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What to Wear for 4 Popular Prom Themes

What to Wear for 4 Popular Prom Themes

Getting dressed to the nines is one of the best parts of prom; but if your formal night has a specific theme, it can seem a little bit challenging. What type of prom dress do you look for? Does the fabric matter? Silhouette? Well the good news is that a prom theme can actually help you narrow down the endless options to a smaller selection of styles. Whether you have a prom theme this year or are drawn to a certain look, check out our style guide to 4 popular themes below.


What to Wear for 4 Popular Prom Themes

Shop: Beaded Mermaid Dress Sequin Chevron Dress Mikado Ballgown Off the Shoulder Dress Appliqué Chiffon Dress

Bright and boisterous, a carnival theme is as fun as it gets! Let your prom dress follow the same formula; think bold colors with shiny accents. Beading, sequins, rhinestones, applique; the more embellishments, the merrier! And whether it’s ballgown, fitted, A-line, or mermaid, any silhouette suits this whimsical theme.

Under the Sea

What to Wear for 4 Popular Prom Themes

Shop: Sequin Lace Up Dress Two Tone Metallic Dress Sequin Slip Dress Strapless Glitter Ballgown Two Piece Shimmer Dress

We’re definitely blue about this theme (in the best way possible!) All hues of the classic color work; think turquoise, teal, royal, even mint, in form-fitting silhouettes that show off your curves. For the finishing touch, look out for fabrics that glisten like the ocean; try glitter, sequin or metallic. :: Plays Under the Sea on repeat::


What to Wear for 4 Popular Prom Themes

Shop: Off the Shoulder Ballgown Lace Sweetheart Ballgown Glitter Mermaid Dress Sequin Ballgown Glitter Mesh Dress

The epitome of an enchanted prom theme? Romantic, flowing silhouettes in soft shades like light pink, blue, and ivory. When shopping, keep an eye out for delicate, feminine patterns, especially floral prints. Go for a full princess-like silhouette, like a ballgown or A-line, to complement the dreamy aesthetic of this theme.

Roaring '20's

What to Wear for 4 Popular Prom Themes

Shop: Fringe Sequin Dress Deco Sequin Dress Sequin Square Neck Dress Plunge Slip Dress Geo Beaded Dress

Once 2020 hit, you knew this prom theme would come knocking! How to expertly pull off Gatsby-era style? Look for a form fit, neutral color, and excess embellishments, like the 20’s prom dresses pictured here. Don’t skimp on jewelry either; with this theme, it pays to be a ‘lil extra.

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