This year's prom dresses are modern, sophisticated and red carpet inspired. For your 2012 prom, choose a dress that flatters your figure, makes you feel beautiful and that you will remember forever.
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Here's a run down of the latest trends to help you narrow down the dress search for your perfect prom dress.
Electric blue, bright fuschia, candy apple red; don't be afraid of choosing a colorful prom dress, it's the talk of the designers, stylists and celebrities, and was a prominent feature on the runways for Spring Summer 2012. Be bold and confident and step out in neon pink, orange, yellow or lime, teamed with some monochrome heels you'll be the trendiest girl at prom!
If a romantic prom dress is more your style choose from softer hues like pink blush or nude. A surprising front runner for choice of colour for prom dresses this spring is white followed closely by all shades of purple.
Deciding on the best length for your prom dress can be challenging, but this years popular trend of short to long prom dresses gives you the best of both worlds. This combination of both cocktail dress and evening gown which is short in the front and long in the back gives you the opportunity to show off your glamorous legs and a pair of sexy shoes.
This choice is both classic and elegant and has been very prominent on the red carpet this year. The best thing about this style of dress is that it suits all body types! It draws the eye up to the neck and shoulder area and away from the lower body. It is easier to wear than a strapless dress and can be found in all fabrics, colours, lengths, and prints. You can accessorize with chunky bracelets and huge earrings, or alternatively, let the dress take centre stage. A gorgeous updo hairstyle will complete your look.
Sequins, beads and glitter are still predominant features on beautiful prom dresses. Sequined bodices and glitter patterned overlays in this seasons hottest hues, or metallic colours like silver, platinum, pewter, gold, and warm bronze.
Add embellishments to a simple, less expensive prom dress to make it look more couture and expensive this season. Customise your gown with sparkle and gemstones just like Gok Wan does perfectly with a gluegun, needle and matching thread. It's one of the best and simplest (albeit a little time consuming) ways of making a statement dress that glitters in the prom party lights - and you can be guaranteed that no-one else is wearing the same outfit! p>
There's always one particular trend that the fashion crowd follow each year, and this year it is feathers. So, when you are looking in stores and dress shops for your perfect look, keep an eye out for this key trend, and try and include it somewhere in your look. Whether it is on your dress, adorning your shoes or worn in your hair. Choosing a dress with feathers can be extravagant, as feathers are hand sewn on to the dress. They can also be difficult to maintain over time. Staying on trend can sometimes be expensive and not very practical.
The most daring trend to wear, the bare back is pretty and yet sultry. Make sure to pick the correct underwear to compliment your attire, and to opt for a floor length gown with a high neckline to ensure etiquette. Floaty and pretty fabrics look best with a bare back, as they skim the skin - check out Vanessa Hudgen's dress for the Charlie St Cloud Premier (a beautiful nude Reem Acra backless dress, complimented by simple tonged curly hair and neutral makeup).
Simply, big hair is the best! Add volume to your hair with backcombing, blow drying and rollers. Add in plenty of mousse and shine hairspray to hold it in place and give it that Hollywood touch. Leave it down and curly, or create a sixties updo reminiscent of Julianne Moore in A Single Man.
A fantastic trend that can look great on everyone, this 50's inspired look is very
dramatic and will give you a definite confidence boost. There is a shade of red for everybody - some people need a pinkish undertone, and other's need a more orange undertone - so try out a few colours before deciding which one suits you best, or visit your nearest makeup counter and ask one of the artists.
Try out some fake lashes too, they are perfect for making your eyes look larger and more attractive. The individual lashes are the easiest to apply and give the most natural effect - make sure to practice applying before the evening (check out YouTube for some great tutorials!) so that you understand how they work, as it can be a little tricky.