Prepping for Prom 2018: Tips and Trends for the Big Night

By Sharon Mosley

April 17, 2018 4 min read

So many photographs, so many choices. There have never been so many ways to prep for prom night. From knights in white satin to queens in shimmering ballgowns, there's something for everyone to wear. Here are five ways to dance your way into a memorable night:

—Dance to your own tune. First of all, there's a lot of hype and hoopla surrounding prom events these days. The dress, the tux, the hair, the limo, the dinners, the after-parties, etc. Planning a wedding may be simpler! So, think ahead and give yourself plenty of time to do your own thing. If you're more of a surfer girl than a Cinderella, then there are lots of ways to put your personal touches on what you wear to the prom. Short party dresses are becoming more and more popular. These cocktail shakers are usually much more affordable than long gowns and can also be worn multiple times for different occasions. Vintage inspiration abounds. Try a short dress dripping with fringe. What better way to shimmy on the dance floor? Take a look at https://www.macduggal.com.

—Suit up to suit you. There are more and more options for guys to dance to their own tune, too. Rental retailers offer lots of mix-and-match possibilities that give the classic tuxedo all kinds of stylish inspiration. Choose the fit and color of your jacket, your trousers, your shirt and accessories that appeal to you, coordinating with your date's dress. Vests and ties make colorful fashion statements in pastel pinks and turquoise this year. Check out all the dapper options at Men's Wearhouse.

—Shine in the spotlight. It's all about sparkle this prom season. Glitter and glow in a slinky sequin slip dress or a glittering beaded gown. Anything metallic — from lace to satin to even velvet, in silver and gold or this year's trendiest ice cream colors — will add extra glamour to prom attire. Strappy evening shoes and clutches also shine when studded with crystals and rhinestones. For inspiration, go to http://www.davidsbridal.com.

—Show a little skin. Whether it's a little or a lot (it may ultimately depend on parental approval!), bare skin is in. Two-piece dresses with midriff-baring cropped tops teamed with skirts in bold floral prints are a huge trend. Dresses with open backs provide lots of drama, but off-the-shoulder looks are just as exciting. Then there are the gowns that only give the illusion of bare skin, with sheer bodices or side panels that are see-through in just the right places. These are definitely dresses that require some attention (or not) to undergarments. No wardrobe malfunctions on the dance floor, let's hope. Go to https://www.promgirl.com.

—Pass the pastels, please. There's nothing really "sweet" about the pale ice cream colors served up this year for prom. The soft pinks and baby blues are all grown up in the body-conscious silhouettes of the season. The new hue on the dance floor is purple in all shades — from light lilac to deep grape. Scoop up these delicious hues in accessories, too. And if you really want to dance on the edge, try a temporary hair color for the night. Oh, yes, there's a purple one to try, from L'Oreal Paris' Colorista line of semi-permanent hair color, available at Walmart.

(SET CAPTION) Two-piece dresses with cropped tops in bold florals lead the prom parade this spring. (Sherri Hill) (END CAPTION)

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Two-piece dresses with cropped tops in bold florals lead the prom parade this spring. (Sherri Hill)

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