With prom night involving a fancy dinner, perhaps a limousine ride, a crowd of camera, and a gorgeous gown, we totally understand why so much thought goes into making sure everything is perfect on the big night. With 2013's bright, eye-catching formalwear trends, you'll want to step up your sartorial game for prom night. This year's best dresses and accessories - inspired by recent red carpet looks sported by young celebs like Chloe Moretz, Lea Michele and Taylor Swift - are bolder than ever.
Oscar-worthy gold metallic cocktail dresses and floor-length gowns are one of our favorite prom trends of the year. Balance out the bright gold with toned down black or neutral accents.
If there's one thing we can learn about style from Taylor Swift, it's that a long, flowing white dress is always a classy choice for a red-carpet event. Keep white from looking too bridal but adding black or metallic accents.
Showing a little leg with a tasteful skirt slit, like this skirt worn by Ashley Tisdale will be a highlight spot for prom.
Prom is the perfect occasion to go all-out in all-over sequins, either in a pretty neutral or metallic hue, or a bright all-over color like Nina Dobrev.
Take an all-over patterns up a notch with an embellished print with a statement-making textured print like brocade.
Add an unexpected element to your look with a bright statement necklace in a color that complements your dress and a dramatic updo, like Bella Thorne. You will be the brightest star on the prom night.