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Who says “the boy” is the most important prom detail? It’s all about finding the dress, the one that makes you feel like a princess, rock star, Hollywood starlet or a fabulous combination of all three. To know what’s in or out for prom 2012, look no further than our five awesome trends – and five major no-nos.
#1 – Play it short and sweet
Be it the desire to flaunt gorgeous gams or the effect of stylish celebs, above-the-knee dresses are back in a big way.
AWESOME From a simple A-line shape to an ultra-girly pouf, this sassy shape isn’t just trendy, it’s also a flattering option for a wide range of body types. And whether you say yes to a dress in a bright shade or basic black, maximize your mini-dress’s modern appeal by rocking it with fancy flats.
NO WAY The trend toward ultra-short and too tight, à la the bandage dress, has come and gone.
#2 – Be a blushing beauty
Celebrities are pros at looking great in person and on camera, and it’s no fluke that many opt for pale pinks, shimmery champagnes and crisp whites when it’s time to bring the glamour. When you find the right shade to complement your skin tone, it will work wonders for your complexion. Hint: If your skin has yellow undertones, stick with sandy shades. Pink undertones? Blush will look best. And for olive skin, white makes a stunning statement.
AWESOME Look for cosmetic shades and romantic textures. Low-key and, most importantly, light colours are the perfect way to showcase intricate details, like Bohemian lace, and architectural and modern pleating.
NO WAY Shoes in ultra-pale, skin-tone shades: bor-ring! Wear show-stopping, contrasting heels instead.
#3 – Go for red-carpet elegance
The secret to Hollywood glamour is equal parts sophistication and drama, so let your prom look be inspired by galas like the Emmys and Oscars.
AWESOME For a guaranteed grand entrance, opt for a floor-skimming gown in a deep, saturated shade: Think red, emerald or fuchsia. The most daring fashionistas might even opt for an as-seen-on-the-runways neon palette – there’s no better way to be unforgettable on this once-in-a-lifetime night.
NO WAY Pageant-worthy looks are the opposite of modern, so forget the stiff updo and go for loose romantic curls.
#4 – Add sparkle and shine
It’s your night to stand out – literally! A shimmery belt or accessory can add pizzazz to a simple style, but if you’re big on bringing the bling, prom night is the time to go for it.
AWESOME For maximum impact, choose a sequined frock in your favourite colour or metallic. Looking for something a little more low-key? All-over matte paillettes are a particularly modern option (and mermaid-esque, making them totally in line with spring’s aquatic trend). For discreet dazzle, try a pair of twinkly pumps or a glitter mani.
NO WAY Steer clear of bridal-style rhinestones and overdone beading.
#5 – Jazz up a classic ball gown
With a full skirt that is begging to dance the night away, this may be the ultimate prom style. Just because it has a traditional special-occasion silhouette, that doesn’t make it any less stylish. In fact, this girly shape has made a red-carpet comeback!
AWESOME Shades of slate, deep lavender and champagne as well as jewelled belts give contemporary flair to full skirts.
NO WAY Major embellishment and bold colour and big ball gown can be overkill. One wow moment is all you need for this look!