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How to Stand Out at Prom 2019

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It’s that time of year again! Prom season has fallen upon the graduating class of 2019, and with it comes many of the trials and tribulations of preparing for formal events. Whether you’re looking to wear a suit, a dress or something completely different, so often are high school seniors looking to make a mark and standout on their final night with their peers. So many girls agonize over accidentally wearing the same dress as someone else and being outshone on their big night.

While these actions are certainly unnecessary as we should avoid unhealthily comparing ourselves to our peers, there is nothing wrong with using prom as an excuse to make a fashion statement or to express ourselves! Here is a list of ideas that might just help you do so:

Wear Vintage

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This prom season, I was so excited to go shopping for my dress. I couldn’t wait to go through the never ending process of sorting through different racks of dresses and trying them all on until I found “the one.” However, I didn’t have to look for very long because my dress found ME this year. While on a vacation in Florida, I tried this dress on and immediately fell in love. It was actually kinda scary because it was the first dress (and the only dress!) I tried on this season, and I was worried I was rushing that precious process I described earlier. But, I knew if I left it behind, I would regret it. So I bought it. BEST DECISION EVER. Thank you @audreysofnaples for making me feel like a princess in this incredible vintage gown and for making my dreams come true.

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Embrace the tradition behind the age-old Promenade. Not only can wearing vintage clothes take your look to the next level (and would look totally different than what people will find in stores) but re-using old clothes is environmentally conscious! If wearing all vintage is too much, or doesn’t seem right, try going for 50% vintage– you might be able to find some unique accessories in your grandmother’s closet!

Statement Jewelry

If you’re looking to change up a simple dress, try investing in some statement jewelry. In the midst of prom dress shopping, many individuals forget completely about the rest of their look. If you start to think of things holistically, you might find that your look can be about so much more than just a pretty dress. Try bracelets, necklaces, earrings, even tiaras or flower crowns for the spring!

Dramatic Makeup

No, not raccoon eyes! If you have a special skill for doing beautifully blended eyeshadow or killer winged liner, you might just be able to take your prom look to the next level. If you’re not comfortable with that, you can always try playing around with glitter on your collarbone or cheekbones, that can be a simple way to make your look memorable. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with your hair… don’t just curl it because everyone else is!

Buy Your Own Corsage

No date? No problem (you don’t really need a prom date anyway). If you think your look would be taken to the next level with some flowers, don’t hesitate to buy some for yourself. Maybe your look can be completely transformed by a bright blue corsage or some baby pink flowers in your up-do.

Break-Free From the Traditional Dress

Maybe dresses aren’t your thing anyways! That’s what pantsuits (or just suits) are for! Who says you have to be conventional? Sometimes the most show-stopping look goes to the person who makes a daring choice… and they get bonus points for feeling the most like themselves.

No matter what you choose to wear, the most important thing is that you feel confident and comfortable. Prom is about letting loose and having fun one last time before high school ends, so while you should have fun with your look… don’t let it take over your night!

Congratulations and happy prom season to the graduating class of 2019!

Featured Image via LowellSun

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Sarah Abernethy is a seventeen year old writer from Toronto, Canada.

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