We know you've got your prom game on lock, but are you still fretting over which dress to wear? Can't find something that feels YOU or stands out from the pack of strapless ball-gowny frills? No worries, we're not the only ones who agonize about evening dresses, and on occasion we find that pants actually work better (and are soooo much more comfortable). But can you actually wear pants to prom? Of course! The trick is in how you wear them. Whether you're stepping out in sequin jeans and a sharp jacket all Janelle Monae lady tux style or going for a vampy, structured jumpsuit, there's no way you can't make prom pants pop. Here's how…
We love these AG Adriano Goldschmied Ankle Legging Sequin Pants ($168.75) which are pretty much black jeans in sequin form. We'd rock these with a lace top and short, structured black blazer with an oversized corsage or with dangling punk earrings as seen in our prom accessories guide. Leggings with a bit of embellishment are totally acceptable if you layer them with the right top and accessories. A pair of ASOS Leggings with Metallic Paint Splatters ($36.36) work because they're dark and glam at the same time. We'd top these as they did in the photo with a flowy black top and sequined bustier underneath for a little WOWZA factor. Accessorize with layered gold necklaces, add bold eyes, dark lips, a sophisticated updo, and some killer heels for the ultimate chic New York evening look. Or you can just let the pants do all the work for you with these BCBG MAX AZRIA Zhara Sequined Pants ($199). Holy sparkletasia! Add a white tank and black leather moto jacket with platforms and disco hair. (#DAZZLING) Need more options? We've got 'em.
By now, you should have almoosstt everything figured out for prom night. From the dress to the hair to the nails to the shoes (whew!), we've got you covered across all bases. We can't forget the most important part, though—your face! Lucky for you, we have tons of celeb-inspired makeup looks that we think would be PERFECT no matter what type of girl you are—punk rock, super glam, or totally natural! Let's check out our favorite looks, shall we?
ULTRA GLAM LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Swift at CMT Artists of the Year on Nov. 29.
Photo: Getty Images
If you're the type of gal who rocks a killer beauty game on a daily basis, the ultra-glam look inspired by Taylor Swift might be right up your alley. She pairs a bold red pout with long, flirty lashes and porcelain skin. To recreate this look, opt for the best lipstick in the biz with YSL's Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge ($32). For those ultra glam eyes, go for silver-y metallic eye palette like Lorac's Evening Star shimmery eyeshadow trio ($26) paired with super long, dramatic false eyelashes from Sephora ($8) and Stila's All Day liquid eye liner ($20) for that killer cat eye. (We use this sucker EVERY DAY to get our winged tips to pointed perfection!)
The slow crawl to the weekend means we're one step closer to PROM. You've given your hairstyle a practice run, secured your dress, selected your accessories, and you're probably well on your way to locking down the PERFECT pair of shoes to complement it all. But maybe you're not that stoked on the idea of teetering around on a pair of ortho-murdering stilettos all night? Well, whether you're just not a heel girl or you're anticipating a grand footwear switch in the middle of your night out, we've compiled an arsenal of sneakers you can wear with whatever prom dress you might be rocking, thanks, in part, to inspiration from three sneaker-and-dress-wearing stylettes: Kristen Stewart, Hailee Steinfeld, and Lil Mama!
PRETTY IN PUNK
Kristen Stewart wears checkerboard Vans slip-ons with her dress.
Photo: Getty/Courtesy of ASOS/Vans
Kristen Stewart is kind of the patron saint of sneakers-with-dresses, notorious for changing into a pair of Vans or Converse kicks in the middle of awards shows. She's also a prime example of how to balance looking pretty AND punky in a dress and sneakers. K.Stew wore a pair of checkerboard Vans slip-ons with her dress, and you can implement the same idea in your prom look by opting for equally bold styles. Go for printed looks like these pink patterned slip-ons from ASOS ($63.63) or these graphic flatform high tops also from ASOS ($54.54). Add some edgy sparkle to your ensemble with these ASOS ($381.76) studded high tops, or add a major pop of color with some neon courtesy of Vans ($45.00). The key here is to keep the silhouette sleek and the upper loud and punchy.
Whew, prom is almost HERE. We're sure you've got your checklist in order and have dutifully crossed dress, hairstyle, and tricked-out DIY nail art off your exhaustive list. What's left? ACCESSORIES. This is arguably the hardest part of the prom equation. (Clutch or crossbody purse? Headband or bow clip? Statement necklace or simple pendant? And what about rings, bracelets, and the corsage????) *deep breaths* Whether you're going for an edgy, glammed-up, or total fairy tale look, we've got your accessory game covered.
PUNK PROM PRINCESS
Clockwise from left: ASOS Skull & Spike Necklace, Tarina Tarantino Skull earrings, Topshop Spike Headband and Metallic Clutch, The Misfits lapel pin, ASOS Triple Spike Ring and Rubber Bracelet.
Photo: ASOS; Endless; Topshop; Amazon
Not only is pink-punk edgy and feminine, it has no rules. It's all about throwing together a motley crew of spikes, skull, grommets, studs, and whatever your rock and roll heart desires. Just make sure to turn the music UP when you're getting ready and don't be afraid to share these accessories with a frothy retro dress and beat up Converse. We'd start with an ASOS Skull & Dipped Spike Collar Necklace which goes with just about anything bare-necked or strapless. Pair it with some Tarina Tarantino Ivorette Lucite Skull Drop Earrings which are just sparkly enough without going overboard. To lighten the mood, we'd add a Suede Effect Spike Headband and throw jars of eye glitter, dark crimson lipstick, liquid eyeliner, and our best punk tunes (for hijacking the DJ booth) in this Topshop Metallic Asymmetric Clutch which can also be worn cross-body style. Instead of a corsage, pay tribute to The Misfits with this mini Misfits Ghost Lapel Pin affixed to the bodice of your dress. Stack some bracelets such as this ASOS Rubber Spike Bracelet (which won't hurt people when you hurl yourself around the dance floor), and don't forget to tip your sparkly black mani out in an ASOS Triple Spike Ring. #RAWK! Need more ideas? Right this way!
Since prom is basically the ONLY occasion in our lives that calls for super dressed-up gowns (well, minus our wedding day *crosses fingers*), it means we can FINALLY cop all those drool-worthy red carpet looks that we've been fawning over all year long. Just think—their stylists get paid the big bucks to dish out the top celebs' most killer looks, so why not take a cue from the best in the biz? We gathered some of our favorite awards show ensembles and found an affordable option for all our fashion-forward girls. I know, I know, we're sooooo nice. You can thank us later.
SELENA GOMEZ'S SPARKLY MERMAID DRESS
Selena Gomez at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Feb. 26.
Photo: Getty Images
We loveloveLOVED Selena Gomez's super glam Oscar party look because it's body-conscious but classy. We tried to match the intricate metallic bead work on her Dolce & Gabbana mermaid dress with an allover silver sequin dress from Bloomingdale's. The Lauren by Ralph Lauren gown ($270) silhouette is SO dead that you could even sport the same vintage-y faux bob and call it a night! To finish the look, grab a studded clutch and call it a night. We particularly like this embellished linen wristlet ($70) from Bebe!
As far as we know, Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps have never attended a prom together, but this is what it might have looked like if they did.
Photo: Getty Images Illustration: Jason Mitchell
It's prom week, and there are so many things to think about, from the perfect dress to the perfect date and sparkly accessories, and so we enlisted the help of our besties at HelloGiggles to share their infinite wisdom with us. Site co-founder Sophia Rossi is an expert BFF, so we asked her to write about the most important accessory you might have forgotten--your BFF.
Prom is just around the corner and I'm sure you're all wondering what this thirty-something year old inner tween thinks about prom, right? Prom is one the most important nights in a teenager's life and Hellogiggles wants you to know that you have our support. Your biggest support system, always, should come from your BFF (we are willing to act as your BFF now). I will tell you my three basic tips because I tend to be bossy yet informative at all times. Also, I went to prom with my best guy friend and it was truly the best experience ever, but enough about me..
So, you've sorted out your nail designs, got your hair game figured out, and even found some apps to help you get ready for THE prom night, but now comes the hard part—the dress! Whether you're looking for something long and glamorous or short and spunky, we've got something perfect no matter what budget you're working with. Check out our under $100, under $250, and above $250 options below!
Don't fret if you're allowance is a little tight—it won't stop you from finding your dream dress! If you want ALL eyes on you, go for the Way-In '80s-inspired teal sequin one-shoulder mini ($68). We love the giant bow on the shoulder, and, I mean, how can you NOT have fun at prom in this? For a more vintage-y vibe, opt for the black and beige Trixxi Retro sequin gown ($88). Above the sweetheart bodice is a shimmering nude neck for added drama. Take a cue from the model and go for retro curls too! If you're feeling super girly, go for the flared Little Mistress floral jacquard silver and white prom dress with a sequin belt ($90). Add a bright red platforms, and BAM! You'll put all the other girls (and guys) on the dance floor to shame.
Prom doesn't have to be all about fancy schmancy updos that have you in a salon chair for hours and shellacked under a helmet of hairspray. Take a cue from some of the hottest starlettes gracing the red carpet this year like Dianna Agron, Rihanna, Sky Ferreira, and Katy Perry, and go for something a little more unexpected, modern, and fun. These ladies have rocked some of the hottest hairstyles of the year (the braided updo, the pin-up look, the old Hollywood waves, and the super sleek pony), and what's more, you can actually cop these looks yourself! Don't believe us? Fire up your styling wands and read on!
THE BRAIDED UPDO
Try Dianna Agron's braided updo from the 2012 Screen Actors' Guild Awards.
Photo: Getty Images/Sephora/Ulta/Goody
The braid has been one of the biggest hair trends of the past year, and Dianna's look here for the 2012 Screen Actors' Guild Awards is extra special because it features the ultimate in plaits: the fishtail. In truth, Dianna's hairstyle looks more complicated than it actually is, so crack those knuckles, do a few dexterity warm-ups, and let's get started!
Prom iPhone, iPad, and iPod apps.
Photo: Night Moves Prom 2012/Prom Girl/Tux: The Tuxedo Builder/Prom360/Updo Styles/Prom Ping
Thinking about all of the moving parts that go into *deep booming voice from indeterminate origin* PROM NIGHT is enough to send a girl into a full-fledged panic attack. The tickets, the ride, the dinner, the boutonniere (not to mention how to put it on your date without stabbing him), and of course, tracking down the perfect dress. Just thinking about it all is making my head spin (and I've been too old for prom for, like, a bajillion years). Thankfully, we live smack dab in the middle of the Information Age, where the Internet and Google and smart phones reign supreme. While prom goers have been getting along fine for years without the magic Apple touch, it needs to be acknowledged that there are apps out there designed for amplifying and augmenting the entire prom experience from the first flash of sequin to the last clock chime before your curfew, so we've rounded up a few notable ones for you!
OMG, prom is almost here! You've probably spent a bajillion hours thinking about the perfect dress, hair, and makeup for THE night of your life, but let us not forget one of the biggest ways to make a fashion statement—with your nails. Since you (or your mom, whatevs) will probably be shelling out mad dollars for the dance as it is, we found some totally DIY (and totally head-turning!) nail designs perfectly suited for prom night. Whether you want to go glam rock, a bit more trendy, or keep it classic, we've got something for you that you can ACTUALLY do at home. Warning: Your friends might be in awe of your glam and glittery tips all night long.
The absolute fail-safe option is the gradient glitter mani. It's sparkly, it's glamorous, and it's pretty much impossible to mess up. Ellen over at Omoimono did a FANTASTIC ombre manicure that we totally want to cop. To achieve her look, she used four polishes: sky blue, teal, and pastel purple for the base, and a thick glitter top coat for the sparkles. For the base gradient, follow this step-by-step tutorial. Then, top it off with some seriously chunky glitter at the tips that cascade down each nail, and voilà! You're done!