Spring 2014 Style Inspiration: What to Wear to Prom and Spring Formal

Prom season is here! So I’ve decided to start off the month of April by answering a few What to Wear requests for you upcoming prom-goers.

First up, reader Ki simply stated in the subject line: “What to Wear to Prom.” Well Ms. Ki, you’ve made it quite easy for me to come up with a couple prom night wardrobe ideas. When I think of a fitting prom ensemble, pretty much like any other formal soiree, I think of razzle-dazzle mixed with shimmer and shine.

So I hope you’re into frilly frocks and glittered gowns because that’s exactly what I’ve pulled for your first sartorial suggestion.
Dazzle in a beaded gown offset by strappy silver sandals and a rhinestone box clutch.

What to Wear to Prom Adrianna Papell Long Beaded Gown Jimmy Choo Lance Metallic Leather Sandals Baublebar Crystal Mesopotamia CollarPastel accents and a gorgeous jeweled necklace make for the perfect prom night look.

For a look that’s less predictable, forego the traditional evening gown for a short satin number like this Topshop stripe fit and flare dress.

What to Wear to Prom Topshop Satin Stripe Fit & Flare Dress Charlotte Olympia Dolly Platform Pumps BCBGMaxAzria Portia Feather Trim Clutch

A black platform pump, a feather trimmed clutch, and a stunning necklace complete this look.

From the high school prom to a college spring formal, Schuyler writes, “Fashion Bomb, I need help again! I’m trying to find an outfit for my college spring formal on April 11th. I’ve already searched your site and you compiled a Fall Semi-Formal “What to Wear” but I didn’t see a post for Spring. Although the official theme is “Spring Formal”, lots of girls tend to wear prom dresses but I don’t want to go that route. And if you don’t mind, could you squeeze in some budget friendly items too? Thanks again!”

I’m all for going outside of the box when it comes to creating a fabulous look. So instead of traditional evening attire, I decided to play with separates to give you a standout formal look. For a fashionably chic alternative to an evening gown slip into a simple cami crop top accented by a sparkly tulle skirt in a taupe hue.

What to Wear to Prom Coast Cordelia Tulle Skirt Aquazzura Selene Mirrored Leather Sandals Gianvito Rossi Closed Toe Pumps

Metallic and rhinestone accents give the look a bit more shimmer while a nude lid, a metallic pink mani, and a blush pink lip add the finishing touch.

Embrace a strapless number in an exotic print for your final wardrobe option. A pair of gold glitter sandals, a studded leather knuckle ring box clutch, and a constellation bib necklace will sass up this sultry number.

What to Wear to Prom Zimmermann Tamer Petal Tulip Dress Alexander McQueen Knuckle Studded Leather Box Clutch Sigerson Morrison Maddison Sandals

Last but not least, keep your makeup palette simple and sweet with neutral tones and a subtle pair of lashes for a naturally stunning look.

What do you ladies think? Are these wardrobe ideas chic enough for your formal soiree?

Danielle Nicole

Danielle Nicole is an LA native, a self professed shopaholic, and Fashion Bomb Daily's resident stylist.

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