Join reporter Misha Lee as she predicts prom dress styles for the up and coming 2023 prom season. (Credit: Alyssa Ao)
Join reporter Misha Lee as she predicts prom dress styles for the up and coming 2023 prom season.

Credit: Alyssa Ao

Prom dress predictions

March 6, 2023

It’s officially prom season. Students are buying dresses, trying on items and making returns. Every year there are new styles at prom, and because there are both junior and senior proms at WHS this year, there will be several different trending colors, fits and lengths. Here are my predictions for the 2023 prom season.

Silk:
Dresses of silk fabrics first became very popular in the 90s. Ever since then, silk dresses have appeared at prom. People have continuously watched the classic movie “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” since its release in 2003. In the film, the main character, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), wears a beautiful yellow silk dress. This dress has always been viewed as an eye-catching dress and recently has been circulating on TikTok as an inspiration for prom dresses this year. Because of the timelessness of silk and its elegance when worn, I think it will be a trendy dress option for this year’s prom.

Examples: one, two and three

Ruffles:
In both homes and clothes, ruffles were very trendy in the 80s. Recently, ruffles made a comeback in the fashion industry, and some shirts and dresses use them. Ruffles add a cute element to your dress and make you stand out in a crowd. Because I have seen many dresses with ruffles recently, I predict that they will be a popular dress element this year.

Examples: one, two and three

Cutouts:
Recently, clothing with cutouts boosted in popularity. There are many trending tops with cutouts across the chest and along the stomach and different pants with cutouts to spice up a boring look. People have seen cutouts on many different styles and lengths of dresses. Whether is one big cutout or a few small ones, all are recently trending garments. Even though cutouts are a bit revealing, I believe that they will be seen on many dresses this year.

Examples: one, two and three

Pastels:
For many people, finding the right color is the hardest choice when searching for a prom dress. Yes, the style and fit of the dress are important, but the color is a deciding factor. Some people decide to go bold and wear bright colors, while others wear more muted colors. This year, I think there will be a mix of both color palettes, along with many pastels dresses. Pastels are very popular, especially the shades baby blue and pale pink. Pastels are the perfect in between of bright and neutral colors and compliment every skin tone. Because prom is in spring, there will most definitely be an array of pastel tones.

Examples: one, two and three

Corsets
During the Victorian Era, corsets were very popular. Many women wore them as an undergarment to give structure to their dresses. Corsets have re-entered fashion in the twenty-first century, but people showing off the garment on its own. Nowadays, one of the most popular corset tops is the Out From Under Modern Love Corset from Urban Outfitters. I have even seen many dresses with a corset top built into the dress. Because of the corset’s chic and flattering design, I am sure there will be at least a couple of people wearing these types of dresses.

Examples: one, two and three

Strapless
You can always find someone wearing a strapless dress at prom. Strapless dresses are a very simple and elegant look, and they’re a type of dress that will never go out of fashion. In addition, bandeau tops, also known as tube tops, have made a comeback to fashion. Strapless dresses come in many different styles: ballgown, body-con and mermaid. I am confident that there will be many people wearing these beautifully shaped dresses at prom.

Examples: one, two and three

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