As spring approached so does the anxiety for "the most exciting night of your life" prom! Now, I put that in quotations because it is more exciting getting ready for prom that actually being at the dance. The DJ plays cheesy music, the food is a step above airplane edibles, and you end up sitting at a table with some you A. don't get along with or B. have never seen before in your life.
But that's ok! Because getting ready is the exciting part, dress shopping with your mom, finding the perfect shoes and jewelry, what girl doesn't love getting all dressed up? But the dress. Oh the difficulty of finding the dress. Having experienced prom not all that long ago (that is the photo of my prom group above) I have a few tips for being prom perfect.
My number one rule is buy a dress YOU love. Not that your moms loves or your best friend, but a dress you absolutely can't live without. Price tag doesn't matter, I bought my dress on sale at Betsy Johnson and one of the girls at my table look absolutely vintage Chanel yet had bought her dress and accessories for under $40. Your goal is not to have the most expensive dress, you could pay $1,000 for a potato sack, but to have the best fitting dress that you adore.
I know, easier said than done. The trick is to shop around. A lot. I can't even tell you how many shops my mom and I visited before I found this one. Visit smaller shops such as shopthedress.com or peachesboutique.com . Or, my adorably petite besty recently found an adorable retro number while vintage shopping, so if your lucky enough to be able to shop vintage (unfortunately not possible for us tall girls, sad face) then search vintage shops in your area! Try to avoid major department stores as well such as Macy's and Nordstrom because you run a much higher risk of having the same dress as someone else. My only exemption from that is if you buy a dress in a totally off the wall color or style. Want a shocking Schiaparelli pink dress? Great. Or maybe even one of Schiaparelli's lobster dresses? If that's your personality, run with it.
Now on your way to prom bring any items you may think you need. You or a friend probably will need it. A safety pin is a must, some bobby pins, lip gloss, false eyelash glue if you are wearing false lashes, and some feminine necessities. Trust me on that. Oh! and in regards to pictures, put one foot in front of the other, shoulders back, head tilted slightly down.
And last but not least, have fun, relax, while some may disagree this is not the most exciting night of your life(that comes later when you land your dream job, graduate college, ect.). It's fun, you get to bond with your friends while dressed glamorously, but it is not a life changing night. So just enjoy it, have a blast and some laughs and leave your baggage at the door. In all honesty I enjoyed graduation more than I did prom, but that's just me. Just enjoy yourself, forget any drama for the night and just have fun dancing the night away, you look fantastic.
I would love to see your fab dresses!