Prom Dress Trends 2012: Which Will Work for You and Which Will Work Against You?

Fashion Week in New York, Milan and Paris brought us so many fresh dress designs and styles, we can hardly take it all in. We can’t help but be mesmerized by the scrumptious textures, sheen, sparkles and sequins, not to mention the breathtaking colors. This year we noticed a whole palette of tertiary color mixtures we had never seen before; it was as if the designers were working with tubes of oil paints rather than the trusty Crayola 64 box. Some with names like Posuolli Earth and Pthalo Blue. Huh? But we loved them anyway, even if we can’ t pronounce them!

Now that all the runway reports are in, thanks to our own Redcat, we can’t wait to see what is in store for us when we head off to shop for our prom dress for the 2012 season. From the looks of it, my guess is we’re going to be heading back to a more sophisticated look, dresses that take us back to the glamorous days of early Hollywood, where the men wore suits and the women wore gowns even during the day! That was glamour!

Nowadays, prom girls are lucky. No longer do they have to wait out for entire seasons to lapse before they start to see the up-to-the-minute trends for formal wear ranging from cocktail dresses to wedding gowns and everything in between, especially prom dresses!

Here are some of the trends we look forward to trying out come prom season 2012.

The Peplum

Sometimes attributed to Victoria Beckham, the peplum is a flared ruffle attached to the waist of a jacket, bodice, etc. It was widely used in lace Victorian blouses with the waistline cinched tightly, which allowed the blouse to stay tucked inside the skirt. It was also a highly prized fashion trend for women in the 1940’s who sought to femininize the traditional suit by cinching in the waistline of the suit jacket and wearing seamed hose and high heels.

The peplum style is a great prom dress style for girls w