Everything You Need to Know about Renting a Tuxedo for Prom

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Have you ever rented a tuxedo before? If the answer is no, and prom will be your first venture into the world of formalwear, you definitely aren’t alone. Not too many social gatherings require the formality of dress that a tuxedo satisfies, so unless you have been part of many wedding parties, or happen to live a very fancy lifestyle, you probably aren’t familiar with the ins and outs of renting tuxedos. That’s okay! It’s something that can be mastered pretty easily, and definitely in time for prom. Plan Ahead You don’t need to order a tuxedo six months in advance, but it also doesn’t work to try to secure one the day of prom. Talk to your prom date and find out what she’ll be wearing if you can. Coordinating accessories like bow ties and vests is easier if you at least know the color of her prom dress. While you can ask for her feedback about the style of your tux, etiquette doesn’t technically require that you consult or obtain your date’s approval. However, harmony and a happy date might be more likely if you do! Gather Some Ideas First Before your tuxedo fitting, check out the latest […]

Men’s Shoe Rules for Prom

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Oh for Heaven’s sake – as if learning everything you need to know before you go to your first prom isn’t enough, did you know that there are rules for the wearing of shoes with tuxedos? As crazy as it sounds, you may actually have to add this to your “formal” education (see what we did there?), at least if you want to get it right. Business Insider offers many tips to help you stay on the right side of etiquette history if you feel like it’s important to you or your date to stay compliant.  Among the more than 30 rules featured for wearing a tuxedo in public (you are evidently free to make whatever crazy choices you want as long as you don’t leave your own home improperly tuxedoed-out) are: Opera pumps (yes, this is a real thing for guys – but, yeah, we had to Wikipedia it too) are only to be worn with the ultra-formal white tie attire, typically reserved for attending a state dinner at the white house or celebrating the birthday of a really old monarch. Most people do not wear white tie, so opera pumps are likely not in your future, and frankly, […]

Prom Advice for Guys

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Guys, this one’s for you! So often, prom marketing and research is focused on the ladies. Just read any prom blog to confirm that it’s true – How can you find the perfect prom dress? What should you carry in your prom clutch? What are the latest trends in jewelry, hair, makeup, accessories? Not to say that guys aren’t interested in the fashion or fun of a prom – we know that there are many of you out there who are! Traditionally, however, the media, marketers and even moms (and dads) have focused prom attention on girls. Well, we plan to step out of that box, not just today, but more often in general. We know young men have at least as many questions about their prom experience as ladies do, and we’re more than happy to answer them. Do I Have to Prom-Pose? Take the promposal, for example. Over the past decade or so it has become a HUGE part of the prom narrative. Elaborate, funny, touching, dangerous, silly, funky and frankly creepy “will you go to the prom with me” scenarios have shown up all over social media. You can’t open Insta for a second in prom season […]

Trend Alert: The Braided Updo

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One of the hottest trends in formal hairstyling this season is the braided look. Now, this isn’t your mother’s French braid of the past. From messy buns to crowns of curls, there are several varieties of updos that incorporate a braided section of hair (or often more than one) in the final product. The results are intricate-looking, somewhat sturdy and of course, totally gorgeous prom hair styles that you too can pair with your perfect prom dress. Why Braided Updos? Wearing hair longer on a day-to-day basis has become more popular in general, so it’s no wonder that formal hairstyles have been adapted, too. Where many updos in the past started with a simple pony tail or two, the addition of the braid offers more texture, and the opportunity to perfect a “messier” overall style. How Do You Create the Look? If you watch the YouTube instruction videos, you’ll see most of these styles start with sectioning off your hair, then making one or more “plaits” (braids). The braids often lift the hair off of the back of your neck, starting the updo, and then are twisted in one direction or another to give the initial shape to your style. […]

Latest Trends in Prom Makeup

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If you love makeup, you are probably pretty excited about expressing yourself though your artistry during prom. There are so many new products, new application techniques, and new cosmetic concepts emerging all the time that it can be crazy hard to keep up. We’ve put together some of the latest makeup trends from the top experts in the beauty field so you can get an idea of what you might see next year at prom. Latest Trends in Prom Makeup Which of these makeup trends excite you most? Statement Eye Shadow Bright, bold eye makeup that goes beyond traditional colors was super-hot during Fashion Month, according to the NY Times. We’re talking seriously avant garde like Day-Glo Orange and Peppermint Green! Even if you’re not adventurous enough to rock the vibrant shades at school or on a girls’ night at the movies, prom is a great opportunity to experiment and go a little (or even a lot) wild with your look. Luscious Lips Bold colors aren’t just for eyes anymore. Your lips deserve their drama too! Seventeen.com featured shimmery lips painted to look like fire! To get the look, apply a fiery red to the outside of your lips and […]

The Worst Prom Dress Advice We’ve Ever Heard

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Okay – so, you’re a savvy searcher (probably because you started Googling before you born) and you’re not taking this prom thing lightly. You’ve probably already spent hours and hours on the internet looking at pictures of hairstyles, makeup, formal wear, and the likes. You’ve certainly at least glanced at the many sites devoted to helping you choose a great prom dress. If you’ve done even a fraction of this, you’ve run into some pretty insane advice about prom at least once or twice. We know – we’ve done it too. There is some pretty sketchy information out there, but none is worse to us than the articles that give what we consider the worst advice ever about prom dresses. That is, “Don’t Buy Your Prom Dress Online!” The reality is that reputable online retailers offer a great selection of dresses in more styles and colors than most salons are able to carry. People claim to have a million horror stories about ordering prom dresses online, and for sure, there have been some unfortunate mishaps. However, like anything else, if you choose a reputable company, ordering a prom dress online can be fun, budget-conscious, and fabulous. Here are our success […]

Should You Hire a Pro Photographer for Prom?

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While you may be familiar with many of the traditional expenses associated with prom – the prom dresses, tuxedos, corsages, boutonnieres, limousine, hair and makeup services – you might not realize that some people actually hire professional photographers to take prom photos before and after the big event. The “Official Photographer” Nearly every prom has an “official” photographer – it’s a type of fundraiser, generally to help offset the cost of the event. This photographer usually sends package information home before the prom, has a background and lights setup and is on hand to take posed formal photos of each couple. They also may take group photos and set up photo booths with props. The school or prom committee contracts this photographer and students order photos by package or print. Like many school-related photos, these packages can carry a weighty price tag, so budget at least $30 – $50 for a small photo package, and closer to the $100 range for more copies, or more for photo products and accessories. A couple has the option of splitting a package of course. Private Photographers Hiring a photographer privately is a different arrangement. Some families will contract for services during a pre-prom […]

What’s New in Prom Clutches?

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A great clutch is the perfect finishing touch for the best prom ensemble. It has to be the perfect size to hold your very important emergency kit, the perfect color to complement your prom gown, and have the perfect embellishments to set off your unique personality. If you start with the trends, logo bags (clutches emblazoned with designer logos all over them) are making a comeback. But purse styles are never one-sided, and there is a lot of room for personalization. Small clutches, in general, are still preferred, at least for formal events, but they are often covered with eye-stopping giant accents. Yours might have beads, jewels, sequins, textured fabric or even flowers. Just make sure you don’t choose anything that will catch or snag the fabric of your perfect prom dress. As with any accessories, of course, your clutch should complement, not compete with your prom dress or prom pant suit (one of the hottest trends in prom fashion). If your dress is spectacular with an eye-catching, sequins, bold flowers, intense embroidery or anything else that makes it stand out, choose a simple clutch that simply rounds out the look. On the other hand, if your dress is classic […]

Unique Accessory Ideas for Prom

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Wondering how you will accessorize your prom dress or outfit? We have suggestions for all budget and fashion types, just for you! Rent Your Jewelry Did you know that you can actually rent jewelry online? Now, it’s not always the most budget-friendly way of addressing your accessory needs. However, if your top priority is wearing something scandalously luxurious, renting jewelry might be your scene. Yes, there are actually companies that allow you to pay a rental fee of anywhere from a few dollars to hundreds (depending on the original value of their inventory) so you can pile on the bling! You might wear a striking, yet simple black prom dress with bold, colorful bracelets, earrings and an absolutely gleaming, elaborate necklace. Or, choose an ornate prom gown with embroidery and beading and find the perfect, understated jewelry to complete your look. You can even rent handbags and sunglasses, along with scarves and hats if you want to go wild. Fake It ‘Til You Make It There is no need to sport real diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires or pearls on prom night, of course. Realistic-looking fakes are more than appropriate. Try on your selection, of course, and look for signs that […]

Best (Cardboard) Prom Date Story Ever

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It made us so happy to wake up today and read this adorable tale of Allison Closs and her prom date Danny Devito (a.k.a. Cardboard Danny)! Faced with a dilemma when she couldn’t find a prom date, Allison didn’t give up and go solo – no, she got creative. Allison searched the internet for an appropriate cardboard date, and found Danny Devito to not only be available, but affordable! She dressed Cardboard Danny appropriately for the occasion, installed a bit of hardware to make him mobile, donned a pretty blue prom dress herself, and set out to make amazing prom memories! And memories she made. Cardboard Danny was not only a great date but was the hit of the prom. Even better, when word got back to real Danny Devito, he reciprocated Allison’s attention by posing for a picture, posted on Instagram, with Cardboard Allison! We’re suckers for a good celebrity prom story (thank you to the New York Post for the original story and goodnewsnetwork.org for the Devito reaction), but are even more enamored with stories of teens who look at life through creative, affirming and positive glasses. Allison started with the ultimate teen drama – no date for […]