Prom Style 2011

High school prom time is here and although your experience may not match what you see in the movies (not always a bad thing, think Carrie) that's no reason you can't look like a movie star. Here are some fail-safe trends to ensure you'll knock 'em dead and have no fears when your parents bust out the photo album years down the line to your future fiancé.

Like weddings (and many other things in life), prom is all about the girl and her dress. Beat the prom queen at her own game with this season's trends of statement making structured metallics, bold but feminine jewel tones and minimalist looks in bright colors. Take a cue from Kristen Stewart's shimmering Reem Acra mini, Vanessa Hudgen's stunning silver Marchesa and Taylor Swift's sparkly neutral Zuhair Murad number.

For a more demure look, go for saturated jewel tones with feminine details like Mila Kunis' textured, emerald Vera Wang frock, Mandy Moore's deep blue tulle Monique Lhuillie and Selena Gomez's ruby Dolce & Gabbana flowing gown. If a cool palette complements your tone better, go for a minimalist look in sorbet-inspired colors like Emma Stone and Claire Danes both in Calvin Klein, and Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung.

If you can't find the trend you're looking for in your price range, try rental sites like where you can borrow a designer dress for about 10% of the retail price. Just like Cinderella, however, you'll have to return your gown when the evening is over.

Now that you've got your dress, hair and makeup comes next. This season's red carpet hair is all about retro glamour. Break the mold of outdated updos with perfectly coiffed soft curls like January Jones and Dianna Aragon. If your hair is too unruly to withstand the night, pull soft waves off to one side and pin up like Lea Michele. For makeup, a punch of vibrant lip color is the perfect complement to these throwback hairstyles. Visit a makeup specialty store like Sephora and let the associates guide you to the right shade for your skin tone and dress color. With a bold lip, keep the rest of your makeup simple -- lightly lined eyes, soft mascara (no falsies!) and just a touch of blush.

Now that you're fabulous, it's time to work on your date. For the fashionable man, traditional tuxedos are a thing of the past. This year is all about geek chic for the guys with skinny pants, bow ties and even suspenders. Instead of going for traditional black, be daring and go for color like Darren Criss in powder blue paired with a crisp, white shirt. If that's too bold for your fella, try a traditional skinny tie look, opt for gray suiting or pump up a plain tux with a brightly colored bowtie. Kick up the style factor with a date dressed to complement the color of your ensemble, just don't go overboard, only match exactly with small hints of color like pocket squares.

Now all you need to do is practice your poses for the paparazzi!

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Kristen Majewski
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