CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB) -- For many teen girls, the prom is the most important party of high school.

"It's the night when the teen girl trades her jeans and T-shirt [and becomes] red-carpet ready," said Arlene Goldstein, vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction at Belk. "It's the night to be glamorous."

Prom dress trends are mostly red-carpet inspired, Goldstein said, noting that many teens watch televised award shows such as the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

"Prom dresses are very modern and sophisticated," Goldstein said. "Today's teens are pretty grown-up."

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