It's hard to believe that it's already been 8 years since our junior prom, but tis the season for this throwback post. I also use to work in the prom industry so this magically dance will always hold a special place in my heart.
This post was created by my intern Maddie. I've learned in managing people that it's important to give them ownership of what you ask of them so Maddie pitched this idea to me and I said "go for it." She just graduated from high school last May so prom prep is pretty fresh for her. Enjoy her 10 tips below.
You will want to know what your makeup and hair is going to look like before the big day rolls around. Trust me, it is not fun having to whip up a hairdo in .5 seconds before you’re supposed to leave to actually go dance your booty off.
You know those clutch bags? Bring one. You can stuff it with eyelash glue, your phone, prom tickets, your ID, money and most importantly, lipstick. After stuffing your face with the Alfredo dinner.. you’ll want to re-apply.
BUY SHOES YOU CAN WEAR AGAIN
This is an important one! The one thing I hate most is buying something for a one time wear, going through my closet 6 months down the road and wondering “what the heck was I thinking.” You’ll feel less guilty buying an expensive shoe if you can wear it again so a nude or black strappy heel is a good way to go.
ON THIS NOTE ^^
Don’t buy it unless you can wear it twice (this should a life motto). Yes, the dress is the most important part of the outfit but it’s not worth going broke over. And besides that you will only get to wear it once, unless you’re in a pageant or something along those lines. So don’t spend all of your cash nor your parents hard earned money.
HAND OUT COMPLIMENTS
The best feeling is making someone feel pretty and recognized for a minute or two. So go ahead, tell them they look gorgeous, that their makeup looks so good, or that their dress is beautiful. They will probably look at you differently than before and you might even make a friend or two.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A DATE
You all knew this was coming. I know it’s cliche but it’s so true. Girls stress over having a date but, 2 out of 3 proms I went to, I attended with my best friends. Here are a couple of pros to not having an actual date: 1) You can dance like there's no tomorrow without shame. 2) You don’t have to worry about “what it means” or the thoughts of “are we just friends” or “just friends”. 3) You don’t have to stress about coordination with a tux.
YOU’LL TALK TO PEOPLE YOU’VE NEVER TALKED TO BEFORE
Whether that is giving someone you don’t know a compliment or bonding on the dance floor with that girl from your English class over a song you both love, it will happen. And if might even be awkward but it’ll be fun, I promise.
Remember the clutch we talked about? Okay well at some point during the night you are going to dreadfully take off those expensive A$$ heels you bought. And you’re going to want something on your feet because… ew if not. Socks are a go to.
GO EASY ON THE FAKE TAN.. OR IN THE TANNING BED
I say this with love, I swear. A) I know I sound like a mother but you shouldn’t be in a tanning bed anyways. B) There is nothing worse than looking orange or too dark in pictures. C) It’s completely okay not to tan at all. Tan doesn’t equal pretty and vice versa, so if you don’t want to tan, don’t!
IT’S YOUR NIGHT
So dance like it. Act like. Dress like it. Eat like it. Laugh like it. And have fun because you’re only a senior at prom once.
So if you're headed to prom, have an awesome time, make smart choices, and take a ton of photos!
Too old for prom, but like to reminisce? Show me your old prom photos on Instagram (even your story) and tag me @trendyinindy and use the hashtag #TrendyPromChallenge.
Steph and Maddie