How to Plan Your Look for a Prom?

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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.

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1. 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.

  • Check out online prom sites for tons of options at discount prices. Make sure you order well in advance so you can get your dress altered if necessary.
  • If you like the vintage look, shop in consignment and vintage stores. You can find incredible deals there.
  • If you want a designer dress without the big price tag, check out Rent the Runway or another designer dress company that lets you rent a dress for a fraction of the retail price.
  • See if your date wants to wear an outfit that matches yours (i.e. your dress matches his vest/tie).

2. 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.

3. 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.

  • Vintage and costume jewelry stores offer amazingly intricate jewelry at a very low price.
  • 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 coverup or shrug to put over your shoulders in case you get cold.

4. 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.

5. 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 styes for any hair type. Here are a few styles that are gorgeous for prom:

  • Romantic, loose waves
  • Braided updo
  • Classic chignon

6. 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.

  • Smoky eyes are sexy and classic.
  • A bold red lip will turn heads.
  • You may want to consider contouring your face.
  • Decide on your nail color, too.

7. 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.

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