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).
Keep an eye on your date’s accessories too. Don’t let him wear his casual watch, or that
dangly earring he likes to wear. A simple dressy watch and a stud earring are a better look for a formal occasion. When he puts his
tux on, these things will stick out dramatically, especially in the pictures.
Here are some more tips to help you make sure things go much smoother on Prom night. These
tips aren’t limited to just hair and dress-related issues, but will ensure that you have a good night, and a memorable, enjoyable time.
Try things on before the big day. This is especially true of your
shoes. The last thing you want is to discover 30 minutes into the dance that the great shoes you got to go with your dress hurt your
feet so badly that you can’t dance in them. Make sure your date tries his shoes on as well, as shoe size can vary significantly from
manufacturer to manufacturer. Also, try your dress on periodically between the time you purchase it and Prom Night. Sometimes a
woman’s body weight and size will fluctuate according the stage of her menstrual cycle. If your dress is form-fitting, it’s a good
idea to make sure you can make any needed adjustments at the last minute to ensure you’re comfortable on the big night.
Keep Prom gear together. Use a suitcase or travel bag to store all
your prom-related accessories together until the big day. This includes your shoes, hosiery, undergarments, jewelry, special hair
accessories, and even your Prom tickets. By keeping everything together in one location, and adding newly-acquired items as you
get them, you can avoid that day-of panic at not being able to find something you wanted to have for the big night. It also allows
you to keep track of things you may need to get beforehand.
Practice any special make-up techniques beforehand. Prom is a time
when most young women want to do something extra special with their make-up. They like to go for a look that’s a little more
glamorous. Try out the look you have in mind before the big day to see if it really suits you. Put on your make-up and wear it
for a few hours and keep checking back to see how it holds up. You may realize that less is indeed more, and that you will be much
happier with a different look.
Choose your date carefully. Not every young woman will have a
steady boyfriend when Prom rolls around. If you don’t have a boyfriend, be sure to select a date you can have a good time with.
A good friend or someone you have known for a while make excellent choices. Prom is not the time to have a “first date” with
someone. You’re already going to be a little nervous with it being Prom Night; adding in the extra pressure of the “first date”
scenario it just too much. It’s also not the time to “get back together” with an ex-boyfriend. There’s going to be history there
that can overshadow the good time you hope to have.