Prom 2014 is Nearly Here for Southern and South River. Who is Wearing What?

Southern High’s Prom is on Saturday, while South River High’s will be the following week. We thought we’d take a moment to check out what’s hot — and what’s not — in prom dress fashions in South County.


Illusion behind a cutout shows some skin without being too risqué. From the Southern Prom 2014 Registry

We did our research on Facebook, where each school has a prom dress registry that not only serves to showcase what’s trending, but to also prevent other young women from duplicating a dress or design.

That, of course, is a little sad. In 20 years, nobody will have a story about how they walked into their high school prom and their number one rival was wearing the Same. Exact. Dress.

We’ll have to leave those moments up to Hollywood.

So, what did we find on the registries? Aside from a few quarrels over who posted the dress first, we found a lot of fashion trends that are hot in 2014.

First, jewel tones, which were out in 2012 and 2013, have made a strong comeback. Sapphire, Emerald and Ruby are very definitely back “in” this season. The soft sorbets of recent years are still in play, but they are not the majority of dresses.

Nudes and blush tones seemed to be on the verge of a breakout trend, but it looks like South County’s high school seniors took a pass on it, opting for brighter hues.

There are some patterned dresses, but the trend of flowery or graffiti-print fabric has diminished greatly over the past three years. Instead, look for embroidered patterns or ombre-dyed chiffon for those who wanted a little something more than a single color.

The other big trends are embellishments and cut-outs. Nearly every dress had crystals, sequins or metallic detailing. On some dresses, it is an accent, while on others the adornment covers the entire bodice.


A sheath silhouette with embroidery.

Any number of gowns had beaded bandage-style straps that wrapped all the way around the back.

Also on the back, cutouts are in play, from a plummeting or drapy scooped backless styling to an intricate corset-style lace-up.

Plenty of dresses have a long slit up the side showing a good amount of leg (thank you Angelina Jolie for showing us the proper Oscar-worthy pose). Cutouts on the side might show a little skin through triangle details of illusion (sheer fabric).

For silhouettes, look for a lot of empire waist gowns but also ball gowns, sheaths and mermaids. There seemed to be no trumpet silhouettes on either registry. That is good, because who in all of the world can pull off dancing in a trumpet silhouette?


Cutouts galore in this beauty.

Nobody. That’s who.

For neckline, anything goes. One-shoulders, sweethearts, strapless, spaghetti straps, halters, scoop necks, cap sleeves, square necks, v-necks. Anything goes.

Fabric trends seemed to be the one thing that has stayed the same since last year. There is a whole lot of chiffon going on out there. There’s some satin, a few knits (honestly, a good dancing dress should have some “give”) and lace. But chiffon is still the biggie.

Accessories will complete any formal look and things have gone retro. Look for pearls, and vintage brooches for the dress that doesn’t have a lot of beading or adornment.


Jewel tones and beading from the South River registry.

But also, bling is king. There will be some tiaras and crystal chandelier earrings out on the dance floor.

And the component that Cinderella obsessed over after the ball? The shoes? The glass slippers? Honestly, they don’t even matter. They’ll all have pretty shoes, no doubt, platform pumps in sparkly silver or slingback heels in satin.

But the reality is that the girls all discard their shoes at the door and dance all night in bare feet. So much for that gorgeous pedicure that matched the shoes.

The dances will not be at their respective schools. Southern’s dance will take place at the Sheraton in Annapolis and South River’s will be at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The students are invited to return to the schools after the dance for the “prom breakfast,” an event hosted by parents to not only keep the kids from partying (and driving), but to give them an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes. At Southern High, they will give away their 20th car. That’s right, a car! Courtesy of Upper Marlboro Ford.

If your business would like to contribute a prize to the prom breakfast, contact the school. There is still time.

Now, if you are tallying up the costs in anticipation of your child going to prom in the next few years. Start saving now. Prom around here can set you back between $600 and $2,000. Here’s a breakdown:


Dresses on the registry are often shown on hangers.

  • Dress: $125 to $700 (and up!)
  • Shoes: $50 to $150 (and up!)
  • Tickets: $80 per person
  • Dinner: $50 to $75 per person
  • Hair, makeup, nails: $125 to $300
  • Flowers: $8 to $20
  • Photographer: $75 to $150
  • Limo/shared driver: $75 to $500

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