Today I’m talking about a high school experience for me that was bittersweet. PROM! I’ll also share some inspiration for those looking for a nontraditional, out of the box dress.
Junior prom was a little rough for me, not gonna lie. I dated this guy pretty much all of high school and decided to break up with him the week before. This left me with no prom plans and no prom date.
Finding for the perfect dress was SO. HARD. I didn’t want anything traditional – no princess gowns, no overly sexy cutouts, no sparkles, no skin tight silhouette. I found a black dress WITH POCKETS (!!!) at White House Black Market for less than $100 and had a custom crinoline made in the prettiest peach color (around $30).
The shoes were my favorite part. I found the coolest pair at Aldo. And those aren’t sparkles, y’all. Those are spikes!! That’s where most of my budget went. I guess I was going for a edgy pin up look?
Since I graduated early from high school, I didn’t plan on going to my senior prom at all.
My sweeter than sweet friend (we’ll call him B) made it his first priority to give me the best prom I could ask for since junior prom had sucked so much. I found this pic of Rosie Huntington Whitely in a stunning navy gown:
…and wanted to recreate that look. I tried on SO many floor length dresses but there was one problem: since I’m 5’11”, floor length dresses don’t actually exist. Through my old dance studio I found a lady that could whip up a dress similar to Rosie’s and make it specific to my height. Instead of adding sparkles to the back like Rosie’s dress she braided the piece. I added some pops of orange (my favorite color) and added a big statement necklace to make the look a little more preppy.
For my hair we went away from Rosie’s up do and tried a pony with some volume instead. It worked since I hate it when my ears show completely and my hair is WAY too heavy to put all of the way up.
Y’all, you should’ve SEEN the looks these other mamas gave me when I showed up to take pictures with our group! I was super excited to try this daring neckline and I really think I found a way to make it classy. I worked closely with the girl who created the dress to make sure the low cut wasn’t TOO low but feminine and pretty. Three words: So. Much. Tape.
I was pretty much stripped of a great junior prom experience since I was still upset from the break up (rightfully so) and I will never be able to put into words how grateful I am for B and his attention to detail throughout the whole senior prom experience! It was SO fun to do the classic prom stuff with him, like designing my corsage and his boutonniere with the local florist or sending him different pics of dresses so he could help me choose. It was so important to me for both proms to wear something I felt 100% comfortable in but also felt 100% ME in. No one had the same dress as me both years and I got so many compliments on the originality of my choices! Here are some dresses I’ve found that I would LOVE to wear if I could do prom all over again:
For those of you who have already been to prom, what were your dresses like? Did you have a good experience? For those getting ready, I hope these picks inspired you and steered you in right direction!