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It is never too early to begin hunting for your perfect prom dress.

There are so many beautiful gowns to choose from. While the two most important aspects are to wear what you feel comfortable in and what you can afford, we all like to feel stylish and on trend.

Modern prom dresses are a mix of old glamour with off-the-runway, high-fashion details. Here are just a few trends to look out for this prom season.

Velvet

Velvet was the go-to material to wear in the late 1980s and it is making a striking comeback in much more flattering cuts.

Velvet is a wonderful fabric; it hugs curves, shimmers under the light, and is soft to the touch. When choosing velvet, remember that color is key.

You want to choose a color that velvet will enhance — colors like navy blue, emerald green and gold are popular options.

Soft hues

Bold colors make a statement but pastel colors lend a dreamy romance to prom. Colors such as blush, ice blue and lilac allow you to stand out from the sea of ever-popular reds and blacks, and pair well with glittery details like Swarovski crystals and silver and white lace.

Keep your look soft and glamorous with nude heels, make-up that leaves you looking sun-kissed, and loose tousled hair.

Dramatic backs

Take the plunge and choose a dress that will really make a statement — from behind.

Gowns with sheer lacy backs, keyholes, and deep plunges are hitting the red carpets with gusto for a reason: They are timeless and classy but still offer a definitive “wow” statement.

Cut outs

Along with showing off your fantastic back, current prom dresses are all about unexpected cutouts and strappy details. These details enhance many silhouettes but also provide unique structuring.

Two piece

Don’t think bikinis and belly buttons. These two-piece dresses are nothing but classy.

They also come in an array of styles — from form-fitting to ball gown skirts. Bonus? Two-piece dresses can often be repurposed after the dance. Pair the glittery top with a pair of jeans and a jacket for a dinner out with the girls.

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