As prom night fast approaches, here are some fashion-forward tips to make a memorable impression.
“We are seeing beautiful hi-low dresses that show off your legs,” said Teesha Tyrrell, district manager for Deb Shops. “And these hemlines also showcase a great pair of shoes. Lace is another hot trend showing up in both full length gowns and cocktail dresses.”
Angela Cox at Dillard’s in Killeen Mall echoes the hemline edict: “It’s all about hi-low and sequins and crystals.”
And, notes the official website of the International Prom Association, the timeless sparkle of sequins is joined this season by elegant hand-beaded accents.
“Sequins, lace and form-fitting dresses,” Tyrrell said. “Those are big this prom season.”
Flatter your figure
While flattering, cut-outs can veer out of control.
Stylist Sam Saboura said, “You cannot have any tummy rolls or back rolls sticking out of that dress, so the athletic, boxy body types (think Hillary Swank) look good in this style.”
Fuller figure? “Look for clean silhouettes that don’t accentuate curves too much,” Saboura said, “and go for details like flat pleating and ruching, which will hide any bumps and bulges. As far as necklines go, look for a slimming v-neck that calls attention to the center line, but doesn’t bare the breast.”
It’s ruffles to the rescue for willowy figures.
“It adds volume to a small bust, they break up a boxy frame, and they add a feminine touch to a boyish figure,” Saboura said.
Red-carpet glamor should be your goal.
“We’re seeing spaghetti straps as well as strapless,” Cox said. “Above all, glamorous.”
Harmonize your skin tone, and not only through effective makeup. Saboura’s advice is to “find a celebrity who has a similar color and search for images of their red carpet looks.”
“In general, women with warmer and darker complexions look great in peach, coral and earthy colors,” Saboura said. “And I think navy is prettier on African-American skin than black is. Girls who are pale can look to the big pastel trend.”
Sara Fuentes, regional director at Toni & Guy, stresses, “Bold eyes or bold lip color. Not both at the same time, though — one or the other.”
And while many fashion websites and magazines tout extra dark liner and saturated eye color, Saboura cautions, “The most common prom mistake I see is over-dressing and over-styling.”
Hair Rule No. 1: Your hairstyle should harmonize with your dress, not clash with it.
Rule No. 2: It’s got to look lovely for several hours. An overly elaborate creation, which is stunning for 45 minutes, may wilt to a limp mess on the dance floor.
And don’t overlook accessories.
Jewelry should enhance, not detract from your apparel.
“A fabulous pair of shoes or a great necklace can transform a really simple dress into something amazing,” Saboura said.