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May 14, 2018

Prom & Formalwear Trends 2018.

     Today's post in sponsored by Angela & Alison. All opinions are honest and my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Southern Belle in Training! 

     When I was growing up, I couldn't wait to go to prom someday. The idea of wearing a beautiful dress and getting to dance the night away with friends seemed like the dream high school experience! My two proms have obviously now came and went many years ago... I think I dreamed them to be something much more exciting in my head as a little girl than they actually were. 😉However- one thing that was just as good as I imagined was the dress part of prom. I loved both of my prom dresses (one of them I loved so much I re-wore it for a sorority formal in college!), and I felt absolutely gorgeous both years. 

     Does anyone else wish that adults could go back to prom each year? (Mainly just so we can have a chance each spring to still get all dolled up and take advantage of spring formal trends!) I think I definitely need to investigate some black tie or formal events to attend and invite myself to for next spring... but until then, I'm definitely craving a fancy night out. Until then, I'm still fulfilling my passion for formalwear by collaboration today with Angela & Alison to share a couple of prom and formal dress trends for this season! 

Gold Sequin Prom Dress

Angela & Alison Prom Dress

Prom Dress Trends 2018

Gold Beaded Prom Dress

Glamorous Prom Dress- Sequin Dress

Photography by Kate Greer

     Oh my goodness- I felt like a million dollars in this stunning gold dress from Angela & Alison! This is Style 81130, and I'm wearing a size 4, which was pretty much a perfect fit. This dress is made entirely of beautiful gold sequins, and it fades into silver sequins on the lower part of the dress, which creates a stunning illusion when the dress hits light! It's definitely a little bit of a sexy number between the plunging neckline and the leg slit, but sometimes you want to feel a little sexy for a very fancy occasion. (The chest part was a tiny bit big on me, so I am wearing nude colored sticky boobs with this dress!) I also love the beautiful beading along the sleeves. All in all, this is a gorgeous dress, and it would be incredible for prom, sorority formals, pageants, or other very formal occasions! It's my dream to someday attend a music awards show and get to walk on the red carpet- this might be the type of dress I'd wear for that.

Royal Blue Prom Dress

Mermaid prom dress

Angela & Alison Prom Dress

Prom Dress Trends 2018

Blue Mermaid Prom Dress

     I also had so much fun modeling Angela & Alison Style 81019! This incredible dress comes in four colors, I'm wearing it in Royal Blue. I'm wearing a size 4 in this dress as well- however this one ran very small (as formal dresses sometimes can). A 6 probably would have fit me better. This was my first time wearing a mermaid style dress, and I think I'm in love with them now! What a flattering style. I felt so glamorous in this dress, and ready to attend some sort of fancy, big-city event. I am 5'7 for height reference, and I actually didn't need to wear heels with this dress! It fit me perfectly wearing flat sandals. The beautiful tulle skirt covers up your shoes anyways, so why not be comfortable?

      I felt like a true prom queen getting to try on these two beautiful Angela & Alison dresses!  Angela & Alison dresses are sold at fine formalwear boutiques located worldwide, with lots of locations in the US and Canada. There are many stores in Virginia that carry this dress line, in areas such as Harrisonburg, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, and the DC suburbs. You can also connect with Angela & Alison on social media by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - it's the easiest way to stay up to date with their latest beautiful formalwear collections!

     Which of the dresses from this post is your favorite? Have you worn an Angela & Alison dress before for a formal event or prom?

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese



  1. I can't believe those dresses are under $200! The first one is my favorite, but I thought for sure with all the sequins and detail-work that it would be much more expensive. I don't have any formal events coming up, but I wish I had known about this brand when I was in high school going to prom and doing pageants!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  2. That plunging gold dress is all kinds of gorgeous! I would find any excuse to wear that pretty... even if it was to tackle grocery store wars! ha :) For under $200 you can't beat the price!

  3. Wow that gold dress is beautiful!! I love the details on it.

  4. Hey Annaliese! I absolutely love the gold dress! If I wasn't already done with my high school I'd really consider it for my prom night! Not to mention, you look gorgeous in both!

    ~ Sanziana

  5. That gold dress is exquisite! Prom dresses I wore were nowhere near that sexy!! I do wish I had reasons to wear dresses like that.

  6. If I could do prom over again, I would totally wear these dresses! So beautiful - that blue dress is my favorite!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  7. wow, both of these dresses look seriously stunning on you! i ever went to one prom, and honestly, i don't regret it :) but gorgeous <3 and can't wait to see the photos of people's proms!

  8. Gorgeous dresses! I'm really loving that blue one!

  9. These look way cooler than either of my prom dresses looked, haha! I love the first one!

  10. You look amazing in that gold dress! Work it girl :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  11. OMG the gold one is gorgeous! I went with a short dress so I could dance haha.

  12. You look absolutely gorgeous in both but the first one is my favorite!
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  13. These are gorgeous! That royal blue on you is stunning!!

  14. You are a vision! we don't have this tradition in Italy..unfortunately!!!

  15. That gold dress makes you look like a Bachelor contestant! Love it.

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