Monday, April 9, 2012

What do teen girls want for prom 2012? Sophisticated dresses

The majority of proms in the Charlotte area are in April and May. To give teen girls an idea of popular styles this year, girls from local high schools modeled the newest trends in prom dresses during Belk’s annual Prom Fashion Show at the SouthPark store. Hope Politis, the social occasion and better dresses buyer for Belk, said this year’s offerings are more sophisticated than normal to go with what teens are looking for now.

Carmen! Carmen! Salon did the models’ hair, with long and flowing as the big trend; the natural but romantic makeup was by Clinique and Estée Lauder.

“Girls these days know what’s going on – because of social media they’re up-to-date on all the celebrity and fashion trends,” said Politis, who cited the popularity of singer Taylor Swift’s polished style as a major influence.

Knee-length dresses are an option, but long gowns are still the most popular. “Most girls want to wear something they wouldn’t wear to a wedding or family occasion,” says Politis. “They want to feel more dressed up and red-carpet-ready.”

Other silhouettes making a splash are the new high/low hemline, which Politis personally loves because it looks so modern and fresh; Grecian style dresses that flow; and anything with one shoulder.

When it comes to color, the brighter the better. “Neon colors have been some of our best-sellers,” she says.

Politis remembers the fun of shopping for her prom dresses when she was a student at South Mecklenburg, so seeing teens look for their own perfect dress - often with their family members - is a rewarding part of her job.

Based on her experience, what's the best way to know you've found the right dress?

"When you try it on - you just know it's the one," she says. "I was in the dressing room area when a girl came out in a prom dress that looked beautiful on her," says Politis. "She was there with her mother and grandmother. When her grandmother saw her, she started crying from happiness. The girl looked at her grandmother and said, 'I'm not getting married!' and they all laughed, but for me it was so meaningful because I get to see the end result of my work."

Politis takes it all very seriously because she loves her job so much - and so does Belk. They have a focus group of teen girls who weigh in weeks in advance on what they think of the store's prom dress offerings. It's called a Style Out and if some of the lines they bought don't get a positive reaction, the order is adjusted.

Belk has expanded its social occasion and better dresses department, so no matter what your age or the event you're attending, be sure to add it to you list of places to look for that perfect dress.


scott davidson said...

"I saw this picture in the school library where someone's face was all made up of fruits and vegetables," my son said. "Would be cool to have one of those in my room."
He and I searched for art about "vegetables" in and immediately found this one,, by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, which fits the bill to the nearest pear.

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