Prom dresses and trends, plus shoes and accessories for the big night

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Your daughter may be obsessing about the latest prom trends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an opinion on the matter, as well.

Steer her toward a chic number that makes her feel as special as she is, while maintaining your standards for cost and coverage. Here is a range of show-stopping dresses to start your conversation and provide some party-ready ideas.

ADD EMBELLISHMENT

A little sparkle goes a long way in taking a dress from everyday to prom-level.

She’ll make a statement in a fun, on-trend shoulder-baring style, such as the Forever 21 Sequin Off-The-Shoulder Dress ($35). It has two colors of sequins in a series of diamond patterns, perhaps reminding you of your own ’80s party looks.

The Little Mistress Plus One Shoulder Embellished Maxi Dress ($133 at us.asos.com), in woven chiffon, has a goddess drape and is finished with an elegant embellished waistband. It comes in sizes 14–20.

The glam Adrianna Papell Embellished Taffeta Ballgown ($368 at Nord-strom) is intricately embellished with sequins and beads in a light champagne color. A slit in the long, full skirt reveals a chic short layer underneath.

GO SHORT

Like on the red carpet, some fashionistas are daring to stand out in stylish, short formalwear. It’s better for dancing and more versatile down the road.

A sheer crinkled-chiffon overlay on the ASOS WEDDING Printed and Sheer Layer Prom Dress ($119 at us.asos.com) adds an elegant touch to a floral-print dress that moves beautifully.

Off-the-shoulder looks are everywhere for spring and summer. The ModCloth Vogue Devotion Dress ($150 at modcloth.com), in powder blue, combines the trend with the hot midi length for a dress with a modern retro feel. Bonus: The side pockets can sub for a clutch.

Covered in a layer of beautiful lace blooms, the Dress the Population Abbie Sequin Fit & Flare Dress ($208 at Nordstrom) features a high neckline and beautiful open back. The flirty dress has nipped-in waist and flare skirt for extra fun factor.

TRY A TWO-PIECE

Separates are chic and modern, and show skin in a tasteful way.

A simple shape and bold floral print is always a perfect pairing. Try the Sequin Hearts Printed High-Low Two-Piece A-Line Dress (on sale for $90 through Wednesday at Macy’s), which pairs a sleek crop top with a high-low skirt that shows off a hot pair of heels.

The flattering silhouette of the Alyce Paris Private Collection Style 1089 Gown ($278 at Dolce Bleu, downtown), in ivory or midnight, has a wrap top, drawing attention to the shoulders and waist. A sleek cutout neckline shows another sliver of skin.

BET ON BLACK 

City Studios Juniors’ Lace Contrast Mermaid Gown, $265; Forever 21 Plus Size Cutout-Back Maxi Dress, $20; B Darlin Juniors’ Embellished Open-Back A-Line Gown, $69
City Studios Juniors’ Lace Contrast Mermaid Gown, $265; Forever 21 Plus Size Cutout-Back Maxi Dress, $20; B Darlin Juniors’ Embellished Open-Back A-Line Gown, $69

Black dresses are not only chic and timeless, they provide endless options for accessorizing.

Choose a blank canvas, such as the Forever 21 Plus Size Cutout-Back Maxi Dress ($20) in a fitted silhouette up to size 2X. Play it up with plenty of jewels and amazing shoes.

The B Darlin Juniors’ Embellished Open-Back A-Line Gown (on sale for $69 through Wednesday at Macy’s) is finished with a high slit, making the floor-sweeping style easy to move around in. An embellished cutout waistband reveals just a glimpse of skin.

A sophisticated choice, the allover lace City Studios Juniors’ Lace Contrast Mermaid Gown (on sale for $265 at Macy’s) has a sweetheart neckline, empire waist and  feminine mermaid silhouette.

PICK PERFECT ACCESSORIES

Clockwise from left: Sequin Hearts Printed High-Low Two-Piece A-Line Dress, $90; INC Riley Clutch, $119.50; Charming Charlie Celeste Drop Earrings, $14; Steve Madden Sandalia Sandal, $100
Clockwise from left: Sequin Hearts Printed High-Low Two-Piece A-Line Dress, $90; INC Riley Clutch, $119.50; Charming Charlie Celeste Drop Earrings, $14; Steve Madden Sandalia Sandal, $100

Just add a few glamorous accessories to complete any prom night look.

The eye-catching and light-catching Charming Charlie Celeste Drop Earrings ($14) pair perfectly with updos or pulled-back hair styles.

Opt for an of-the-moment heel such as the Steve Madden Sandalia Sandal (on sale for $100 at Nordstrom), in black or blush nubuck. Straps delicately wrap around the ankle to secure a sleek and comfortable fit, perfect for dancing.

The gold-framed INC International Concepts Riley Clutch ($119.50 at Macy’s) has a compact shape covered in rhinestone embellishments. A shoulder strap provides hands-free carrying for this piece that can be used at formal events for years to come.