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2012 Prom Dresses

May 14, 2012

This year, prom is making a big hit with styles that let you be as unique and individual as you feel. Mix and match bright colors in cocktail (short) or gown (long) lengths with sequins, floral, animal or bright prints, a keyhole open back or sides, and strapless shoulders. Chances are this year, with all the variety, you won't show up in the same dress as anyone at the prom!

Sequins

Sequins aren't just for disco parties. They can be elegant or playful, in a single color block or arranged in a pattern. The allover sequin look on a sheath (form-fitting) dress gives a city sophisticate vibe. Sequinned accents on a keyhole back (see below), spaghetti halter straps, a halter top or a cocktail dress skirt under a layer of tuille make any dress even more party-ready.

Sequins add sparkle to any dress, short or longSequins add sparkle to any dress, short or longCourtesy of Simply Dresses

Bright Colors

Color Blocking isn't just a mod trend or a trend in jeans. It's also very big for prom this year. Bright colors in jewel tones, royal colors or even spring colors that bring to mind the Easter bunny (think turquoise, bubblegum pink and lemon yellow) are all fair game. Pick a color that suits your personality and your skin tone.

Bold ColorsBold ColorsCourtesy of Night Moves

Open Back

Dresses that have an open back or sides are all over the Red Carpet this year. Remember if you go backless, you want to show off your back, but not your bra straps, so ask your Bestie to check that all undergarments stay underneath for the duration of the evening. 

The backless dress is very HollywoodThe backless dress is very HollywoodCourtesy of Jasz Couture

Bold Prints

Go animal! Or floral. Or just a crazy sequinned print. Whatever strikes your fancy, make it yours. Out this year: polka dots, stripes if they're not zebra, and geometric shapes. 

Bright prints, with or without sequins or an animal printBright prints, with or without sequins or an animal printCourtesy of Promgirl

Strapless

Strapless dresses show off your lovely bone structure and present a slimming look in portraits. It also presents a beautiful canvas for a mid-length necklace. Make sure when you're taking pictures that at least a piece of your dress shows through, or you may look like you have nothing at all on under that smile!

Strapless dresses in cocktail length (shown here) or floor lengthStrapless dresses in cocktail length (shown here) or floor lengthCourtesy of Jovani

Have Your Say

What do you think of this year's prom style? Which style works for you? Have your say in the comments section below!

 

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rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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