Top Tips of 2016 Prom Dresses

With 2016’s bright, eye-catching formalwear trends, you’ll want to step up your sartorial game for prom night. This year’s best dresses and accessories — inspired by recent red carpet looks sported by young celebs like Chloe Moretz, Lea Michele and Taylor Swift — are bolder than ever.

Gold Metallic Oscar-worthy gold metallic cocktail dresses and floor-length gowns are one of our favorite prom trends of the year. Balance out the bright gold with toned down black or neutral accents.

Ravishing Red was a big trend at the awards shows this year: Make a bold, celeb-approved choice for prom with a floor-length, slinky scarlet gown.

Bright White If there’s one thing we can learn about style from Taylor Swift, it’s that a long, flowing white dress is always a classy choice for a red-carpet event. Keep white from looking too bridal but adding black or metallic accents.

Long Slits Show a little leg with a tasteful skirt slit, like this skirt worn by Ashley Tisdale. Appliqued_One_Shoulder_Chiffon_Prom_Dress_with_Back_Draping

Sweeetheart Neckline The sweetheart necklace is a classic, romantic silhouette for prom, and we’re loving some of this season’s newest styles that are flattering for almost any figure.

Color Pop Take a cue from Chloe Moretz and go bold this year in a bright, eye-catching solid-colored dress.

Sequined Prom is the perfect occasion to go all-out in all-over sequins, either in a pretty neutral or metallic hue, or a bright all-over color like Nina Dobrev.

Ladylike Peplum Dressed-up peplum was all over the red carpet this year, and we’re even seeing it on some of the season’s prom dresses. Opt for a shorter, flirty style to avoid too much fabric.

Embellished Prints Take an all-over patterns up a notch with an embellished print with a statement-making textured print like brocade.

Materials For Prom Dresses And Homecoming Gowns

Here is a description of some materials used to manufacture prom dresses, formal dresses and homecoming dresses. The list is not complete, however it will give you a basic understanding of these materials.

Silk charmeuse is made with a satin weave, which is soft, yet, supple and drapes beautifully. Fabric is woven with a satin weave, where the warp threads cross over three or more of the backing threads. The front side of the fabric has a satin finish, lustrous and reflective, and the back has a dull finish. Silk charmeuse is most often used for loose-fitting prom dresses, bridal gowns and slinky eveningwear. Charmeuse is somewhat difficult to sew because it is so slippery. Pins and needles leave marks, so pin only at the edges. It does not unravel much, however. .

Chiffon is elegant and sheer, with a very slightly rough feel to it. Chiffon is lightweight, but strong. It is softer and thinner than Georgette, sometimes called ‘Crepe Chiffon’. Chiffon is most often used for loose, full, flowing garments and is popular for prom dresses, scarves and nightgowns. It is hard to cut out and sew because it is so flimsy and slippery. Very importantly, it does not show pin holes.

Georgette is made like chiffon, but a two or three-ply yarn is used.
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Silk Organza is a sheer, thin open weave fabric that is heavier and crisper than silk gauze. It has a smooth, flat finish, is strong and durable, and gets its stiffness from tightly twisted yarns. Often used as the base fabrics for embellished fabrics in prom dresses and cocktail dresses. Organza is a very lightweight and sheer material, but a bit stiff, and can be gathered for bouffant uses, used alone or over other fabrics for fitted to loosely fitted blouses, dresses and evening wear. Also useful for facings, interfacings or lining. Silk organza can be used as an underlining to add crispness to parts of a prom dress or homecoming dress. It sews easily, doesn’t show pin holes. It holds creases well.