Video Link: Prom Fashion Trends with Aleah Connect on ABC 7’s Windy City LIVE!
Prom is like the Oscars for teens! And every girl wants a prom dress that matches her personality, flatters her figure and makes her stand out from the crowd! From red carpet worthy monochrome gowns to runway inspired peplum dresses, this season’s prom fashion trends are designed to do just that! Bejeweled bodices, satin wraps at the waist punctuated by frilly tulle skirts, eye-catching ombré effects, cascading pleats, vivid prints and shimmery sequins all describe the plethora of options available this prom season. Whether you like lace overlays for a hint of romance, trendy hi-low cuts on airy chiffon gowns or even mermaid style drop waists there is something for you!
I visited my friends over at ABC 7’s Windy City LIVE to feature some of the most fashion forward looks for prom this year. And check out the photos below, I’m taking you behind the scenes with me to see how our models got all glammed up for the show! Special thanks to Kasia’s Bridal (kasiasbridal.com), Target and their Kate Young Collection (target.com) and the Glass Slipper Project (glassslipper.org) for providing the dresses. Another BIG thank you to the Hair Cuttery (haircuttery.com) for styling all of our models hair, and Victoria Grist and Tiffany Evans for makeup! Nakamol on Michigan Avenue provided the accessories (nakamolchicago.com), Anna Held Flower Shop in Edgewater designed the corsages (annaheldflorist.com) and Formally Modern Tuxedo styled the men (formallymodern.com), including Ryan Chiaverini! Click on the link at the end of the post to watch the full segment!
Feeling great after the show! All smiles!!
MORE PROM FASHION TIPS FROM ALEAH CONNECT! FULL SEGMENT LINK AT THE END OF THIS POST!
Trend 1 – Sequin Bodices and Tulle Skirts: Beads and sequins create rich dimensional shine and bling on the fitted sweet heart bodices of strapless frocks. Pouffy tulle skirts are tempered with wide, satin sashes for girlie girl appeal. My favorite element, you can move and dance all night in a dress like this! Also keep in mind this silhouette is perfect for pear shapes as the emphasis is on top, drawing the attention to the upper body while the voluminous skirt helps conceal a fuller lower half.
Trend 2 – Ombré Effects: All eyes will be on you as you glide through the dance floor in an ombre dress. Pleated panels crisscrossing fitted bodices, rhinestone-buckled single shoulders and dazzling, bead encrusted waists gleam against artfully pleated jewel-hued ombre chiffon gowns this season.
Trend 3 – Peplum: Sumptuous lace, daring cut outs and fin-like peplums fashion the ultrafemme body-con form of slinky peplum dresses. If you have an athletic build and are looking to create an hourglass silhouette choose peplum! Plus you’ll get to show off your long, lean legs!
Trend 4 – Hi-Low Dresses: Can’t decide whether you want to go short or full length for prom? A high low dress is the perfect solution! Clusters of shimmering sequins and vivid impressionistic prints bedeck lace overlays of strapless minidresses and cascading layers of floating chiffon creating rippling high-low skirts for every girls delight.
Trend 5 – Mermaid Drop Waists: Bandage-style bodices, sweet heart and mesh necklines sculpt the contoured silhouettes of glamorous gowns featuring dropped waists and floor-sweeping sheer skirts. Remember how spectacular Jennifer Lawrence looked in her Dior Couture drop waist gown at the Oscars this year? Channel her allure this year for prom!
Trend 6 – All Over Sequin: Glossy sequins coat floor-grazing gowns; some dense at the bodice and more sparingly near raw edge hems and others fully covering striking strapless dresses. Looking for drama at every camera angle? Go for stunning side slits!
Trend 7 – Mesh Necklines: Sheer and embellished mesh yokes set the tone for flirty skater dresses, knotted waistlines and column gowns with on-trend back cutouts, metallic-dot patterns and floor-sweeping hemlines. These are also called illusion dresses.
Trend 8 – Black and White: Satiny crisscrosses, edgy faux leather, and sequin stripes texture the versatile bodices of party-ready dresses with ethereal chiffon skirts and floating hems. Monochrome is the number one trend across the board this year, and prom dress trends are following suit!
Trend 9 – One Shoulder Dresses: Sequin one-shoulder straps, angel sleeves and pleated single straps lead into slimming bodices with sweet heart necklines, soft, fluttering hems and figure accentuating skirts.
Trend 10: Printed Dresses: Plunging V-necks, strapless styles and rounded necklines grace metallic-embossed chiffon gowns, vivacious sequin zigzags and floral bouquet prints all with flirty fits. Statement making embellished prints create dramatic, contrasting finishes and rebel against traditional coats of sparkle for prom. Be bold this prom!
VIDEO LINK 1: Watch the full segment on YouTube
VIDEO LINK 2: Watch the full segment on ABC 7’s website
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