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2023 Prom Dress Trends

Just In: 2023 Prom Dress Trends

With an event as monumental as prom, it’s never too early to start thinking about shopping for prom dresses! Whether you’ve been dreaming of your iconic look all year long or you’re simply searching for inspiration, we’re here to help. Of course, you’re going to take into account your personal style, body type, and venue and theme of your prom when shopping for prom dresses, but knowing the 2023 prom dress trends will help you find the perfect dress for your big night! Read on to see what’s hot this season—there’s a lot to love (spoiler: unexpected details, shimmering fabrics, illusion lace, and trending colors) for prom 2023.

Sparkle & Shine

Styles WBM3512, D24NY23014W and D24NY23050V2

Your prom night is your night to shine, and you can do that literally with the wave of glittery and iridescent fabrics coming to market. Nothing says glamour like a sparkly prom dress, and gone are the days when fake rhinestones did that job. Now, prom dresses themselves are made of eye-catching fabrics that incorporate glitter, sequins, and iridescent material that can give you a little bit of a mermaid feel without the body-hugging silhouette. Even simple satin is making a grab for the spotlight, and will have all eyes on you.

Dramatic Fit & Flare

Styles D24NY22615V2RW, D28NY22732 and WBM3576

A little shine sound like not nearly enough? When you want to truly make a statement, this season’s most daring prom dress fashions combine a sleek silhouette with a shiny fabric and a formal train. Mermaid prom dresses in stretch satin are a popular prom dress choice, and adding a long train ups the drama and can be an especially nice touch if you’re looking for more formal dresses.

Sparkling Sequins

Style d24ny22643

Sequins have gotten more sophisticated, and dress designers are using them both as accents and all over, in intricate designs like sunburst patterns on full skirts and ombre-like effects. Expect to see sequin prom dresses all over the dance floor in Spring 2023!

Corsets Fit for a Princess

Styles WBM3377, WBM3338W and WBM3398

Prom dresses with corset bodices, or corset-like details, such as lacing and boning, are in favor. Corsets and bustiers can be very flattering to a range of body types and add a really delicate, feminine vibe to a prom dress. They also work well with more modern, streamlined look for your special night.

A Little Bit (or a lot) of Lace

Styles D21NY22160V1, 3050JD2A and D24NY22622

When it comes to feminine details, the most popular prom dress trend is lace applique. These intricate, decorative designs can be sewn onto prom dresses in strategic places, for a look that’s at once revealing and demure — a great option for anyone who isn’t a fan of all lace dresses. Expect to see plenty of lace prom dresses this season.

Cut it Out

Style A25539

Showing skin, or at least pretending to, is in. When you can’t decide between a traditional prom dress and a two-piece, you can compromise by choosing a prom dress with cut-outs. Often, dress designers use flesh-colored fabric underneath cutouts to give the illusion of exposed skin, so these designs can work for formal prom dresses, too. And cut-outs aren’t limited to the abs; you can find them around the decolletage and back, too.

Feminine Flowers

Styles D24NY22627, D24NY23065 and WBM3485

Florals are expected to be popular prom dress patterns this year, when it’s in the form of subtle, tone-on-tone embroidery, lace appliques (see #5) or an allover effect on a ball gown. Flowers are eternally colorful, pretty, and feminine—what’s not to love here?

Hopefully these fun prom dress trends inspire you on your search for the perfect prom dress. Although trends are fleeting, finding one that works with your personal style and body type will make any prom dress an instant classic that you’ll cherish on your special night and in memories for years to come.

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