Planning Your Look
Are you ready to start planning your perfect prom night?
Prom is one of the most unforgettable moments of high school. It's worth putting in effort to make it amazing. If you start planning a few months in advance you'll have plenty of time to find a gorgeous dress, finalize your prom group and make awesome plans for before and after prom.
The checklist is long, but try to have fun with it! Remember that the time and energy you spend preparing will pay off when prom finally rolls around.
Planning Your Look
Start with the dress
Finding your prom dress is one of the most fun parts of prom planning, but it can also be the most stressful. There are endless options to choose from, so it's best to start looking for your dress a few months in advance so you have plenty of time to find the perfect one for you.
Check out some magazines for inspiration and shop for a dress that works with your signature style, whether it's classic preppy, romantic vintage, or modern and edgy.
The important thing is to find a dress that makes you feel great.
Get underwear that flatters your dress.
Don't draw negative attention to an otherwise stunning dress by having your bra straps or underwear lines showing!
Head to the intimates department to pick out underwear that will help you look your best.
Choose a bra that gives you full support without showing.
If your dress is backless or strapless, there are plenty of options that will still work for your dress.
Choose seamless underwear in a color that won't show through. If your dress is sheer, you may need a slip to go underneath.
Find jewelry and other accessories
Once you've got the dress nailed down, it's time to add the details that will make your outfit look complete.
Pick accessories that accent the style of your dress without being overpowering.
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If you can't find just the right jewelry and you're feeling ambitious, why not make your own?
Don't forget to pick out a bag or clutch that matches your dress!
It should be big enough to hold essentials like makeup, your cell phone and keys.
If your prom is in early spring, it might still be chilly outside. Choose a cover up or shawl to put over your shoulders in case you get cold.
Pick the right shoes
Your shoes should match your dress, but don't worry if you can't find heels in the exact same color. You can buy white shoes and have them dyed, or go with a neutral; nude or black heels look amazing with almost any dress color.
Bring your dress to the shoe store so you can try them on together to make sure they work.
Break in your heels before the big day. Wear them around the house and outside on the concrete to scuff the soles up a bit. This will make your shoes more comfortable and less likely to slip when you're walking around on the night of prom.
Consider bringing backup flats. If you aren't used to wearing tall heels, your feet might start to hurt. Have a backup pair of neutral ballet flats you can slip on just in case.
Consider your hair
Many girls opt to have their hair done in a salon on the morning of prom, but it's also a popular choice to do your own prom hair. There are hundreds of great tutorials online offering advice on how to create beautifully styles for any hair type.
Here are a few styles that are gorgeous for prom:
Practice your makeup
Check out beauty videos to find ideas for how to do your makeup in a way that matches the rest of your style.
Some girls use prom as a good excuse to go out all with sparkles and color, while others like a toned-down, classic look.
Play around with different ideas until you settle on a look that makes you feel awesome and looks good with your dress.
Make beauty appointments if necessary
If you're planning on getting your hair, makeup or nails done at a salon, book your appointment at least a month in advance. That way you won't be scrambling to find openings at the last minute. Salons tend to fill up during prom season.
Your nail appointment should be made for the day or two before prom day.
Your hair and makeup appointments should be made for the morning of prom.