From the runway to the dance floor, students at prom reflect the major fashion trends created by popular fashion brands. (Photo courtesy of INSIDER)
From the runway to the dance floor, students at prom reflect the major fashion trends created by popular fashion brands.

Photo courtesy of INSIDER

From the runway to the dance floor: prom dress trends you can expect to see this year

April 26, 2019

With prom season in full swing, it is nearly impossible to ignore fashion. Whether it’s buying your prom dress or helping your friend decide between the hundreds of style and color options, most junior and senior girls seem to be constantly looking at prom dresses.


In the modern world, , even the most innocent online searches and purchases are tracked; this includes online viewing of prom dresses. Google and the fashion database, Lyst, sold this information to Insider magazine who published an article on the most searched prom dresses. Insider revealed what people searched for most often when online shopping for a prom dress.


Similar data was also gathered from our own student body. 91 junior and senior girls took a survey where they anonymously disclosed the color and style of their prom dress. This data, the Insider article, as well as other spring 2019 fashion trends from other popular fashion magazines, allowed me to make my own predictions of what looks girls will be flaunting at prom this year.


Prepare for Purple

Not only was light lavender on the top of almost every fashion magazines’ 2019 spring colors, 9% of the York students  surveyed reported that their dress was a similar shade of purple. Lavender is a timeless and feminine pastel color that has been very common on the runway this season. There is no doubt that we will see many prom dresses reflecting this trend.


Going for Glitter

Some girls are going all out this season and are bound to draw eyes in glittery dresses. Despite being an uncommon style in the past, 4 of the 91 students on the survey reported having glitter, shimmery, or sequined dresses. The online prom dress shop, PromGirl, disclosed to Insider that metallic dresses including gold and rose gold are commonly bought as well as sequined dresses. In fact, multiple students surveyed bought their dresses from PromGirl. There are bound to be many glittery prom dresses making a statement this year at prom.


Embracing Emerald Green

It is safe to expect that many girls will be repping our school’s own color of  kelley green this year at prom. Almost 6% of students noted in the survey that they will be wearing kelly green or emerald green. Also, Harper’s Bazaar claimed this emerald green was one of the “it colors” for spring 2019. The dance floor will most likely be flooded with emerald green dresses that are fashion-forward and show school pride.


Pink will be popping

Insider reported that within 24 hours after the Oscars, searches for hot pink dresses increased by 528%. This spike is a direct result of the number of stars wearing hot pink. Students from the survey seem to accept this trend wholeheartedly, and all eyes will be drawn to all the hot pink, fuchsia, and coral dresses this year at prom.


Animal Print

Based on the trends, students are going to be strutting around in animal print shoes. Snakeskin and leopard print shoes are plentiful in any shoe store at the moment. Vogue published an article this March with twenty ways to follow the animal print trend this spring, so it can be assured that students will be reflecting this trend this upcoming season.


Off the shoulder

Long sleeve and short sleeve off the shoulder dresses have been the top searched clothing item online in the US this March according to Google. Lyst also disclosed that searches for off the shoulder dresses have increased by 20% since the beginning of this year.


Statement Backs

Statement backs take the cake for being the most common dress that students reported in the survey. 15% of the 91 students will have all the focus on the back of their dress as they reported having a statement back or an open back. Along with the survey results, PromGirl also reported that statement back dresses are in the top twenty styles of dresses sold this season.

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