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Prom Dresses Decoded

Sep 19th 2014 at 11:11 PM

What's not to love about being a girl? All the glitz, glamour, and of course the fashion! Getting dolled up is just another fun part of every girl's life, especially for prom. Prom is the main event of your senior year and a sort of reward for all your hard work. Whether your senior prom is more low-key or on a grand scale, you need a hot look that will make you stand out! With so many different options of dresses, it may seem pretty overwhelming when finding your perfect prom dress. The silhouette, the bust, the bodice…but wait what does all that even mean? Before your headache increases, look over this guide to help you wean out the perfect style for your prom dress.



Let's start with the neckline of your dress. The neckline is the uppermost part of where your dress begins.  The most common types of necklines on prom dresses can be defined as strapless, halter, one shouldered, V-neck, square neck, cowl neck, scoop neck (or circle neck), and the most common, sweetheart. The sweetheart neck is named after the top portion of a heart, accenting your bust. It is flattering for both larger and smaller chested girls. It is mostly seen on a strapless bust. In the case that you have a larger chest, more support can generally be found in a halter or one shouldered neckline bust. If you want to accentuate your smaller chest, cowl necks and sweetheart necklines work wonders.

Speaking of necklines, busts are also known as the chest portion of your dress. They can either be form fitting or one streamlined silhouette connecting the top to the skirt. The bust is commonly decorated with sequins, beading, ruffles and other accents. Ruffles, ruching, and decorative waist belts on the bust draw attention and add a feminine touch for smaller chest girls. For larger chested girls who may want to divert attention away from their bust, simple decorations and sequin trim may work out better. Belts also help to accent the waist of curvier girls.

Now to the actual bodice (or body) of the dress, also known as the silhouette: there are generally either fitted or flowing. The fitted silhouette is mostly indicated on the mermaid silhouette. The mermaid silhouette is a curve hugging style that contours to the body from the chest to the knee and flares out and up at the hem, creating a floor length bodice. This is a vintage style of prom dress that has recently come back in a big way. Trumpet gowns are similar to mermaid gowns, but instead of the hem of the skirt flaring up, it flows out instead, creating a dramatic train. Mermaid silhouettes typically work best on tall, slender frames, as the tight form of the dress is unforgiving on any slight description on your body.

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