Top 14 Prom Dress Trends for 2016

Top 14 Prom Dress Trends for 2016

This upcoming formal season is fast approaching, and I’m so excited to share some of my favorite major trends for the 2016 season. One of my favorite parts of high school dances is the ability to express yourself in a dazzling gown, and the dresses we will be seeing soon in stores are all fun, youthful, and full of color! This year’s looks include some really unique, flattering, and unexpected details, all keeping current with youth culture. From crop tops to cutouts, you’ll love all of the fun elements in this upcoming season. Here are the top 14 trends to look out for as you shop for your perfect formal dress: sherri hill 50075

Top 2016 Prom Trends:

1. Cutouts  This flirty and flattering detail is present in a lot of this season’s looks. What I love about the emerging collections is there is a lot of variety in the types of cutouts available. Some are very modest, with shimmery netting, showing off just a bit of skin, while others are a touch more revealing with a full material cut out. No matter what your comfort level or school’s dress code may be, this trend will definitely be present in a lot of the pieces you shop, and it will be easy to find a style to fit your own style and requirements. la femme 22292 faviana s7701 2. Sequins  Sequins have been popping up in formal wear for quite a few seasons, and this stunning staple isn’t going anywhere yet! A fun, form-fitting sequin dress is one of my personal favorite styles for a special occasion, and I particularly love La Femme’s selection for this season, as they seamlessly blend sequins with intricate beading in some designs, and also offer head-to-toe sequined floor-length gowns, perfect to catch the twinkling lights on the dance floor. Whether you opt for a cocktail-length style or full-length piece, you’ll feel like a million dollars in one of these standout sequin styles. la femme 22500 faviana 7705 3. Crop Tops and Two-Piece Dresses  Of all of the trends popping up in the 2016 season, the crop top formal gown has to be my absolute favorite. I always feel ultra feminine and glamorous when I have a bit of my midriff revealed, and I can understand why this trend is showing up in every designer’s collection this season. Rachel Allen’s crop top prom dresses are particularly stunning, and offer some fun prints and embellishments to really make this look stand out. Be sure to take advantage of this trend while it’s still relevant—who knows how long it will stick around for? faviana s7706 la femme 22981 4. Floral Prints  I’m loving the bold floral prints that are emerging in this year’s formal wear collections, with gorgeous red, blue, and fuchsia flowers on voluminous skirts and bodices. Some of these remind me of Mexico City and Frida Kahlo—feminine, dramatic, super unique, and definitely unforgettable. Be sure to check out Sherri Hill and Rachel Allan for some particularly breathtaking prints. sherri hill 50261 rachel allan 7082 5. Unique Beading  While beading is almost always seen in every season of formal gowns, 2016’s prom line is very unique, in that there is a lot of geometric and tribal-inspired patterns, as well as edgy silver metallic beading and vintage pearl beading. Rachel Allan’s line has a lot of unexpected pieces, with fully beaded bodices and matching two-piece beaded crop ensembles. rachel allan 7102 paparazzi 98003 6. Backless styles  Gowns featuring a backless cut are always a fun and flattering option, and this season offers quite a few cuts with this popular feature. One of my favorite combinations is a high-neck halter front with a deep backless cut, letting you show just enough skin without feeling too revealing in the front. faviana 7741 paparazzi 98028 7. High necklines  While the sweetheart neckline is a timeless formal wear option, I’m very fond of the current trend of higher necklines. Many of these designs are either backless, offer cutouts, or utilize sheer fabrics, so they are still very flattering and youthful. I particularly love the bateau and halter necklines that are a part of Rachel Allan’s 2016 collection! Any of these high necklines would look fabulous with a softly pinned back up-do, to accentuate the details of your bodice. sherri hill 50149 sherri hill 50032 8. Sheer illusion  Present in many bridal designs, it’s great to see sheer illusion detailing making its way into prom dresses this year! Almost every prom designer will be utilizing this feminine and romantic detail, offering sheer bodices with intricate beading interwoven into the mesh netting. From sequins to lace, there are many variations of embroidery on these sheer illusion dresses, all of which are fashion-forward and flattering to every body type. coya cl1432 paparazzi 98007 9. Off-the-shoulder sleeves  A rarely seen and fun sleeve option for someone looking for a truly cutting edge design is an off-the-shoulder dress. Rachel Allan’s 2016 collection offers a few beautiful pieces offering this feature in two-piece crop top styles. I’m seriously obsessed with this cut, with one design reminding me of a gypsy dancer and another embodying traditional Latin American costuming details. paparazzi 98006 rachel allan 7141 10. Geometric features  You will love this season’s introduction of beaded stripes, circles, abstract patterns, and more. Be sure to check out Rachel Allan and Sherri Hill for various linear and geometric options, providing you with a unique and unexpected prom dress! With this intricate detailing, you won’t need to worry about accessorizing too much, as the dress will speak for itself! sherri hill 50310 rachel allan 7081 11. High slits  Rachel Allan and La Femme’s collections both offer some very alluring pieces with thigh-high slits, offering a flirty accent for floor-length gowns. These slits look particularly good on form-fitting sheath designs, and if you want a classic, Old Hollywood vibe, be sure to select a dark or sequined piece for a dramatic look. Pair one of these dresses with an ultra-high heel for a drop-dead gorgeous entrance to your dance! rachel allan 7086 la femme 22417 12. Mermaid silhouettes  This classic, form-flattering style is popping up in almost every 2016 prom collection! Some of this year’s gowns feature extra full skirts, contrasted with form-fitting waists. Be sure to check out the crop top mermaid dresses – these are extra dramatic and look fantastic in this season’s floral prints by Rachel Allan. rachel allan 7096 rachel allan 7068 13. High-low and split skirt hemlines  This is one of my favorite styles for formal wear, and I am so glad to see the high-low and split skirt hemlines are making an appearance in some designs for 2016! The high-low hemline is the perfect dress to show off your legs, all while having the security of extra fabric in the back. This is a very flattering, yet comfortable option for anyone who can’t decide between a cocktail length gown and a floor length style. Why choose one when you can have both? faviana 7752 rachel allan 7074 14. Pastel colors  While formal dresses have been available in a pretty powder pink for more than 50 years, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the contemporary variety of colors available in softer hues. With gorgeous purple, teal, yellow, orange, blue, coral, and more, you won’t have a problem finding a muted pastel color to perfectly complement your skin tone. Embellished with sparkling rhinestones and beading, these dresses will truly sparkle in the light and make you feel like a real prom queen! sherri hill 50187 coya cl1240 With the huge variety of trendy options emerging for the 2016 prom season, you should be able to find the perfect look to match your personal style, taste, and personality. Remember to check out the large dress inventory available at the Wedding Shoppe—many of these beautiful styles can be shipped straight to you through online ordering, or you can always swing by our store for a one-on-one shopping consultation!

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May 16, 2019 08:29

My pick is the Sheer Illusion, as it looks very decent which will be the perfect fit on any girl

Ellen Whanson
May 16, 2019 08:29

these are the fabolus dresses of the year. It was the wizsh of the modern girls. As like by the Latest prom dresses 2017

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