Prom season is fast approaching, so brace yourselves for an influx of strapless tulle dresses. They’re coming for you and there’s nowhere to hide!
My high school prom took place in 2006, and I wore a vintage aqua dress from Beyond Retro with fuchsia Topshop heels. I was lucky enough to grow up during the Sex and the City years, and unlike most of my peers I went for a more traditional prom silhouette in an attempt to look like Carrie Bradshaw. (Serious question: who do teens look to for prom inspiration now that SJP isn’t on our TV screens every week?)
I’ve spotted a few “what the do I wear to prom?!” tweets over the last week or so, which inspired me put together a bit of promspiration. And this doesn’t just apply to those of you who are graduating high school this summer – you can totally rock a traditional prom dress past the age of 16 if you pair it with edgy accessories. These three stylish ladies do, and they all look pretty damn fabulous…
Prom Pin-Up #1: Hailee Steinfeld wore a beautiful Donna Karan Atelier prom dress to last year’s Met Ball. The theme was Punk: Chaos to Couture, so she toughened up her girly look with bold hair and makeup. Go one step further by teaming your prom dress with punky accessories (Hailee played it a bit too safe by sticking with metallics and glitter).
Prom Pin-Up #2: Jane Aldridge from Sea of Shoes is my favourite style blogger, and nobody wears a full skirt with quite as much flair. If you own a LBD in a prom style, emphasise your waist with an interesting belt and accessorise with retro bows and hints of blush pink. L.K. Bennet’s feminine booties are a great option, and I also love Topshop’s chunky bow heels.
Prom Pin-Up #3: Carrie Bradshaw is the queen of the prom dress. We see her wearing multiple variations on the look throughout all six seasons of Sex and the City, and she doesn’t stick to any style rules, mixing things up in a number unexpected ways. However, if you want to inject a bit of Bradshaw into your prom dress add a Chanel-inspired tweed jacket, layers of pearls and fabulous heels (of course).
Have these three ladies inspired you to wear a traditional prom dress this summer? I now regret throwing mine away (although, in my defence, the skirt was covered in rust stains – the price of choosing vintage).