Prom 2016: Avoid These Prom Dress Trends from Previous Years


For teen girls, selecting a prom dress is often the biggest part of Prom. While it’s important to look at recent dress trends when selecting yours, remember to look at the ones that will flatter you. Certain prom dress trends look tacky, skanky, or just plain weird so some high schools may hesitate letting girls decked out in them inside.

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Prom Dress Trends to Avoid in 2016

  • Showing too much skin – We know you want to show off your perky breasts but if you choose a low-cut neckline, look for one that’s not exposing the majority of your cleavage. This same theory applies to mile-high slits and extra-low open back dresses. If you can see your panties or need built-in underwear, these dresses are not for you. Even celebrities have worn gowns that are low cut and with a thigh-high slits, like Blake Lively’s Versace’s red gown. However, it’s often best to choose a plunging neckline, a slit, or a partial open back, otherwise it comes across too skanky.
  • Excessive cut-outs – Besides back cut-outs, some dresses have cut out peepholes by the bust line or even by the sides of the bodice of the dress. Again, one or two of these cut-outs is fine in moderation, but when the dress has too many of them, you’ll look more skanky than classic sexy.
  • Dresses that look like figure skating costumes – Remember that this is Prom and while short dresses are fun, just say no to crop tops and tutus that make you look like you should be doing triple loop jumps on the ice. Avoid the pastel pink sorbet colored styles that look like they’re better suited for elegant ice skate dancers.
  • Too many ruffles – Too many ruffles in the skirt just overtake the dress. You’ll end up looking like a character from a Disney movie, either a princess or a rendition of the sea witch, if it’s cascading blue or sea-green ruffles. If you select a pink prom dress with tons of ruffles in the skirt, it could also remind others of an upside-down cupcake or a shower loofah.

What Types of Dress should You Buy?

Don’t become discouraged by all the trends to avoid. There’s still plenty of stunning prom dress styles to check out, including the new 2016 collection of prom dresses online.  You’ll find the year’s hottest trends from two-piece gowns to trendy high-low options to the figure-hugging mermaid-style gowns.

Two piece dresses – One of the biggest trends includes wearing two-piece dresses, either in long or short styles. If you want to dance the night away, consider purchasing a short two-piece dress. Like the ones from Sherri Hill, in a vibrant fuchsia or red. It features a high halter neckline on a beaded top and a flirty taffeta skirt. You’ll show just the right amount of skin to be sexy.

Sexy high low prom dresses – High low prom dresses have become popular because they allow you to wear a shorter dress, while also having a classic longer skirt in just the back. It’s one of the few dress styles that works for most body types. If you want a classic dress, try one of the La Femme high low gowns, which includes a sweetheart neckline and ruching on the bodice for a slimming effect.

Mermaid Prom Dresses – These gowns flatter your natural curves and are a popular choice if you have an hourglass silhouette.  Many of them feature intricate beading on the bodice, like this

Now that we’ve exhausted this year’s prom dress trends, we hope you’ll buy a dress that flatters you and that you’ll have the night of your life at prom.

  • Thankfully we didn’t have too many proms… so I was spared :-p

    • In India we usually have Farewell parties where girls are usually asked to wear Saree and boys Formal Suits

  • Useful info well categorised and presented.