Planning for Prom Night

February 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Fashion Tips & Finds

Prom night is one of the biggest events of the year, and planning for the perfect prom can take months. All the prep work is worth it, though, when you have a magical night, one that you will look back on for years and smile. Follow these tips, and you’ll have a night to remember!

The Dress

Other than your date, your prom dress is probably going to cause you the most stress. You want to look perfect, so start looking for your dress well in advance, even if you don’t have a date yet. If you wait until the last minute, you might end up with a dress that’s not quite what you wanted.

Most stores start stocking prom dresses in January, and the best ones will be snatched up quickly. Try on several dresses in different colors and styles – something that you hate on the rack might look amazing on you, and vice versa. Flip through magazines to see what you like, or take inspiration from a favorite movie or TV show.

If you want something truly original, though, look beyond the department stores and formal shops. Scour the racks at vintage and thrift stores. You might find the perfect, unique dress and score a bargain at the same time.

Don’t forget about tailoring. Spending a few extra dollars to get a dress shortened or taken in can take a dress from “blah” to “wow!”

The Accessories

Accessories can make a so-so dress look amazing. Skip the dyed-to-match shoes and choose a blingy sandal instead. Remember that you’re going to be standing around taking pictures and having dinner, so pick something comfortable that you can walk in and dance in. Consider buying a pair of comfy ballet-type flats to stash in your purse; formalwear stores often sell flats that roll up to fit in small bags.

The prom is no place for the giant bag you carry every day. Instead, look for a clutch or evening purse that coordinates with your dress. It should be big enough to carry some cash, your phone and some emergency extras.

While you’re shopping for your dress, think about the jewelry that you want to wear. Diamonds (real or fake) will go with any dress, but try some more unusual pieces, too. Again, vintage and secondhand stores often stock antique costume jewelry that’s perfect for the prom.

The Details

Other than your wedding, the prom is one of the few times in your life when you can go all out with prom hairstyles, makeup and nails. Start your prep a few months in advance. Make appointments for hair, makeup and nails at least two months before the prom – popular salons book up fast. Ask the salon about prom packages. Some offer deals when you get multiple services.

If your dress is strapless, short or sleeveless, think about adding a little extra color to your skin for the big night. Tanning beds aren’t healthy (and you might not even be allowed to use one), so think about getting a spray tan a few days before the prom. Just go a shade or two darker – you don’t want to look like an extra from “Jersey Shore.”

Other details to handle in advance? Tickets – make sure you get them – and transportation. A limo is the most popular choice, and when you’ve got a big group, it’s cost-effective. Like everything else, book well in advance, and be sure to budget for a tip for the driver. If you plan to go out to dinner before the event, make those reservations as well.

Finally, make post-prom plans. Chances are, someone is having an after-party, or you can make plans with your friends to go eat (you’ll be hungry after all that dancing!), or just hang out and watch movies.

Whether you’re a senior enjoying the final days of high school, or a sophomore who was lucky enough to get an invitation, prom is often the highlight of the year. Spend some time planning and taking care of the details beforehand, and your prom can be everything you want it to be.

Celeste Grau is a professional cosmetologist with over 10 years of experience and is always staying on top of the latest hairstyles. Celeste specializes in six different types of hair extensions, as well as color and highlighting techniques. 

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