Belle of the ball

Inspired by Runway on the Runway, a charity fashion extravaganza organised byyoung people to raise moneyforyoung people who are less fortunate than themselves, the theme for my article this month is the end of year school party, or PROM, one of the most important dates in the teen calendar, and one where dressing to impress is a prerequisite!

To ensure you’re a hit at your special occasion, we take a look at prom fashions for teens and young adults, from sequined gowns to the outrageously hip, and the best styles to suit your body shape.

Wrap dresses are perfect for an Apple body shape, they flatter a fuller bust and a side tie or gathered detail will draw attention away from the stomach.

A wrap style or a dress with an A-line skirt will also flatter a Pear body shape. Keep things clean and simple at the waistline, and choose something that will skim over the hips and/or adds more volume at the ankle and leg.

Dresses with an empire line are great for Petite body shapes; they raise the natural waistline to just below your bust, which will put the focus on your legs, making you look taller. A plunging or v-neckline will open up the top part of the body, which will help elongate your torso.

Empire line dresses also suit those with an Apple body shape; they draw a line under the bust and create the illusion of a waist whilst the body of the dress will skim over your mid-section. Open up necklines and opt for dresses with V-necks or scoop-necks, this will show off a good bust and draw the eye upwards.

Short, fitted cocktail dresses are made for an Athletic body shape as they show off a slender shape and long legs. Flippy dresses with simple spaghetti straps will instantly add dimension and femininity. Look for feminine details such as ruffles, and remember that print is great for athletic figures – it gives a 3D effect, helping to create curves.

A ball gown dress shape is flattering to most body shapes (unless you’re very short), and you could add a quirky touch by having a coloured petticoat under the full skirt.

If you’re an Hour Glass body shape, stick to styles that highlight – not hide – your waist and look for fitted and curve conscious items such as fifties style fit and flare dresses, wrap dresses, black-tie styles or draped body-con.


  • DO go for full length and fabulous if it’s proper, prom-style glam you’re after. Opt for slinky styles that don’t swamp you.
  • DO take a cover-up.
  • DON’T feel you can’t wear short. Keep it chic with a block of colour.
  • DO keep an open mind. Try on lots of different styles of dresses. You might love a dress you never thought you’d try on, let alone wear, and some dresses look better off the hanger!
  • DON’T forget the details. High-street rocks are fabulous and a cocktail ring will lift your look.
  • DO be prepared to go up a size. Traditional prom dresses can run at least one size smaller, just like wedding gowns so always ensure you try on first.


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