Prom is all about glitz, glamour and gorgeous dresses. It's a once-in-a-lifetime event that celebrates the end of high school and the beginning of the rest of your life. Prom season will be here before you know it, so now is the time to start thinking about prom dress styles. There are so many hot trends for the season, including classic fabrics and more modern silhouettes — there's something for everyone. And really, when it comes to prom dresses, there are no rules (except your school's dress code, of course). Here are some top prom dress trends of 2020 to give you a good starting point as you shop for your dress. Who knows. You might just find a dress that's just as special as the occasion itself.
Sugary-Sweet Candy Colors
As prom typically takes place in the late spring, pastels are a perennial favorite. If you're going for ultra-femme and flirty, this is the style for you. Look for sugary sweet shades like bubblegum pink, cotton-candy blue and buttermint yellow.
From form-fitting mermaid dresses to classic ballgowns, the classic prom dress takes on new life in soft, fresh hues. For a dramatic look, we love the Jovani Plunge Embroidered Gown and for something a little more understated, you can't go wrong with the Faviana Asymmetrical Ruched Charmeuse Gown.
When it comes to accessorizing, go with a crystalized or jewel-encrusted clutch and some glamorous jewelry to balance out the soft color of your dress. As for hair and makeup, we suggest going with a soft, romantic updo and minimal makeup to mirror the muted pastel hue of your prom dress.
Who doesn't love a good jumpsuit? It has an ease and grace to it that we absolutely love. Jumpsuits have seen a surge in popularity in the last few years and it's not difficult to see why. Equal parts glamorous and daring, the one-piece wonder that is the jumpsuit is a powerful look. Plus, prom styles can be just as formal and appropriate as a dress while making an unexpected yet stylish impact.
Formal jumpsuits are available in a range of styles, colors and fit. When shopping for one, look for skin-baring silhouettes, ruffles, embellishments and evening fabrics. From form-fitting numbers with gathered detailing to draped styles with asymmetrical lines, jumpsuits are the dark horse of formal fashion this season. The Jay Godfrey Sky Strapless Taffeta Ruffle Jumpsuit is a stunning blend of 80s glam and modern lines. And for pure elegance and femininity, we love the Halston Heritage Drape Overlay Jumpsuit.
If you go the jumpsuit route, opt for simple styling and keep accessories to a minimum. As for the hair and makeup, we love a slicked-back, high ponytail and a sharp, smoky eye for a high-impact look.
Metallic prom dresses have been a go-to for decades and the trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The wham-glam look is all about sparkling, stunning and standing out in a crowd. Think sequins, silks, shiny lamé, metallic brocades and textured jacquards.
In the past, classic gold, silver and rose gold metallic dresses were the reigning queens. But this season, it's all about the standard metal hues and the colors of the rainbow — no shade excluded. Whether you go for a gradient metallic or an iridescent, it's an opulent and luxurious look. For a show-stopping number, we love the Jovani Sleeveless Beaded Gown. And for something a little off-kilter and fun, the Cinq à Sept Tati Off-Shoulder Dress is one of a kind.
When accessorizing, go with simple accessories and jewelry for a soft look. If you're more of a maximalist, opt for all-metallic accessories and matching jewels. Keep makeup and hair subtle, soft and romantic to complete your outfit.
A trend we are loving this prom season is the less-is-more aesthetic reminiscent of the 90s. Simple lines and minimal detail work breathe fresh air into a clothing category that is often dripping in details and embellishments. Elements for this trend include sharp lines, asymmetry, bold colors and minimal handwork.
The impact of this dress comes not from its decadence but its lack thereof. The striking simplicity and eye-catching colors are what make this prom dress trend a head-turner. When shopping, look for clean dresses with modern touches like this thin spaghetti strapped Likely Aurora Satin Gown or this fitted Solace London Linza Maxi Dress.
The key to pulling off this prom dress trend is to keep everything else consistently minimal. When you're shopping for accessories, go with nude or black evening shoes, a small clutch and keep the jewelry subtle by opting for delicate earrings or a single bracelet. Fully embrace the trend by going with straightened hair or a low chignon and barely there makeup with a bold lip — Kate Moss would be oh so proud.
Looking for a prom dress that's different and unique? Give them the cold shoulder. The one-shoulder dress is a fun and refreshing style for 2020. Plus, it's an ultra-feminine design that doesn't reveal too much skin — perfect for a school dance. You'll find one-shoulder dresses in every color, from classic neutrals to vibrant highlighter hues.
You can keep it simple and low-key with something like this Jovani One-Shoulder Beaded Gown. Or, instead, play up the trend with an oversized puff, off-the-shoulder or statement-making sleeve like with the Rebecca Vallance Mona Sequin One-Sleeve Midi.
In terms of styling, forgo a necklace and opt instead for statement earrings. For shoes, try a pair of strappy heeled sandals or platforms. And for this prom dress, we love soft waves or a side chignon to show off the exposed shoulder. You can complete the look with soft, feminine makeup with a nude lip.
Long prom dresses aren't the only way to go. Shake things up with a micro mini head-turner. We love that mini dresses are gaining more and more popularity as a formal option. It's not surprising as they're extremely cute, chic and easy to dance in! Just keep in mind, as you're showing off your legs, you'll want a higher neckline up top to keep the look balanced.
From opulent and bedazzled numbers like the Shona Joy Faye Circle Sleeve Mini Dress to whimsical and fun dresses like the Olivia Rubin Sequin Stripe Faux Wrap Mini, you'll find there are countless ways to pull off a school-appropriate micro-mini prom dress. Just make sure you know your school's dress code prior to purchasing your dress.
In terms of accessories, you'll want to reign it in as the short hemline is the statement of the outfit. Go with one or two pieces of jewelry and a mini handbag with a handy shoulder strap. To keep the look formal, go with a chic updo or soft waves and a bombshell makeup look with a red lip.