2018 Prom Trends

Prom season is here! Prom is one of the most memorable events in the lives of high school seniors and high school juniors everywhere. In this post, I wanted to provide a guide to this year’s hottest prom trends.

Prom Dress Trends

For girls, the gown that you choose is a very important decision. Your look will be immortalized through photographs and portraits taken on that day, and those photos end up framed and displayed for years. So, it’s important to find a dress that helps you look and feel your best. You should also feel comfortable and confident, since you’ll be in the dress (and shoes) for hours as you dance the night away.  Here are some popular prom dress trends for 2018.


One of this season’s hottest trends revolves around ILLUSION. Illusion dresses give subtle hints of skin while being totally timeless and classy. Whether a peekaboo side or a dramatic back, illusion dresses can provide timeless drama for any formal occasion. Pick from illusion designs embellished with lace apliques and crystal beading, sheer overlays, pretty keyhole cut-outs or low-cut open backs.  Keyhole backs and illusion details offer beautiful coverage, while low-cut and open backs are a bolder choice.


The high-low hemline dress is a wonderful style that lets you have all the benefits of a short dress and a long one. A short hemline in the front is very chic, allowing you to show off your legs and your shoe style! If you have a fantastic pair of heels, a high-low hemline gives you a chance to show them off—all while still having the glamor of a longer train in the back.


Channel your inner flapper with a fun and flouncy fringe dress! Fringe shimmers, glitters and sways as you make your way around the dance floor! Hot on runways and on dancefloors, a fringe dress is a stylish and carefree choice for your prom.

Metallic Tones

Bring on the bling! This year, another hot trend is metallic tones in gowns. Gold and rose gold are both hot choices this year and the warm, flattering hues work on almost all complexions. Shine with sequins, metallic fabrics, or bold appliques. You will shine! A metallic dress is also its own accessory, so you don’t have to worry about dressing it up with accessories with all of that opulence. You’ll be your own spotlight in a gold dress!

Tuxedo Trends

The ladies aren’t the only ones getting dressed up!  Gentlemen, you will also be looking at portraits from this memorable night for many years.  Make sure you look your best! Tuxedo trends have changed in the past few years. No longer does it seem like everyone is wearing the same suit!

Bolder Colors

In 2018, gentlemen are looking smooth in bold color tuxedos! Both red and purple tuxes have been spotted on the red carpet. What better way to stand out than with a bright punch of color. Why stick to basic black when you can add that punch of color? For a fun twist, use a colored blazer!

Gold Accents

Just like how gold and metallic dresses are hot for the ladies, gold accents are hot for the guys as well! Use just a touch of gold, in cufflinks or in button details to add just a bit of bling to your prom night look. It’s an easy way to add a touch of sophistication to an all-black look.  Plus, if you’re all in black with gold accents and your girl is in gold, it would be stunning in photographs.

A Pop of Print

Of course, black and blue tuxes never go out of style. For a 2018 stylish update, you might consider a printed lapel to add some interest! You can also add a pop of color to coordinate with your dance partner with a pocket square, fun socks, or a funky blazer or vest. Your prom style should reflect your personality! From a velvet blazers to printed suits and color blocked tuxes, your personality should be reflected in your look!

Your junior and senior years in high school are exciting—and prom is a shining beacon of fun. From all of us here and Andrew Samplawski Photography, we wish you a fun and safe prom night!