Top Prom Dress Trends for 2017

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by: Colleen Hughes
Prom season is here, and that means hunting for the perfect dress for that special night. Read up on this year's prom dress trends, and find "the one." Most dresses featured here cost under $150 — so there's room in your budget for cute shoes, too!
Fresh Florals
Fresh Florals
Nothing makes you want to celebrate spring quite like fresh blooming flowers, and one of the hottest prom dress trends this year is floral prints. Don't be afraid to go big and colorful.

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Pretty Pastels
Pretty Pastels
Pastels, especially shades of blush or pale blue, are everywhere this year. Soft, light hues lend a touch of elegance to any evening.

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Seeing Red
Seeing Red
On the opposite spectrum of the pastels trend is the popularity of deep, bold reds. If soft pastels aren't your style, consider a wine-colored red for a passionate pop of color on the dance floor.

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Separates Still Going Strong
Separates Still Going Strong
Last year's hot trend of separate tops and skirts isn't going anywhere. This look pairs nicely with this year's floral trend, with a solid top and a big, bold floral-patterned skirt.

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Embellishments Everywhere
Embellishments Everywhere
Bring on the bling! Another trend that shows no sign of going away is embellished details — rhinestones, sequins, metallics, you name it. Make a bold fashion statement and give yourself a little extra sparkle.

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Halters and High Necklines
Halters and High Necklines
Who wants to be adjusting loose spaghetti straps or a plunging neckline all night? High necklines and halter-style tops are back this year, which is perfect for staying both stylish and comfy as you dance the night away.

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Lovely Lace
Lovely Lace
Lace is everywhere this year, as an accent or as an all-over material. White or ivory lace can give you a look of timeless elegance, while colored lace gives you a modern twist on a classic favorite.

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Sweet Off-the-Shoulder-Style
Sweet Off-the-Shoulder-Style
Off-the-shoulder sleeves are a popular trend this year. They provide some extra coverage without being too hot for a warm spring night.

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Short and Sassy
Short and Sassy
Who said prom dresses have to be long? Short prom dresses are all the rage this year, giving you more options to express your unique style. Bonus: You're probably more likely to rewear a short dress.

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Cute Cut-Outs
Cute Cut-Outs
Cut-outs (or faux cut-outs, with a thin layer of mesh over the cut-out pieces) continue to be a popular trend, especially for people who may like the look of the separate crop top and skirt but desire a bit more coverage. (Just make sure you're aware of your school's dress code when looking at cut-out styles.)

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