Your magical prom night fast approaches, and you want to be sure you'll be noticed for the right fashion choices. A memorable impression, not a cringe-inducing double take, is easily achieved for Prom 2013 with just a bit of preseason savvy.
Got good legs?
“We are seeing beautiful hi-low dresses that show off your legs,” said Teesha Tyrrell, district manager for Deb Shops. “And these hemlines also showcase a great pair of shoes. Lace is another hot trend showing up in both full-length gowns and cocktail dresses.”
Alana Williams at Dillard's Penn Square Mall echoes the hemline edict: “It's all about hi-low, soft mint or coral.”
And, notes the official website of the International Prom Association, the timeless sparkle of sequins is joined this season by elegant hand-beaded accents.
“Sequins, lace and form-fitting dresses,” Tyrrell said. “Those are big this prom season.”
Less is usually more. While flattering, cutouts can veer out of control.
“You cannot have any tummy rolls or back rolls sticking out of that dress, so the athletic, boxy body types (think Hilary Swank) look good in this style,” stylist Sam Saboura said. “There's a way to be sophisticated and sexy when you're doing cutouts, but if you go over the top, it's going to err on the slutty side.”
“Look for clean silhouettes that don't accentuate curves too much,” Saboura said, “and go for details like flat pleating and ruching which will hide any bumps and bulges. As far as necklines go, look for a slimming V-neck that calls attention to the center line but doesn't bare the breast.”
Need to enhance?
It's ruffles to the rescue for willowy figures. “It adds volume to a small bust, they break up a boxy frame and they add a feminine touch to a boyish figure,” Saboura said.
Red carpet glamour should be your goal.