What's hot for prom 2012?

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Prom season is almost upon us and it’s time to start planning your perfect outfit. As a savvy teen, we know you will be scouring the latest trends to find a style that suits you best. So we decided to make that process a little easier for you by outlining the very best this year’s prom selections have to offer the discerning prom queen. The most popular trends for 2012 include sequins and beading, animal prints and sassy short prom dresses.

A touch of sparkle Sequins is in and adding a touch of glamour to your prom dress has never been easier. This Hollywood chic accessory is the season’s biggest must-have to stand out from the crowd. Another popular way to add a little pizzazz is with large gemstones on a hip, neckline or even your clutch. If sequins is a little too sassy for your dress, consider adding some to your clutch or shoes.

A walk on the wild side Animal prints are a classic and they are making a huge comeback this prom season. For the more funky or ‘out of the box’ attendee, prom dresses in animal print are a fun way to spice up your evening.

Short is the new black Shorter full-skirt strapless dresses are the hottest fashion item on this year’s prom list. Skirts are made fuller with tulle and provide the glamour that short dresses may otherwise lack. Look for dresses that are just above the knee for a sophisticated and fun look.

Color of the year? Pink in all its shades is the most popular color for the prom princess this year. High heels in a matching color small and delicate clutches complete the perfect ensemble.

Vintage chic This year’s punk looks take on a decidedly retro feel with vintage tulle petticoats under polka-dot dresses. Wear platform heels and black accessories to complete a look that is essentially pin-up. Long bangs and up-dos with flower or feather accents round off the perfect outfit.

Prom survival tips

Killer heels? They may look amazing, but keep a pair of fold-up flats in your purse just in case all that dancing starts to hurt. Always wear your shoes in before you embark on your special evening to ensure that they are comfortable and that you are able to walk elegantly in them. Slip a couple of Band-Aids in your purse in case of blisters.

Allergies? Leave your corsage at home unless you want to have red, puffy eyes in all your prom photos.

Survival kit: Always carry a couple of safety pins in the event of a wardrobe malfunction. Ensure that you are well deodorized; all that dancing is sweaty stuff.

Photo courtesy of Sheri Hill. Order this dress onlinehere.

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