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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 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.

Short sequinned halter dressSequins 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 color blockingBold 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. 

Backless floor length gownThe 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 printBright prints, with or without sequins or an animal printCourtesy of Promgirl


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!

Short strapless dressStrapless 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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