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These prom dresses come in a range of reddish hues.
These prom dresses come in a range of reddish hues.
Riya Aarini

Promenade … Prometheus … prom … what’s the difference? Well, the exciting event of prom is the topic at hand, well, prom dress. “Prom” is the shortened version of “promenade.” Vocabulary out of the way, let’s get to the many styles of the prom dress.

Strapless prom dress
Riya Aarini

All a teen needs to look beautiful on prom night is a gorgeous gown and fabulous sense of self-confidence to show off that spectacular dress, no matter what style. She might also decide to display the lovely corsage presented to her by her ever-so gentlemanly date.

Prom dresses come in diverse shades: hot pink, true red, sky blue, winter white or patterned, for instance. What color beautifully accentuates your skin tone? Ask yourself this: is your skin tone winter, summer, spring or autumn?


Do well in rich colors like red, navy blue and hot pink

Steer away from orange and gold


Stick with soft neutrals and pastels: lavender, pale yellow and sky blue

Stay away from orange and earth tones


Wear a rich, earth-toned gown, like olive, orange and gold

Clear away from black, pastels and bright colors


Ivory, red, coral and aqua gowns make you stand out fabulously

Shy away from black, white and muted colors

Short and cute as a button, many prom dresses have a hemline above the knee. These short prom dresses are oftentimes strapless with a sweetheart neckline and perfect for petite frames.

Long and elegant, many prom dresses fall to the ankles and show off the shoulders in a strapless design. Think Taylor Swift at the American Country Music Awards. She was breathtaking ... and tall! Her gown gave her a statuesque, regal appearance, one to be imitated by far!

Gowns may be one-shoulder, halter or strapless; flared out with a tulle a-line skirt; or open backed. Decisions ... decisions!

Prom dresses range from fancy department store designs that average under $100 to dramatically elaborate, gemstone-encrusted gowns priced between $200 and $600 and are found in boutiques. Consider that the more material used, eh-hem, the longer the gown, the more it will cost. When factoring in price, also consider whether the gown is beaded, sequined or embellished with sophisticated patterns--all of which can justifiably increase the cost.

Prom gown materials vary as much as the recent global-warming temperatures. Are you fun and flirty? These prom goers will find short, feather dresses in pink, like the one available at for $290. Gowns are also covered in sequins for those who want glamour. The gal adorning a silver sequined dress will shine in the spotlight on prom night; or, maybe it’s just the lights reflecting off the sequins.

Did You Know? Countries like India, Bulgaria, Romania and Argentina hold similar formal dances for teens in their last and even sometimes first year of high school, depending on the country and its tradition.

Peaches Boutique

5915-17 So. Archer Ave.

Chicago, IL 60638



Cassandra Stone Prom Dress $459

Cocktail Flirt Prom Dress $269

Jovani Prom Dress $599

Macy’s Water Tower

835 North Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611


Strapless pleated sequin dress $39.99

BCBMaxAzria dress $428

2012 Jovani dress $550.00


2 N State ST

Chicago, IL 60602

PacificPlex One Shoulder Satin Sheath Formal Dress $104.99


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