So recently I had my prom for the end of secondary school, so I thought I’d make a post about what I wore, appointments, tips and tricks, etc. I’ll also link any relevant items at the bottom of the post.
First of all, the main component of every girl’s prom attire; the dress. My dress specifically, was black with a halter-neck and a wire in the hem to create a wave effect. It was completely plain which you may think is a bit boring, however things got a little bit racy at the back as the dress was completely backless with a slit to just below the knee (Very convenient to pick up while walking!). This combined with the wavy hem gave for an overall glamourous look and, due to the figure-hugging nature of the dress, I would be able to have it shortened to cocktail dress length after prom to get even more wear out of it! Sadly I cannot post an image here for copyright reasons – the shop I bought it from did tell me so I will heed that warning – but you can probably imagine.
Next up, accessories. I went for gold accessories because I usually wear silver with black in my every day outfits and wanted to switch it up a bit. To accentuate the backless portion of the dress, I wore a body chain from Accessorize but backwards so th clasp was hidden by the front of my dress and the more ornate section was across my back. Other than that I wore just some simple gold rings and midi-rings from Primark, as I think bracelets are annoying (not to mention adding a bracelet would be overdoing it).
Hair-wise I had it in the style below and had these gorgeous constellation hair pins in it from eBay, I bought three for each star sign within my family (Cancer for my dad and brother, Leo for me and Libra for my mum). Each pin came in a little sealed bag and was paired with a smaller star pin. I loved them because I thought it was a subtle way to show the astrological aspect of my personality (and my love of it), as well as because they were really cute!! Unfortunately my amazingly forgetful self didn’t take photos of my hairstyle apart from the angled one above… so here’s the pinterest post I showed my lovely stylist! Click on any of the images below for a better view of the product/hairstyle.
For makeup, I actually had it done in Body Shop. It took around an hour and a half and was completely free because they used the testers from the shelves (clean brushes obvi). I had a dark brown/black upper lid and a small amount of gold shimmer beneath the eye to bring out my eye colour. I also had winged eyeliner and a small amount of mascara on the top and bottom lashes to create a doll-like effect. I didn’t use foundation because it tends to wash me out, so I just had a small amount of powder and concealer over my under-eye circles (I had a spray tan so that covered the majority of blemishes).
Once all this was done, then came the actual event. It started in the early evening for my friends and I, as I was hosting the pre-prom gathering at my house, where we had professional photos taken as well as drinks and a couple of snacks. Once we had the photos taken, we went outside and got into our transport to go to the venue.
Now I’m going to bestow some solid wisdom here (sorry in advance for language): prom transport is a bitch. Now you may think that all the appointments for your appearance are much more difficult in the ways of scheduling, but I am telling you now that transportation is just a pain in the butt.
First of all, its hella expensive. A member of our group’s mum actually had a friend who offered us mates-rates (aka friend discount) for a party bus, but even then it cost around £400 – about $527 – which is a helluva lot for teenage girls, most of whom without jobs. Thankfully because there were 13 of us we only had to pay a small amount each, you’d think that was the end of it right?
Two nights before prom my friend’s mum gets a call from the bus company. They had to pull our booking due to a gearbox fault in their only party bus (apparently they specialise in limos???) and there we were, with a prom to attend but without anything to get us there. It took a while (and a lot of companies laughing in our faces for the short notice) but we managed to find a replacement for only £10 extra each. And it was a hot pink party bus. I believe my exact reaction was “ITS SO EXTRA I LOVE IT” because it was! So yeah transport, it’s a burnt piece of celery to deal with.
Actually getting to the venue was a breeze thanks to our head of year, as he told us of delays and traffic causation points en route to the prom. After letting our bus driver know of these, she happily went on an alternative route and we got there in about half an hour (not counting the hour we had on the bus purely for karaoke). After that it’s pretty self-explanatory: we got off of the bus, went into the venue and had a great night. A sweet thing that happened was that the principals actually gave each girl a rose as they went in, which I thought was a nice touch. I had a huge confidence boost once we were in there because people had to do a double take at my appearance! I don’t wear makeup that often so people were surprised by that, not to mention the fact my dress was backless and a sexier style than I usually put out.
So that was my prom night! If you’re reading this and you haven’t been to prom yet then I can definitely recommend that you go because even if you don’t like partying very much (like me), you’ll still have a wonderful time.
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