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Prom Accessories

Prom accessories can make or break your dress. The perfect ones can add glamour and pizazz, while bad ones can ruin your look. How do you go about choosing them?

Frankly, it all depends on your dress. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT purchase your accessories before buying your dress. Not only will it be nearly impossible to match all your pieces, but many purses, gloves, and jewelry are non-returnable. Your prom is the opportunity for you to look and feel your best.  It is that one special night that you will remember, so what you choose to wear, and how you choose to wear it can make all of the difference to the way your prom shines in your memory.  Once you have located that perfect prom dress, you will then want to choose the correct accessories to compliment your outfit.  The trick to the accessories you choose will depend heavily upon the type of look you wish to achieve for your prom.

Here are my picks for accessories, depending on your dress style:

“Poofy” dress: You know what I’m talking about – the Cinderella dress. The look for these is the same as with a strapless dress, with one exception: gloves are usually too much with this style. It’d just give you too much material from your chest down and make you look weighted down.

Sheath dress: These are dresses that are cut straight up and down. With these, jewelry and a purse just depend on the dress. A plain dress needs jewelry, a beaded or shimmery one doesn’t. Gloves are great with this, since they match the cut of the dress.

Strapless dress: Choose a necklace that rests about at your collarbone. One with crystal will add flare and detract from the blandness from your neck down to your dress. The right necklace will also balance out the look. Stud earrings that match your necklace are great. If you see a bracelet that would complete your jewelry ensemble, then it would work. (With a corsage, bracelets are usually considered optional.) A purse the same color as your dress is good. Gloves are OK only as long as they match the style of your dress. If they don’t, don’t worry about it. Chances are you’ll only have worn them for pictures anyhow.

The Garter: If you have looked at any of the catalogs for prom decorations that your school has received, chances are you’ll see garters as a prom favor. I’ve received many an email asking about garters and prom. Aren’t garters for weddings? Why prom? Does the girl wear the garter all night? What if the dress is tight and the garter will show through? Does the guy remove the garter like a groom would? Well, I recently spoke to very helpful girl, Annie, over email regarding garters. Here’s what she had to say when I asked her how garters are handled at her prom:

“I think most people get garters at our prom. Sometimes they come with the tux rental. A lot of people get them to match their dress. At the end of the night the girl gives their date the garter, and the girl gets his bow tie. Some guys hang the garter in their rear view mirror of their car.”

So there you go. Personally, I think garters are a tradition best reserved for weddings, but it all depends what the norm is at your school and prom.

Prom Handbags

How To Find The Perfect Prom Handbags

Coordinate your prom look with the perfect prom handbag. There are many prom handbags and shoes that you can choose from so will perfectly match your prom ensemble.

The thing to remember is that you will always look good on prom night if everything you are wearing is matching one another and you are feeling good about your look and including your prom gown, jewelry, shoes, watch, rings. But above all if you are carrying your handbag it should be matching one.

If you are wearing a black prom gown then always go with some glittering type black color handbags that give a shinier, shimmery look. Ivory color prom gowns are always seen but what matching handbags go with that its really tricky one. Well the red color is always favorable with ivory types of prom gowns and also the in ivory color handbags too.

Always remember that before choosing any handbags in any style is to always see that its comfortable to carry and suited with your prom dress. Although you need a purse that’s big enough to hold all your essential goodies, like concealer, lip gloss and cell phone, you don’t want to carry anything that’s too bulky. The prom is not the place to bring your carry all day long stuff with its four varieties of lip gloss and half empty bottles of moisturizer. This being said there are certain essentials to keep in your purse, no matter how small or dainty. A hairbrush is obvious (of course you may not need it considering your haristyle), tampons can never hurt (you might just help out a friend), mints, and of course your cell phone. So pick out a slim clutch, but look for one that comes decorated with a little ribbon or pretty design which will make your handbag even prettier. However, make sure your prom purse isn’t too flashy because you don’t want to draw attention away from your dress. There are many prom handbags to choose form depending on the look you are going for:

  • Classic Handbags – Many designer styles to choose from usually with a handle.
  • Dyable Purses – Can be dyed any color you want to match perfectly with your prom shoes.
  • Vintage Style Handbags – Older purses that can coordinate with your style of dress.
  • Clutches – Small purses with no handles that can be easily carried.

Whatever style of prom handbag you choose be sure to relax and enjoy your evening.

Prom Hair Styles

As every girl knows, the prom is an excuse to really go overboard on the dress, the shoes, the accessories but the crowning glory of all is the hairstyle! A beautiful prom hairstyle is crucial for your overall appearance for the evening

There are many other ways make your prom hairstyle one to remember. Here’s the long and short of it!

Short hair:

Girls with short hair are lucky because their prom hairstyle will take half the time to do! Short hair is the best type if you want to have a really out of this world flicks at the nape of your neck – think funky pixie! All you need is some hair wax – apply a little and tease out the ends of your hair so that the style frames your face. Alternatively, short haired girlies can sweep their bangs to the side, and pin it with a pretty hair clip. This sophisticated look will work even better if you pick delicate hair accessories that coordinate with your dress and corsage.

Medium hair:

Those of you with medium length hair may think that there’s nothing interesting they can do with their hair. But stop and think; you’re actually the ideal length because you can make your hair look longer, or shorter, fairly easily. To make your hair look shorter, take small sections, and carefully twist them towards the back of your head. Pin the ends where you would normally have a ponytail, and tease the ends of the twists out away from your head to create cute flicks. To make you hair look longer, attach a quality fake ponytail, and fix your hair like the long haired girls…

Long hair:

You girls with long hair can chose from several prom hair styles. You could leave it down (flowing locks are always great). But if you want to pin it back, remember that it doesn’t just have to be a ponytail. Put your hair into a ponytail first of all – (your hair will be too heavy without that extra support, and the style is most likely to slip). Then take the ends of your hair and twist it or curl it, and pin it to the back of your head. You could even have lots of tiny plaits, intertwine them, and then pin them into a beautiful bun shape to form a kind of crown. Sensational!

Curly Tops:

Delicately curled tendrils work especially well if you have an off the shoulder dress. If your hair isn’t naturally curly, you can cheat! Use a heat protective spray, and carefully curl the ends of the hair into traditional ringlets. Not only will this new style frame your face but it will create quite an impact… curly girlies always look romantic!

If you do not trust others with your hair or simply do not know what style to choose from, follow the guide below to find an always popular and do-able hairstyle…. not to mention easy – and best of all…cheap.

The CLASSIC girl will brush her hair back in a tight ponytail leaving a small section of the pony tail underneath. Wrap what was left out around the pony tail holder. Use bobby pins to secure the loose hair, but try to keep them hidden. Remember that the tighter the hair, the less you will have to spend time restyling later that night when you’re having fun. Don’t make the ponytail either too high or too low, and use a little bit of hair spray – sleek it down with your fingertips to decrease any flyways.

If you want to go for the GIRLIE look, start with a small part to the side. Brush your hair back and to the opposite side of the part (below your ears). Tie your hair back on the side with a cute ponytail holder that matches your dress, and let your hair fall over the front of your shoulders. You can brush out some of the hair from the top so that it is loose and has volume. For those that have layers, let the shorter ends fall loose but keep them all to one side.

ROMANTIC is always a popular look for prom. The traditional style is to pull half of your hair up form your ears to the top of your head. Tie the hair back in a ponytail and divide the hair into small or large section (whichever you prefer). Twist the sections and tie them up, leaving the tips loose to flutter. Then secure with bobby pins (the more the better, as long as they are concealed). Leave the rest of your hair hanging straight (use a straightening iron if your hair is naturally wavy or curly) and use conditioner to eliminate frizz.

Whatever you do, remember the golden rules. No matter which style you choose, make sure that your hair is shiny, bouncy, and healthy looking. Avoid the temptation of fixing your hair with half a bottle of hairspray. Hair which is weighed down with too much product always looks crusty and dull. Remember, sophistication and coordination is the key. But I’m sure, whatever you decide to do, you’ll all look like the prom princess!

Prom Dress Shoes

The perfect prom shoes can complete your look, while bad ones can ruin your look. How do you go about choosing them? It’s never too soon to begin searching for your prom shoes! Whether you’re searching for a simple, elegant shoe; or a shoe with plenty of pizzazz – from high heels to ballet flats, these tips in picking prom shoes will help get you started towards finding the perfect shoes for prom.

Make sure you wear your prom shoes in before the night (wear them around the house for an hour or so each day for a week).

Strappy sandals are quite popular, and can be worn with most dresses.

For the ultimate comfort, ballet shoes will ensure than you don’t end up with sore feet by the end of the night! Only suitable with full skirts (they just don’t look right with tight fitted dresses).

To get the perfect match between your dress and prom shoes, consider getting your shoes dyed. Most shoe repair stores can dye shoes, with prices ranging from $5 to $20. Call around to find the best price.

If you are planning to dye your prom shoes, remember that dyed items look different indoors compared to outdoors. For example, shoes dyed grey may take on a purple tone outside. There is nothing that can be done to stop this, so be sure to tell your dyer if the event is indoor or outdoor.

Dye used to dye your prom shoes is water soluble, so water and heavy moisture can cause the dye to bleed or stain. To prevent this, use a water repellent spray on your shoes (sold at most show repair stores). Water repellent spray is fast drying, and won’t affect the color. It won’t make your shoes totally waterproof, but it is the best protection. Please be aware that once you have sprayed your prom shoes with water repellent, you won’t be able to dye them again (so make sure the color is right!)