Some of you are probably getting ready for prom or have a relative that is. If the guys can just rent a tuxedo and get away with it, girls have to make sure that the dress they are wearing is not just beautiful, but that it will also stand the test of time. How many of you look back to your prom dresses and can’t believe you actually spent money on something like that?
If you want to avoid the “What was I thinking?” moment, check out our article and find out which chances will look great 10 years from now!
But before we get to that, let’s establish what not to wear:
- Animal print- under no circumstances should you look like a zebra or a cheetah on your prom. Also, you may want to cover your chest and hips to say the least, no matter how beautiful you are. You’re still underage, remember!
- Platforms or crazy shoes- it’s a shame to go for something like that when you’re this young and beautiful! Choose a pair of shoes that look nice and elegant and 20 years from now, when you’ll look through your prom pictures, you won’t regret it!
- Cutouts- you probably love them and honestly we do too, but they won’t stand the test of time. Unless they are very subtle, there is no way you are going to like the look a few years from now!
- See through- you are a respectable young lady, not…something else. Try to show of as little skin as possible and please steer away from the nude/ lace combination.
1. Classy Jumpsuit
Let’s start with probably the least favorite look. For some reason, girls think that jumpsuits are not appropriate for a prom, but if you pair them with stylish shoes and a cute clutch, you’ll look edgy, yet elegant. Plus, jumpsuits have been around for a really long time, which means that decades from now, when your kids will check out your prom pictures, they will know what you were wearing.
Needless to say that there are many Hollywood celebrities who are ditching the dresses for comfortable, chic jumpsuits. Here are a few ideas for you:
2. Short and Sweet
If you are a girly girl, a short and sweet dress is the way to go. We know that retailers would just jump through hoops just to sell their products, which is why a lot of them are covered in beads, metallic buttons, ruffles and so on. Be smart and go for something simple and colorful that will bring out your skin complexion and the color of your eyes. Plus, if you have nice legs and want to show them off, go for a tulle dress and accessorize it with statement earrings, no necklace or bracelets.
3. Long and Elegant
Most girls go for a long body-fitted dress, thinking that they can’t go wrong, when the truth is: you have to try on many options before really knowing what flatters your body. The good thing about long dresses is that, no matter your body type, it will make you look taller and a lot more elegant.
There are a few rules when going for this kind of dress: avoid excessive embellishments, as little see-through as possible, no deep cut cleavages and make sure the dress is really your size: if it’s too small, you might show more than you wanted, and if it’s too big it will look like it’s eating you up. Here are a few ideas that will never age or look bad years from today:
If there is a good time to wear glitter, then that time is prom. You will sparkle, get everyone’s attention without having to reveal anything. Plus, you can buy the fabric online, on fabric.com and have it custom made if the store version is too expensive for you. Here are a few rules you should keep in mind when going for a glittery dress: if you’re choosing sleeves, make sure the skirt is above your knees. If the skirt is long, go for strapless or sleeveless.
Plus, you don’t need any other embellishments or cut-outs to look sophisticated. It seems that people tend to stay away from sequin lately, thinking that it’s too much, when the truth is that many Hollywood celebs are choosing this fabric for the red carpet. If you don’t want to look like there’s too much going on in your outfit, let the dress shine and choose small earrings and a simple, nude pair of shoes. Everything else you’re wearing should pretty much be neutral.
Sure, there are many girls who like shapes, colors and patterns all in one dress, but that doesn’t mean it’s a wise choice too. You can never fail if you choose a one-color dress and here’s why: it will really accentuate the color of your eyes, make you look taller, add some sophistication to your overall look and work as a statement-dress.
Plus, you can go crazy with the jewelry: big earrings, necklaces, bracelets- anything goes! Not to mention that you’ll be able to reuse the dress on various other occasions. For someone who’s interested to save as money as possible, that’s quite something! These are our favorite options for one-color dress:
Want to look like a fairy? Well, what you need is a tulle dress, but our advice is to choose something above the knee, otherwise you risk looking like a bride. Don’t think for a second that you don’t have the legs to pull off this look, because anything can be achieved with the right pair of stockings!
The most flattering colors for any kind of skin tone are: electric blue, soft pink, black and grey. Try not to choose bright yellow or light green, because they tend to fade away in pictures. Plus, if you choose grey or black, you can go for colorful accessories: grey works beautifully with pink and red, while black looks better when combined with yellow/gold or fuchsia.
Lace is the evergreen of evening dresses and for good reason: it gives elegance, sophistication, a very retro kind of touch and it’s very wearable.
Whether you’ve chosen a short or a long dress, try to avoid white, beige, blush or ivory if you don’t want to look like a bride. Also, light colored lace makes you look older than your actual age, which means that you should probably choose something more colorful: purple for light skin tones and orange for darker skin tones.
8. Flirty Prints
Don’t be afraid of prints as long as they are not crazy: stay away from big shapes and go for a more subtle pattern: polka dots, small flowers, and even hearts if love is on your mind! Also, prints are very difficult to pair with the right accessories, which is why you should write this down: for complicated patterns, choose monochrome jewelry whose color can be found in the pattern.
Example: is your dress grey and white and yellow? Choose a pair of earrings that are grey, yellow or white. This way, you will really make that color pop. Another rule: the shoes and clutch should be a neutral color.
Leather is an everlasting trend, so why not go for a leather dress? However, there are a few inconveniences: the leather will stick to your skin and the only way to take it off would be by using some baby powder. Oh, and you might sweat a lot as well. But other than that, you will definitely stand out, since few people will even think of this fabric.
In the past decade, more and more celebrities choose leather dresses and we have a few examples for you. The only rule is: don’t choose anything that’s too long and therefore heavy for obvious reasons! Other than that, you’re good to go and make waves!
10. Bandage Dresses
Some people say that bandage dresses are not made for everyone, but we beg to differ. In case you didn’t know, they are made of tiny strips of elastic fabric that will hide away your imperfections, which makes it the perfect dress, frankly. The only inconvenience is that you could look too mature and…provocative, but if you were going for this look anyway, the bandage dress is your new best friend.
How to accessorize it? A chic hairdo, smokey eyes, nude lips, bald cheekbones and small earrings. You can add hoop bracelets and wear a pair of high heels as long as none of these items take away from the beauty of the dress. In fact, here are our favorite examples: