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High School Formal Fashions

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In high school, formal occasions are an opportunity to have some fancy fun.

While the styles for gowns and tuxedos may not change as dramatically each season as casual clothes, they do evolve each year.

Influenced by recent hit films, designers and celebrity red carpet looks, these top high school formal fashions are ready for their close up.

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10. Short and Metallic

Short and Metallic

Short formal dresses make just as much impact as long gowns, especially with a layer of metallic sequins over top. In addition to being easy to dance in and often lower priced than more structured designs, high school formal fashions like this are fun and flattering on any body type.

9. Faux leather

Faux leather

When it comes to tailored faux leather formal dresses, less is absolutely more. Sweep up the hair and stick to earrings or a simple ring for minimal accessorizing. Dark booties will keep the focus on the dress and how great you look in it.

8. Corset dress

Corset dress

The influence of everything Victorian steampunk has brought corsets back in style in a major way. Unlike the rib-breaking whale bone corsets that came before, these are built to enhance, not harm your figure. The structured top often has a soft, flowing skirt or a short one with volume.

7. Bold print

Bold print

Flower prints have never been prettier than the watercolor floral prints brightening up the dance floor. Balance a busy print with simple accessories and hair. For gorgeous examples of this trend done right, check out brands like Marchesa, who created the above dress for J.C. Penny.

6. Stand out in color

bright bold colors

Last season, designers finally re-discovered bold, bright colors. Now we see colorful pop pants on guys and gals alike, so why shouldn’t this carry over to high school formal fashions? Don’t be afraid to stand out in a bright, colorful gown this year.

5. Getting graphic

Getting graphic

High volume dresses with tulle out to there aren’t every girl’s idea of a dream dress. Prints work best for Homecoming or Prom with gowns that don’t have a lot of structure. Plus they pair well with super dressy heels! A few that clean up nicely include animal and lace prints that give the material the appearance of texture.

4. Simple


Simple gowns should not be mistaken for plain Janes! Elegant, long gowns that highlight the girl wearing them, instead of the other way around, will never go out of style. They look particularly beautiful on tall and plus-sized girl. Wearing a dark color? Select dressy shoes in a bright shade of the same color.

3. Modern edge

Modern edge

There once was a time when one-shouldered gowns resembled a toga, not so anymore. Today’s one-shouldered dresses have clean, modern lines and a sleek, almost edgy silhouette. Wedge heels in a contrasting color complete the look.

2. T-shirt dress

T-shirt dress

How to pull off the t-shirt dress without looking too casual for the Homecoming Dance? For starters, look for one made from a shimmery material and pair it with strappy shoes. Choose one facial feature to highlight with bold makeup – smoky eyes or crimson lips. Et voila!

1. Old Hollywood inspired

Old Hollywood inspired

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It’s not surprising that so many girls look to old Hollywood for glamour inspiration. This romantic style is all about class and bedazzled charm. Long gowns hint at modesty -a mermaid skirt creates a stunning silhouette, and a perfect complement to a strapless sweetheart neckline. On the other hand, short, strapless sweetheart cocktail dresses leave plenty of room for glitzy fun. Finish the look with black liquid eye liner and a cascade of neat waves or a flawless updo.


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