Everyone wants to stand out on their prom night. Every guy wants to have the coolest tux and every girl wants to have the prettiest dress. Ladies, step away from the traditional pastels and pick a style with some real pizzazz for your prom this year. Spring 2009 prom looks include some real stand out fashions that will really make others take notice of you on the dance floor. Here are some fashion-forward looks and ideas that will help you choose a prom gown that will capture serious attention on that special night.
Pair a zebra print with fresh, eye-sizzling neon green
Mix it up a little bit. Try a solid color with an unexpected splash of print in the form of a sash. This year’s prom dresses play with a color palette that runs the gamut from shimmering ombres to mouthwatering shades like watermelon and candy pink. There are completely unexpected accents like criss-cross bodices that mix two different colors and waist wraps that lace up the back in a contrasting color.
Choose a simple dress with one stunning detail
You can wear a simple dress with a draped Watteau train on a slim, sleek cling of silk charmeuse or a high low dress and jeweled halter neckline. Unusual accents really draw the eye when combined with a simple flowing A-line dress. The simpler the silhouette, the more dramatic the look of a single standout accent will be.
Surprise the eye with an unexpected matching of animal print and color
Animal-inspired prints are hot this year, but the trend is toward surprising color choices like jaguar stripes in shimmering orange and white or leopard spots in burnout raspberry pink. The more unexpected the color combination, the more surprising the look and the more attention you will receive when you strut your stuff on the dance floor.
Show off some leg
Don’t be scared to go with a short, flirty style dress. Baby doll dresses are high on the hit list for this year’s prom. The look is playful and sassy, these dresses don’t cling, they swing. Pick a trapeze dress in a swingy pink print or play with one of the cutest new hem looks for the season, bubble skirts. Be feminine and sweet in ruffled lace but punch it up with a shimmering black satin sash, or pop them in the eye with a fire-engine red number featuring a shirred bodice.
Give them a little something back
Make sure that your dress is just as beautiful from the back as it is from the front. This year’s back details include criss-cross lacing and bare-back plunges that dip well down your back. You will also find flounces and back slits and peek-a-boo keyholes to catch admiring glances even as you are walking away.
Turn up the heat with glittering embroidery
Look for a dress that has glittered embroidery beaded with crystals or picked out with metallic thread. You’ll find dresses with beaded detailing at the neckline or waist, or with crystal-gleamed embroidery outlining the bodice. Combine a few surprises with rhinestone-studded criss-cross straps across a bare back, or flash a bit of sassy leg with beading along a knee-high slit.
One of the easiest ways to stand out is with an eye catching color that really pops. Some of the hottest colors this season are fruit-drenched brights like tangerine, lime and watermelon. Pair them up unexpectedly to gain some attention and get ready to light up the dance floor. Slip on a pair of full length bright lemon gloves with a short and sassy watermelon silk dress; you should try to match your shoes to your gloves. Wrap up a slinky lime green prom dress with a sheer scarf in amethyst or wine. Be playful, be sassy and be unexpected. Before trying to mix-and-match bright colors, you have to know the secret. Pick colors with the same intensity so that they spark against each other rather than muddying the look. Tangerine and lime, raspberry and lemon, apple and banana, as long as you stay in the same brightness range, these colors won’t clash
Don’t forget that your accessories also add some punch to your look. Make sure that everything you wear on prom night contributes to the overall look you want to achieve. Keep your hairstyle and shoes in proportion to your dress. For instance, updos and mini-dresses don’t usually match. If you’re going for a retro Barbie doll look, pick hair pieces that match the look instead of fighting it.
Prom night is the most magical night of the year, so be sure that you find a dress that makes you feel magical. Whether you’re a fairy tale princess or Grecian styled goddess, you’ll stand out on prom night in colors and styles that make you feel and look your best.