Ah Prom. That felt like eons ago for me but alas I had a blissful and fond flashback because a student texted me to ask for tips on hair and makeup. Who knew that this would come under my jurisdiction too? (Please don’t feel bad if you’re reading this, I’m merely teasing. I take it as a compliment that you value my opinion and advice!) Whether you are just graduating from high school or JC, Prom marks the official end of teenage pubescent angst and is the first step towards a wiser, more mature you as you take on tertiary education and the world. So of course it is natural to fret over what to wear cos this is an important milestone and no thanks to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and friends, they will make sure that your Prom photo will be etched on everyone’s consciousness forever. Well, as long as cyberspace exists at least.
So here’s my bid to make Prom an unforgettable experience (for all the right reasons of course.) Let’s start off with talking about THE dress. My main gripe with Prom fashion is how younglings at 16-18 years old would wanna dress in styles that make them look older. Believe me, youth is something that is temporal and transient. It cannot be retained so save the long gowns, drapes, feathers and overly elaborate/complex designs for when you hit the big 30. For now it is important to enjoy your youth and wear stuff that you can’t get away with 20 years from now. That means skirts with shorter hems (and by that I don’t mean a slutty hey-i-can-see-up-your-butt length but a little bit above the knee would do just fine.) I find that fit and flare styles are universally flattering especially dresses that cinch at the waist especially if you are self-conscious about your hips and tummy.
You should work out which is your best feature and accentuate it. If it is your shoulders then by all means wear a toga or a tube dress, if you’ve got a healthy bust then well, a sweetheart neckline would look very flattering (Note: fashion tape is your friend, boob spillage is a no-no). And a shorter dress will of course call attention to your gams. But the key is of course to focus on ONE key feature and not show it ALL off else seriously you’ll just look slutty and that’s definitely not something that you wanna look back and recall. It could haunt you. Forever. *ominous music chimes*
Black is understandably the safe go-to colour to choose for Prom as it is classic and will definitely stand the test of time. But black can also give the appearance of being dreary and severe so be sure to play with textures; tulle and chiffon are good materials that provide an ethereal and mysterious feel while lace and sequin embellishments lend an expensive air to the outfit. For the adventurous, you can pick a dress that could play with contrasting colours to stand out (as seen in picture). I’d like to think that some fashion rules are meant to be broken and black is definitely a colour that is worth experimenting with. Break out of the Prom cliche and pick an outfit that reflects your personality. I personally think that where black is concerned, simplicity is best and a black jersey dress in the style of Herve Leger (I’m thinking futuristic, sleek and bodycon-style with some cut-outs at the right places) could make for a gorgeous Prom dress.
And your job isn’t done until you complete the entire outfit with accessories. The key here is to avoid over-accessorising. So if you pick a statement necklace, then forego earrings and wear a ring instead. Less is more. While people like to work within the same colour palette and go all matchy-matchy, I think it can be quite interesting to pick a contrasting necklace just so that it brings out a more unique flavour to the entire outfit so experiment and ask around to see what works and what doesn’t.
If I could relive Prom all over again, this is what I would wear. I don’t believe in spending crazy exorbitant amounts of money on stuff that I would use only once for a special occasion so I’m mindful to pick things that I could wear/use on a regular basis. These items that I picked out are all from local blogshops and I would say that they look just as gorgeous as so-called ‘brand-named’ store merchandise. So this goes to show that you don’t have to spend $200-300 on a Daniel Yam or whatever designer dress.
And most importantly, Prom is your time to shine so the only golden rule of the night is to HAVE FUN (and to drink responsibly at the afterparty afterwards!)