarah McGinnis.
Popular styles include strapless tube top type gowns, “but mostly long, fitted through the middle and then kind of bigger at the bottom,” she said. Beading is also popular.
Another very popular style echoes Kate Hudson’s look in How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.
“I remember last year, at least six girls were wearing that dress in a different color. And I already know a girl who’s got it for this year’s prom. … Everybody loves that dress,” McGinnis said.
Girls heading to the big dance will be influenced by red-carpet style as well. Fashion experts cite Cate Blanchett’s multicolored Academy Awards gown, headbands like those worn by Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman, and Charlize Theron’s champagne-colored gown from 2004 as major prom fashion influences.
Teen Vogue advises young women to have fun with jewelry on prom night. “Pile on the costume pearls — long strands, short strands or both. Brooches are great to pin not just on your dress, but also to a bag or in your hair.”
The magazine also touts the wonders of metallic shoes. “Slingback, strappy metallic heels go with every dress and will add a touch of sparkle to your look.”
And for the boys, you can’t go wrong with a classic black tuxedo. PromDressGuide.com recommends the single or double-breasted shawl lapels. “These styles are absolutely perfect for the young man who wants to look classic and super-elegant.”