5 Outfits for your Prom Night!

Let’s face it, your prom night is a big occasion in one’s life as myriad of photos and videos will remind you of it, therefore the outfit should be carefully chosen. There are lots of people you have to please but your prom party attire should say more about your individuality then anything else. Haven’t chosen yours yet and you’re anxious to start wandering about the city malls? Well, no need to worry about it, as there are plenty of fashion solutions for you out there, but if you really want to make a splash, consider steering clear of corset-fluffy-princess/strapless-mermaid gowns that you’ll probably see half the school in.

Nowadays there’s every reason to be creative in your appearance, as the fashion trends are more varied, embracing all different personal styles. You can also take cues from red carpet events where young celebrities, including Halifax-born Hollywood actress Ellen Page, bring a fresh, rebellious mark to formal attire, keeping a polished look nevertheless (just Google the pant suit she wore at an important industry party).

Indeed, chic trousers ensemble or jumpsuits are beginning to win more followers from the ranks of formal party attendees (although, for Prom, your style mutiny might meet with a flat refusal). Moreover, elegant retro styles are having a come-back moment with modern fabrics and accessories to give them a contemporary spin. So, if you’re looking for a fabulous dress, there is more than one style to try on for the upcoming Prom party:

1. Jazz Age glamour girl: if you’re mad about maxi dresses consider a flapper-style party gown adorned with sparkling beads in an eye-catching Art Deco pattern. You can wear this embellished dress without any jewelry or search for minimalist designs that don’t take away from the gown’s splendor. A simple minaudière and ankle-strap high-heel sandals are the perfect addition.

2. Inspired by the elegant styles of the 1940’s, a time when charming girls didn’t go out until they looked perfect, are the demure floral-print, tea-length dresses. Choose this romantic look as an alternative to the ubiquitous halter style and wear it with suede platform sandals and red lipstick to show your vintage-guru friends you know the style by heart. An envelope clutch belongs to the same picture; only pick a modern design to give this outfit a sleek vibe.

3. Youthful chic styles of the 1960’s will always look great on a young lady. This year’s prom is the right time to try a scuba neckline, colour-block, shift mini dress for a Mod party look. Complete the cheerful attire with dangling earrings, a mini satchel bag and thick heel sandals. This will make the clingy jersey dresses look so out-dated!

4. If you want to look effortlessly chic (like you didn’t give a hoot about the whole prom thing, yet you’re still ravishing), consider throwing on a minimalist all-black outfit – which, frankly, surpasses the gothic dress in terms of nonchalance. Pair a silk cut-out top with a sharp-tailored skirt in a contrasting material and complete the look with the latest styles in shoes – the leather mule sandal. Add statement accessories like a pearl-and-chain necklace and a snake print purse to give your outfit a touch of sophistication.

5. Still keen on the princess style? You can look like modern royalty with a fit-and-flare dress in a decorative fabric (jacquard) and a spring favourite colour: coral pink. Keep the elegant vibe with high heel cut-out pumps and leave the make-up sweet and simple but do bring your own punk twist with not-so-girly accessories: think metal studs, safety pins and spike/arrow jewelry.


Jazz Prom Ourfit

Jazz Age style Prom Outfit


1. Aidan Mattox dress, $640, Holt Renfrew

2. Swarovski Sheena pierced earrings, $85.00, Swarovski at The Bay

3. H&M 5-pack eyeshadows, $6.95, H&M

4. Swarovski Intervalle bangle, $250.00, Swarovski at The Bay

5. Jewel Satin Clutch, CAD147.89, Ann Taylor

6. Geri Suede Ankle Strap Heels, CAD147.90, Ann Taylor


Alternative Prom Outfit


940’s vintage style PromOutfit


1. French Connection, Lily Collage Dress, $138.00, French Connection

2. Kate Spade NY earrings, $58, Holt Renfrew

3. Yves Saint Laurent Kiss and Blush, $45.00, The Bay

4. DKNY women’s watch, $165.00, The Bay

5. BCBGENERATION Quinn The Higher Maintenance Clutch, $63.00, The Bay

6. Lilli platform sandal, £55.00, Top Shop


Alternative Prom Outfits


1960’s Mod style PromOutfit


1. Limited Edition two-tone appliqué shift dress, £180.00, Top Shop

2. LISE WATIER CLIN D’OEIL False Eyelashes – Naturel, $18.00, The Bay

3. KENNETH JAY LANE Wire earring, $50.00, The Bay

4. Freja Crossbody bag, $169.50, Club Monaco

5. ZARA leather high-heel geometric pattern sandal, 99.90 CAD, Zara



Modern minimalist Prom Outfit


1. Lustre silk strappy top, $58.00, French Connection

2. Pearl and Chain collar, $44.00, French Connection

3. LANCÔME Le Stylo Waterproof, $30.00, The Bay

4. Lisa Crossbody bag, $189.50, Club Monaco

5. TOPSHOP leather A-line skirt, £85.00, Top Shop

6. COLE HAAN Luci sandal, $280.00, The Bay


Modern romantic style Prom set

1. Pink Tartan “Willow Kelly” dress in coral, US $395.00, Pink Tartan

2. Rachel Rachel Roy Safety Pin Spear Earring, on sale at $19.50, The Bay

3. CLARINS Multi-Blush Cream Compact, $30.00, The Bay

4. Double Pavé Bracelet, gold, $59.50, Club Monaco

5. Tia Studded Bag, $169.50 Club Monaco

6. Lula Lizard-Effect Pump, $269.00, Club Monaco

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