Prom season 2017 is on its way. That means if you haven’t picked out your dress yet, it’s time to start shopping. There’s no reason to find the task daunting – it should be fun and enjoyable!
There are so many prom styling options out there. However, you can start narrowing down your choices by simply deciding what you do and don’t want for the big night. Let your taste and personal style guide you.
How to Start Looking for a Prom Dress
Prom is your time to dress up and express your own taste and personal style. If you have a color preference or particular style of dress in mind, that’s a great place to start. This way, when you visit a prom dress store the sales rep will instantly be able to pull out some great options for you.
If you have no idea where to start, browse through some prom dresses online and see what initially stands out to you. It might be a particular kind of dress cut, color or detail that gets your attention. Save some of your favorites, or pin everything to a Pinterest board and you’ll start to piece together your own individual look.
Collecting prom style inspirations will help you see what direction your style is taking you in, too.There are no real rules for prom. Once it’s formal enough to meet the dress code (and does not violate your school’s prom dress code!), you’re free to be as creative as you wish.
With that in mind, we put together some styling ideas for 3 dramatically different prom dresses,. You can see how to style your whole look no matter what dress you ultimately choose. Our styling tips include everything from the prom dress to prom makeup, hair, accessories and more.
You can steal our styling ideas below, or use them as a template to start putting together your look.
Dress #1: Blush Strapless Mermaid Tiered Prom Dress Jovani Style 41622
Go pretty in pink in this blush mermaid tiered ruffle dress. Blush is one of the biggest color trends for 2017. This one is so much more than just its fashion-forward color.
With a beautiful sweetheart neckline and dramatic tiered mermaid skirt, this dress is effortlessly elegant. It’s pastel pretty and is an updated way to wear pink for prom. It’s also a flattering hourglass shape.
Styling a strapless gown is easier than other styles as you don’t have to worry about interfering with the neckline. This dress would pair beautifully with some statement silver jewels. Go original and don’t just opt for the usual necklace.
Complete your look with a loose wave prom hairstyle and pull a strand from each side of your head (above the ear). Tie them together with a band at the back of your head. This adds a unique twist on the usual wavy hairstyle.
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Dress #2: Navy Velvet Dress with a Satin Over Skirt Jovani Style 45182
We’ve hit on another of the year’s top trends with this velvet prom dress. Velvet continues to make a strong comeback on the catwalk and is a current celebrity favorite too. The stunning midnight blue shade contrasts with a detachable satin over-skirt that adds drama. You have the option to wear it with or without.
This figure-flaunting velvet design has a beautifully cut halterneck that also features a high leg slit. The satin skirt layer is longer and creates a dramatic train effect. The overall look is sexy and sophisticated. It’s bold and also very adaptable.
Wondering how to wear it? This one might look hard to pair with accessories but it’s actually quite versatile. We love the idea of teaming it up with a towering pair of black heels and a simple black clutch.
Add some sparkle to your beauty look by trying out a layered nail look. Opt for our favorite blue and gold glitter nail art. For makeup, a hint of gold will match up with your nails.
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Dress #3: Black and Multi Floral Print Two Piece Satin Ballgown Jovani Style 47667
This two-piece prom ballgown is fun and original. The off-the-shoulder top is covered in shimmering embellishments. The satin skirt is in the style of a traditional ballgown skirt.
The bottom half is covered with an over-sized floral print in striking pink, purple and red colors. This two-piece edgy prom dress will definitely stand out at prom. It even has a side pocket which looks great when you’re posing for photos.
If you want to style this simply, you could opt for all black accessories. We love the idea of adding a pair of heels in a pink, purple or red shade to match the print. You could also do the same with your lip or nail color, such a beautiful deep matte plum lipstick.
For hair, a braided crown updo and bun would add another focal point to your outfit. Ir would also keep your hair tidy for the night. Just bring some clips and a mini hairspray for any touch-ups.
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More Prom Dress Styling Inspiration
Visit the Jovani Pinterest to get even more prom styling inspiration including hair tutorials (for long hair and curly hair). We’ve also pinned top makeup picks for prom and accessories that’ll complete your special occasion look. Finding the perfect dress is just part 1 of your quest so stay in the loop!
Check out our Influencer and Expert series on the Jovani blog for even more secrets from professionals in the fashion and beauty fields. Our series aims to provide you with insider tips, tricks and in-depth information. That’s provided by those who have gained extensive knowledge over the spans of their careers.
Style expert Melanie Kluger of The Confident Closet recently shared her own top styling tips for creating the perfect formal look. She revealed the ‘don’ts’ to avoid, and even selected her favorite dresses too – see her styling advice here.
Makeup artist Jane Kim of The Glamourist also spoke to us about the best prom hairstyles and makeup. She revealed the most requested styles and explained what makeup you should avoid for prom.