2013 prom trends

Yes, you know you have been in the prom industry for a while (actually over 20 years) when you see the trends and styling repeat within your career. Well, it has happened for some of us at the International Prom offices and these are trends we just love for prom and pageant.

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Starting with the beautiful flow of chiffon that has made a return to Formal Fashion Week for 2013. The elegant yet almost floating appearance of chiffon brings these formal prom dresses to life. Giving a model (or you) the appearance of the wind flowing through the gown as she walks. (Yes, it’s the look of the dress flowing upward and back as you run toward that magical embrace. A perfectly romantic look we must say.) With a gorgeous encrusted bodice adding color and dimension to simplicity of the chiffon, these dresses stand out as the graceful A-line and flattering sheath styles you will desire for prom 2013.

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What’s next?
How about exquisite cut lace with bead detail in a variety of colors and silhouettes to make you picture perfect. Major prom designers have added lace to their collection for prom 2013. From all over lace to scattered through out the dress, lace is definitely back! Adding a web like overlay to your formal frock, lace changes that lovely dress into that “show stopping” look we know you desire. So, if you like that whimsy of vintage or red carpet high-end couture, look toward the use of lace to make your style picture perfect.

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Now, let us add a bit of ruffle to the style mix. Okay, so we didn’t give you the full scope of the ruffle trend. Ruffles are huge for prom 2013! Adding an ultra-feminine look to a ball gown, high-low, cocktail, or sheath gown ruffles are a major fashion trend. Yes, they add the allure of romance to your look with a flirty flair but they are still showing up on some of the sexiest looks prom designers are creating for prom and pageant. With “rock star” bling and sequin sparkle, a ruffle-accented gown could be one of the hottest looks for prom.

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Since, we are talking about sexy why not take a look at sheer. Yes, sheer is here! Whether it is nude or in a color, sleeved or skirted, beaded or plain sheer is in every designer’s showcase. With a dramatic fashion forward appeal straight of the haute couture runways, sheer insets brings both geometric interest as well as the sexy look that one thinks of when they hear “and it is sheer at the…” Yes, you may go “see through” sheer but many looks know are lined as well as embellished with beading for that fashion forward sheer look without the risque.

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For Prom 2013, we have been talking about the sparkle of sequins but also making a return to prom fashion runways were the elegant hand beaded styles that set the standard for elegance. From cocktail short flapper styles to full length elegant sheath gowns the use of hand beaded fabrics have once again added the grace and glamour of the silver screen back into the options for a fabulous entrance making first look.

As you can see International Prom Association retailers have been rather busy when it comes to finding the latest and greatest trends for your prom dress. With gowns starting to deliver to your retailers in mid-October get ready to start your quest for the perfect prom look. Authorized IPA retailers will be glad to help make your night spectacular by finding yourself in formal! Look for the authorized seal when shopping to know your prom dress is authentic and from a reputable formal wear store. Happy Prom Dress Shopping!!!

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