Life isn’t like Gossip Girl for most people, where big events, ball gowns and fancy dresses are as common as brunch or going to the movies. Prom is a once in a lifetime event for which girls plan for months in order to make sure it is unforgettable.
Walking in and looking like a wallflower will have you feeling self-conscious, so to make your night fabulous, you need to be in a great outfit. What you wear is crucial because if you feel you look like a million bucks, you’ll be in the mood to dance and party all night long.
Don’t underestimate the boost of confidence a sexy dress can give you, helping you mingle, dance and party until dawn. Which leads to the question – which prom dress are you wearing?
Short Prom Dresses 2012
In the battle between long and short prom dresses, short always wins when it comes to functionality. Although long dresses do look elegant, short prom dresses are far more practical.
These days, no one stiffly waltzes around the dance floor. In order to let loose and get wild on the biggest night of your high school career, short prom dresses give you the freedom to shake it without feeling constricted or having to worry that someone will step on the extra fabric.
The trend for short prom dresses is red hot in 2012 because they’re much easier to move around in. Another advantage of getting a short prom dress is the fact that it’s more likely you’ll be able to repeat wears, whereas you’ll need to wait for a formal occasion to wear a floor length gown.
Short Prom Dresses Under $100
Luckily, there’s no need to spend thousands in order to look like a million bucks in a short prom dress. You can even find plenty of great options for short prom dresses under 100 bucks. And cheap, short prom dresses don’t have to look cheap.
You can look fabulous and glamorous without draining your back account of your last dime. After all, there’s plenty more to splurge on for the big night, including the outfits you’ll be wearing to the pre and post parties!
When choosing the exact prom dress you’ll be wearing, keep a few things in mind.
When you’re picking out your dress, having your body shape in mind is very important because this will help you enhance your best features while minimizing the ones which you are not too fond of.
For example, if you don’t have well-toned arms, but do have a smooth back free of acne, you can wear a long-sleeved minidress with a low V at the back which shows off your curves. If you have a curvy shape or toned legs, short prom dresses are likely to look great on you.
Whether you’ve got a model body or Kim Kardashian’s more ample figure, short dresses are sure to wow the crowd.
A Sherri Hill prom dress in Style 1469 is a great example of how versatile short prom dresses can be. The elegant long sleeves paired with the nude-silver color of the sequins makes it a beautiful dress for prom and a fun dress you can even wear later to clubs or college formals.
The color you pick will reflect the mood of the evening. Black says sultry and dead serious sexy. There are two classic ways to work this color – as elegant and understated as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with classic jewelry pieces involving pearls and done up hair, or as Angelina Jolie-stunning in an intimidating black number.
Red is the color of choice if you really want to stand out in the crowd and announce your arrival.
Yellow is a fun, upbeat color for short prom dresses. Yellow says you’re happy and in the mood to dance all night long.
The cut of the dress determines the overall style of the dress. Sweetheart necklines offer a sexy hint of cleavage while keeping it covered up enough to be high school appropriate. This is a classic prom neckline.
A more modern style is a high, round neck with a deep, plunging back. If you really care to push the limits on the wow-factor of your dress, look for one with a front-facing plunge that cuts all the way down to your abs but doesn’t expose too much cleavage.
This will offer a sexy sliver of skin without revealing so much as to get people talking for the wrong reasons, or even worse – have you kicked out for inappropriate attire.
Sequins are the way to go if you’re feeling especially festive. Stones and sequins reflect light even when there is little of it in the room, causing you to attract attention as you walk in to the dimly lit dance floor or ballroom.
If you want to wear sequins, but don’t want to look like you’re wearing a run of the mill sequined dress, opt for one with different shaped sequins. A dress with overall small-sized sequins will larger ones thrown in creates a look different from the average sequined dress.
This pattern shake up can even confuse the eye wondering what the dress is made of. From far, it just looks like a shiny dress made of mesmerizing glitter. Whether you pick gold, bronze, silver or black, a metallic shine is something you can’t go wrong with.
If you want to look great while keeping your budget appropriate for one-night expense, check out designers who make stylish dresses for cheap. Forever 21 is a great choice for stylish cocktail dresses, some which are even 30 dollars or below. Even Amazon.com offers a great range of short prom dresses.
You can also head to department stores such as Macy’s or Nordstrom rack months before the big day. Just because you didn’t buy your dress right before prom doesn’t mean you won’t look fresh!