Big, bold and bright are in this year for prom


April 26, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Updated April 26, 2010 at 11:27 p.m.

It's a night they'll remember forever. So naturally, the decision of what to wear on one of the biggest nights in their young lives is of the utmost importance.

Prom season is here, and as such, teens all over the region are raiding stores in search of the perfect dress. So, just what are the big prom fashion trends this year? Big, bright and bold, according to students and fashion insiders.

"I usually wear skinny, long dresses that show off my back, but this year, I'm wearing a big, puffy blue dress with sparkles. I wanted to be different this year from what I normally wear to dances," Ganado senior Vanessa Almeda, 18, said. "From what I've heard, the popular colors this year for dresses are yellow, blue and pink."

Classmate Elise Lauderdale, 17, is also wearing a princess-style gown with crystal beading.

"It's a white two-piece and the skirt goes underneath a corset. It's puffy and it twirls all around when I move," she said. "I've always wanted to be a Disney princess."

Both girls got their dresses at Katelyn's Krazes, a dress shop in El Campo.

"I've sold a lot of the full ball gown dresses. In fact, I can't believe how many I've sold," shop owner Karen Miller said. "Even the girls buying the trendy, shorter dresses are buying the ones with a full skirt. Sequins are back in fashion, too, this year."

When Miller went to the Dallas Prom & Special Occasion Market trade show, she also noticed that bold prints and one shoulder dresses were very popular with all the vendors.

"Everyone was saying that both those styles were really hot this year," she added.

As for shoes, while many young girls will be wearing heels, another trend gaining steam is to stand out by not wearing heels. For instance, Elise is wearing her Converse sneakers with her dress.

"You'll see a lot of girls wearing tennis shoes that match their dress or cowboys boots," she said. "It's much easier to dance in."

Of course, the young men are going to get all dolled up, too. The tux trends this year are leaning toward pin stripes.

Bow ties are out, replaced by regular ties, Ganado senior Ross Rakowitz, 18, said.

However, even some of the most fashion-forward young men are much more concerned about something else when it comes to prom.

"Food is a big thing," Ross added. "Most guys just care about where we eat before and what kind of snacks there will be when we get to prom."



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