Prom fashions: Trends include bling, beads, princess gowns and asymmetrical neckline

Special to her magazineFebruary 28, 2013 

The celebrity red carpet lays a foundation for what's hot and what's not in formal attire. Girls planning to attend prom this year are lucky that a variety of styles can be worn without fear of ending up on a "worst dressed" list. Even princess gowns aren't considered "going overboard" this year.

Bling is in but if sequins aren't your thing, opt for a dress that has a neckline adorned with pretty beads.

An asymmetrical neckline or detailed straps can give a dress that special "pop" that makes it stand out. Styles that were popular in the 1980's and 1920's are trendy again, and prints and short dresses are also fashionable right now.

For prom, it's important to look like a teenager and not a washed-up celebrity. Don't choose dresses that show too much skin. If you choose a dress that's low cut, make sure it's long. If you choose a dress with a cut-out in the back, make sure it has a high neckline. Most importantly, find a balance that makes you feel pretty.

The dresses featured in this month's fashion spread will be available at Project Prom on March 2.

Have a safe and fun prom!

Sterling Ancrum

The senior at Hardaway High School participates in volleyball, Beta Club, National Honor Society and Servant Leadership 2. Taylor Danner, a senior at Hardaway High School, participates in cross country, National Honor Society, Beta Club and Servant Leadership.

Taylor Danner

The senior at Hardaway High School participates in cross country, National Honor Society, Beta Club and Servant Leadership.

Kari Kinser

The senior at Hardaway High School participates in National Honor Society, Beta Club, Math Honor Society and Servant Leadership.

HAIR AND MAKEUP TIPS

Barbara Braswell from D'Allen Salon offers hair tips for prom: Barbara is a her magazine veteran and knows her hair. She says braids were popular last season and continue to be popular this year. Big braids are the new up-do, waterfall braids are perfect if you want your hair back but not up, and little intricate braids can help keep your locks away from your face. Another trend is keeping it natural with loose curls and maybe adding a sparkly headband or clip to add that finishing touch.

Sydney Summers Hancock from D'Allen Salon offers makeup tips for prom: Find an eye shadow that compliments the color of your dress or accessories. This may be shocking, but false eyelashes are a quick and easy way to go from pretty to gorgeous. They're a tad intimidating at first, but they really photograph well if you're planning on posting your prom pictures on Facebook. If you choose dark eye makeup, go with a light pink lip gloss, the shinier the better. If you go with light eyes, it's okay to pick a darker lip color. It's all about finding that balance between looking red-carpet ready, yet youthful at the same time.

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