15 prom trends for 201: What will your daughter be wearing?

The Huffington Post created a slideshow of top prom trends based off trends seen at awards shows and red carpets. Here are what they predict your daughters will be wearing this year to prom.

From The Huffington Post — there’s a slide show on the link to illustrate all the looks:

  1. Gold metallic
  2. Ravishing reds
  3. Bright white
  4. Long slits
  5. Sweetheart necklines
  6. Color pop – whole dress in bright colors
  7. Sequins
  8. Peplums
  9. Embellished prints
  10. Old Hollywood waves a la 1940s
  11. Statement necklaces
  12. Peeptoe booties – I don’t think girls are really doing this.
  13. Metallic heels
  14. Lace heels
  15. Colorblock heels

I saw on another site a lot of very scary sheer bodices and sheer cutouts. They seemed a little much for high school.

So will your daughters be wearing any of these trends? What are you seeing that’s in or our this prom season? Are girls registering their dresses so there are no repeats?

31 comments Add your comment


April 19th, 2013
4:57 am

Based on pictures I have seen on Facebook, from some friend’s children…not much. My daughter has always been modest, at her own choosing. I am happy she m


April 19th, 2013
4:57 am

oops…made that choice…sorry.


April 19th, 2013
5:28 am

Register there dress? People actually do that?

Prom is further up the sidewalk for us; so this is not a concern yet.

A Realist

April 19th, 2013
5:48 am

Take a look at the prom pics posted to the AJC. The prom pics from the southside are the best.


April 19th, 2013
6:51 am

Yawn…….ya’ll have a great day. I’m out on this topic. No proms in our home, kids are all in their 20’s.


April 19th, 2013
7:00 am

No proms in our household either but I would imagine that, in the year 201, that clothing was extremely conservative and would appear nothing like the prom dresses of today.
I know. Sorry, couldn’t resist. :)


April 19th, 2013
7:00 am

“What are you seeing that’s in or our this prom season?”


April 19th, 2013
7:01 am

Why have we turned the prom into a wedding?

I mean dang, What are we turning this girls into? What about the boys? Of course, there’s the phrase “off like a prom dress”. so…………

lol, half tongue in cheek, half serious.


April 19th, 2013
7:56 am

@ Jeff I agree with you about the lavish posturing on prom.

I also know I was guilty of some it as prom-goer in the dark ages of the ’80s.

However even just trying to buy anything decent for a teen these days is hard. Another parent and I were talking…why are Kohl’s on the other stores with “juniors” departments only offering booty shorts and spagetti strap tanks? At least for “casual” summer clothes. Forget trying to find a good bathing suit either. I let mine wear a bakini but not a sting one. However there are times (like on a waterslide) where a tankini or one piece would be better.


April 19th, 2013
7:57 am

One other thought. Why would you let the red carpet decide your teens dressing? The vast majority of those going to the Oscars and so on are well over 21.

Then again Katy Perry could barely walk in her outfit at the Teen Choice Awards.


April 19th, 2013
8:06 am

Lead photo on Huffington ages of the people in it:

Vanessa Hudgins (low cut black dress) age 24
(did not know the girl in the strapless outfit but that color is all wrong for her)
Josh Hutcherson age 20
Salena Gomez in the strapless gold/white outfit age 20
Sarah Hyland (also lower cut dress and plays Hayley on Modern Family) age 22

Demi Lavato age 20 is shown later.

I do think the poofy prom dresses of the 80s (WHAT WERE WE THINKING) and the even worse ones of the 60s and 70s are not likely to retrun.

As long as mine don’t dress like Princess Leia’s metal bakini of Jedi I think we are good.

Simple Truths

April 19th, 2013
8:58 am

My daughter will be wearing a parka.


April 19th, 2013
9:11 am

My son’s prom is this weekend. He goes to a private school however that requires girls to get their dresses pre-approved so I don’t expect to see anything too shocking. They cannot have plunging necklines or cut-outs, they cannot go below the bra line on the back and have to be a certain length (nothing too restrictive IMO). I do know sweetheart necklines are popular as a couple of girls were told they had to get a ‘modesty panel’ sewn in if they wanted to wear the dresses they chose.

I would think parents would have enough sense to not pay for something that’s going to make their daughters look like hoochy mamas but apparently that’s not the case!


April 19th, 2013
9:21 am

Our prom is tomorrow night and our daughter is wearing several of the trends listed above: sequins, long slit, sweetheart neckline and metallic heels. And before commenters call us terrible parents responsible for the downfall of America, it actually looks modest on our tall, thin athletic daughter. No breast showing, the slit does not show anything important and the heels look appropriate for the dress. A modest dress can look inappropriate if it’s too tight, for example and a dress that looks immodest on the rack can look appropriate on a person. That being said, we certainly saw lots of dresses that were terrible and no one should be seen in public wearing them.


April 19th, 2013
9:52 am

No prom this year, but last year, I am happy to say that my daughter rented a beautiful gown that was gold. Very age appropriate. And, it was easy on the bank account since it was a rental. She’s a very frugal person, so renting a prom gown was right up her alley and all her decision. Some of the gowns I see concern me. I mean, why would you by a teenager a gown with a high split, back out, low cut, geeesh!


April 19th, 2013
10:14 am

I was fortunate that my daughters’ friends all had parents who went for modest, appropriate stuff. I scratch my head when I see beautiful young girls dressed up as trollops. There will be at time, when she is divorced for the third time, when putting it all out there might be expected, but not at 16, 17, 18! I think there are many folks who don’t think when they are selecting clothing. We have had 8-10 year old girls dressed like pole dancers, and you KNOW they had an adult pay for it!


April 19th, 2013
10:15 am

No proms here, either — and she used all her prom gowns from high school in college for formals, etc., plus all her friends were borrowing gowns from each other to avoid having to buy dresses. :-) I always enjoyed going shopping with her for prom dresses, she loved trying on outrageous dresses for giggles, but she always ended up choosing a classic, reasonably modest style — on her own. I remember that there was one gal that showed up for prom in a gold sequined/metallic lame dress that was startling low, so low that she was afraid to dance. What a fun date – NOT. One of my son’s friends complained that his date’s dress was so low-cut that he didn’t know where to look — it was hard NOT to look at what she had on display, but at the same time, he was afraid that he’d be accused of staring if he DID look. He was actually embarrassed by her dress . . . something girls need to remember: Not every guy (and especially the nice ones) appreciate their date looking as if they are auditioning for a porn film.

I feel so sorry for some of the girls in the AJC prom photos. I mean, did someone tell them they looked GOOD in that dress? Too tight, too low, too short, lack of appropriate undergarments — if so, they aren’t a friend.

What I feel sorry for today are the guys — the pressure of a creative “prom proposal” is hard for teenage guys to navigate. Whatever happened to “Would you go to the prom with me?” No, it has to be with flowers, a staged, clever request including notes and perhaps small cute animals. Good grief.


April 19th, 2013
12:03 pm

I think it’s time to move on to another blog. This one seems to be running out of steam lately. I know it’s hard to come up with topics, but doesn’t seem like much effort is put into this anymore. Unless the topic is something about race or religion, there’s no more than 10-20 comments.

Have a nice weekend.


April 19th, 2013
12:27 pm

@DB – I don’t get the Promposal thing either. These poor girls are going to be let down by the real world.

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April 19th, 2013
1:24 pm

Many of the girls in our small Northern Georgia towns wear garter belts under their dresses. In some schools, there is a garter-removal ceremony in which the girls take them off and officially give them to their dates. It’s ATROCIOUS!

Any ATL schools doing this?


April 19th, 2013
1:31 pm

i LOVE…. I have never heard of this, ahem, tradition. I agree- atrocious!


April 19th, 2013
2:29 pm

A garter belt? Or a lace garter?

One of the two would be a little difficult to remove in a ceremony.


April 19th, 2013
2:30 pm

My daughter gots pregnant at her Sr prom last year after she wore a ho outfit I am a grandma now.


April 19th, 2013
3:06 pm

@i LOVE…: Gawd, NO! What a tacky, completely inappropriate “ceremony”!!!! I can’t believe the parents aren’t screaming to high heaven!!! I wouldn’t even do it at our WEDDING, I thought it was so declasse’. If my husband was going to symbolically undress me, he could take the veil off, and that was IT!


April 20th, 2013
12:31 am

Obsessing about prom is indeed a “mania.”

Mother of 2

April 20th, 2013
8:22 am

Happy I don’t have a daughter :-). Renting a tux is so much easier!

Atlanta Mom

April 20th, 2013
10:03 am

Yes indeed. My niece registered her dress, but she goes to a swanky private school. I haven’t heard any public school kids doing this.


April 20th, 2013
6:52 pm

My beautiful statuesque daughter price shopped for a lovely dress in an appropriate price range. She is wearing jeweled flat sandals so she can move and dance in her knife pleated grecian goddess gown with a bejeweled bodice. She is a very modest girl and would never wear a dress with a slit, cut outs or a low neckline. She has always been very modest, I haven’t seen her when she wasn’t fully clothed since she was about 6.

I dropped my fried twinkie

April 21st, 2013
1:59 am

A Chasity Belt is what my daughter will be wearing.


April 21st, 2013
1:39 pm

Thank God I have boys AND that those days are now past!!


April 21st, 2013
1:51 pm

Most of the colors of the dresses on the prom goers that I I’ve seen should have been called “manatee grey”.