You really cant wrong with sequins – whether it’s for a prom or just a fun night out – they instantly give off a magical, princess-like vibe that dominated the Spring 2013 runways and will never go out of style. One of my favorite stars that’s the perfect example off how magical sequins can make you look and feel is Taylor Swift. With her trademark ruby red lips, she’s rocked the sequins on many red carpets and always looks flawless! Tip: For a little more glamour and edge, add metallic heels (another huge trend) and a black clutch… and keep the jewelry simple! The dress will do all the work. Get Taylor’s look for less with pieces from David’s Bridal, Heels.com and many more!
Sequin Dress – at Davidsbridal.com | Crystal Spike Studs - $15 at Missselfridge.com | Rhinestone Cuff - $28 at Whitehouseblackmarket.com | Studded Clutch – $39 at Dorothyperkins.com | Metallic Heels - $50 at Heels.com | M.A.C Lipstick in Swatch – $15 at Nordstrom.com |
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!
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!”
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.
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.
I don’t know about you but I get tired of going to the same stores and seeing the same limited selection every time. I was getting so frustrated searching for a dress to wear to my boyfriend’s formal when I stumbled upon the David’s Bridal site (I swear I wasn’t looking at wedding dresses!). But who knew they had dresses for all kinds of occasions besides weddings? They actually have a lot of beautiful prom dresses that were suitable and affordable, including the one below that I fell in love with.
This charmeuse dress is a fun twist on the typical little black dress, but still looks classic. And I know it’s difficult to tell in this picture but there are subtle sequins throughout the flowered skirt that add just the right amount of sparkle. I can’t wait to wear it! With winter formals and holiday parties coming up I’m sure you’re all going to be facing the same dress searching dilemma. I never thought I’d buy another prom dress but look outside the box and you just might be pleasantly surprised!
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Empire Style Dress – $103.99 at Dressale.com
Jewel Drop Earrings - $8.80 at Forever21.com
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Bangles – $14.80 at Forever21.com
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Prom Season is just around the corner! Find this beautiful copycat look of Jessica Simpson at the 2010 Operation Smile Gala wearing a Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2010 dress. Prom Dresses are hard to find so try to focus on a great cut and pattern like this one for this year’s big ball. Get Jessica’s look for less!
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