As the end of the school year approaches, millions of young women begin the search for the perfect prom dress. The final selection must be unique, stylish, and flattering to the figure. Luckily, we can take a few fashion tips from our favorite movie stars and television personalities. From the 2015 Academy Awards to this year’s Golden Globes, celebrities also spend countless hours locating the perfect dress to complement their curves. Take a look at this season’s latest fashion trends for a bit of prom-inspiration.

The Princess Gown

Why shouldn’t your prom be as magical as a fairytale romance? Princess gowns are being seen at multiple red carpet events this year, in soft hues like girly pink or dreamy blue. The cascading fabric of these types of dresses allows you to keep the jewelry simple and the makeup minimally natural. 

Embellishments

An alternative to sequins are pearl embellishments, sparkling crystals, flowing feathers, or glistening fringe. When included sparingly on a cocktail or floor-length dress, these little extra touches can essentially turn a simple design into a truly elegant jaw-dropper. 

Black and White Chic

Whether you choose to wear a lively, graphic print with the hair in a stylish up-do or a solid black-and-white combination with a bold red lip, this look is considered very fashion-forward this season. These colors look elegant and sophisticated on any woman who wears them, and they always look great in the dim lights of the dance floor, too.

The Girly Suit

Guys have it easy, and now the ladies can, too. A stylish, black suit with skinny pants and stilettos can look either super-feminine or completely androgynous. It all depends on the makeup, hair, and accessories that you choose.  Add a bow tie for a classic look or consider wearing a midriff top under the jacket for a bit of extra sex appeal.

Jumpsuits

If the girly suit is not to your liking, consider a fun and flirty alternative. The jumpsuit is making a huge comeback this season, showing up in magazine photos of Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens. From strapless versions with pencil thin bottoms to flowing jumpsuits with longer sleeves, your options are almost limitless.

Crisp White

If you really want to make an entrance, consider wearing a solid white gown. Depending on the shape and cut, the dress can be flirty, romantic, or just utterly classic. If you shop carefully, a white dress can be altered slightly after the prom to double as your graduation dress, too.

Bolder Shades of Yellow

Instead of choosing sequined gowns or the standard “little black dress,” go for a bolder shade of vibrant yellow. This color looks great with any skin tone, especially on young women with deeper, darker complexions.

Bustier Tops

A dress with a fitted, bustier top and long flowing skirts can be a real show-stopper for women of any shape. Bustiers work well for both cocktail and longer gowns, too.

The Midi Dress

If you can’t decide between a shorter dress and the longer formal gown, consider the midi dress as a fresh alternative.  These calf-length styles come in all shapes and sizes while drawing extra attention to your high-glam heels.

Metallic Fabrics

Shimmering metallic fabrics are another stylish alternative to sequins or embellished designs. The colors range from bronzes to silvers and golds….and everything in between. 

Prints

There is nothing wrong with bolder prints for prom. Choose a larger design to give your princess gown a trendier vibe while keeping the makeup and hair simple and chic. A sleek pony tail or some delicate curls might be all that you need.

80’s Retro

The 80’s are back, and dresses with neon hues, off-the-shoulder shapes, and asymmetrical designs are definitely trending this season.  Who knows?  Maybe your mom can give you some ideas.  Or maybe, just maybe, she has something hidden in the back of her closet that can give you some vintage inspiration.