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From finding the perfect dress to making sure you're prepared for any beauty emergency, we've been hooking you up with vital information to help your prom experience go as smoothly as possible (and maybe indulging in a few prom fantasy scenarios of our own, but who's counting, OK??). One aspect of prom that's sure to catalyze a wave of eye-rolls is the infamous PROM POSE. Its origins are uncertain, but its been plaguing photographic history for far. too. long. Here at MTV Style, we'd like to make way for the prom photobomb and have compiled a list of several varied tactics that you can mix and match throughout the special night.

THE "LOOK, MA!"

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Kelly Clarkson photobombs Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres.
Photo: Getty Images

The first key to a great photobomb is recognizing the opportunity. Most of the time, it's pure luck, but since everyone at prom will be saddling up, taking group and couple shots, and trying to preserve the moment, you'll have a lot of chances to score a good one. Here, Kelly Clarkson expertly executes a classic—the "Look, Ma!"—peeking over with an open-mouthed smile and emphatic pointed finger while Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres suspect nothing.

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Just face it—procrastination got the best of you. Whether you've been too busy planning the school dance, studying up for your exams, or playing in a punk rock band, you've waited too long to pick out a new dress for prom and—gasp—it's mere hours away! Don't freak out just yet—if you have an LBD (little black dress, obvi) and a couple hours before the mall closes, you're good to go. We found ways to dress up even the most standard black frock for the big dance while still staying true to your personal style. We used a classic box-pleated frock from Forever 21 ($25) as a guide, so check out how we transformed it from traditional to prom-ready below!

THE POINDEXTER PROCRASTINATOR

Prom Procrastinator Fashion

Photo: Forever 21/ASOS/A-Morir

For the girl that's more focused on getting As than A-lines, we found the PERFECT accessories to show off your intelligent and fashion-savvy side. First off, we needed something to snazz up this ensemble in a snap, so we opted for a super cute gold scalloped collar necklace ($7) that's glam but not too over-the-top. Then, to show off your affinity for literature, we thought this green and gold novel clutch with a beautiful satin interior ($25) was pretty on-point paired with Swarovski crystal-embellished frames ($300). PERF.

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All due respect to "Time After Time," but the typical high school dance playlist has us feeling a little sleepy. DJing is a serious business, particularly for a night as highly anticipated as prom. You want to set the right balance between songs people like to dance to with their friends, crowd favorites, and, of course, the obligatory slow dances. We set out to create a 10-track playlist to get you in the mood for prom, and maybe to inspire some DJ booth requests, as well. Listen to it while you're browsing websites looking for the perfect dress, while you're testing our that flawless celeb-inspired beauty look, or when you're packing up your prom survival kit before heading out to the dance. Even better, dance around your room to these songs in your PJ's and prom shoes—you want to make absolutely sure those bad boys are broken-in when it comes time to break it down on the dance floor.

SKY FERREIRA - "EVERYTHING IS EMBARRASSING"

One of the "It" songs of the year, Sky Ferreira's "Everything is Embarrassing" is a great ice-breaker. You're a little nervous to get out there on the floor and start just breaking it down, and you DEFINITELY don't want to start with a slow jam. Might as well just acknowledge the fact that you're feeling a little bashful, own it, and get on out there.

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There are certainly some girls who know exactly what prom dress they're going to wear from the day they start high school. They know exactly what they want, and they seek it out. In the prom issue of ASOS magazine, Sarah Hyland talks about how she knew precisely which dress she wanted, and she ended up finding it, exactly, in the sale rack of a discount shop, the only one, in her size. For some girls, prom can be magic. On the flip side, though, there are some girls who aren't totally sure what look they're going for, let alone where to go looking for that specific dress. If you're feeling particularly stumped, a good place to start is to think back on some of your favorite red carpet looks. While it's probably a challenge to acquire the EXACT dress your favorite starlet wore on the carpet, those fancy frocks are often a VERY good jumping point. To get you going, we looked at signature looks from three of our red carpet faves for inspiration, and found three dresses that any girl could totally rock at prom for that red carpet vibe.

EMMA WATSON

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Emma Watson at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.
Photo: Getty

If you're not into the traditional prom dress, it's OK. Emma Watson isn't into traditional red carpet looks either, but she's figured out a consistently fabulous workaround. The trailblazing actress has been a Best Dressed staple for us for years, in particular for her love of short, form-fitting silhouettes in graphic prints. You just don't see much of that on the red carpet, and just like it stands out at an awards show, we're confident that it would also stand out on the dance floor at your prom. Luckily, there are a number of different ways you can wear Emma's signature style.

Emma Watson

Dresses inspired by Emma Watson's red carpet style.
Photo: Nasty Gal/Topshop

If you're looking to be a little spendy, we LOVE Nasty Gal's Lumeria dress ($300.00). The blue TIE-DYE frock features a body-hugging silhouette, asymmetrical (but not TOO asymmetrical) hemline, and a completely unique print that we adore. If you're comfortable going even more casual, Topshop's Floral Stripe Cut Out Dress ($84.00) is a practical option, since you can dress it up or down, and therefore, wear it night after night, not just at prom. Finally, for something in between, the Techno Sound Dress ($70.00), also from Nasty Gal, features a bold, versatile print, with splashes of metallic to really keep things interesting.

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We've been dishing out tips ALL week on how to have the perfect prom. From the shoes to the dress to the hair, we've done it all, but... have you thought what you're going to wear after the dance is over? *cricket chirping* Don't worry, we rounded up some amazing ensembles for wherever you decide to go post-prom. The guidelines: comfort and affordability are key while still looking hella cute (obvi). Let's get to it!

FANCY AFTER PARTY

After Prom Dresses

After-prom dresses!
Photo: Courtesy of ASOS/Topshop

If you're heading somewhere else fancy after the big dance, make sure to pick a frock that doesn't compete with your prom dress (and has that extra party-girl edge). We love this bright peach lace-insert shift dress ($92) because it's bold and can be dressed up or down as much as you'd like. (Think of all the killer accessories you could sport with this bad boy!) If you seriously want to channel the spirit of spring, we suggest this chic-yet-girly floral print bandeau dress ($92), which you can rock with your updo from the dance. For the gals that want to go ALL OUT, we recommend this neon and gold sequin panel skater dress ($160) that is totally show-stopping. Just throw on some coral lipstick, and you're good to go!

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Can your clutch hold all of your prom emergency items?!
Photo: ASOS/ Shopbop/ Urban Outfitters

Sure, it might look simple, but let's be real here— packing your purse for prom is NO easy task. If you're doing the whole pre-prom photo sesh, fancy dinner, the dance itself, and the after-party, well, chances are you'll need a bunch of stuff to get you through this epic marathon night. So let's talk strategy, shall we?! First of all, the bag you're carrying will most likely be a tiny clutch, which is heavy on the style factor but not so much on the whole practicality thing. If you're still on the hunt for a bag, we're loving this seafoam green envelope clutch from ASOS, the Jillian Minaudiere sparkly number from Club Monaco, and House of Harlow's reptile pouch for their slightly-larger-than-average storage capability and undeniable chicness. But regardless of which clutch you bring, the stuff you take with you will need to be small, posses multitasking capabilities... or better yet, both. Because NOBODY wants to be left stranded on prom night, we've dutifully rounded up our favorite tried-and-true essentials to pack in your purse in case of any beauty emergency. See our must-bring list of products below!

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From dream dates to unrealistic movie expectations, there is a LOT of romanticizing when it comes to prom. The real fact of the matter is, though: this thing costs an arm and a leg. Between the tickets, the limo rental, the dinner, the boutonniere, and your outfit, you can find yourself racking up thousands of dollars for just one night. Granted, it is a magical rite of passage, but STILL. You can't help but feel it's a little crazy. If you worked your butt off on your summer job and saved up money to cop your dream prom dress, then more power to you! HOWEVER, if you're primarily interested in prom as an experience and are just trying to keep from breaking the bank (while still maintaining your style integrity, of course), we've got your answer: complete prom outfits for *drumrollll* UNDER $100! Yup. It's possible.

A prom outfit for under $100.
Photo: Forever 21

TOTAL: $85.40

Can we just shine a light on the fact that Forever 21 is a frikkin' BOON??? I mean, where else can you score an ENTIRE prom-ready look—dress, shoes, and bag—for less than 100 bones? Riddle me that. This pastel number is prom-perfect with a mint minidress ($29.80) dripping with tulle, patterned AND sequined pumps ($27.80), and a hard-case, heart-shaped clutch ($27.80) covered in spikes to keep the ensemble from looking overly saccharine.

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Welp, when you spend as many hours as we do thinking about prom (AFTER having graduated from high school a long, long time ago), it's only a matter of time until you start daydreaming about who you'd like to take as your date if it all went down today. Rather than just waxing nostalgic about our teenage glory days, we're taking prom to the next level (translation: our brains have been thoroughly broken by looking for a few too many princess dresses) and picking out our DREAM prom dates (for this year, anyway). It's a harder task than it sounds—we can't ALL take Ryan Gosling or Justin Timberlake or Kanye or hey, even Beyonce (uhhhh, HELLO, having a Single Ladies night with King Bey would be un-freaking-believable)—but someone's gotta we elected to do it. Read on as we delve deep into who we'd take, why we'd take him, what he'd wear and sooooo much more. Enjoy and try not to be too creeped out in the process!

CHRISSY MAHLMEISTER <3 JOE JONAS

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Joe Jonas.
Photo: Via 'Paper' Magazine

Why he'd be a good date: Well, let me just put it this way, if this was Joe Jonas' response to a girl asking him to her spring formal then, well, prom is gonna be a ball, y'all. Between him staring longingly into the distance sans shirt (over a saxy jam, mind you) and talking about pulling his weight in the relationship while lifting dumbbells in skin-tight shorts, it's obvious Joe is total boyfriend, er, prom date material. He's funny, downright adorable, and, in case you've been living on a remote, internetless island for the past 10ish years, boy can SANG. Also, thanks to being in a band with his bros, he can dance/play guitar/do jazz hands/the whole shebang, so prom is basically that minus a million screaming girls and just me. Alone. In his arms.

What he'd wear: Not to be all, "Joe's the best-dressed dude EVAR," but he kiiinda is. Even GQ (reluctantly) admitted that he's a style star, so I'd hope he would pull out ALL the stops for his prom look. I'm guessing he'd sport a show-stopping tailored suit, a punchy shirt, skinny tie, classic oxfords, a hipster accessory (think: plastic glasses or bowler hat), and, of course, his signature stubble.

What we'd do: He'd probably want to do some semi-embarrassing-yet-still-adorable prom photo sesh before we leave (um, have you seen those pics of him jumping on a trampoline in a tux?), then we'd hit the dance floor until we sweat our balls off, and head out just before the dance ended. He'd take me to the beach where would we chill as he played some ditties on his guitar (about how gorge and amazing I am, obvi) and then we'd jump in the water—still wearing our clothes—because, um, haiiiii wet Joe Jonas. O____O Annnnd this is where I'll stop because I'm creepy and disgusting and I don't want y'all to judge me. Love you, Joe. Bye.

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Perhaps by now you've realized that we, the loyal attendants of the MTV Style brain trust, prepare for prom like most prepare for Christmas. Over the past few weeks, we've made it our goal to present you with a carefully curated guide to this one night, THE ultimate high school soiree. However, we feel there are certain parameters we need to discuss. Movies set ridic standards for prom by packing drama, hi-jinx, and MAJOR sartorial showmanship, but there is one aspect of fictional proms that seems slightly overlooked: the entertainment. Have you ever noticed how certain movies feature a prom band that is just a little too famous to be believable? I mean, not to dock the history teacher who moonlighted as a DJ at MY prom, but let's face it, most prom committees just don't have these kind of connections. Let's break it down.

USHER - SHE'S ALL THAT

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Usher DJ's the prom in 'She's All That.'
Photo: Courtesy of Miramax Films

She’s All That is an insta-classic for several reasons, one of them being the legendary non-sequitur dance scene that takes place at the prom. Usher just so happens to be the "Campus DJ" [Ed Note: a campus which includes LIL KIM amongst its student body, BTW] who, pristinely outfitted in a tux and bowler hat, leads the entire senior class in an impeccably choreographed dance to Fatboy Slim’s iconic big-beat jam, “The Rockafeller Skank." Because we all know that practicing dance routines is exactly what high school students do in their free time. The dance number has ZERO plot-thickening merits, but there is something very satisfying about watching the same R&B superstar who sings “Nice & Slow” preside over a Bob Fosse-inspired skank routine.

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Prom is one of the only GREAT excuses a girl gets in high school to get dressed to the nines (or whatever the lady-equivalent is of "suit and tie s***"). HOWEVER, it is also a night of dancing, standing, dancing, mobilizing from house to dinner to party to after-party, and more dancing. Point being, you're going to be on your feet. A lot. To this effect, we're taking a beat to look out for your podiatric health. We understand that some of you may be married to the idea of sticking it out in your gam-glorifying high-heeled best for your special night, but just in case you're willing to venture outside of the stiletto-shaped box, we've rounded up some of the cutest, less-ankle-breaking styles the e-retail world has to offer. PLUS, a general idea of the kind of dress that works with each shoe silhouette! *dusts shoulders off* We know. You're welcome.

OXFORDS

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Switch out your high heels for oxfords this prom!
Photo: ModCloth/UrbanOutfitters/Nasty Gal

Oxfords are HUGE this season in so many prints, styles, and colorways, making now the perfect time to implement them into all your wardrobe needs. Including prom! Since there's an unmistakable menswear-ness to oxfords, we like the idea of pairing them with a hyper-feminine prom dress with a big fluffy skirt. A short one, at that. All the better to show off your boundary-pushing kicks.

+ White Prom Dress: ModCloth ($79.99)
+ Color Block Oxfords: Urban Outfitters ($150.00)
+ Printed Oxfords: Nasty Gal ($148.00)
+ Holographic Oxfords: Urban Outfitters ($186.00)

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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