It’s prom season in New York but, given all the arduous fashion planning involved, it might as well be time for the Met Gala.
Teens who want to make a sartorial splash are on the hunt for the latest ripped-from-the-red-carpet looks. This year’s hot trends range from glam, sparkly gowns to princess-y two-pieces.
But prom queens take note: Such runway-ready fashions should highlight — not overwhelm — the wearer’s personality.
“As much as being on-trend is important for most girls going to prom, you should really find a dress that feels like you,” says Aeyung Kim, fashion editor at Seventeen and Cosmopolitan magazines.
Here, five teen models head to the Seventeen fashion closet to try on the latest too-cool-for-school styles and silhouettes.
THE TEEN: Ainura Kudaibergen, 17, a senior who lives in Manhattan, is originally from Kazakhstan, speaks five languages and loves out-of-the-ordinary fashion.
THE LOOK: Polished yet care-free, this two-piece features a fitted embroidered top and a billowy tulle skirt.
THE TREND: “The two-piece dress is probably the biggest trend for prom this year,” says Kim. “It shows just a little bit of skin, but is still superformal.”
THE VERDICT: “I wanted something elegant and conservative,” says the NYU-bound senior. “It’s simple but very unique. The bright color makes me happy.”
THE TEEN: Marley Parker, 17, of East Harlem, favors edgy street style to match her bold personality.
THE LOOK: This sparkly gown with a peekaboo cutout and deep side slit exudes Studio 54 glamour.
THE TREND: “Head-to-toe sequin is a big trend on runway and for prom,” says Kim.
THE VERDICT: “It’s colorful, bright and unique,” says Parker. “It has that ‘wow’ factor and fits me like a…