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Color and class are things to look for in dresses and tuxes

Color and class are things to look for in dresses and tuxes

March 22, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Color is back in style for prom season with the girls taking the lead, said Kate Wood, assistant editor with promspot.com.

Classic black dresses always will be in style, however colors, especially lighter colors, are back, Wood said.

Mermaid silhouettes, Cinderella ball gowns and sleek, column dresses are in style this season, according to Wood and Carol Norton, owner of Jane Anderson Brides in downtown Hagers-town. Dresses with short trains also are in for prom, having made the jump from women's adult evening and bridal styles, she said.

For the guys, the look has become more relaxed and diverse, Wood said.

Ninety-five percent of the tuxedos guys rent for prom from Ingram's Men's Shop downtown are black, but there are new colors available in full-back vests and ties, owner Frank Fearnow Jr. said.

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The guys tend to still favor the more conservative silver and platinum vests over the newer shades like periwinkle and iris, Fearnow said.

The more stylish or adventurous guys might wear the more colorful vests and coats, Wood said. It's more likely the girls will follow the fashion trends closely and be more willing to go out on a limb.

"For many boys, wearing a tux at all is going out on a limb," Wood said.

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