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.
Everyone seems to follow the same fashion trends lately, which is fine. When money is a bit tight it’s hard to go as unique as you may want to. But going unique doesn’t necessarily mean quirky, it just means finding the right style to suit you, and making it unique to you. It could be by adding in bold Jewelry or bright colours. But as the seasons are now changing, now is the perfect time to get a bit more creative with your look. Plus, the colder seasons are the best to dress for. Nothing beats dragging out your winter jumpers and getting all cosy. But, if you’re looking for a way to add a bit of a unique twist to your outfit, take a read on.
If you’re going to be unique you need to be bold and make a statement. How do you do that you ask? Well, step outside your comfort zone and try things you wouldn’t usually try. If you’re going bold, the best thing you can do is go colourful. Not necessarily bright, but just steer clear of the monotones and standards browns etc. A really cute colour at the minute is mustard. Every store at the minute seems to be loving the colour as well, so do the celebs. If you want to incorporate it into a winter look, then try something like this. Either black or dark blue jeans, with a pair of ankle boots. Then find yourself a mustard jumper, and finish the look with a black bomber jacket or leather jacket. That little splash of colour is all you need to go a little more bold.
Some people accessorize, some don’t. If you fall into the category that doesn’t, then this paragraph could change your life. Jewelry does so much for an outfit, even an everyday one, it can completely transform your look if you let it. Companies such as Roma Designer Jewelry offer both statement and delicate jewelry. You need to understand the difference between the two to know which outfit to add them too. If you’re wearing a little black bodycon dress with some heals, you’re best off completely the look with something a little more delicate. A small silver necklace, a silver ring, and a silver bangle will look lovely with the outfit. If you’re going for statement jewelry, the outfit needs to suit it as well. Something more open necked and a little more flirty will suit a statement piece. They’re also good with some day outfits as well. If you’re in workwear for example, a low cut blouse and black trousers with some big statement earrings really can look smart. The key here however is making sure things don’t look too tacky. Try and go for metals all the time if possible. Statement rings are also gorgeous and stand out a little compared to dainty ones.
Being unique isn’t as hard as you’d think, is it? All you need to do is step outside your comfort zone and go for things you wouldn’t usually do. Once you’ve found a style you love, make it unique to you and you’re onto a winner.