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Prom season is here. Stylists and nail techs are booked and busy.

The 2023 Prom Slay is most likely to be colorful with yellow, orange, fuchsia, lime green and neon pink everywhere. Barbie Pink, lilac and periwinkle are lighting up Instagram, too.

We’re also seeing sheer corset dresses.  The mesh bustier prom dresses are made with illusion fabric between boning that snatches the waist.

What were the looks when you went to your high school’s premier formal event?


80’s prom dresses are memorable, dramatic and fun. Big puffy sleeves, bright colors, velvet tops, dropped waists, bubble skirts, giant bows and ruffles. The girls showed some leg in short mini-prom dresses but the long princess ball gowns still held their own in high school formal history. Lots of sequins and metallics lit up the dance floor.


Sequins made their way into the 90’s and joined beading, rosettes and shoulder pads. Black and white color schemes were hot and there was off the shoulder sexiness and spaghetti straps.


Aqua and chartreuse burst onto the scene in the early 2000’s and with Britney and Christina as the style inspo, the two-piece made its debut. Asymmetrical one-shoulder gowns were hot along with low cowl necks, shawls and corset backs. Beading and rhinestones helped the prom queens sparkle and satin was *thee* fabric.


The princess floated into the 2010’s in her long, ethereal gown. Vibrant prints, ruched necklines, heavy beading and bejeweled bodices jumped from professionally shot prom pics. The girls were rocking side cut-outs and ombre and vintage looks entered the chat.