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Feb 1, 2016

Prom Dress And Formal Wear Trends For Spring 2016

Sponsored Content provided by Alan Perry - President, The Wedding Dress Shoppe

Last time I was here, I reminded you all that the time to start shopping for prom dresses was NOW. Hopefully you listened and made your appointment with one of the great stylists at The Wedding Dress Shoppe.

Before you go in to meet them, take some time to learn about the hottest trends in prom dresses and formal wear for females this spring. Some of them might surprise you!

First, crop tops are huge right now. Yes, these are the same crop tops you remember from the ‘80s! This trend isn’t found in just dresses but across the entire fashion industry. Two-piece sets had a huge presence on the runway.

The tops we see tend to be heavily embellished, with beading or lace, and are paired with a tulle ball-gown skirt or a simple but sleek mermaid-style skirt. This style can be flattering on many body types, making it popular.

Second, know what an illusion dress is before you head in to The Wedding Dress Shoppe. Taking hints from a popular trend in bridal fashion, social occasion designers have created dresses using the illusion trend.

By incorporating sheer mesh, the designers create something that looks like a second skin, typically on the neckline or back. This allows the dress to have an open feel while being comfortable for the wearer. Designers usually provide glamour and surprise by embellishing the mesh with “bling” or lace to give a stunning overlay look. For the more daring girl, dresses with an illusion effect on the side or the legs can show off a little (or a lot).

Third, prom is time for your lady to sparkle! It’s all about jewels for some, and this season there is no shortage. With head-to-toe sequins, crystal encrusted necklines, and pearl-lined bodices, dresses with extraordinary detailing will be on hand for any prom-goer who plans to make a statement.

On the other hand, for the girl with a more modest attitude toward glitz and glamour, dresses featuring a touch of beadwork can help complement other dazzling details on a dress, such as lace or ruching, while not overwhelming anyone.

Fourth, this season is about simple fabrics. While some girls will opt for all of the glamour this prom season can deliver, there are those who will prefer a “less is more approach.” Designers haven’t forgotten these ladies and have provided gorgeous options. This year, simple chiffon is a top choice for the girl who wants a classic look. A delicate and flowing fabric, chiffon can look like it is floating. It moves gently around the wearer, perfect for dancing.

If chiffon seems to too romantic for your prom-goer’s personality, another big trend in the "simple fabric" category is jersey. It is popular because it is soft, stretchy and form-fitting yet has a sleek and sexy silhouette. Paired with fabulous statement jewelry and a great pair of heels (which our stylists at The Wedding Dress Shoppe can help with), this look is really gaining momentum.

Finally, a simple silhouette is timeless and here again this season. The ball gown once ruled the runway, but today girls are following their favorite celebrities by choosing A-line dresses which flatter all shapes and sizes. The more playful side of the silhouette dress is the fit and flare. These dresses mimic an hourglass shape and are a great way to show off curves!

If you want to see all these trends in person, come to The Wedding Dress Shoppe. We keep a wide variety of top designer choices on hand! Stop in to talk to a stylist today and make sure your prom lady gets the dress of her dreams, whatever dress that is.

Alan Perry is the president of Perry’s Emporium and The Wedding Dress Shoppe, offering a range of services for couples, from engagement through their wedding day. Perry’s Emporium is one of the largest retail jewelry stores in Southeastern North Carolina and offers exclusive brands and one-of-a-kind estate jewelry. The Wedding Dress Shoppe is a full-service bridal salon featuring distinctive and stylish bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and mother-of the-bride and flower girl attire. For more information, visit and

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