Top 20 Prom Dress Trends for 2020

As we jump into 2020, thousands of high schoolers are starting to get serious about prom dress shopping. Many have been dreaming of the perfect prom dress for years and others are just beginning to think about the style of dress that will be just right for this momentous occasion.

What will be the big trends?

Of course, we know that there will be a slew of new styles and trends; but the big question is, which trends will pass the test of time and which will be passing fads? For Prom 2020 we are seeing inspiration from all of the best trends from previous decades. From traditional Hollywood Glam to Bright Neons, the trends for 2020 are proving that there is truly a dress for every prom goer.  Let's dive into our picks for the Top 20 Prom Dress Trends for 2020.

Top 20 Prom Dress Trends for 2020

Neon

Back from the 80's, bold neon is making a comeback. Shades of lime green, hot pink, hyper coral, flame orange, and electric yellow have hit the runways in Paris, Milan, and New York. Some will say that neon is a passing craze, but this hot trend is back in a big way. From activewear to formal wear we are seeing bold fashion choices in Neon. Celebs such as Dua Lipa, Little Mix, and Post Malone have shown up on stage in various in-your-face neons. For anyone looking to make a bold statement at prom, take a peek at some of the hottest 2020 Neon Prom Dresses.

Alyce 60773 Open Back Stretch Evening GownAlyce 60866La Femme 29146 Evening DressAlyce 1387 Sequin Gown with Lace-Up Back

Glitter

Everywhere she goes she leaves a little sparkle! When it comes to the glitter trend, all that glitters is truly gold. This fashion trend proves to be both lasting and widely applauded. From Elle to Vogue we've seen sparkling fabrics, glittering sequins, and shimmer. This has translated into dazzling formal wear in both fitted and flowing glitter styles. If you're looking to glisten on prom night, consider this selection of Glitter Prom Dresses.

Tiffany Designs 16407 Dazzling Prom DressColette for Mon Cheri CL12006 Sparkly Floral GownPanoply 14019 Glitter Mermaid Gown with OverskirtEllie Wilde EW120043 Sparkly Floral Ball Gown

Ruffles Galore

Ruffles are another trend that is back from the 80's. This trend is revisiting the runway in the form of ruffled collars and shoulders, tiered ruffled skirts, and ruffled slits. Many designers have added a ruffle to their designs as an accent while others have featured ruffles as the main event. If you want to add a little 80's inspo to your prom night consider one of these fun Ruffle Prom Dress styles.

Colette for Mon Cheri CL12067Lucci Lu 1090 Tulle Ruffle Mermaid GownEllie Wilde EW120005Panoply 14038 Jeweled Mermaid Gown

All the Yellow

Yellow is always a popular spring color; however, lately, we've seen yellow in all seasons and in all shades. From Marigold to Saffron, all the shades of yellow are fashionable this season. The spring runway shows were filled with optimistic shades of yellow. Some have even referred to "Spongebob yellow" as the color of the season. If you're looking to don the color of the season, consider a Yellow Prom Dress for 2020.

Sherri Hill 53730 Lace Tulle Ball GownLa Femme 28140 Lace Mermaid Prom DressLa Femme 28598 Evening DressAlyce 60766 Plunge Jersey Mermaid Gown

Animal Print

Animal prints roared back into the fashion scene in 2019 and are still hitting the runways for spring 2020. Leopard prints have made their way into prom fashion and can be seen on numerous styles by top prom designer Sherri Hill. You'll see leopard prints in strapless mermaid gowns, two-piece leopard styles, and a-line leopard dresses. Dare to be memorable in an Animal Print Prom Dress.

Sherri Hill 53773 Animal Print Mermaid GownSherri Hill 53369 Animal Print Two-Piece DressLucci Lu 1063Sherri Hill 53772 Animal Print A-Line Satin Gown

Metallics

Shiny fabrics and all kinds of metallics graced the runways in 2019 and are continuing to shimmer their way into 2020. From disco to rock-n-roll inspired attire, sparkling metallic glam never goes out of style. If you're looking to shine bright like a diamond, check out these Metallic Prom Dresses.

Alyce 60718Alyce 3923Royal/SilverAlyce 60714

Roaring 20's

What better way to celebrate Prom 2020 than by paying homage with a classic flapper style from the 1920’s. Beaded fringe swings, sways, and follows all of your best moves on the dance floor. Become the life of the party in a short fringe dress, or showcase your timeless beauty in a floor-length fringe gown, and catch the attention of your secret admirer. Check out our selection of 20's Style Prom Dresses.

Lucci Lu 28024La Femme 28819 Evening DressSherri Hill 53882Colette for Mon Cheri CL12009

Polka Dots

In the mid-1800's, polka dots found their way into the fashion industry, mainly appearing on accessories such as handkerchiefs, bow ties, and scarves. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that the trend truly began to play a featured role in fashion. In the 1920's we saw Miss America, Norma Smallwood, photographed in a polka dot swimsuit and Disney’s Minnie Mouse in her infamous red polka dot dress and matching bow. Polka dot dresses hit peak popularity in the 1950's and the spotty motif has maintained a special place in retro fashion with its playful, charming, and light-hearted allure. This year, polka dots are back in a big way, from being featured on the runways at New York Fashion Week to being a staple in the wardrobes of Hollywood Elite actresses, such as Alison Brie and Brittany Snow. For a classic and playful prom look consider a Polka Dot Prom Dress.

Sherri Hill 51865 Crop Top Two-Piece Polka Dot GownSherri Hill 52054 Strapless Gown with Polka Dot Print OverskirtSherri Hill 51717 Polka Dot Lace Two-Piece Mermaid GownSherri Hill 51239

Old Hollywood Glamour

Shine brighter than the stars with the glamorous styles of Old Hollywood. Today's fashion continues to be inspired by Hollywood's Golden Age. From Rita Hayworth's black strapless 'Put the Blame on Mame' gown to Marilyn Monroe's unforgettable 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' pink dress, old Hollywood has been setting the standard for glamour.  See your name in lights when you walk the red carpet in a floor-length gown of satin, velvet, or dazzling sequins. Showcase your best features with a cowl neckline, open back, and bias-cut skirt. Find your own path to fame in an Old Hollywood Style Prom Dress.

Lucci Lu 1140 Sleek Satin Evening GownAbby Paris 90029 Formal DressJVN by Jovani JVN3245Abby Paris 90028 Formal Dress

Floral Prints

Flower motifs may just be the most popular of the spring 2020 prints. The spring runways were filled with small and large florals. For prom 2020 we are seeing romantic floral prints on flowing chiffon dresses, delicate floral embroidery on tulle ball gowns, and gowns accented with three-dimensional floral appliques. Express your unique style at prom in a Floral Prom Dress.

Alyce 1542 Floral Print DressPanoply 14022Scala 48965 Sequin Floral V-Neck GownCecilia Couture 2145 Two Piece Floral Adorned Ball Gown

Jumpsuits

During the disco era of the 70's, jumpsuits were a nightlife staple of trendy nightspots such as Studio 54 and the Cotton Club. Many will recall Farrah Fawcett in her deep-V cut emerald green jumpsuit in Charlie's Angels. In recent years, jumpsuits have seen a spectacular resurgence, in both evening wear and street style. Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence are just two, of the many Hollywood starlets, that have embraced its renaissance. Now, in 2020, we're seeing the one-piece silhouette gaining massive popularity as a chic choice for fashion-conscious prom goers. Jumpsuits can flatter all body types and come in a wide variety of styles and colors to choose from. The prom jumpsuit is just as formal and appropriate as a dress for the special event but can make a fashion statement like no other garment due to its glamorous yet edgy nature. Check out this selection of Prom Jumpsuits:

La Femme 28719 Evening DressScala 60132 Prom DressLa Femme 28722 Evening DressElectric Aqua

Pleats

Believe it or not, the technique of pleating garments began in ancient Egypt and was used to decorate the tunics of its rulers. Pleats, which were made by hand, symbolized power and wealth. In 2020, pleats are popular for fashion purposes as well as their ability to provide freedom of movement to the wearer. So, lucky for you, you won’t need to be a ruler to rule Prom 2020! Pleated dresses are all the rage this prom season and there are numerous options available from top designers such as Sherri Hill and Alyce Paris. Will you rule prom in a Pleated Prom Dress?

Alyce 4191 Pleated Sparkle Jersey Party DressSherri Hill 53737Sherri Hill 53762Sherri Hill 53176 Sweetheart Sequin Ball Gown

Sequins

Sequins have hit the runways in a big way for Spring 2020. Not only are sequins being worn for formal occasions, but you will see shiny, glistening details for every occasion this season. This means that you can bring on the extra sequins for Prom. If you're looking to sparkle and shine for Prom a glistening sequin prom dress may be the right choice for you. Check out this selection of fully Sequin Prom Dresses:

Amarra 20156 Plunge Sequin Mermaid GownAlyce 60809 Strapless Sequin Mermaid GownJovani 64807Amarra 20118 Iridescent Sequin Evening Dress

Mermaid

Whether you dream of being a mermaid or just want the sleek, sexy, shiny look of one, the mermaid style prom dress trend is a lasting one. This prom season you'll see mermaid styles in sleek satins, sparkling sequins, and mermaid inspired iridescent metallics. If you are in search of a mermazing prom dress for 2020, check out this selection of Mermaid Prom Dresses.

Turquoise/SilverEllie Wilde EW120045Panoply 14018Colette for Mon Cheri CL12031

Crochet

Crochet and netting was everywhere on the Spring fashion runways. This trend has made it into the prom styles in both boho style prom dresses and edgy net accented looks. Get vacation and beach vibes for prom 2020 in a Crochet Prom Dress.

Sherri Hill 51834 Floral Net Jersey Two-Piece GownSherri Hill 52671 Two-Piece with Hand Crocheted SkirtSherri Hill 52810 Lace Boho Two Piece DressSherri Hill 52663 Lace High-Low Dress

 

Side Slits

Side slits are climbing higher than ever for spring 2020. Get ready to show a little leg and channel your inner Angelina Jolie. A thigh high slit accented with ruffles or jewels may just take your prom look to a whole new level. Show a little leg and your fab prom shoes in a Side Slit Prom Dress.

Sherri Hill 53332 Sexy Strapless Gown with High SlitLa Femme 28294 Ruffle Hi-Lo Jersey GownLa Femme 28547 V-Neck Jersey Evening DressDave and Johnny A8577 Prom Dress

Corsets

2020 is going to be all about showing off your shape. A corset is the perfect style to define your silhouette. From romantic sweetheart neck corset tops on princess style ballgowns to sheer corsets on fit and flair mermaid silhouettes, the corset has made its way into prom fashion. Get ready to cinch it in for Prom 2020 in a Corset Prom Dress.

Alyce 60862 Lace Jersey Dress with SlitTiffany Designs 16402 Beaded Corset Prom DressInkTiffany Designs 16417 Prom Dress

Two Piece

Bralettes as tops have made their way into fashion for Spring 2020. In the world of prom fashion, this translates into trendsetting two piece prom dresses. Cropped tops and long skirts for prom have become a lasting trend. This season you will see bralette style tops with both long fitted skirts, ball gowns skirts, and mermaid style skirts. Dare to bare just a little in a Two Piece Prom Dress.

Sherri Hill 53268La Femme 28271 Two Piece Prom DressTealDave and Johnny A9117 Prom Dress

Feathers

Sometimes a little black dress just won't do. Top fashion designers have covered their formal wear designs with feathers this season for added flair. You can see feather accented shoulders or a feather adorned skirt. This light feather touch is both whimsical and fashion forward. Strut the prom 2020 runway in a Feather Prom Dress.

Alyce 60737Alyce 60738Alyce 60744Sherri Hill 52555

The Classic Ball Gown

You can never rule out the classic ball gown for prom. This season the traditional princess style ball gown will be adorned with floral appliques, ruffles, sequins, and other lavish embellishments. Whether you want to channel your inner princess or are looking for a Golden Globes-esque red carpet look like J-Lo or Taylor Swift, a ball gown for prom is always a fashion favorite. There are few special occasions where you will have the chance to wear a ball gown, take your moment to shine in a Prom Ball Gown for 2020.

Fiesta 56394 Quinceanera DressJovani 1310 Sheer Embroidered Ball GownJovani 55634 Floral Appliques V Neck BallgownTiffany Designs 16417 Floral Corset Bodice Ball Gown

For Prom 2020 there is no need to stress when in comes to choosing the perfect dress. The style choices are endless and you will have the chance to choose a style that truly makes you shine. It's always recommended to shop early so that you have the biggest selection, so what are you waiting for... Shop Prom 2020 Now!

Leave a Reply