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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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Dear Dish-It:  I recently became friends with an upperclassman guy, Tom*, from my high school. We started hanging out about a month or so ago. To be honest, I thought the relationship was platonic: we've never flirted although we've bantered, I don't use flirty emojis with him and although I spend a lot of time with him, he has always said how much I remind him of my brother (who is the same age as me), and he's never stolen glances at me or given me the impression that he was into me that way. I rationalized that he saw me as a little sister the same way as I viewed him as an older brother, since he constantly made references to my brother and never attempted to flirt nor gave off any of the typical visual signals of attraction. I also don't see myself as someone who'd be attractive or crush-worthy from the perspective of a high school junior, since I'm a freshman in high school and definitely not modelesque, and we pretty much stuck to group outings. So when he asked me out 2 weeks ago, needless to say it came as a surprise. We decided to remain friends, but I'm having trouble establishing boundaries, especially since my sister informed me that one of his friends told her that Tom "wasn't going to give up on me" and that Tom was going to adhere to the "Three Strikes Rule": apparently, he can wait and ask me out 2 more times before giving up on pursuing me.  Dish-It, how do I remain friends with this guy without this becoming awkward? What do I do? Just this past weekend he wanted to s**pe call me and kept s.n.a.p.ch*tting me. I literally feigned accidentally sleeping in yesterday to avoid meeting up with him (he invited my siblings and I to go play tennis at our high school), and I haven't talked to him since Saturday (we do track together so it was kind of unavoidable). I need space, and I want to remain friends, but he's really making me feel uncomfortable.  Thanks, -Perks. P.S.: This is the second junior who has asked me out this year (and the second guy I've rejected). Maybe I'm just really naive and oblivious, but I genuinely don't see myself as attractive to guys...how do I stop accidentally leading them on? Because I'm not trying to, really-I'm not flirty or anything. I have no idea why they like me, I don't think I'm being overly nice and I'm not answering texts right away or anything. This guy didn't get my phone information from me, he got it from another person on our coed sports team and he originally texted me 2 months ago to tell me that he was worried about my brother so I didn't think he was making a move on me. *Names have been changed for privacy reasons. (Also: the chat filter keeps unnecessarily censoring my writing).
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Shadeleaf
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I'm actually already being made fun of for my interests in Undertale. i kinda don't see how playing DnD can be that bad... it's fine. Thx .
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Shadeleaf
"al######ote: i am in love with a boy ..and planning to marry him ..  [s:p/zwq] [s:p/oaq] [s:p/1koh] [s:p/1jn8] [s:p/1jks] Congrats! just hope he doesn't abandon you like mine terrible attempts at a relationship. You may be even luckier than me :3
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"Shadeleaf" wrote: I've been wondering. I got the  books and all i need would be extra graph paper and character sheets....  Anyways my dad gave me this idea on Friday and I was thinking of it today. Maybe find a few nerds like me... who knows. My dad told me people would make fun of me, but i don't care.... You will face a little making fun of, but as long as you can get past that and ignore others, I think you'll be just fine. If you're already aware of any others like you throughout the school, maybe you should look into making a group! Slip them a note or talk to them yourself, see if they're interested. Good luck!
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drowning
###### wrote: i am in love with a boy ..and planning to marry him ..  [s:p/zwq] [s:p/oaq] [s:p/1koh] [s:p/1jn8] [s:p/1jks] I realize that I got engaged young as well, but 10 is a tad different. :^)
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