• Flowers – fresh or silk. Go with small clusters of blooms, or a single larger blossom, but remember to keep the size of the flowers in your hair in proportion to your head.
• Headbands – these can be jeweled, colorful, or covered in a matching fabric, and could even be metallic in gold or silver.
• Beads – Strands of costume jewelry pearls can be used as headbands (doubled over and pinned in place) or wound into an upstyle for a beautiful
accent to a simple nest of curls. This look is especially stunning on darker hair colors.
• Ribbon – Simple satin ribbon in a coordinated color can be used to tie back masses of curls, or can be woven with the hair into braids that can be coiled
on the head to make beautiful hair designs.
When all else fails, and you can’t seem to find a style that you like, try a simple
classic look. Smooth your hair back from your face and gather it at the nape of your neck. Twist the hair into a simple bun and pin
securely. Some shine-enhancing hair product applied before smoothing the hair back and a sparkling accessory like a jeweled comb or
a few jeweled pins and you’ve got a sleek, elegant look that will be sure to turn heads.
Looking Your Best:
With the hair question settled, or at least being worked on, let’s talk about the
second-most important aspect of the prom look: your dress. It’s probably the first thing a young woman thinks about with regard to
prom, and is the one thing that most young women do wrong.
Whatever you do, do NOT get fooled into buying the “new style” that is going to be the
hottest look for prom season. These are fads that will move out of fashion as quickly as they came in. Keep in mind that you are
preparing for a night you hopefully will want to look back on years from now with fondness. It ruins the effect if every time you
see your prom photos you cringe at the sight of the “hottest look” from that era of your life. If you don’t believe me, just as my
friend, “Bonnie” (not her real name, or she’d kill me) about the photos of the “powder blue wedding cake” that was her at her Senior Prom.
Go with a classic styled evening dress. Something that looks like a dress you would wear
normally, otherwise, you’re going to be uncomfortable, and you may live to regret the decision. Make sure the dress fits your
personality and sense of taste. This is no time to pretend to be something you’re not, especially if you have a defined look and
sense of style. Besides, none of your friends is going to believe the look you’re going for if you try to project an image that
And make sure your date doesn’t fall for the “trendy” look either. Tuxedoes should always
be classic cut, with simple, elegant shirt and collar designs. Don’t let him get talked into a crazy new tuxedo look or, heaven
forbid, a non-traditional color. Again, remember the photos. (Just ask “Bonnie’s” husband, “Mike”, and the lime-green horror he
wore at his Senior Prom the year before her blue dress nightmare.)
And don’t forget to accessorize appropriately. There’s no need to “gild the lily” if you’re
wearing an eye-catching dress that will surely turn heads, but if your dress is more conservative, then a few well-chosen accessories
can really add some spice to the look. And don’t spend a lot of money on expensive jewelry that could get lost. You can get some
really nice costume jewelry that will let you compliment your outfit without breaking your budget (or your heart if something happens to it).