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Best Prom Dresses for your Personality

Apr 28, 2012

If there's a prom in your future, you don't need a crystal ball to help you decide what to wear. Take our quiz or read on to figure out what dress style works with your personality.

Athlete

Go for bold color instead of the standard black, white and sequins. Look for silky fabrics to let your athletic figure stand out. Go for a v-neck dress with a slit up the leg like the one above from Liz Fields to really show off your strong points.

Elegant comfort... for the AthleteElegant comfort... for the AthleteCourtesy of Liz Fields

Activist

Looking for eco-friendly options? Try a second-hand store for a gently used gown or rent one from a local costume shop. If you're shopping for a new dress, look for clothing made out of organic cotton, hemp, bamboo or recycled polyester. And for the bold and crafty spirit (who's not afraid of a little rain to melt her gown away), there's always cardboard...

Goth

Prom isn't just for jocks and divas... Goth girls wanna have fun, too. Unfortunately, not a lot of designers cater to the dark and mysterious crowd. One Missouri teen took matters into her own hands and fashioned her own Goth gown. But if you're shopping for a fantasy dress, look no further than your main inspiration: Gothic. Your perfect dress is black, of course, and features a structured bodice with a plunging neckline and a long skirt. Add a splash of color - not too bright, of course -- burgundy, purple, or dark navy will do just fine. A lace overlay on the dress or at least a lace shawl adds some lovely shadows. Top it off with black accessories like rubber bracelets and long black gloves and you'll be dressed for a night to remember.

Gothic DressGothic DressCourtesy of The Gothic Shop

Diva

Short, sassy, flouncy and loud -- your dress should tell people you've arrived as soon as you step foot out of the limo. Jewel-toned colors like royal purple and blue, emerald green or a bubblegum hot pink are perfect for your style, and make sure your tulle skirt poufs out a mile! Make sure your dancing shoes don't have too high a heel, and don't forget to manicure your nails to match your fabulous dress. When you grab the microphone and start to sing on stage, everyone will notice!

Stardust DivaStardust DivaCourtesy of Macy's

Princess

With the Royal Wedding of Princess Kate in everyone's recent memory, there are many princess-inspired cocktail gowns hitting the dance floors this year. Forget the pretty little princesses with tutus of your childhood. Modern day princesses are glamorous and elegant! Pippa Middleton, Kate's sister and Maid of Honor, wore a beautifully simple, spohisticated silky gown with a plunging neckline. For the royal wedding, she dressed it up with low-key accessories, but for prom, you should accessorize with a tiara headband, glittery makeup and sparkle plenty with jewelry!

Pippa Middleton inspired dresses... for the PrincessPippa Middleton inspired dresses... for the PrincessCourtesy of Brides

Bohemian

Bring the flowers to the party by wearing them on your dress. Long and flowing, of course, but step up your everyday look with satin or silk fabrics that flow and move with you. You can be both groovy and beautiful.

Bohemian FloralsBohemian FloralsCourtesy of Macy's

Have Your Say

What's your prom personality? Which dress knocks your socks off and inspires you to party all night? Comment below!

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For you, what will be the best part of prom?
  • Celebrating with my friends.
  • Showing off my figure in a form-fitting gown.
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PARTYHAT
PARTYHAT posted in Family Issues:
hey,  im so sorry about that, but one thing this reminds me of is my grandpa. he passed away when my dad was 12 years old and i never got to see him, he sounds soo nice. keep going  :thumbsup
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Littkekawaiiigirl
I have a friend, she was so nice and funny when my best friend and I met her on the first day of school. As months passed she started getting annoying. The way she texts, acts, and talks is starting to get annoying. Then she is becoming such a drama queen now. What should I do?
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Kirsteeeeen
Thank you for sharing something that has helped you cope with loss, and I'm sorry that you lost your friend and had to go through the grief and pain. I don't know what it is like, but I know there are a lot of people who do and would appreciate that you shared that way of coping. I hope that you are continuing to find more ways to deal with it, and don't forget those good memories you have with her. They'll always be yours to cherish.
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Kirsteeeeen
Hi Wonderfulcalico, I'm sorry to hear you're in such a bad situation. It must be tough, and it must be having a profound negative impact on you and those around you. It sounds like your mom has some things she needs to work out. But know that this behaviour from your parents is not okay. You shouldn't have to be subjected to this type of environment, which is toxic for your health physically and mentally. It also sounds like it is physically dangerous and it is making you live in fear, which is not okay. It is NOT your fault. If you feel that you are being abused, please get another trusted adult involved. Don't act on things that make you feel unsafe or confront your parents directly if you know they will act in a dangerous way. Your safety is number one. Try contacting another adult such as a teacher, a nurse, a doctor, a worship leader, social worker, child protective services, or call the police. Remember that 911 is also an option in any emergency, and that includes yourself being in danger from physical abuse. You can also call Your Life, Your Voice at 1-800-448-3000 , message them online, or even text them, or contact another local help line that you know. Please take care of yourself and stay safe. I know you may not want to do any of these things, and it's okay to feel that way, but also remember how important your safety is and make that a priority. 
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KayKayZ
KayKayZ posted in Friends:
Hmm, okay, well I'll try to give you the best advice that I can, Error. So you say you don't like your friend for a number of reasons: Liar, bad influence, uses swear words, too blunt, etc. I feel like some of these could be over-looked, such as the swearing and the 'bad influence' part. Really, all you have to do is just not copy her actions, and they won't be influential at all. If you disagree, it shouldn't be hard to just refuse to follow in her steps. However, lying isn't the best quality I would look for in a friend.  She doesn't seem like an enjoyable person to be around in general, which is why you are making this post, obviously. But I'm gonna ask you something here. Don't you think that, in a way, you're lying too? You're pretending to be her friend solely for purposes of monetary value because, I assume, your family cannot pay for or get you to gymnastic class themselves. If this is true, that's kind of bad, isn't it? It sounds like, to me, that your friendship isn't exactly a healthy relationship at all. But I'm gonna sympathize with you, since I know gymnastics must be important to you, and you wouldn't be doing this if you didn't have a good reason. So, what should you do about it? Well, personally I think there are a few things you could do. You could stop being her friend, therefore no longer having to deal with her; but in the process lose access to your gymnastics class and have to look for it in another way. On the flip side, you could continue to put up with her, which would probably not be in your best interests, but you'd still get to attend your class. Or, you could try talking to her about it. Ask her what she really thinks of your friendship, if she actually values you as her friend. Maybe you two can talk about problems that you're having with each other and work on fixing them. This option could have negative effects, since she might want to stop being your friend or things could become very awkward after that. But it's probably your best bet to be honest with her, as you'd hope she would be with you. How about if you tried being really nice to her? Kindness is contagious, and perhaps if you treat her well enough, she'll start doing the same to you. I feel like maybe if you complimented her, told her things that you really like about her, maybe even got her gifts or made her food once in a while, that she would come to appreciate you and all that you do for her. And in turn, she might start to respect you more herself, and become a good friend. That's about all I can say. If you're close enough with her mom, maybe you could even try asking her about her daughter and see if she can give you any advice. Hopefully that helped in some way, but if it didn't, maybe it at least made you think? I hope your problem gets resolved, Error, and you can be content with the outcome of it. :-)
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