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How to Pick a Prom Dress

Apr 11, 2014

It's prom season again and before you start searching for your perfect prom dress, you need to find your most perfect prom style! From vintage to edgy from glam to classic, there's a dress out there that will both flatter your style and body type! Check out our top tips for finding your perfect prom dress.

1. Vintage Style

Go all out glam with a vintage look! Reminiscent of old-fashioned Hollywood glamor, this style looks great on everyone and is all about 1950's style shapes, retro hairstyles, super embellished dresses and statement makeup! Go for dresses that are fitted on top with a big flared skirt or channel Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby with a 1920's flapper style dress (look for all-over beading or embellishment and a sequin headband). 

Katy Perry goes for the 1920s vintage flapper girl look!
Katy Perry goes for the 1920s vintage flapper girl look!
Courtesy of Yahoo

2. Pop of Color 

We love vibrant bright colors for prom! Guaranteed to stand out from the sea of blue and black, choose a standout fuchsia, cobalt blue, emerald green or canary yellow and pair with toned down accessories, shoes and make-up. Keep your hair loose or super simple so it doesn't take away from the impact of your dress! If you're petite, go for a shorter length mini dress - if you're tall why not try a long maxi length to amp up the glam factor

Canary yellow will stand out in any crowd
Canary yellow will stand out in any crowd
Courtesy of Glamcheck.com

3. Classic Girl 

For a classic prom look, go for a simple style and team with glossy locks, an up-do and just atouch of sparkle with a statement necklace or earrings. Choose an elegant clutch bag to carry your evening essentials and keep your makeup natural. Some medium pink lipstick and standout eyeliner goes perfectly with any dress! 

Hailee Steinfeld is pretty in pink in a classic prom style dress
Hailee Steinfeld is pretty in pink in a classic prom style dress
Courtesy of Glamour

4. Dark Romance

If you want to add a bit of gothic edge to your prom night look, go for dark colors like steel gray, metallics, and of course black! Don't go for a dress that looks too sleek or polished, a tulle skirt or interesting detailing is perfect for channeling this look. Black lace is perfect for this look. If you're feeling bold, pair with fishnet style tights and make sure your hairstyle is slightly undone and messy. Team with lashings of smoky eye shadow and berry colored lips!

Emma Stone does perfect gothic glamour for the red carpet
Emma Stone does perfect gothic glamour for the red carpet
Courtesy of Yahoo

5. Bohemian

We love a bit of bohemian prom style! Perfect for the warm days of spring, this look is relaxed and pretty. Look for an empire style waist line and soft colors like white, pale pink, powder blue. The key is the shape of the dress - it has to be flowing and relaxed in shape - nothing too tight or body-skimming! A long flowing dress is an ideal way to channel this look and pair with metallic heels or even delicate flat sandals. Incorporate pretty braids into your hairstyle and soft makeup. Wear a flower crown or headband in your hair for the ultimate bohemian finishing touch to your prom style

Emma Roberts wears a loose white dress and braided hair for a boho look
Emma Roberts wears a loose white dress and braided hair for a boho look
Courtesy of Yahoo

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What's your prom dress style? Share your favorite looks in the comments below!

 

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parisfrance00

parisfrance00 wrote:

prom seems so far away these days but cant wait to have a M.O.R.P. inbox me to kno what...
commented: Fri Apr 18, 2014

heythenamesmeghan
Can't go to prom I'm a freshman
commented: Fri Apr 18, 2014

_vampire girl_
all were glamorous
commented: Fri Apr 18, 2014

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