Prom Fashion with Austin Holmes

Old Hollywood was revealed to be this year’s prom theme, and this offers a great opportunity to add some panache to revamp the classic styles of the old Hollywood theme. The sound era ran through the 1920’s all the way to 1960. This was the golden age of movies. The cinema and fashion were both making strident leaps. Our upcoming prom is the perfect venue for which to debut outfits that will put all others to shame. With a blend of that classic, old-school feel of Hollywood and a modern, chic approach, the dresses this year promise to be exquisite. You may be asking, “How do I choose a dress?” Read on to find out.

The first step to shopping for any article of clothing is to know your body. Searching for that perfect colored dress online may be fun, but the shape of the dress is all important. Long dresses are a trademark of the more conservative Hollywood period and also fit the more formal setting of a prom. This is more of a guideline, however. More petite figures (typically less than 5ft 4in tall) may want to show a little leg in a shorter skirt, or an asymmetrical hem. This makes one appear a little taller, while full skirts and floor length gowns tend to overwhelm your frame. Someone with more of a full frame should look into the classic A-line dresses with an empire waist or embellished top. This draws attention to all the right places and is a relatively comfortable dress to wear while sitting and dancing! After you have determined what type of dress you should look for, it is time for color

When looking for the perfect prom dress color, it pays dividends to do a little research. Find a celebrity with the same skin tone as you, and look at any formal outfits that they wear. Look for the colors that go best with their particular skin color and which they wear most often. Keep in mind that a great determinant is identifying your natural hair and eye colors. The last thing that should factor into your color choice is preference. If you love how you look in blue, but this article says that you should wear warm tones, then disregard it. You wear the dress, the dress doesn’t wear you. That being said, women with fair complexions tend to look better in pastels and softer colors. Whites, corals, ocean blues, and champagne are just a few choices. Darker skin tones, on the other hand, can enjoy the bright, vivacious colors without becoming lost in them. Electric orange, emerald green, midnight blue, and ruby will be sure to draw the eye. Okay, you now have your dress. Now what?

Now you look for what to accessorize your dress with. A great deal of this depends on your dress. The first issue is that of gold versus silver jewelry. You must (MUST!) match your dress if it has any metallic component. This also goes if you plan on wearing shoes with a metallic sheen. If your dress is metallic-free, simply choose your metal of choice. Typically, gold makes jewel and earth tones pop, while silver complements pastels. With the metal chosen, you can choose how to drape yourself in it. A dress with a lot going on in the bust usually shouldn’t be accompanied by a gaudy necklace. The dress should be the showpiece. A simpler dress allows for a little more freedom. You can’t, however, pull off shoulder-dusting chandeliers with a triple rhinestone stunner. Pick either ears or neck to adorn. If you choose a necklace, wear the smallest, simplest post earrings you can find.

Lastly, comes one of the biggest issues of prom: heels or flats. While teetering stilettos used to be the only appropriate formal footwear, flats are becoming more and more common. The biggest thing to consider is how good are you at wearing heels? Don’t just think about the pictures that your mom takes before the prom. Mull over what you are going to be spending most of your time doing at prom. Are you going to be sitting and talking with your friends, or are you going to be out on the dance floor showing off your sick moves? If it is the latter, then you should stick to a more sensible pair of heels. You don’t want to ruin your, or your date’s, night by complaining about sore feet. That’s just not fun for anyone. If you have to, leave your shoes by the table and go dancing without the restriction of your heels.

Old Hollywood brings to mind elegant movie stars with conservative, yet beautiful dresses. We want to bring this same ideal to ISKL’s prom of 2016.   The main focus of prom is to give high-schoolers an occasion to dress up and have a fun night with all of their friends and classmates. Be comfortable with what you wear and put down the phones. Take some pictures and just enjoy the night. So dress to impress, and remember, stay classy.