Finding the Prom Dress She’ll Love Forever

By Kimberly Gambale

 Of course, the prom is all about the dress! It’s the one element that allows a girl to be — or channel — anyone or any style she wants. Is she going for the “Old Hollywood” look? Bohemian? Classyor fl ashy? No matter her preference, the perfect dress can bring the look she’s envisioning to life. There are two key factors at play when it comes to fi nding the perfect prom dress.

First, carefully select the boutique or store where you will shop. Research how long they’ve been in business, and ask if they keep track of the dresses they’vesold, to make certain that your daughter will be the only one wearing it at the event.  Second ‒ don’t wait!  Many of the veteran prom boutiques in the metropolitan NewYork area (Diane & Co. included) start receiving prom inventory as early as October, so make sure to hit the shops as soon as you can to ensure the best selection. Now that you know when and where to buy the prefect prom dress, let’s talk about styles to look for. Prom dress trends are mostly inspired by what’sseen on the red carpet. Many teens watch televised award shows such as the Golden Globes and the Oscars to gather inspiration.

Accordingly, a top trend in prom fashions this year is the thoughtful use of color, everything from soft neutrals to bold hues.

The fishtail hem, a mermaid style, was also popular on the red carpet this year, and has made the jump to prom fashions. It’s the perfect style for any girl who wants to accentuate her fi gure and hug her curves; it’s dramatic with a hint of sophistication.

High-low hemlines made a statement in 2011 and have come on strong for 2012. This style gives a prom girl two looks in one: you get the glamour of an evening gown, and the fun fashion aspect of a shorter front hemline. This is perfect for a junior prom or an underclassman attending a prom.

The “Grecian” or Greek goddess look is perfect for the girl who wants a feminine, elegant and romantic style. These particular gowns typically come in soft pastel colors and work for several body types. A big color trend in this style gown are golds, neutrals and whites. Look for gowns with a bold crystal waistline to off er defi nition. A soft, side-swept hairstyle will complete this look.

Finally, let’s talk BLING!

Probably one of the more dominant trends this season is sparkle. You can find this popular feature on both short and long gowns, but the most dramatic is the column dress ‒ straight and strapless with a slit … and full of sparkle. Look for more neutral colors such as metallics, silvers, whites, grays or golds. This statement style works best with minimal accessories.

No matter what look your daughter is trying to achieve, she can do so with the perfect dress. Just remember, your daughter is wearing it. So if your style preferences clash, be there to offer her support and your advice, but try not to make her go too far out of her comfort zone. She must not only look fierce, but be confident in her own skin. Senior prom is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: remember also that pictures last a lifetime, so make sure she loves her dress, and never, ever settle!


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