April 17, 2007

Prom 2007: The Classics

Its prom season again! Oh those good ol' days seem so long ago. As much as I've gone on before about how I love cocktail dresses for dances, looking back, I think every girl should have a typical prom experience complete with the long flaring skirts, sparkles and shiny material. I mean, a girl doesn't get too many chances in her life to wear such dresses. So here are a few of the classics to choose from.
The long black dress. There'd be no wincing when you look back at your prom photos with this one. You will probably even be able to wear it more than once! And just to keep it from being boring, subtle details like the assymetric cutting and stripes on the left (ABS by Allen Schwartz) and the black satin striped layer over beige on the right (BCBG) are an excellent touch. I would also like to add that I've personally tried on the shorter version of this BCBG dress and the cutting is simply divine. It is SO flattering to the figure, I LOVE it. I WANT it.Prom is your chance to let your inner princess out. So bring on the tiara and slip on a gorgeous pink dress (left: David's Bridal, right: ABS by Allen Schwartz). I remember HG had on a pretty pink dress similar to that one on the left one year as well and she looked soo pretty!
Then there are the elegant designs that simply never go out of style. I am loving this godess-like flowing midnight blue dress (left: ABS by Allen Schwartz). And this black and white dress here (right: David's Bridal) is simply so elegant and timeless. The black and white contrast, the subtle sparkles and the and the assymetrical design is just SO flattering. My friend had a similar one during my prom (see how timeless it is?) and she looked fabulous!

And just because I said classic don't be afraid to try something fun (but tastefully so please!). You're only young once after all. Here are two by Jessica McClintock. I especially like the champagne color one because a) the scrunched up skirt gives it some amp but the whole dress still has all the qualities of a prom dress and b) I've been wanting a champagne colored dress recently!

So while you girls are out looking for your prom dresses, don't forget to check out the classics!

33 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ewww.
i don't like the majority of these. esp, the b&w one by david's bridal, it looks very cheapy.

maybe the black one, top on the right is the only classy looking one...

not to be so harsh, but honestly I would be embarrassed to wear any of these....what about a totally cute dress from Betsey Johnson?? Hello, style?

4/18/2007 11:59 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

i think prom (at least senior) is a great opportunity to buy an amazing classy dress you can use in the future. i got a gorgeous matte black dress from neiman's, with this amazing intricate diamond pattern on the back, like a giant piece of jewelry! i still love it, and if i need to go to the opera or some gala, i'll have something to wear :)

4/18/2007 12:11 PM  
Blogger Faith said...

I'm sorry to say that I totally agree with anonymous. ABS is notorious for copying other designers since it has no originality of its own...and most of the interpretations turn out to be cheaply rendered. In the same vein, I would stay far far away from anything that screams David Bridal or McClintock. I personally would prefer something more chic and less mainstream...vintage anyone?

4/18/2007 12:24 PM  
Blogger Barneys Girl said...

Writing this blog, i was just struck with a sense of nostalgia for the classic long shiny prom dresses people wore to my prom. Looking in the magazines, prom dresses are now shown as cocktail dresses with a personal spin- but you can wear cocktail dresses in any party. You can't wear prom dresses on just any occasion and i think thats one of the things that makes prom special and different from all the other formals.

Honestly, i probably wouldn't wear some of these dresses now either because i feel that i've already passed the age for them. But if i could go back, i'd probably want to wear these prom dresses at least once before moving onto cute cocktail dresses- just so I can enjoy the full cliche that is the prom.

Sigh, I guess I'm just conventional this way.

4/18/2007 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Ally said...

When I looked at the title I thought this post would help me for my formal (prom) this year but the dresses you featured look generic and uninspiring...

I hope you'll do another post but you probably won't.

4/18/2007 1:12 PM  
Blogger unche said...

The dresses I remember most from prom were the ones in rich, dark shades of green, purple, and blue (like this http://www.barijay.com/dress/popuppics/423bg_navy.jpg). A unique colour really does make almost anything look better (as long as that unique colour isn't, say, acid pink). I also tend to like dresses that are a bit more fitted (like this http://www.barijay.com/dress/popuppics/927bg_raspberry.jpg) and a bit less pouffy. Though if you really want a pouffy dress, it looks a million times beter if it's actually pouffy from underneath (ie. petticoats!)rather than just cut that way.

And please...for the love of all that is holy...stay away from those two-piece, belly-baring mostrosities.

4/18/2007 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post feels like prom, complete with some bad dresses..I like the nostalgia! I do like the one on the top right. When my friends and I look back at our prom pictures, we always comment on how we looked like a pastel rainbow exploded. Fashionably embarrassing yes, but very sweet memories regardless.

4/18/2007 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

prom doesnt have to mean cheap

4/18/2007 11:52 PM  
Blogger Renai said...

I actually love the first black BCBG dress, and the champagne colored Jessican McClintock one. I think you hit the mark with prom dresses that one would actually see at the prom- but what about the ladies who are a little more fashion forward and stylish?

4/19/2007 1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this post! I'm in college but my younger sister is still in high school so I showed it to her. She loves the black one (top right) just like everyone else does. We even found a cute pair of gold earrings to go with it, check them out at http://earringplanet.com/view_product.php?product_id=1694&menu=&category=product_gem_type&cat_value=
So check them out! This site had other great earrings too, but we were just looking for ones to go with that dress.

4/19/2007 3:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i expect better from you..those were all tacky dresses except for the long blue one...there are alot of average price bcbg dresses you could have shown.

4/19/2007 5:02 AM  
Blogger Jennine said...

i think you have some great dresses there... they are almost like princess dresses... personally, I'd go for the gold or the purple one.

good taste is not what comes to most people's minds when it comes to high school or teen-age fashion. oh dear! i remember!

anyway, the point of prom is to have fun, and it's the occasion you can wer such a dress without being concerned about your career, or impressing future inlaws, or whatever, so do it up!

besides, i looked like a whore in my prom dress... i didn't know how to be sexy then, i was 17! and looking back on it, i'd do it all over again.

4/19/2007 5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm totally in love with the black and white dress...I'm going to my first prom this year [freshman] and im wearing something symmilar

4/19/2007 6:06 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Ha, my prom dress is a short, black cocktail dress. But it's totally gorgeous. A black slip with black chiffon over it. It's pretty.

There's a problem to your long, very prom-ish dress ideas. First, they're long and heavy. You can't dance too well in them. Second, prom is a fun event and your dress needs to reflect that. Personally I think cool prints are the way to go but I forwent that this year.

4/19/2007 6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why doesn't anybody like the left Jessica McClintock? i think it's gorgeous and cute. the black bcbg is also very elegant

4/19/2007 6:45 AM  
Anonymous How to start a clothing line from scratch said...

The little pink number...I like

4/19/2007 7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when i saw the heading for this post i thought you were going to show some really unique dresses that would allow us girls going to prom this year to stand out from the crowd and look amazing...unfortunately you really disssapointed me, all these dresses look so standard and cheap

4/19/2007 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've seen that assymmetrical black and white dress and million variations on it (stripes, rhinestones..) for way too many years now. its disgusting and they sell it at every store... girls, don't do it. at least two other girls at your prom will be wearing that same dress.

4/19/2007 10:47 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Ah prom. I liked going the bridesmaids dress route because you are ensured that no one else has your dress! I ordered a dress from the Vera Wang maids collection way back when in gorgeous gunmetal satin. Wowed everyone and then some!

4/19/2007 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel like i'm back in high school, shopping for a prom dress and being surrounded by people and stores with strange, childish dresses and a generic sense of style. mmmm...oh wait, i am in high school. bummer. thank god i got my dress last year and just got my shoes (louboutin!!) a month ago. i hope i don't look like i'm wearing a dress in any of those styles.

4/19/2007 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am a latecomer to this post, but girls -- it's easy to find a classy long dress if you so choose. i'm probably a little older than most of the readers here, but i wore floor-length dresses to my high school prom AND my "college prom" (commencement gala).

i abhor all things jessica mcclintock/david's bridal -- i love vintage fashion, and there was even a part of me that thought about going in a hot white D&G-type suit, a la the late-'90s angelina jolie. however, it's easy to find affordable, non-cliche long dresses IF you know where to look. i got my high school prom dress at a prada outlet for only a few hundred dollars -- it was a long black empire-waisted slip dress with minimal embellishment. for my "college prom", i got a strapless navy silk faille nicole miller gown -- a column dress, no pouffing -- and wore it with gold jewelry & gold havaianas. i paid $100 for the nicole miller gown at a discount designer store in new york.

i think it just takes a little imagination when it comes to prom -- and, of course, i totally advocate going for a shorter cocktail-length dress. they certainly make it easier to dance!

4/20/2007 10:25 PM  
Blogger Elle said...

i detest the pinkn ones and that big black table cloth looking thingy with the white thing going up it.

4/21/2007 9:22 AM  
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4/22/2007 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Prom dresses said...

I must say I like the designs I see, but reading other comments made me think twice. What do you think about these prom dresses? I think they are different from everything else.

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