Top Prom Trends

Prom season was full of glitz, glamor and some seriously gorgeous gowns. Which dress colors and trendy styles topped our list of favorites? Read on to find out! 


Great neutrals like cream and white were some of the most popular color choices. These neutral dresses come in every style and flatter every type of girl. From short and playful styles like Jovani 158816 and long and luxurious styles like Jovani 4247, neutral dresses fit every style! 


Not every lady opted for a neutral! Inspired by some of our favorite red-gown-wearing celebs and beauty queens, ravishing, bright reds were another popular color choice. Gowns like Mac Duggal 4794H and Faviana 6330 are great choices for the confident girl who likes to stand out in a flash of hot color!


Beautiful blue hues were another popular color choice. Jeweled toned blues were a popular choice tying neck and neck with trendy aquas and turquoise blues. Jovani 159230 is the perfect choice for a jeweled tone gown and Mac Duggal 6485H is a beautiful aqua colored gown. 

Hi-Lo Hems

The hi-lo hem is taking the fashion world by storm and our Prom dresses were no exception. Great for dancing the night away and perfect for glamming it up, you can’t go wrong with a hi-lo hem! Jovani 609 is a great hi-lo gown with tons of intricate detail. For a romantic touch try Flirt by Maggie Sottero P4669 — beautiful, cascading ruffles add a dreamy feel. 

Prom is all about feeling gorgeous, beautiful and 100% you! Our Prom dress experts make dress shopping simple, painless and {most of all} fun! You’ll leave Ypsilon feeling as sexy, sophisticated and glamorous as you want to be. 


AnnaSophia Robb wore Jovani style 7139 to her senior Prom!

Pretty Pastels

Mint green and coral are two of the must-have colors for Spring! We love how refreshing and, well, Spring-Like both colors are. Definitely a breath of fresh air. Both colors are young, fun and perfect for Prom or a unique bridesmaid’s dress at an early Spring wedding.  

Worth a Mint

Mint green first hit the runway for Spring 2012 Fashion Week and has been taking off ever since! Celebrities like Elle Fanning, Kate Bosworth and Katy Perry have been spotted sporting the color all around town. Mint is fresh, clean and bright. It’s an easy breezy color that looks almost effortless. Try on the green trend in a cool dress of your own from Ypsilon. Some of our favorite picks? 

{Jovani 17332/111043/30062}

We love the fun mix of rosettes and beads on Jovani 17332. The one shouldered look of Jovani 111043 perfectly leads into the foral design on the hip of the dress and the tiered ruffles of Jovano 30062 are light and playful while the sequins on the bodice up the glam factor. 

Coral Cutie

Coral has been worn by celebs allll over the red carpet. Coral is Color of the Year Tangerine Tango’s little sister. Not quite as bright as the trendsetting tangerine, coral is still warm and sparkling with just a hint of summer right when you need it! This juicy color has been warming up celebrities like Selena Gomez, Angelina Jolie and sexy British Popstar Kimberly Walsh. Flaunt your figure in a coral gown of your own! Our favorite picks? 

{Tony Bowls 11200C/Faviana 6787/ Tony Bowls 210C49} 

Another one shouldered dress, this pleated and sequined Tony Bowls 11200C gown is trendy and shows off a tiny waist. Faviana 6787 is sleek and the rosettes keep the gown from being overly simple. Tony Bowls 210C49 takes a totally unique spin on coral with its neutral center panel. 

Whether mint or coral is your Spring color of choice, you’ll find the dress of your dreams at Ypsilon. And, Ypsilon is able to make any dress modest with the addition of sleeves or panels. Just ask! We love to make every Ypsilon girl feel amazing

Trend Alert: Jewel Tones

As Prom season marches on, we’re seeing tons of fun trends! One of our favorites? Long gowns in gorgeous jeweled tones. 

What are jeweled tones?

Jeweled tones are colors that resemble…jewels of course! Colors like sapphire blue, ruby red, emerald green and even citrine yellow come to mind. Other examples are turquoise, fuchsia and purple. Jeweled colors are rich, lush and bright, perfect for standing out on your big night! The right jewel tones also brighten your skin tone, giving you a “glow.”  

Which Jeweled Tones Are Right For You?

To find out what jeweled tones would look great on you, first decide if your skin tone is “warm” or “cool.” Turn your wrist over. Are your veins blue/purple or blue/green? Blue/purple means you have “cool” skin tones. Blue/green means you have “warm” skin tones. Can’t decide? You may have a “neutral” skin tone and look great in most jewel tones! “Cool” looks best in sapphire blue, emerald green, fuchsia and purple and blue-based reds. “Warm” looks best in ruby red, citrine yellow and emerald green and orange-based reds.  

Need some jewel toned inspiration? Here are some of our favorites. 

Sapphire Blue

Blue is confident, strong and vibrant!

{Jovani 71300/7754/71374}

Ruby Red

Red is passionate, energetic, fiery and fierce! 

{Jovani 159499/171650/3115}

Emerald Green

Green is fresh, rich and luxurious!

{Jovani 151627/Sherri Hill 8300/Flirt by Maggie Sottero P1656}

Citrine Yellow

Yellow is joyful, happy and spontaneous! 

{Sherri Hill 2875/1476/Jovani 152098}

Two Must Try Looks for Prom

Today we’re featuring two looks that would be perfect for Prom or any big night out. The first look is fresh faced and perfect for a barely there, dewy glow. The second, a rocker chick, dramatic look with a wicked cool cat eye. 

Fresh Faced

Take a que from Two Broke Girls  star Beth Behrs with a fresh faced look.

Start with a "dewy" foundation (prep with primer for oily skin) to even out skin tone and cover any imperfections. We like Makeup Forever HD Invisible Coverage Foundation. Next, bring out a flush by applying a rosy blush to the apples of your cheeks. NARS The Multiple in Riviera is perfectly pink, but any rosy color will do. Finish up the cheeks with a light dusting of your favorite highlighter. Next, dust your lids with a beige eye shadow with a slight shimmer like Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy. Trace your lash line with a soft brown or soft black pencil eyeliner and gently, gently smudge into your lashes. Finish up with two generous coats of mascara and a swipe of rosy pink lipgloss like Aura by Smashbox. 

Cat Eye Chic

If you’re after a more dramatic look, get inspired by Victoria Beckham’s cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. 

Start with a matte foundation like Makeup Forever Mat Velvet  to even out your complexion and skin tone. Add a swipe of bronzer to shape and define your cheekbones. We like bareMinerals All Over Face Color in Warmth for a healthy sun kissed glow. Apply a taupe eyeshadow like Naked from Urban Decay to eyelids and a slightly deeper shade in the crease and blend, blend, blend! Line your eyes with a gel or liquid eyeliner in jet black. (Try this great tutorial for step-by-step instructions on creating a purrrfect cat eye.) Finish your eyes with two coats of jet black mascara. Top the look off with a great nude lipstick! 

Pair each look with a great dress from Ypsilon and your big night out just got that much better! 


Sexy and I Know It: High Schools Ban Sexy Dresses

We all have the picture of the perfect Prom dress in mind. We spend the day getting ready and walk into Prom feeling spectacular when suddenly…our dress is deemed inappropriate…


The Wall Street Journal reports that several high schools around the country have banned dresses deemed “unacceptable.” Some of the styles topping the list? Thigh high slits, plunging necklines, super short skirts and middrift cutouts. 

In an effort to avoid the turned-away-at-the-door situation described above, high schools like Southmoore High School in Oklahoma have created Powerpoint presentations highlighting unacceptable dresses and examples of school approved dresses. 

The article sites shows like Real Housewives and Dancing with the Stars as catalysts for these revealing styles. While so called “sexy” styles make up a reported 35% of dress styles, customers of stores have asked for more modest styled dresses. Junior Ellison Garrett, a junior at Lee County High School in Georgia says, “It’s not like they’re asking you to dress like a nun or anything.” 

What do you think, Ypsilon Girls? Is the ban on sexy dresses inappropriate? 

(Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Long or Short? Which Trendy Dress is Perfect for Prom?

Let’s get down to the long and short of it? Should you go long and elegant or short and flirty for Prom? We give you the low down on which style is perfect for Prom and include a few surprises. 

Long Dresses

If you’re ready to look like you just walked off the red carpet at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, a long Prom dress might be the right style for you. Long Prom dresses are glamourous, sexy, classic and sophisticated. Best of all, long dresses come in a huge variety of silhouettes and shapes {ballgown! mermaid! column!} to make every girl look and feel amazing! These gowns from Jovani are great options for gorgeous long dresses.

{Jovani 71606/172008/3061}

Ready to rock the long gown? Ask yourself these questions:

Am I ready to take everyone’s breath away?

Am I ready to wear high heels if my gown needs them?

Am I ready to dance the night away in a long gown? {It can get hot in there!}

Is my Prom venue inside or outside? Is a long gown appropriate for the atmosphere and weather? 

and finally: Would I feel totally awesome in a long gown?  

Short Dresses

We get a lot of girls asking if it’s “okay” to wear a short dress to Prom. Of course! The night is yours to wear whatever you feel great in! There are no set “rules” for rocking an awesome look at Prom and a unique, short dress is a fun way to do it. Short dresses are fun, flirty, sexy and trendy. Trendsetters like Lily Collins, Jessica Alba, and Kendal and Kylie Jenner are seen glamming it up in short dresses. These gowns from Jovani and Flirt by Maggie Sottero are great option for short dresses. 

{Jovani 5857/Flirt by Maggie Sottero P1613/Jovani 17332}

Ready to rock the short dress? Ask yourself these questions:

Am I to steal the center of attention?

Am I flexible with wearing heels or flats?

Am I ready to dance the night away in a short dress? {Short dresses are perfect for dancing!}

What is my Prom venue and what will the weather be like? {Short dresses are great for cooling off, not so great for staying warm!}

and finally: Would I feel totally gorgeous in a short dress? 


High-Low Dresses

If you just can’t commit to either long or short, the ultra-trendy high-low hem dress is definitely right for you! The glamour of a long dress combined with the flirtiness and danceability of a short dress. Perfect! 

{Flirt by Maggie Sottero P4669/P1607/P1630}

Nine Perfect Hairstyles for Prom

A perfect Prom hairstyle is the cherry on top of a dream Prom look. Our favorite inspirations come from all over the web and look great on short, medium or long hair! Easy to do by yourself {good job!} or take it to your favorite stylist for an expert touch.

Twisted hairstyles were seen all over New York Fashion Week. A twist is versatile — perfect for looking undone or perfectly polished and refined. 

If you’re looking for a unique, slightly messy look, this Three Twisted Bun tutorial from A Cup of Jo is just the thing. It’s a little bit of laid back chic. 

A side bun gets an unexpected, well, twist in this Low Side Bun tutorial from Measured by the Heart. Simple and elegant, but anything but boring! 

This totally Twisted Bun from A Beautiful Mess is intricate and beautiful. Elise Larson {the creator} recommends twisting in some lace, flowers or bows for added style. 

Braids were big last year and are still going strong! Braids are perfect for everything from a soft romantic look to a rocker-chick look. 

For a romantic, Cascading Braid, try this style by Sarah Lockhart. This look can be worn with curled hair or wavy hair for a textured look or straight hair for a smooth, silky look. 

If you’re looking for a rocker-chick chic look, mix braids, soft waves and a ponytail like this style created by BlowLux in Beverly Hills. 

This Braided French Bangs tutorial by From Head to Toe is perfect for girls with shorter hair looking to fancy up their style without extensions! 

Wavy hairstyles are definitely one of the biggest trends we see for Ypsilon Girls! This look can be worn beachy or full of sexy volume! 

Create waves even with short hair by modeling your style after celebrities like Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung and Frankie Sandford. This tutorial from ALB Makeup shows you how! 

For casually sexy beach waves, try this look from Little Miss Momma. This look perfect for those California Girls at Heart. 

Big, sexy Victoria’s Secret waves are another popular wavy look - maybe the most popular! Get this bombshell look at All Women Stalk

Beautiful Bling

You may have already found the perfect gown for Prom, but have you thought about the accessories you’re going to pair with it? The perfect accessory can add extra flair to a simple gown, pull together a color scheme or add a pop of color. Just the touch you needed! We’ve found beautiful earrings, necklaces and bracelets for both trendy and classic styles. 


These shoulder dusting ombre earrings from Arden B. feature color block fringe chains. Perfect for adding a burst of color to a neutral gown. If you’re style is more classic, these simple stud pearl earrings by J. Crew complement a gown in every color. 


Trendy girls, add a dramatic pinch of art deco flair with this ornate choker necklace from Urban Outfitters. This would add that extra something to an LBD. Or keep your overall look classic with this delicate, glass stone petal necklace from Banana Republic. We’re feeling more like Betty Draper already. 


Join the arm party with a stack of trendy metallic and rhinestone bangles from Charlotte Russe. Perfect for that glitzy, glittery mini dress or adding a touch of toughness to a girly gown. Add a pinch of ladylike pink from Loft with this stone bracelet. Perfect for that gauzy, ruffled floral gown or adding some contrasting color to a sea foam green gown.