Winter is giving way to spring and now it’s time for you to prepare for that end of the year party that everyone’s been anticipating; Prom. While it may seem a little overwhelming, it’s completely possible to skip the jitters and go straight to that fierce and edgy look you’re dying to show off to your date and your friends.
Dressing the part, and finding that perfect prom dress or suit may be a little overwhelming at first. But, it doesn’t have to be!
Check out our prom styling tips and tricks for her, and for him.
It All Starts With The Dress
The dress is going to be to focal point of your prom outfit, there's no question about that. This said, there are of course several things that you’re going to want to consider when picking a prom dress. Pick a dress that fits your body. Choose a length and cut that flatters your figure. Prom doesn’t mean you have to have a floor-length ball gown; in fact - you could opt for a knee-length corset dress that flatters your figure, and still looks formal enough to be suitable for prom.
Once you've decided on the length and style of dress, keep the following things in mind:
Choose a color that flatters your skin tone while keeping the theme of your Prom night in mind.
Don’t be afraid to be edgy. If you don’t want to wear a pastel pink dress, don’t. Wear what makes you happy.
Think about what your date will be wearing. It’s always a good idea to try to coordinate color schemes. Pick a dress that flatters his suit or tie.
Remember that even the plainest dress can be dressed up to be fierce. Don’t shy away from a dress because it may not be flashy.
Glitter can be great. Just don’t over-do it.
Do you need a shrug or something to keep you warm during the evening? Pairing a shrug with your dress is practical and can add a little extra to your overall look.
Go Fierce With Your Hair & Makeup
If you want to rock an edgy vibe with your formal wear, then going bold with edgy makeup and hairstyles is a great way to add a rebellious edge to your look, even if you've opted for a pretty traditional dress, or a more edgy but still conservative style like a medieval inspired ballgown, or a cute Rockabilly prom dress.
Whether you opt for full-on badass with an edgy hairstyle and black lipstick, or keep it a little more subtle with a romantic up-do and smoky eyes, your hair and makeup can be the ultimate accents to bring together a rebellious but formal outfit. Here are a few styling tips you can experiment with;
Keep it classy. A smoky eye is always a great way to accentuate your eyes.
Go neutral with a fair eye and a fierce red lip.
Play with color, don’t let it scare you.
Practice your look before the big day.
Don’t over-do the perfume. A little bit goes a long way.
Whether you sport an up-do or wear your hair down, don’t be afraid to use hair accessories to push your look to the next level. Head bands, flowers, and jewels are all fun ways to spice up your look.
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Shoes & Accessories Bring an Edgy Prom Outfit To Life
Once you've got the dress, hair and makeup nailed down, it's time to add the finishing touches to your prom attire. The key thing to keep in mind is that your accessories should add to your look and complement it, rather than serving as a distraction.
So, if you've opted for a gothic prom dress, then it's a geat idea to complement it with a gothic choker or some Victorian style jewelry. If you've opted for a traditional gown, then choose accessories that fit seamlessly with formal attire, such as a pair of drop earrings or even a hair fascinator. You can also keep the following tips in mind when accessorizing your alternative prom outfit;
Heels or flats can be worn to your prom. Just make sure that you’re choosing a comfortable pair that won’t hurt your feet by the end of the night. Don’t be afraid to explore something you wouldn’t typically wear.
A clutch purse is a good way to bring along anything you may need during your prom in a stylish and fun way.
Earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets will help to elevate your fierce look by adding some sparkle to your already gorgeous look. Just remember, moderation can sometimes be better than going overboard. You don’t want to overpower your dress.
First Thing's First: Tux or Jacket?
Mens formal attire is (arguably) a little more easy to navigate than women's. The first thing you need to do when it comes to building an alternative style prom outfit, is decide whether you're opting for a tuxedo or a suit jacket. One good rule of thumb whatever you choose, is to make sure your jacket matches your trousers; a two-tone look doesn’t usually work well for prom. But, if you want to live dangerously, throw a colored shirt under a crisp black suit jacket or tux, and pants. Here's a few tips to keep in mind when building your fierce prom look:
Tuxes and suits don’t have to be boring. Don’t shy away from color. Suits are the typical choice since you can use them again in the future.
Make sure that whichever you choose is fitted to your body.
A tie is a great way to add a little bit of “you” into the mix. Prints, bold colors, the sky is the limit.
A good belt will go a long way in making a cohesive look.
Keep your Boutonniere in mind to make sure it fits well with your color choices.
Add The Finishing Touches
When you've decided on your tux or suit, it's time to pick the shoes and accessories to bring it all together. Good grooming, some well-placed alternative style cufflinks and an edgy pair of dress shoes can add an element of alternative style to even the most formal dinner suit - so take time choosing your accessories, and keep the following tips in mind:
Trim any facial hair so that it looks well maintained.
Shower before Prom and don’t drown in cologne.
Make sure you are choosing the perfect fit when it comes to shoes. They need to be comfortable.
Your shoes can make a statement. They don’t have to fade to black with your suit.
Are you opting for a non-traditional outfit for your prom? Maybe you're a girl who's opted for a suit instead of a gown? Let us know about your prom outfit in the comments section!