Feathered skirts are a major trend for prom dresses this year. Whether they are on a long, strapless gown or a short, cocktail dress, layers of feathers add drama and fun. The best way to wear a feathered skirt is with a tight top. For instance, a strapless, bustier style neckline with a fuller bottom will create balance. The tiered, feathered skirts often have a ruffled wire hem inside to keep them from getting flat. Similar to feathers are rows of alternating ruffles and rosettes. Again, these will work on dresses of any length.
Another biggest trend in Prom Dresses is the high-low style, which is short in the front and long in the back. It gives prom goers the best of both worlds. The shorter front shows off shapely legs and allows for more freedom of movement, while the longer back provides an elegant touch. Coming in at a close second is the short cocktail dress. This is the ultimate party dress, because it is chic and sassy without being too formal. They are ideal for dancing.
For a clean, uncluttered look, choose a column chiffon prom dress. They look like liquid when the dress moves. Another way to glisten is by wearing a dress covered with mirrored glass or sequins. When strapless designs have a heavily embellished top and an unadorned skirt, it creates an eye-pleasing contrast. Panels of overlays are featured on prom dresses this season. Some only seem to be transparent, while others actually are see-through. They can be the same color as the dress or a flesh tone. To create more excitement, sequins, beads or lace may be added on top of the overlays.
Sweetheart prom dress is excellent for figures with a flatter chest. The extra shape detail on the bust can give the illusion that there is more there than there really is. Again with this style prom dress the fitting around the bust is very important and a few alterations may be necessary for the bust line to lay flat.
Other trendy 2012 prom dress styles are the floor-length prom dress with mermaid design, grecian and column silhouettes. The mermaid and column styles really emphasize the curves, while the grecian style gently skims the body. It has an empire waist and a long, loose skirt that floats away from the body. Some designs also have a slight back train.