Growing up I loved watching American movies and dreaming about what it would be like to go to prom. I never longed to be a prom queen, I always wanted to be a prom princess.
I think for me going to prom would have been my American dream.
Promise of a prom
The word prom is short for promenade, which is the formal, introductory parading of guests at a party. The prom can be traced back to the simple co-ed banquets that 19th century American universities held for each year’s graduating class.
As an idealistic teen, I always imagined my prom to be this grand affair. I imagined myself in a strapless navy ballgown, that had diamante detailing and corset control. I envisioned this paired with shoes that complimented the detailing on the dress, this was then accessorised with a navy and silver clutch bag.
My hair would’ve been partially up with loose curls, paired with a natural make up look. I had hoped that the end result would leave me feeling pretty, like all the heroines in my favourite films.
Looking back I think it was good that I didn’t have a prom, I don’t think the reality would’ve lived up to my imagination, I wouldn’t have had a date and I doubt very much that I would’ve felt pretty.
“I definitely think prom should feel sophisticated. I’m not really into cutouts and all that. I would go for a more simple look – maybe a dark-colored dress and a red lip and long wavy hair; and for nails, a French tip is always classic and cute!” Kylie Jenner
Along with specialist shops you can now find a variety of dresses on the high street or online. From ball gown to fishtail, long to short, there are styles and shapes to suit everyone, in a budget range to suit as well.
And let’s not forget the variety of suits for the males amongst us. With skinny fit and tuxedo being just a couple of the many styles available, boys will also be spoilt for choice.
It used to be that the limo/hummer was the car of choice for all going to prom. However, people now pay out for classic cars, sports cars and in some cases even a horse-drawn carriage. How you arrive at prom can sometimes be as important as the prom itself.
“Next to my wedding, my prom dress will be the most important gown I ever wear.” —Rachel (Glee)
The big day
With so much preparation and thought going into prom, you can understand why people sometimes compare the day to that of a wedding. You have the dress, the cars, the hair trials, make up looks and wedding photos.
For me, I’m hoping if I ever get married this will finally be the day I am able to feel like a……princess.
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