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Long vs. short
It is sort of an unspoken rule that seniors traditionally wear long dresses to prom and juniors, sophomores and freshmen wear shorter dresses. But there is no set in stone commandment that everyone must follow. If you like the longer, more elegant styled dresses then choose one to wear. If you think you will get too hot in a longer dress or you simply want to show some leg, try a shorter dress. The length of your dress is ultimately up to your own personal preferences and a "tradition" does not matter.
Bottom of the dress
There are so many different types of dresses with different skirt styles. You could get a flowy dress, a tight dress, a mermaid style dress, a high-low dress, a dress with a tutu bottom, a dress with a slit… the options are endless. Personally I think tight dresses are a better fit for homecoming, mermaid styled dresses look good on very few people and tutu dresses are just plain ugly. But hey, if you like how it looks on your body, then wear it. Otherwise, a long flowy dress is a great, classic prom-styled dress, and high-low dresses are very in-style right now and can look elegant. Dresses with long slits can also look very sophisticated as long as the slit is not too high.
When you are at prom, it is going to look like a rainbow because almost everyone will be wearing a colored dress. If you are having trouble picking a specific color, try sticking to basics. White, cream, pale pink or any nude colors look good on almost anyone. Otherwise, red, black or navy blue are very classic colors that flatter many. If you want brighter colors, pick whichever color suits you best. I would just recommend avoiding neon and multi-colored dresses because those tend to be overwhelming and unpleasant.
Whatever style or color dress you end up picking just remember confidence is key. Pick something that makes you feel good and you will look good too.
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