Whether you’re buying a gown for prom, or any other formal occasion, there are some absolutely stunning new trends headed for all fabulous fashionistas in the coming year.
Some of last year’s styles will be sticking around, but designers have been adding new and exciting additions to the what-to-wear list that you won’t want to miss.
Read below about 8 of the fun and flirty new prom dress trends predicted for 2014:
1. Loving the Lace—
Lace has been popular for decades, but in 2014, it shifts to center stage to be featured as the star of the show, rather than simply an embellishment.
Last year, having a subtle touch of lace was popular, but now this feminine fabric is taking formalwear even further with dresses that feature dramatic lace necklines, large insets, and elegant, eye-catching lace hems.
2. Passionate for Purples—
Pantone recently kissed last year’s Emerald Green goodbye, voting Radiant Orchid the Color of the Year for 2014.
This paler, pinker shade of purple is flattering for nearly every skin type, giving the wearer an enigmatic energy reminiscent of exotic flowers, and adds a naturally playful feel to any gown.
With models walking the runways in shades of this gorgeous hue and celebrities like Kelly Osbourne sporting lovely lavender locks, Radiant Orchid is going to be everywhere in 2014, so get ready for dresses, accessories and make-up in this ultra-girly color.
3. Pretty, Pretty Peplums—
The peplum profile hearkens back to a stylish era when women had curves, and is a time-tested favorite for its ability to flatter any body type. Seen lately in the structured mini and longer, more formal design, this beloved style is here to stay.
Tailored in a way to give girls of all sizes a sexy hourglass shape, peplum is particularly popular this year, having been spotted on red carpet-celebrities like Michelle Williams and Emma Stone.
4. Say Hello to High-Lo—
Especially flattering on girls whose best asset is a great pair of legs, the high-low hemline combines the flirt factor of a mini with the princess appeal of a long, trailing or floating back hem.
Mysteriously sheer, ruffled and ladylike, or patterned inside for a splash of surprise, the high-low hem is going to be more popular than ever in 2014.
5. Knock-Out Neons—
Bright colors have risen above the horizon like so much sunshine, making dresses that dazzle and glow a hit on the runways and in the world of formal gowns.
Pantone recommends brightening its Radiant Orchid with complimentary tints like Tangerine Orange and Mimosa Yellow, but many fashion-forward ladies are choosing these upbeat colors as the main focus.
Don’t be afraid to wear coral, teal or mint prom dresses this year to stand out from the crowd in a beautiful way.
6. Mesmerizing Mermaids—
Evoking a sense of fairytale whimsy with its delicate and womanly classic shape, the mermaid silhouette will be prevalent in prom wear this year, giving girls the chance to turn heads with this dazzling design.
Fitted in the bodice, this style is a great choice for ladies seeking to support and showcase a beautiful décolletage, making the wearer stand out like a shining star in a sea of dresses.
7. Captivating Cap Sleeves—
This modest and arm-slimming sleeve style has been around since the ‘50s, but has officially made its way back into the word of fashion for 2014.
If you don’t feel confident in strapless dresses, or simply seek a more retro look, cap sleeves are an elegant alternative.
Cap sleeves come in every hemline, so find the dress that suits you best and wear this sophisticated style with grace and charm.
8. Illuminating Illusions—
Illusion necklines and covered back cut-outs are extremely current, with Kate Middleton as a frontrunner for starting the trend.
The impression of a revealing neckline or back area combined with the demure and tasteful coverage of a sheer fabric cover is a delightfully classic blend of nearly naughty with a splash of tasteful nice that makes a breathtaking impression.
If you’re looking for vintage, edgy colors, interesting elements or simply stunning, you won’t be disappointed by the prom dress fashions happening in the year ahead. Find a favorite trend above to wear for your next dance or formal occasion, and have fun giving it your own fabulous flair.
Jen Birch is the Social Media Coordinator at FlirtProm.com, a company that specializes in providing prom quality dresses for that special day.