It’s a new year, which means it’s award season, which also means that the fabulous red carpet starlets are setting the precedent for the must have styles for current and upcoming prom seasons. All eyes are on the movers and shakers of the movie and music worlds, to see what their stylists decide to don them in so they can strut their stuff down the red carpet. A starlet’s dress can make or break their style status, just like your prom dress can make or break your night, so we all want to choose what’s right! Just from the Golden Globes alone, we can already spot some hot trends. Jennifer Lopez and Amy Adams both wore nude dresses, giving off a barely there illusion; whilst Salma Hayek and Sofia Vergara graced the scarlet carpet in black floor length gowns that sparkled. But one of the most refreshing trends was that of the printed gown!
The resurrection of prints and patterns was most prominent this past fall, a host of designs appeared on everything from t-shirts to pant suits. So, it is no surprise that the trend has finally trickled down and is slowly making an appearance on the red carpet. Kerry Washington donned an ethereal Giles gown that featured a horse printed skirt at the Django Unchained London premier, while Lucy Liu, Halle Berry, Ariel Winter and Sienna Miller all sported brightly printed frocks on the Golden Globes’ red carpet. From the pattern of pretty ladies adorned in printed and patterned creations thus far, we’re sure that the list will extend with the Oscars, Grammys and SAG Awards still set to air in the upcoming weeks.
Ready to start looking for your prom dress after these trend tips, visit our Pinterest board for the top trends of 2013!
If you are wondering if that super-long, super-full gown you have your eye on will still allow you to still dance the night away, the answer may come in the form of a bustle. A bustle is a gathering of material from an excessively long or full skirt, the She Knows website explains. An elaborate ball gown may come equipped with one so you can move and groove without stumbling and tripping.
When to use it. The main time to use the bustle on your dress is when you need or want the ultimate freedom of movement. Although your movements may still be a bit restricted just because, well, you’re wearing an elaborate gown, they will be less restricted when excess material is tied up and out of the way.
Gowns that feature bustles typically have small ties or straps you secure around the extra material to hold in place and detach to let it back down.
When not to use it. Making a dramatic entrance, getting your formal photos snapped or sitting down for extended periods are not the best time for a bustle. You’ll want the full length and glory of your gown exposed for dramatic entrances and photos. And the bustle can get in the way when sitting for extended periods.
Once you bustle up your ball gown, don’t expect it to un-bustle into its former glory. The fabric may be a bit wrinkled or crinkled upon its release, which means saving the bustle for the second half of the night may be a good idea.
Design Contestant of Promgirl.net Facebook
There is so much unnoticed talent from strangers that you pass every day. People around the world have talent to write, sing, design, etc. but are never given the opportunity to share their gifts. Giving them the opportunity to express themselves is the first step to finding the next designer. Promgirl.net started a design competition on Facebook and within a few days there were dress designs that would impress Valentino, Marchesa or even Vera Wang.
Most sketches were presented in black and white, which left room to create the colors and fabrics in our own minds. The dress I chose to feature reminded me of someone who was elegant and beautiful at any age. If I was a stylist, I would have chosen Charlize Theron to wear this on a red carpet. This would be the essence of beauty if it was done in luxurious silk chiffon. The color is what would make this design stand out. I can’t help but picture this gown in pale pink or soft silver. I love the way the fabric cascades down the skirt, so a stunning stiletto would be a must!
Don’t be afraid to share your skills! If you are afraid of rejection or don’t have the courage to share your talents, I have one suggestion for you….TRY! If you are thinking of auditioning for the role in the town play or joining a sports team or entering your design in a competition, you never know what could happen unless you try. Success comes from going for something! Promgirl.net may not have a million dollar prize but we sure appreciate the talent that presented to us from our friends on Facebook. Who knows, you might just be the next Fashion Designer!
Lea Michele in sivler Marchesa gown
Silver has made its come back! Until recently people did not wear much silver. Designer tended to design more garments in gold but over the last few years, silver has exploded on the scene of fashion! Silver is not the easiest color to wear. People with darker complexions and darker hair generally look better in shades of silver. Lea Michele looks absolutely stunning in this platinum couture gown by Marchesa. And with designers like Marchesa making creations in deeper shades of silver, they are making it easier for all types of skin tones to wear.
A great way to introduce silver in your wardrobe is to pair it with another color. Silver can wash most people out, so wear a dark colored blouse near your face and pair it with a silver skirt. Or when wearing a silver cocktail dress, wear a vibrant necklace to break up the silver from your face. The key is to wear a darker color near your face so you don’t look washed out.
Silver is always a fun accessory! Ring in the New Year with an emerald green gown and silver accessories. A pewter purse, jewelry and shoes are always a fun statement and it’s a good way to incorporate silver into your everyday fashion. Don’t forget your makeup is also an accessory! A smoky eye always compliments silver clothing and if you really want to stand out, do a radiant red lip to steal the show! In my opinion, silver is only becoming more popular and fashion forward. Even if you are not walking the red carpet like Lea Michele, be sure to incorporate silver into your wardrobe because silver is here to stay!
So you bought a prom dress—a very simple prom dress. But you’re worried because everyone else is going to have prom dresses that are really flash and fancy and you won’t. Naturally, this is a bit unnerving. The question is—do you really have to worry about how flashy that your prom dress is?
The answer is no. As a matter of fact, simple prom dresses and short prom dresses are perfectly fine as long as you have the right accessories. You could have the cheapest prom dress that you can find and it would be perfectly fine as long as you know what kind of accessories would jazz up that prom dress.
First of all, try to find accessories that really pop and also accessories that you really like. Don’t choose accessories just because everyone else has them. If possible, bring the dress with you so that you are able to compare and figure out which necklace, earrings, etc, look best with the dress. Make sure to not only look at the formal dresses and their accessories, but also sashes and even large scarves. You may be able to find a scarf that can spice up your dress by being tied around your waist or you can buy a pretty sash instead. You can also incorporate other fabrics into your dress if you know how to sew!
The top fashion mistakes at formal affairs don’t necessarily involve your gown; they involve your accessories. Ill-chosen accessories have the power to ruin your entire look, but you don’t have to fall prey.
Bulky bag. You may be tempted to bring your entire makeup kit, an extra pair of pantyhose and anything else you could conceivably need to meet any possible emergency the evening could bring. Don’t.
Such a practice will only end up in a major fashion faux pas, which is a big, bulky bag dragging down an elegant gown. Any bag with a strap will ruin the entire top of your dress and you cannot very well carry a bag as big as a bowling ball while still appearing elegant.
Crummy coat. Even if you only plan to wear your coat to dash from the car, those few moments can equal fashion suicide. Formal affairs deserve better than a puffy winter jacket thrown haphazardly over a glorious gown. Invest in a dressier coat that can work for your gown and other dressy affairs going forward. At the very least, go for a warm yet fashionable shawl.
Shoes. Shoe styles are not the most common footwear mistake for formal affairs; shoe comfort is. Test your shoes before the big event so you know you can dance or even walk in them. Go for fit, comfort and style, and there are plenty of shoes that provide all three features.
These accessory tips can help keep you fashionable, well-matched and free of blisters for many evenings to come!