Fashions for Proms

Prom Trend 2014: Lace and Sheer Panels

Four hundred years ago, lace meant you were rich, religious or regal. With the advent of machine made lace in the 19th Century, the mere mortal could afford to decorate their dresses and home with lace motifs. From formal gowns to curtains, lace was everywhere. Perhaps too much of a good thing eventually led to lace being labeled old fashioned. One thing's for sure, lace is back on the runway. For 2014, pairing lace with sheer panels makes evening dresses anything but old fashioned!

5 Sheer Panel and Lace Dresses for Prom 2014

Red, white and sheer panels contrast to create a fabulous Dave and Johnny long mermaid gown. Sheer panels inserted at the midriff and lower shoulders and back are sexy touches. Red lace is a powerful yet sentimental choice and the off white organza layers are truly ethereal. Dave and Johnny blend trending features for a gorgeous evening gown.

Here, Dave and Johnny show the wide range of the lace and sheer panel trend. This short formal dress features elegant ecru lace that edges a sleeveless sheath. Its expert lining and scalloped hem allows the full pattern of the lace to awe the crowds. If someone said a "large scale lace dress with beads", would this be the picture in your mind? Kudos to Dave and Johnny for their interpretation!

For a romantic interpretation of this trend, try this floor length Toni Bowls gown.

Lace and beads embellish the portrait neckline and bodice, with sheer panels creating beautiful intrigue on both front and back. The full skirt, however, switches it up! Sheer organza covers a lace underskirt for a frothy finish to a beautiful formal dress.

Wow! Temptation created a body con prom dress by using those sheer panels effectively. They lengthen the torso of the sweetheart bodice. On the back, sheer panels provide the back drop of a simple yet strong placement of lace. It all adds to the sexy, powerful image perfect for any red carpet event. There's attention to detail from the wide shoulder straps to the short train on this gorgeous formal gown.

Cassandra Stone for MacDuggal uses lace and sheer panels in an equally effective but much more playful way. The short ruffled open back dress strategically places sheer cut outs to let the lace pattern peek through at the waist and bodice. A long asymmetrical line of lace crosses the back like a floral swag. All of this tops layers of tight organza ruffles. This dress is definitely ready for a party!

Which way would you wear the lace and sheer panel trend for prom?

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