Fab 5: Floral Print Prom Dresses
Florals for spring may not be a new idea, but this year has ushered in some particularly fresh takes on the trend that we just can’t get enough of. Balenciaga, Givenchy, Prada, Gucci, and more all paraded innovated new approaches to the traditional print down the runway to much applause and adulation. Big and bold, small and intricate, and everything in between, we couldn’t help but get happily lost in the nuances. As such, we have decided to dedicate this week’s Fab Five to some our own interpretations of the rosiest print around. Without further ado, here are our current favorites:
White/Multi Floral Two-Piece Dress JVN41771
Chock full of whimsy and delight, this two-piece dress entrances the masses with its full A-line organza maxi skirt. The slim-banded high waist silhouette is printed with large muted florals, creating a romantic vision. Before prom, you might want to wander through a forest or sit for a lakeside picnic, if only for the unforgettable photos. Crafted from beautiful white lace, the sleeveless top features a sophisticated high neckline and a scalloped edge that makes a delicate contrast against your bare midriff. Equal parts flirty and graceful, it’s one of the dreamiest confections in which to dance the night away.
Styling Notes: You can go two very distinct ways with this dress. The first option is to keep the focus on its delicate femininity with dewy makeup in pretty pinks and neutrals, simple silver jewelry, and a round toed ballet flat. Option two is to go for a darker romance – more forest, less field of flowers. Soft curls with a dramatic side part, deep bronze shadow and a scarlet lip, and a metallic stiletto.
Aqua Floral Sheer Prom Dress JVNP37960
This trumpet dress makes itself heard across the room in bright aqua and sheer skirting. Lace floral appliques cover the top half of the graceful silhouette before trailing off in a vine-like fashion down the flared skirt. People often confuse the trumpet design with a mermaid skirt, but there are a couple key differences. The trumpet design starts to flare at a higher point, generally mid-thigh, and the flare itself is much more gradual. This detail can become especially important when considering silhouettes for a movement-heavy event like prom. The trumpet shape allows for easier gliding, twirling, and whatever new dance the kids are into these days. One of our favorite aspects of this particular style, aside from the gorgeous floral detailing, is the elegant boat neckline, exposing the clavicle and lengthening the line of the neck itself.
Styling Notes: Feel free to get a bit more coquettish when it comes to accessorizing this one. The vibrant color and bold sheer skirting lend themselves nicely to more avant-garde jewelry designs. A loosely swept updo will showcase the pretty neckline, and shoes should be kept in a neutral or metallic colorway.
Black Floral Applique Dress JVN41443
Sweet florals have evolved into something much sultrier in this slinky dress.
Crafted from curve-skimming jersey, it stuns in a column silhouette. Jewel-toned floral appliques bring both color and modesty to the sheer bodice, making a luxe statement. The back brings sexy, well, back, cut in a low-V with slim spaghetti straps crossing in the upper center. These femme details are balanced by a sophisticated neckline, making this a very upmarket approach to alluring style.
Styling Notes: We love a tousled hair look with this dress, to offset its serious beauty. Tease the crown and make your curls a little messy. You can even use a sea salt spray like Bumble and Bumble’s surf spray for that effortless, ‘I woke up like this’ look. Echo the pink floral hue of the bodice in a lip stain to amplify the effect and keep the shadow neutral, focusing instead on a slender cat-eye liner. When it comes to shoes, slip on a high strappy heel to maximize your leggy strut.
Multi Color Sweetheart Neck Mermaid Prom Dress JVN47893
Blooming gorgeous! Painterly florals lend an artistic element to this sculpted gown, enhanced by its womanly Botticelli-esque silhouette. The dramatic mermaid skirt starts its flare above the knees, so getting down on the dance floor won’t be a problem. The sweetheart neckline has a sheer insert, which lends modesty, but in the sexiest of ways. One things for certain in this eye-catching number – you will not be a wallflower. A corseted back lends a powerfully seductive finish, which will have everyone watching as you exit a room.
Styling Notes: Keep the accessories on par with the dress. What do we mean? Color, color, color. How often do you get to break out the vibrant hued cocktail jewelry lining your drawers? Take advantage of this moment and play it up big. Statement earrings, statement necklace, and heavily embellished bracelets are heavily encouraged. The beautiful mermaid skirt will most likely hide your shoes for photo, but we love it with a nude pump, just in case there’s a 21st century Cinderella moment. Glass slippers are so last century.
Black and Ivory Floral A line Skirt Prom Dress JVN49641
Hit a Parisian note in uber-chic black and white. The washed floral effect on the voluminous A-line skirt manages to be both subtle and striking at the same time. As practical as it is polished, the low cut bodice features both a halter neckline and straight-back straps. This classic and intriguing design features has the added benefit of keeping everything perfectly in place. We feel a shimmy coming on. The banded waistline meets the low-V neckline in a triangular point, drawing the eye inward for a slimming effect.
Styling Notes: If you have long hair, match the volume of the skirt with long, flowing, blown-out locks. If yours is on the shorter side, slick it back and make use of your bobby pin collection to create a demure princess moment. We love to punch up the drama with metal cuff bracelets – one on each wrist, but you can also stick to slim silver bangles. Stick to studs or slender drop earrings and don’t worry about a necklace – the straps are garnering enough attention on their own. For shoes, look to a black satin pump for a classic finish.