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2023 prom trends that will help create a perfect night

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Pictured are high school girls dancing at their senior prom.

As the end of the year approaches, many high school students are eagerly anticipating one of the biggest events of the school year – prom. Each year, new trends emerge in prom fashion, and 2023 is no exception. From dresses to hairstyles, here are some of the prom trends to watch out for in 2023.

Popular dress styles

In 2023, prom dresses will feature a mix of classic styles and modern twists. Expect to see traditional ballgowns with fitted bodices and flowing skirts, as well as sleek and simple column dresses with high slits. Soft and romantic fabrics like tulle, chiffon, and lace will be popular, as will bold and dramatic prints. Off-the-shoulder and one-shoulder styles will also be in vogue, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to the overall look.

Madison Oliveira, a senior at Colonia High School sought to find her perfect dream dress at Giana Rose Couture in Yardley, Pennsylvania. It is a small owner-ran boutique that offers a wide variety of prom dresses ranging in length, color, and style. Each dress offers individuality and has its own expressive traits. Oliveira says, “Giana Rose Couture was very friendly and met my needs immediately when I first arrived at the store. They had a huge variety of prom dresses and the employees helped me to envision what I wanted to wear at my senior prom. They made sure to keep my budget in mind and gave me a priceless experience.”

Oliveira’s shows the wonderful qualities Giana Rose Couture has to offer. Along with prom comes graduation, so be sure to check out their online graduation dress section to look your very best.

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Just arriving to the senior prom, Kelly Branco and Zach Periera prepare for a night of dancing.

Colors that pop 

As for colors, pastels and jewel tones will be big in 2023. Soft shades of pink, blue, and lavender will be popular, as will bold hues like emerald green, ruby red, and sapphire blue. Metallic colors, especially silver, and gold, will also make an appearance, adding some extra shimmer and sparkle to the night.

Gabby Hansen, a cheerleader in her junior year at Colonia High School hints that, “Darker shades of pink, blue, and red are the most prominent in our junior class. My friends and I are very excited to attend this year’s junior cotillion.” Hansen’s excitement is not going unoticed though, as most if not all of the junior girls have chosen their cotillion dresses. The event is only 3 weeks away, after all.

Accessories to make you shine 

Accessories will play a big role in prom fashion in 2023. Statement jewelry, like oversized earrings or a bold necklace, will be on-trend, as will hair accessories like floral crowns and jeweled headbands. Clutches will be a popular choice for carrying essentials, and expect to see some unique shapes and designs, like mini backpacks or boxy purses.

Remember that the most important thing is to choose accessories that make you feel comfortable and confident, and that complement your personal style and the dress you’ve chosen for your occassion. Amazon offers many cheaper alternatives to bold accessories and should always be a storefront option on your list when shopping everything glamorous.

Stylish shoes 

Comfortable yet stylish shoes will be the go-to choice for prom-goers in 2023. Block heels and wedges will be popular, providing a little extra height without sacrificing comfort. Strappy sandals and pointed-toe pumps will also be on-trend, adding a touch of sophistication to the overall look.

Shoes can also be a fun way to add a pop of color or texture to your outfit. For example, if you are wearing a neutral-colored dress, you can add a pair of bright or patterned shoes to make your outfit more interesting and eye-catching.

Overall, the right pair of shoes can make a big difference in how your dress looks and how you feel while wearing it. It’s important to choose shoes that are comfortable and appropriate for the occasion, but also reflect your personal style and taste. David’s Bridal offers a wide selection of shoes for both the casual and creative type. They tend to go on sale so be sure to take a look at their online store or visit one of their locations soon. 

Hairstyles for a classic look 

Prom hairstyles in 2023 will feature a mix of classic and modern styles. Classic updo’s, like chignons and French twists, will be popular, as will loose and tousled waves. Half-up and half-down styles with braids or twists will also be in vogue, adding a touch of bohemian flair to the overall look. Hair accessories, like jeweled hairpins or floral crowns, will also be a popular choice.

This prom season, the real show stopper is predicted to be pearls. Pearls are making an appearance in the hair to show a personal statement. It resembles elegance, and when paired with a maxi dress it is an ultimate statement.

Luminous makeup 

In 2023, prom makeup will be all about natural, glowing skin. Expect to see dewy, luminous complexions with subtle highlights and contours. Soft and natural eye makeup, like a smoky eye with neutral tones, will be popular, as will bold and colorful lip colors, like deep reds and bright pinks. Glow Beauty Bar in Cranford, NJ is the spot for most prom makeovers. Their makeup artists are certified and offer both dramatic and natural looks depending on their client’s preference. 

In conclusion, prom trends in 2023 will feature a mix of classic styles and modern twists, with soft and romantic fabrics, pastels and jewel tones, statement accessories, comfortable yet stylish shoes, and natural, glowing makeup. Whether you choose a traditional ballgown or a sleek column dress, you’ll be sure to stand out on the dance floor in one of these stylish and on-trend looks. 

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Victoria Sanchez is an 18-year-old senior at Colonia High School. She is a part of the FBLA club. She enjoys paddle boarding, vinyl collecting, and concert hopping in her free time. Her favorite band is The Backseat Lovers for their sensible lyrics and upbeat instrumentals. Sanchez is best described as kind and in tune with her feelings. She likes sushi, California rolls being her favorite. She is innovative and hopes to use this skill in her future career. In college, she wants to major in Marketing and minor in Management. Through writing for the Declaration, Sanchez hopes to interest readers in local happenings. 

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