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Red carpet-worthy prom dresses

03/14/2014 4:36 PM

03/15/2014 8:56 AM

Birds are chirping, the sun is warming up the latest freeze, and all thoughts turn to … prom, of course!

For teenage girls, shopping for what to wear on that special night is as much a rite of passage as the dance itself.

One of their biggest inspirations? The red carpet.

Of course, we’ve always been inspired by what celebs are wearing to awards shows, movie premieres and other high-profile events. But thanks to bloggers, celebrity websites and social media accounts that keep images alive and easy to find, if prom girls can’t go to Hollywood to shop, they can take their favorite Hollywood looks with them on their smartphones, right into local stores.

When I surveyed teen girls recently about their current celebrity style icons, the same names came up over and over, and a few surprised me: Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Rachel McAdams, Scarlett Johansson and Amanda Seyfried.

These young stars — credit their stylists — have worn glamorous gowns in luxe fabrics with design elements like mermaid silhouettes, high-low hemlines, and sequins and jewels in just the right places to flatter the body naturally. (No, plunging necklines and slits cut-up-to-there are not required for Hollywood glamour, ladies.)

Here’s is a peek at some red carpet-worthy gowns available at local stores, as modeled by area teenagers who are shopping for their own perfect prom looks.

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