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Over the past couple of decades, proms have become a massive deal  in the UK. Previously the stuff of American high school movies, the annual events are now the pinnacle of the social calendar for a generation of school leavers. They are a chance to dress up and let loose with friends after the stress of exams, but they’re also a coming of age ritual where new identifies can be tried out, and we can make a statement about who we are and what our intentions are in the world. It’s a night that you’ve seen replicated a million times on screen, and without a doubt you want it to be special – so here are some top tips for making it the night of your life:

 

Get Ready Early

 

The scale of prom nights now means they are significant events and milestones in our lives – its also one of the most photographed occasions you’ll ever have aside of a wedding or graduation – so leaving everything until the last minute is not a good idea. Whatever your personal style is, you can find a way to rock it for prom. Everyone wants the chance to look and feel their best and showcase their personalities in a way that you can’t while rocking a school uniform Make sure you start looking for prom dresses a good few months before the event, decide on your transport plans, if you want any hair or makeup appointments get them booked as slots fill up weeks in advance – get that glowing skin and princess hair if you want them. You don’t want to be panicking about missed details on the night so have a trial run where you try on your outfit and practice moving around in it.

 

Avoid the Comparison Trap

 

You’re at prom to make memories, so the focus should be on you, your friends and having fun. You don’t need to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others, as that can only ever have a negative outcome. There’s room for everyone – you don’t need to focus on who has a better dress and who looks like they’re having a better time. Prom is everyone’s chance to shine in their way. If you find yourself falling into the trap of comparing, take a moment of mindfulness and confirm with yourself that you need to just focus on having fun.

 

Wear What You Want To

 

No one can tell you what you ‘should’ wear to your prom night. Your ultimate goal should be to feel comfortable in your skin, and that comes with being true to yourself. If you aren’t a dress person, don’t force it – find a really chic trouser suit instead and rock that. Friends and family may have strong opinions about what suits you, but you’ll only really look good if you feel that way too. Make your outfit something unforgettable for you personally. Choose something you love, and you won’t be looking back at your Snaps with regret after the event.

 

Go With Who You Like

 

Make sure the company you surround yourself with at the prom is who you truly want to be spending time with. No accepting a date because you feel pressured into it – if you want to go in a group with your friends then do that. Your prom is your special night. Make memories with those closest to you, make new connections with people you haven’t spoken to before – and that’s what will make for an unforgettable night.

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