Most proms are in the spring, but there are formal events that take place in fall, not to mention poetic license that allows prom committees to choose any popular theme they want for their own event. On this night of frights we were inspired to think of some Halloween-inspired prom ideas to make your formal even more fun. Glow-in-the-Dark Accessories Just a little glow-in-the-dark action can really transform a dance. Purchase glow bracelets, necklaces and rings and distribute them as your prom guests arrive. By the time the dance floor darkens, guests will be ready to party complete with flashy accessories. (Monster) Mash-Up If you have too many good ideas for your prom theme, do the mash … mash up more than one and come up with something totally unique. Torn between Zombie Apocalypse and A Night in Paris? Make your theme a Zombie Apocalypse in Paris (for the record, this is a terrible prom theme!). Modern Masquerade Revive an era when formal dances were the realm of the rich and concealing your identity with an elaborate mask was en vogue. Think of the possibilities. If you love DIY, you could make your own mask to match your perfect prom […]
Each year the world’s most influential designers gather at Fashion Week to reveal on the runways what we can expect to be the hottest trends the following spring. This is where prom dress styles are born. Fashion Week 2019 forecasted an exciting collection of throw-back, retro styles and new twists that will make next year’s proms and formal dances interesting places to see and be seen. In Vogue’s Fashion Week recap, editors highlighted some of the styles that emerged from the big event. Included among them were: Tiered Dresses and Skirts – multiple layers of different lengths, applied to skirts, dresses, jackets, tops and more The Tuxedo Dress – imagine the tuxedo jacket extended into a mini-dress if you can Patterns and Bold Florals – these will remain popular in 2019, so grab them at an end-of-season sale now for a great deal Other strong style trends for 2019 formal wear include: Two-piece dresses: this trend is here to stay for the new year Southeast-Asian inspired patterns and cuts Elaborate beading and embroidery Metallic-fabrics One-shoulder designs Mini-dresses with a “pouf” skirt Feather accents and fringe Thigh-high slits Asymmetrical skirts Daring plunging necklines This season’s dresses are vibrant in color and […]
It’s hard enough just figuring out which is which, let alone finding the perfect dress for prom, another for Homecoming (HoCo), and another one for Winter or Spring Formal or Semi-Formal. No one owns that many gorgeous gowns or sharp suits! To give those folks who are newer to the scene a cheat-sheet they can use to understand what each event is, who usually attends, and what is generally needed for each, we put together a super-quick guide to all of these types of school dances and have shared it below for your information. i Homecoming (HoCo) Homecoming dances are held as part of a fall tradition that usually includes a football game, a semi-formal or formal dance, and sometimes other alumni spirit activities. Though the dances are usually reserved for high school, most colleges also have weekends called Homecoming with multiple events. The homecoming dance, like many proms, may have a court where students vote for a “king” and “queen”. Unlike prom, they are usually crowned at the associated football game. HoCo is usually open to more grade levels than proms, which are frequently the domain of upperclassmen (or women) and their dates). Men generally wear tuxes or dark […]
Our hearts go out to the millions of people impacted by the potentially disastrous beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. Most notably, the millions of residents of North and South Carolina, as well as portions of Georgia and Florida, who are sitting directly in the path of a hurricane that has been a consistent Category 4 for the last few days and has approached Category 5 status. The whole southeastern and mid-Atlantic seaboard have been at heightened alert this September 2018 week. This is traditionally the time of year when high schools and colleges are celebrating their homecoming seasons, welcoming back alumni, hosting high-profile football games and holding their first semi-formal dances of the year. Now, young men and women who had been focused on finding the perfect semiformal homecoming dress or the ideal suit are worried about far more serious and unnerving issues as they await landfall and the ultimate path of what promises to be only the first of numerous powerful and destructive hurricanes this season. It’s hard to underestimate the emotional and practical toll that this takes on our youth as well as our educational institutions. Forbes acknowledged the latter in its article about the financial impact […]
A formal event tradition, the giving of corsages and boutonnieres never goes out of style. Homecoming dances may be semi-formal, as compared to their more formal cousin, prom, but many dates still give the gift of a personal flower to be worn on the wrist, or attached with a pin either at the shoulder of a homecoming dress or to the lapel of a suit or tux. As with all flower gifts, the blooms in a boutonniere or corsage have traditional meanings. While fewer people are familiar with the language of flowers these days, it would still be nice to have an idea of what you might be saying to your date, right? Historic Context of Corsages and Boutonnieres (‘Cause you know you’re curious) According to FTD, one of the world’s largest providers of personal flowers, in the Victorian era men and women wore flowers attached to their formalwear to ward evil spirits way. Blooms also helped mask the odors that could be associated with dancing folks in stuffy costumes who didn’t yet make bathing a regular activity! Trust that no corsage or boutonniere will adequately mask body odor these days, so great personal hygiene is a most for homecoming […]
Over time we have put together quite a bit of great information to help you get ready for prom. From skin care suggestions to makeup tips, to advice about choosing the right hairstyle to complement your perfect prom dress, we have all of the details you need to look and feel your best on prom night. We wanted to ping the following articles which represent some of our best and most popular topics in case you missed any of them the first time around! Find our best tips on how to make your makeup last longer, here. We shared some basic prom makeup tips here and focused specifically on lashes, here. Learn all the ins and outs of prom manicures, here. Get the real scoop on whether or not teeth whitening is for you, here. Explore your hairstyle options here and here. You can even find out our top recommendations for getting the softest hands for prom, here. Of course, there is much, much more here. This list will get you started. Look for more soon!
High school homecoming season is quickly approaching. Most schools host a homecoming football game in the fall, inviting alumni to join the current student body, faculty, and staff in a celebration of school tradition. Often there is a student dance associated with homecoming – the iconic Homecoming Dance. You might be thinking, “It’s summer break still! I don’t have to think about fall.” Back-to-school time is just around the corner. Whether you’ve already gone back to school or still have weeks left before you return, it’s not too early to start thinking about what you’ll wear to homecoming. If you plan to order your dress online, you’ll want some extra time built in for shipping and for any adjustments you might need to make. To start the Homecoming season, we’ve pulled some dresses that would be perfect for Homecoming, an event that is usually less formal than prom. While there are sometimes Homecoming kings and queens, overall the event is a smaller production than most proms. A short prom dress with cute heels is a perfectly acceptable combination, like this grey racerback A-line two-piece dress with lace accents on the bodice and a bold floral print skirt. Two-piece dresses continue to […]
Middle and high school are the prime years for dressy dances, outlandish invitations and questions about etiquette, fashion and about a million unwritten rules. To make everything more fun, there are different “levels” of events that require teens to find their way in an often confusing system. One of the most common questions parents (and many teens) ask is, “what is the difference between proms and formals?” The simplest answer is that proms are usually reserved for high school, many times just for juniors and seniors, while formal events can reach all the way down to the middle school level. A “formal” is usually associated with a season (Winter Formal, Spring Formal), an event (Homecoming) or an end of grade celebration (8th Grade Formal). There are, just to confuse the issue, semi-formal dances as well! Proms tend to be the fanciest, most official and yes – most expensive – of all of the dances. Prom dresses are suitable for the most official of evening gatherings and black tie (or, in the case of teen fashion today some variation on a theme) is usually expected. Court or No Court? The crowning of “royalty” at an event is mostly the discretion of […]