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.
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.