With Junior Prom under our belt, we decided to show you some of our favorite pics taken on Saturday. Danielle S. really knows what it means to do “<b>prom hair</b>.” We featured this waterfall braid hairstyle during Prom Palooza last year, so it’s nice to see someone actually bringing it to life! Her ombré dye job gives this look an extra <i>oomf</i> as we watch her dark locks fade into a sea if light brown curls. <i>Majestic</i>.
Sometimes I get caught up in the dress aspect of prom and forget how important glam hair & makeup is to the entire process. Dani’s hair is just one of many examples of the fabulous styles we saw from Saturday night. Check back later for more real life inspiration, hopefully you’ll find a style that will work for you on the big night too!
Over the past few weeks I have spent hours searching for a prom dress. I’ve looked online, in boutiques, in big department stores and even went thrift shopping a few times. My hunt has, unfortunately, been unsuccessful and I am still without a glamorous gown for the big event in a little over a month. Instead of crying myself to sleep every night, however, I’ve decided to be a big girl and channel my frustration into making sure that my date (Nick) looks as dapper as can be.
I recently stumbled across an old photograph of some celebs at a red carpet event and decided that Nick needed to channel both his inner Brad Pitt and George Clooney at prom. However, as to be expected of a guy who prefers sweats to slacks, Nick had no idea what a cummerbund was when I mentioned it to him! To make matters worse he said the guys looked like “tools” when I showed him what a cummerbund looked like. When I came to school today there were even more guys who had no clue about this iconic menswear accessory. Challenge Accepted.
After a few clicks around Google, I found a 2010 GQ article titled “The Forgotten Rule of Black Tie” a.k.a My Golden Ticket to Getting All The Guys to Wear Cummerbunds. Since I know that most of the gents out there are way too lazy to read the entire article, I’ve pasted an excerpt of the most important part below:
One of the most important rules for black tie, however, is the one most commonly forgotten: cover your waist. Wearing a waistcoat, a double-breasted jacket or a cummerbund means that the only shirt visible is a powerful V at the chest, shooting up towards the shoulders, framed by silk, peaked lapels. No untidy white cloth is left to billow around the waist. The legs are lengthened, the waist suppressed, the shoulders emphasised. Your figure is flattered; you look good.So gents, if you don’t want to listen to me, listen to GQ. Prom is a formal event. Don’t settle for your traditional suit, rent your tuxe. Opt for the bow tie and leave the classic necktie for graduation. But most importantly, please, please, please…wear the cummerbund!
Stay Fab and Happy Promming.
If you are tagging along with your friends on prom day, but not actually attending the big event, you should still look cute. At our school we have a tradition where the entire grade gathers at one persons house to hang out before we make it to prom. Friends and familiy are invited so naturally, this where the majority of the pictures are taken. No one has broken a sweat on the dance floor yet, so everyone still looks fabulous.
A cute look like this shorts and tank ensemble is the perfect outfit if you want to look chic but not steal the prom go-ers thunder! Get in the pictures with your friends because this a day you’ll all want to remember forever.
Talk about ombré-licious! Blue is quite a popular color during prom season, so try to find a way to make your gown stand out amongst the sea of others. These two colors are almost polar opposites, but the dark navy fades into to the white perfectly! Add a statement diamond choker to this look, some simple heels and you’ll be good to go. Happy promming and be willing to stand out.
Last year when I was shopping for short dresses for the Junior Prom all I could find were stunning long gowns. This year, as I am desperately trying to find a gown, all I can find are amazing short dresses!
This blue ‘Debutante’ Off Shoulder Dress is by Topshop and you can buy it at Nordstrom.com. The dress is only $140 which is a pretty good deal seeing as though you will most likely be able to wear a piece like this again. When I first came across this cute number one person immediately flashed into my mind: Charlotte York from Sex and The City. Charlotte is without a doubt the most conservative of all the gals and I can distinctly remember her rocking an off the shoulder dress on more than one occasion…
The print is fabulous and the style is ultra phenomenal! Add a pair of your grandmother’s favorite pearls and you will be good to go. If you are prepared to release your inner Charlotte, you can buy the dress here. Happy Promming!
Today while sitting in math class, a few of the guys were debating whether or not they would wear long ties or bow ties to prom. Here at F&F we are obsessed with bow ties. We love guys in bow ties in everything from Bermuda shorts to a full blown tux, we like our boys to look snazzy…isn’t that a god thing?
Being that we have a bias opinion on this subject, it’s time to turn to the experts. We found a website, My Tuxedo Catalog, which answers a few of the most pressing questions that guys have around prom time. Everything from the kind of tie to whether or not you should match your date in terms of color. We will definitely be sharing our personal opinions on the topic a little later on, but until then this site is a great place to get an idea about what you want.
Gents, you have a lot less to worry about when it comes to prom, so please take the time to get it right!
For any gals still searching for a Junior Prom dress, Miss Selfridge is a great site to check out. This pink piece is only $95 and is perfect if you want a dress that oozes cuteness. One great thing about this dress is that it would work well for girls with both small and large busts.
Pair with a silver shoe and a sleek updo to complete the look. With a high neckline and such bold 3D detailing very little accessories will be needed, however, a pair of pearl drop earrings would do the trick! You’re date would match you very well if he opted for a nice pink tie or even silver.
This look isn’t too out there but it will definitely make an impression. We absolutely love this color and if it fits your style it will look fantastic on you! Happy Promming.
Here is the link to the dress: Nude 3D Flower Dress
Discloser: From this point on, this post is totally biased.
Shoes can truly make or break an outfit. They can add a little oomph(either by lifting your butt or adding some sass) or can fall flat (literally flat or just boring) ! When choosing prom shoes, choose wisely ! Here are some things to consider:
1. What is the focus of your outfit ? If you want your chest/face area to be the center, you get a pass in the shoe area. You don’t want to distract. If you love your legs though, definitely go for super funky, attention grabbing shoes ! (If you have a slit in your dress like I do, this is a no brainer !)
2. What do I want my shoes to say ? If you want them to scream FAB, go for something funky, like a print or studded toe cap. If you want them to shout PRINCESS, go for diamonds, metallics and peep toes. If your vibe is sexy and sophisticated, I’d opt for a sleek pointy toe in a solid color.
3. What am I doing in these shoes ? If you’re a mega dancer, be realistic and get a practical heel. Strive to keep your shoes on for as long as possible. After all, you’re paying a bunch for them and they do make your dress/ensemble/calves/BUTT look great ! If your prom tradition involves pictures on someone’s front lawn, stay away from suede ! Just think out these little details before you ruin your shoes/ankles/outfit.
(All the shoes pictured here are available at Zara for under $150 !)
If you’re already past the “Dress Phase” of the prom process, it’s time to start looking for accessories to complete your look. If you’re starting from scratch and need jewels, a clutch AND shoes, try stores that carry all three so you can put the pieces side and side and see what truly works together. Nothing is more annoying than buying the “perfect” clutch, taking it home and realizing that it doesn’t match your shoes ! Department stores are a logical option, but I’d spring for a store that’s a bit more edgy and modern, like Zara ! That store consistently carries fabulous accessory options and it’s totally affordable ! Look for more Zara praising posts in the near future. (Hint: Above)