Best Prom Dresses for Tall Girls

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There is nothing quite so frustrating as being unable to shop at department stores or boutiques because of your size – be it your height, your weight or your unusual proportions. Seeing dresses that look amazing on models, but tiny on you because you are blessed with extra height can make even the tallest person feel very small. The good news is that we understand, and we have some tips that can help! When You’re Tall Extra height makes choosing the perfect-length gown a little more complicated. Tall women can look breathtaking in a floor-length dress, but only if it actually falls to the floor and not, instead, awkwardly above the ankles. It takes some extra planning and a bit of searching, but prom dresses for tall juniors and seniors exist! When choosing a prom dress for a tall junior or senior prom-goer: Use your exact measurements to ensure you are ordering a gown that will fit. Online descriptions vary in accuracy and helpfulness, so having the exact measurements can help you weed out the good from the bad. Account for the heel height of your shoes if you plan to wear heels in your measurements. Plan on wearing a […]

Hairstyle Tips for Prom

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Putting together the ideal prom ensemble involves choosing many different pieces that have to gel to create your perfect look. Of course, you will usually start by choosing a prom dress that flatters your figure, sets off your eyes, and shows off all of your best features. Add accessories like shoes, earrings, a necklace and bracelet, earrings and a clutch to round out the ensemble. Throw in movie star-worthy makeup and you’re very nearly there. All that is left is your prom hairstyle. What factors are important when choosing a style for your prom ‘do?  Fashion experts have pondered this question time and again and have developed the following recommendations for choosing the perfect hairstyle for prom. Hairstyle Basics There are three basic hairstyles for prom: up-do, partial up-do and down. Up-dos can be sleek, consisting of a simple bun, or highly decorative with mounds and mounds of curls. Partial up-dos are a compromise between styles giving the flowing look of wearing your hair down without the aggravating struggle with hair flying everywhere when dancing. Finally, down-dos are exactly what they sound like – hair worn down without being secured by any clips or bands. Consider the Neckline One of […]

Dress Code Considerations and Prom

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According to a recent feature on Today, some schools take their dress codes so seriously that students have to text photos of their chosen dresses for approval before homecoming dances. Dress codes for school events are highly controversial, usually targeting female students more than male students, and prescribing very personal choices like dress length, sleeve design and neckline. Does your school have a dress code that restricts your choice of prom dresses? The most common dress code regulations for prom dresses deal with length. “Dresses should be no shorter than fingertip length” is a typical rule, except at more conservative institutions, which might require knee-length or below-knee-length dresses. Also common are restrictions on sleeve design. Strapless and spaghetti strap dresses may be unacceptable at more conservative schools. Most also have instructions regarding how much cleavage a dress can expose, or how far down the back the dress can be cut. The popularity of two-piece dresses has prompted its own set of additions to rules where they didn’t exist before. These deal with amount of stomach exposure (bare midriff) that’s allowed, if any. Some parents are in favor of dress codes, asserting that teens already have enough pressure to dress provocatively. […]

Food Truck Proms

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Looking for a cool way to save money but still have an awesome prom with great food and good times? Too often committees feel married to the idea that prom must be traditional, taking place in the school gym with streamers and a punch bowl, or in a hotel ballroom with rubber chicken. It shouldn’t surprise you to discover, however, that there are no laws governing what proms should look like. It is in that spirit that we propose the most off-the-wall yet incredibly cost-efficient, kinda hipster and seriously fun prom idea we could think of – the food truck prom. Food trucks are the latest craze to hit the unlikeliest of special events – weddings. If you can invite 168 of your best friends and loved ones, including Grandmas Esther and Gertrude to your most important day and provide them food from an eclectic circle of trucks (and still make the cover of a fancy wedding magazine), than a food truck prom is a no-brainer. Teens love food, trucks and choice. Okay, maybe not trucks, but food and choice are both highly valued and there are practical benefits you may not have considered to a food truck prom. Often […]

Basic Makeup Tips to Help You Achieve Prom Perfection

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Many teens will visit salons in preparation for prom, to have both their hair and makeup done. This comes at great expense, however, and isn’t in every prom budget. Even someone with little experience can learn to apply makeup that is perfect for a special event like prom. Just follow these tips, start practicing well in advance and trust you can give yourself a makeover worthy of your gorgeous prom dress! Choosing Your Foundation Stylecaster.com recommends that you choose a foundation that matches your next, and make sure when you apply it to your face that you blend down to avoid makeup lines. They also recommend using a makeup primer on your face and eyes if you have skin that tends to get shiny. Primer will make your makeup last longer and not slip when you start to dance. Create Strong Brows Filling in your brows makes a bigger difference than most teens realize according to Seventeen.com. The site claims that strong brows improve professional photography immensely. Also, wear cream eye shadow instead of powder as cream is richer. Layer Your Blush The experts at TeenVogue.com suggest layering cream blush and powder blush for “extra dimension and staying power.” They […]

6 Fun Things to Do at Prom When You Can’t Dance

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Afraid that having two left feet will keep you from enjoying prom? Worried that there isn’t enough time to learn how to Whip or to Nae Nae? Victim of a nasty varsity curling (look it up!) injury and your doctor insists you stay off the dance floor? Dancing isn’t the only thing that you can do at a prom to enjoy yourself and make a lifetime of memories! Enjoy the Tunes You don’t even have to sway, just stand or sit back and let the corny classic prom songs take you back to all of the crazy memories you’ve made with your high school crew. The days before graduation are numbered and you’ll never quite be the same handsome group you are now. People Watch Each attendee went to a lot of trouble to choose her dream prom dress or his striking suit, so do what they’ve longed for – admire them! Prom people watching is like no other party game around. See who chose the latest style, who went retro or wild, and who (gasp) wore the same dress! If you want to win extra prom points, be sure to throw out (genuine) complements generously. Let your crowd know […]

40+ Ultimate Prom Songs that Never Go Out of Style

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Choosing music for prom is way easier than choosing the perfect prom dress.  When considering what you’ll put on your play list, you might be surprised to find out that no matter how cutting edge their own collections are, most professional DJs recommend sticking to the classics. Songs that have pleased crowds for decades are still the most likely to fill the dance floor. Names that were familiar to your parents and grandparents like Journey, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson and Aerosmith top every ultimate prom music list around. Some top prom songs are a little more contemporary. Rihanna was practically born to keep prom goers dancing all night long, and she’s joined by Kesha, Beyonce and Bruno Mars, to name a few. The more familiar the music they are, the more comfortable the majority of people are with dancing to it, which is why DJs keep the classics spinning. These are some of the all-time prom favorites that are still widely in rotation today (clean cuts when available, of course). I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Aerosmith Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars Livin’ on a Prayer, Bon Jovi Cha Cha Slide, Mr. C The Slide Man, Hardino Take […]

How to Host an International Themed Prom

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In a world where many schools have become communities of diverse students from a variety of backgrounds, a theme that encourages teens to learn about each other’s differences and to discover what makes each person and each culture unique is a welcome change. Your prom could be an opportunity to honor special customs, foods, music and dress and encourage students of all backgrounds to look at each other with new respect. Where to Begin Put together a committee that can divide up the responsibilities for the international prom. Find out from your school registrar which different cultures are represented and try to include elements from as many of them as you possibly can in your plans. Reach out to parents from different communities to get input on ways you might include their customs in the workings of your prom. Spread the Message Starting with your invitation, let people know that your prom will be special. Encourage people to choose whatever attire they feel most comfortable wearing – contemporary prom dresses, traditional ethnic clothing, or something in between. Collect samples of dancing music from a variety of cultures too and plan to play it between popular tunes – you’ll be surprised […]

Get the Softest Hands Ever for Prom

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Even couples who aren’t romantically attached – the ones attending prom as just friends – will spend a lot of time holding hands while dancing, posing for photos and making an entrance or exit. If you’re going to spend that much time holding another person’s hands, you certainly want yours to be in top shape, and not rough, scaly or dry. The key to perfect hands is to spend a little time every day removing old, dead skin cells, and replacing them with healing moisture. Over time, your skin will become inviting and smooth, and perfect for prom! Give It Time You can’t have perfect hands overnight. It’s not enough to remember a day or two before prom. You can soak your hands in all the moisturizing hand lotion you want the night before the event, but it still won’t be enough to make a real difference. The softest, healthiest hands start weeks before they are needed. You can never start too early, so don’t wait! Exfoliate Begin with clean hands. Massage an exfoliating scrub or microdermabrasion product to the entire surface of your hands to gently slough off damaged, dirty, dead skin cells. If you prefer natural products, you […]

Choosing Your Perfect Prom Hair Style

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There are so many choices to make for prom, but one says more about your personality than perhaps any other – how you style your hair. The neckline and style of your prom dress, along with your hair length and texture are just a few of the important factors to take into consideration when trying to choose which hair style you’ll wear to prom. Up or Down? The first question you’ll generally need to address is whether you want to wear your hair up and secured away from your face, or down.  Most updos require help, unless you happen to be unusually talented at styling your own hair. This help might be from a professional stylist or a practiced sister, mom, aunt or other friend or relative. Note: There are a ton of tutorials on YouTube that can help someone learn how to style various hairdos. If you choose to go the “DIY” route, practice more than once. Make sure that the technique and products work with your hair. Important Tips for Wearing Your Hair Down A flowing head of curls or sleek, perfectly straight locks can go perfectly with many prom dresses and offer as much (or more) drama […]