How to dress for the prom

How to dress for the prom
How to dress for the prom

Dressing up for prom should be a fun experience, but if you want to look your best to make the most of that big night, there are a number of things you really need to know. take this into account to feel comfortable and to your advantage.


Part 1 of 3: For women

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Step 1. Find the perfect dress

The most obvious thing you will need to get to the prom is a great dress. Prom dresses are a type of formal wear, but they are often the cheapest in this clothing category. When deciding which dress is right for you, you will need to consider your sense of style while also making sure to determine which model is right for you.

If you want to learn more about how you can go about choosing the perfect dress, check out the different sections that follow

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Step 2. Choose the correct pair of shoes

The pair of shoes you decide to wear for the ball should be appropriate for the style and color of the dress you are going to wear. More often than not, it is advisable to choose your dress first before determining the pair of shoes with which it will be associated. When choosing the latter, you should still keep in mind that it should be comfortable enough to allow you to dance and walk effortlessly throughout the evening.

  • The appeal of your shoes is even more important if you put on a short dress, because in these conditions they will be really visible.
  • Don't be afraid to put on ballet flats, but make sure the ones you choose are stylish enough to pair with a semi-formal dress.
  • It is better that you put on shoes with low soles if you like shoes with heels. Most women can spend an entire evening in low-soled shoes, even if they are not used to putting them on very often. On the other hand, with high heels, problems can arise at any time.
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Step 3. Put on the perfect piece of jewelry

A little piece of jewelry can dramatically enhance the look of your prom dress. This is an opportunity for you to show off, but to make it perfect you need to make sure that the piece of jewelry you choose complements the dress rather than distracts from it.

  • It is often recommended to wear simple, yet elegant jewelry rather than flashy jewelry. Go for shiny sets like those made with cubic zirconia or timeless jewelry like pearls. Avoid anything that has too many colors.
  • Avoid overdoing it. Putting on a flashy necklace, oversized earrings, multiple rings, and chunky bracelets on both wrists can be too much of an overkill. Instead, focus on one type of jewelry (either earrings or necklaces) and then choose smaller sets that match perfectly with the overall style of that main piece of jewelry without being as extravagant as it is.
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Step 4. Consider keeping a small purse

There might be a few things you want to keep with you, including your phone or tablets. The best way to bring all of this is to find a nice handbag that matches the color and style of your dress.

However, if you don't feel like going to your party with a purse, you could ask your date to kindly put your phone and accessories in their pockets. Just make sure you have their approval before considering this possibility

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Step 5. Ask yourself if you need a sweater

More often than not, you might not need to wear a sweater or sweater. This is because most proms are held during a hot time of the year and even if it is still a bit chilly at these times, the temperature inside the ballroom will certainly be high enough. Despite this, if you are cautious, it would be useful to bring a small, thick sweater or blanket to cover your shoulders.

As prom season approaches, you can often find small, stylish blankets made from delicate materials like muslin. The latter are the best option because they are both practical and very attractive

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Step 6. Don't forget the bodice

The bodice you will put on for the occasion should be purchased by your date rider, but you will need to discuss it with them beforehand so that they choose something well suited. Also keep in mind that you will have to buy her buttonhole and it is desirable that the two match.

Your bodice should match the color of your dress, but it should not be the same color as your dress. You should also ensure that the buttonhole and bodice match, especially in color, choice of flower, and overall style

Part 2 of 3: Ball Gown Details (For Women)

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Step 1. Choose an appropriate dress according to your school

Most establishments have a dress code that explicitly states what your ball gown should look like. If you have a habit of dressing modestly and elegantly, this will certainly not be a problem for you. On the other hand, if you tend to want to expose a good part of your body, it is imperative that you consult the dress restrictions imposed by your school to know exactly what you are allowed to do.

Prom dresses can be either long or short. If you intend to put on a maxi dress, then you need to make sure the hem fits your height. If, on the other hand, you opt for a short model, you must make sure to choose one whose length exceeds mid-thigh. Hems that are shorter and do not reach mid-thigh tend to affect the attractiveness of a dress

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Step 2. Choose colors that match your skin tone

When everything that has been said above is taken into account, you can choose the evening dress you want, regardless of its color. However, if you really want to look radiant, you can limit your choices to the color palette that best matches your skin tone.

  • If you have pale, yellowish or dark olive skin with pink or blue undertones, then you have a wintery complexion. You might also have dark eyes and brown hair. In this case, you will need to go for dresses that feature bright colors, like black, navy blue, pink, and red. If you prefer lighter colors, then be sure to choose dresses with lighter hues rather than pastels. Beige, gold and orange colors should be avoided.
  • If you have a summer complexion, it implies that your skin is pale pink with pink or blue undertones. You might also have light brown or blonde hair and pale eyes. In this case, it is recommended to go for pastel and neutral colors with shades of blue and pink. Go for dresses that are lavender, plum, blue, and pinkish-brown, but avoid those that are orange and black.
  • If you have an autumn complexion, your skin has a golden and warm undertone. You might also have red or brown hair and golden eyes. At this level, it is best that you go for colors with golden undertones, including camel, beige, orange, gold and dark brown. However, shades of blue such as navy should be avoided.
  • If your skin is creamy or peachy white with golden undertones, you have a spring complexion. You might have dark auburn or straw colored hair and green or blue eyes with freckles and rosy cheeks. Warm colors like camel, peach, yellow, and golden brown are best for you, but dark or dull colors should be avoided.
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Step 3. Choose dresses that suit your build

As with color, the choice of the type and style of your dress is up to you. Some dresses are more suited to certain body types than others. However, no matter what a woman's build, she can find the type of dress that suits her.

  • If you are pear-shaped, your upper body will be shorter, while your hips will be a bit wider. Look to enhance your slim waist by wearing a well-fitting top and counterbalance your plumpness with a flared skirt.
  • If you are slim and straight, you can create the illusion of curves by drawing attention to your waist and wearing a wrap dress or belted model. You could also make your bust stand out just by putting on a big v-neckline or opting for a flared down dress.
  • If you have an inverted pyramid shape, you probably have fuller breasts than most girls. So you need to make sure that your dress is wide enough at the bust to support everything and balance your curves by drawing attention to the bottom hem of the dress or your waist.
  • If you have an hourglass shape, it implies that your hips and chest are round, and your waist is noticeably shorter. In this case, you have a lot of options, but given that you have a naturally well-proportioned build, you will have to make the effort to avoid dresses that place too much emphasis on the upper or lower part of your body..
  • If you have an apple figure, your abdomen will definitely be wider. In this case, empire dresses are all right and will help highlight the thinnest parts of your body while hiding the wider ones.
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Step 4. Be practical

It is important that you can feel comfortable and beautiful when putting on your prom dress. If you sacrifice one of these two aspects at the expense of the other, you won't be able to enjoy your evening as it should.

In addition to feeling physically comfortable, you will also need to be mentally relaxed. If you find that you are going to dance a lot during the evening, you should opt for a dress that has wide straps that can hold the top in place

Part 3 of 3: For men

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Step 1. Choose between a tuxedo and a black suit

The prom is a semi-formal event, so you'll need either a tuxedo jacket or a suit jacket that looks like a tuxedo. A real tuxedo will enhance your appearance, but suits are the most affordable due to their low price.

  • If you want to wear a tuxedo, rent it rather than buy it. This is because tuxedo jackets are expensive and given that you continue to grow physically at this age, you will probably only have to use it once.
  • When you walk into a tuxedo rental shop, let the manager know that you are looking for a rather modern model.
  • Go for a simple black jacket no matter if it's a tuxedo or a suit.
  • The jacket should have either a buttonhole at the top or a shawl collar and the buttonholes can be in black satin or made with the same fabric as the rest of the jacket.
  • You should also make sure that the jacket has a buttonhole.
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Step 2. Standardize your pants

You should wear pants that match the jacket perfectly. In other words, your pants should be the same shade of black and be made from the same fabric as your jacket.

  • If you decide to wear a tuxedo, it is preferable that the pants have a satin band on the outer side of each foot.
  • Classic pants are usually held with suspenders instead of belts.
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Step 3. Choose the correct type of shirt

What you basically need is a plain white evening shirt. If you want to have a classic appearance, you can opt for a shirt with pleats instead. On the other hand, for a more modern style, put on a shirt without folds. If you are not sure which shirt to choose, then try both to make up your mind.

  • Also consider the wrist model. Single cuffs are practical and you'll see them on almost any button-down shirt. Musketeer cuffs are a bit more complex.
  • As for the collar, you have the choice between the usual model or the inclined one. The latter has rigid types. If you are not sure which model is right for you, ask the rental store for advice.
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Step 4. Put on a tie

It is advised that you go to your prom wearing a bow tie instead of a long tie. Go for a standard bow tie and unless you're awkward, choose a tie that you can tie yourself rather than using a clip-on pattern.

When it comes to color, black is always the safest option. However, if you have an idea of ​​what dress your date will wear, you can put on a tie that matches the color of this dress

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Step 5. Wear suitable shoes

All simple black colored shoes should be fine for the evening. If you already have a few, clean them, wax them, and wear them.

You could rent black soled shoes from a tuxedo rental store, but you will never know how stiff these are and such shoes that have never been used can be uncomfortable after an evening of standing or standing. to dance

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Step 6. Choose a belt or vest

A simple black satin belt around the waist is the more classic option, but if you prefer something a little less formal, you could also opt for a black satin waistcoat. Choose one or the other.

  • If you are a little more daring, you can wear a belt whose color is anything other than black. However, if you opt for this, choose a sober color instead and make sure that it matches your date.
  • Avoid colorful jackets.
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Step 7. Think about the accessories to use

If you already have all of the items mentioned above, you are probably already ready. However, there are some additional accessories you might want to consider if you really want to look better.

  • Choose the right cufflinks and shirts. Cufflinks and shirts should either be the same or complement each other. A combination of gold and silver materials is to be avoided.
  • Also remember to keep a pocket square. Pick something that will suit your personality while still being stylish, and make sure the color and fabric matches your date rather than being out of step with it. If nothing fits, a simple white pocket square will do.
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Step 8. Don't forget the buttonhole

Your date for the evening is responsible for giving you your boutonniere, but you'll need to discuss it with her first to be sure you both find something suitable. Also note that if she buys your boutonniere, you should do the same for her bodice.

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