Picking out your prom look can be tough for several reasons, but don’t get overwhelmed! These criteria and tips will help keep your eye on the prize for your prom.
Obviously the function of your dress is to make you the star of your night, whether it’s pretty in pink or gorgeous in green…but there is there more to it? Do you want something classic that you can wear again for a special occasion with different accessories? Think about what you want before shopping, while maintaining an open mind.
TIP: Be sure your prom budget takes into account not only your dress, but: shoes, purse, maini/pedi, hairdo, makeup, transportation, and any prom tickets or vouchers.
TIP: Allow yourself lots of time before the prom in case you need alterations or have to wait for delivery.
2. Compliment Yourself
I don’t mean looking in the mirror and saying, “I am pretty”…I mean choose a dress that compliments you! Perhaps it picks up on the color of your eyes and makes them stand-out, or flatters your favorite curve. Be sure your dress enhances you. You are the star of the show–not your dress!
TIP: Be sure to find the right size. A too-tight dress is just as bad as one that you are swimming in.
Shoes, purses, and jewelry, Oh My! Choosing the right accessories are essential to your prom outfit. Be sure that they go well together without looking like they were made to go together. Give yourself some freedom to add your personality.
TIP: Think about your comfort, you want to feel free to move and dance. It may be cold or rainy on prom night, put aside a sweater or jacket that won’t clash with your prom dress.
TIP: You may want to practice walking in your dress and shoes, it can be easy to trip when you aren’t used to formal attire.
TIP: Ask your prom date what color his accent will be, or tell him what color your dress is. Matching with your date is a common prom practice, but not mandatory.
TIP: Keep one of your wrists un-accessorized for the corsage! This is the floral wrist piece that your date will bring, according to tradition.
Hair and makeup are always a big decision for prom. Take into account the statement your outfit is wearing and your face shape and coloration. Getting gorgeous is fun, but keep in mind you still want to look like a beautiful version of you, not someone else. Last but not least, little fragrance goes a long way!
TIP: Make appointments for hair, nails and makeup (if you are going to the salon for all three) with plenty of time to spare.
TIP: Be sure to put any touch-up essentials, like your lip color, in your purse before you leave for prom.
Prom pictures last a lifetime, so smile—you look beautiful!