Prom. It's the penultimate high school celebration. The special occasion that results in the culmination of four long years of…
Many a teen dramedy (dramatic comedy) has focused around the topic of prom night. 16 Candles, Mean Girls, and the terrifying Carrie, to name a few. It’s an experience that resonates deeply with so many of us.
The memory of proms past reminds us of our most memorable high school experiences. Meanwhile, current high schoolers looking forward to their prom next year. They’re hoping that it will be an unforgettable night that they look back on fondly for decades to come.
Many girls worry about styling their own prom look. The stress of pulling together a cohesive & stunning prom outfit is a universal one. That’s why we’re here to help you out.
As if it’s not hard enough to find the perfect dress, then you have to match all of your accessories. Once your accessories have been purchased, you further have to worry about your hairstyle and makeup. These all have to match your overall look.
Luckily for our high school fans, we have put together a great guide on how to style your 2017 prom look. We’re covering everything from earrings and bracelets to ballgowns and bows. We’ve got you covered with our easy-to-follow steps on dressing for the big day.
We’ve broken things down for our readers into 5 simple categories: hair, makeup, jewelry, shoes, and purses. Pull together the perfect look and be named prom queen for your trendsetting, beautiful style.
How To Choose a Prom Hairstyle
Prom hairstyles should always complement your dress and face shape. When you are trying to figure out which hairstyle to choose for prom, keep in mind the following:
How to Choose Prom Makeup
As with your prom hairstyle, choosing prom makeup depends on a variety of factors. To find the perfect look, we recommend the following:
How to Choose Prom Jewelry
Finding the perfect jewelry to coordinate with your prom dress is a fun process. If you aren’t sure what style you want, comb through images of styled prom outfits. Look at dresses that are similar to your own.
Just like choosing a hairstyle, choosing your prom jewelry depends a lot on your dress style. Here are some tips:
Long sparkly earrings look nice with dresses that have a very clean neckline (bateau, high neck) or a lower neckline (plunge, sweetheart, strapless). If your dress already has a lot of detail at the top, skip the large earrings. Choose a smaller, simpler pair instead. Rhinestone studs are always a good choice and go with nearly any style.
Bracelets and bangles should be kept delicate and with a bit of sparkle. Bulky bangles or layering too many can distract from the beauty of your dress.
As with bracelets, keep things simple. Choose one large statement ring that complements the colors and style of your prom dress. Alternatively, go for a few delicate stackable rings.
Necklaces are the trickiest item to pair with a prom dress. Between earrings (which are a must-have) and a dress, there is not too much room for a necklace. There are only a few dress style scenarios where a necklace would add and not detract from the overall look.
The best dress to pair a necklace with is a strapless prom gown. That’s because there is a lot of bare skin on the neck and chest to ‘dress up’ with jewelry. The other kind of prom dress that can benefit from a necklace is a bateau neckline with simple fabric and little embellishments.
For many styles of prom dress, however, less is more and you should steer clear of necklaces.
How to Choose Prom Shoes
One of the most fun items to style with your prom look is shoes. The best thing about your prom shoes is that you will have many chances to wear them again. That means you can choose a pair that you absolutely adore. When hunting down the perfect prom shoes, make sure they complement and don’t distract from your dress.
Strappy heels and stilettos are great because of their delicate look. Many prom dress styles have a high slit, so your shoes will peek out and play a major role in your overall prom look. For dresses made of silk, tulle, and other ethereal, lightweight fabrics, a strappy shoe is definitely best.
If strappy prom shoes sound too uncomfortable, consider a peep-toe pump to go under your gown. High school gym floors are not the most comfortable for dancing on top of all night long. Pumps can provide more support and comfort than strappy stilettos.
Our final recommendation on the topic of prom shoes is to bring a comfy change of flats that also matches your dress. Prom is about dancing the night away and having fun. You need to be comfortable to dance and enjoy yourself. Packing a pair of lightweight, comfy prom shoe flats in your purse is a great way to ensure you have the best time all night long.
How to Choose Prom Purses
Once you have your dress and your shoes chosen, it’s time to find a purse or clutch that goes nicely with the rest of your prom look. Though there are many small clutches in fashion right now, we caution against choosing the absolute smallest purse.
That’s unless you have a larger bag with you that can tote around your necessities! Be sure to check back on our blog for an article with more details about prom purses and what you should carry in them later. For now, be sure to have room for the following:
Now that you’ve read all about the elements you need to style the perfect prom look, tell us: What is your prom style inspiration? Hollywood Glamour, Ethereal Fairy, Gilded Beauty or Bohemian Princess? We want to hear how you plan to get your look – tell us all about it in the comments section.
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