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Variety adds spice to prom fashions

| Saturday, March 17, 2001


This year's prom fashions are all over the dance floor. Popular choices range from two-piece, belly-baring dresses to traditional, fluffy ball gowns. Bright colors will share the room with pretty pastels, and '80s-inspired one-shoulder looks will mingle with flashy punk statements.

'We are seeing a lot of '40s and '50s styles coming back,' said Bree Gelber, accessories editor for Seventeen magazine. 'The look comes in at the waist and poofs out in the skirt. It's the look your mom had when she went to her prom.'

Gelber said ruffled tiers with a puffy, big bow has brought the '80s back into prom this year and disco, shimmery, flashy sequins in all different lengths are popular choices around the country.

Deborah Kunicky, owner of the Bridal Lane in Greensburg, said promgoers started shopping in February. She said the girls who have patronized her shop are selecting two-piece dresses and straight gowns with delicate beading, spaghetti straps or no straps. Dresses made of iridescent taffeta, traditional satin and tulle are top picks.


Other prom favorites include the one-shoulder or neck tie dresses and asymmetrical hem lines. Color is back this year with favorites including mango, fuchsia, baby blue and coral.

To accessorize, promgoers are looking to flowers - not only for the corsages. Fabric flower pins, hair ties and purse adornments are accompanying prom attire this year, according to Gelber.

'They can put the pins on the bag. Where a flower in the hair. Pin one on a sash on the dress. Fabric flower bracelets are big this year, too. There are lots of different options. Usually, they want it to match the rest of the look,' Gelber added.

She added jewel-incrusted combs are updating the traditional tiara and belly chain belts accentuate the two-piece dresses. Other top looks include shoulder-duster earrings, metallic clutch bags and big bangles.

Kunicky said local girls are not looking for bold statements in their accessories, selecting rhinestones, gloves and shoulder-length earrings to highlight their prom looks.

'There is such a variety anymore. Everyone's doing something different.

It's pretty nice nowadays how nobody looks the same at the prom. No one thing is really standing out,' Kunicky said.

For shoes, Gelber said strappy sandals, pointy toes or the peek-a-boo toe shoe in a metallic shade will complete the look.


'You don't want to wear all these crazy things at once,' Gelber said. 'If you want to make a jewelry statement, you want to play down your shoes and bag. If you have a really cool-looking bag, play down your jewelry.'

That is, unless the goal is to make a bold statement at this year's prom. One of this year's hottest alternative prom looks will come straight from the closet, according to Gelber.

For those non-traditionalists who want to make a definite statement, flashy T-shirts bearing rock groups with a full-length ball skirt will grace the prom.

'It's definitely a cute, different option,' Gelber said. 'It's for the girl who wants to be different. She wants to stand out. She's got a sense of style and is a little bit rebellious. She is saying, 'I want to have a good time at my prom.' There is definitely a little bit of punk out there for this year's prom.'

Gelber suggests minimizing accessories with the punk look. A little studded clutch bag and some cute pumps with minimal earrings that can be funky, but not to loud and crazy, can polish the look.

If you're the one in the tuxedo daring to be different, ditch the solid white shirt and go with a favorite rocker under the jacket and tie.

Kunicky doesn't expect to see too much of the alternative trend at local proms.

Gowns and accessories provided by Bridal Lane, Greensburg
Bouquets provided by Johnston The Florist, Greensburg

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