Pamela Pekerman (Trend Spotter, Bagista) gives expert video advice on: What should I wear to prom?; What shouldn't I wear to prom?; What are the latest trends in prom-wear? and more...
What should I wear to prom?
When you are going to a prom, obviously you want to keep the glam factor up. You don't want to go in a sweat suit for sure, and you don't want to go in jeans, because that's yicky. In terms of dresses, the sky is the limit. A lot of people like to go long, but knee length is definitely a new and fresh way to go. You want to think about color because there's more to the palette than black and white. In fact I wouldn't even do white. I think that's boring. Save white for when you get married. Go with a fun color. Open up the magazines, see what's the fresh color out there, and go with it.
What shouldn't I wear to prom?
What you shouldn't wear to prom is matchy-matchy. So if you're wearing a baby pink dress, it does not mean that you need to wear a baby pink satin bag. It does not mean you have to match your shoes to your dress. If you're head to toe matchy-matchy, that's a big no-no. So you want to avoid that.You also want to avoid showing too much skin, because oftentimes you see a lot of girls at prom that are showing the boobs, they're showing the butt. Pick an asset that you like and roll with it. If you're going here, skimp on the bottom. If you're doing a short bottom, cover up the top. Because it's about balance. You're going to look at these pictures later on, you are going to look at them with your kids. You don't want Mommy to look like a hooch.
What are the latest trends in prom-wear?
The latest trends in prom wear is definitely knee length dresses and bold colors. So right now, for the spring, summer season, it is all about tangerine. So you want to keep that in mind when you are shopping for dresses. And it is also about exploring outside of the traditional prom look. It is just not about the poof anymore. It could be about being closer to the body and also buying a dress that is not necessarily made for prom. You want to go to your local department store or your local boutique and just look at great dresses. Because just a great dress, not necessarily the classic prom dress, is more in style now.
Should I choose trendy clothes for prom or should I go classic?
If you're a trendy person you want to look for a trendy dress. If you are the person that everybody in high school or college looks to for trends, well then you want to be you. I think that is the biggest thing that you want to do for your prom night. Be you. So if you are the type of girl who is going to always wears black or brown or beige, then now is not necessarily the time to go princess 'poofie' pink, because that is not who you are. You are a minimalist and you should just stick with your style, and just translate it, to be a bit more glamorous for the prom night.
What kind of bag goes with a prom dress?
For prom night, you definitely want to think about clutches. There are so many options right now for clutches: small clutches, oversized clutches, satin, exotic skin. The one thing you don't want to do is, you don't want to match your bag to your dress. If you're wearing a kelly green dress, there is no reason you should be wearing a kelly green bag. In fact, you should probably go with a black or maybe a darker green, like a greenish black or a cream color because again matching is not the way to go. In terms of shape, look for clutches. There are lots of options out there. Just figure out what works for you.
What kind of shoes should I wear to prom?
When you are thinking about shoes for prom. My personal recommendation is stilettos or anything on a high heel. But that being said, if you're not a high heel girl, and you're a tall girl and you just don't feel comfortable in heels, then you should rock flats. If you're a flats girl, there is no reason to transition into heels for just one night. Always think about what's you, and what's my personal style? So the only thing that I would say is if you are going to go with flats maybe glam it up a little bit so do it in a metallic or some fun little sparkle or little bit of extra beating, something to glam it up for the evening.
Should I coordinate my prom outfit with my date's?
If you want to match your dress to your partner's suit, tie, or undershirt, there's nothing wrong with that, but you want to keep in mind what color you're wearing because if you're opting for some tangerine dress or some lime green color, you don't necessarily want to see your partner in such a bold color because that's so obvious. If you're doing a blush pink and then he's doing a shade of pink, that's fine I guess. But in general you want to avoid the matchy-match because it doesn't usually work out.
Do I have to coordinate anything with my prom's theme?
You don't necessarily have to coordinate your dress or your outfit to the theme of your prom. In fact, most of the time it's not always going to work out. If your theme happens to be Under the Sea Enchantment, and you happen to have a dress that's a silver color, or a light blue, that works for you and looks good, great, go with it. But if you don't find something, don't. Don't worry about it.
Should I have my hair and make-up done professionally for prom?
If you have the money and you want to get your hair and make-up done professionally, you should go for it. But if you don't have the money, you shouldn't feel obligated to do so. Here in Manhattan, usually to get your make-up done, it's about $100 to $150. That's a lot of money, and I think most girls don't get their make-up done professionally. Hair is another story. I think by and large, most people do get their hair done professionally, and you can probably do it, depending on where you live, for twenty, thirty, forty, maybe fifty dollars. The only thing about hair, I would say, is that you don't have to put it up. Always think about what's you. If you're not curly, don't go curly. If you usually wear it down, don't go up. Just stick with what's you, and you always want to look your best.
What should I look for in a corsage or boutonniere?
If you are thinking about a corsage to buy for your partner or a boutonniere to buy for yourself, you do not really necessarily have to buy one. So if you are not the type of person who is going to wear a corsage, just let your date know that. Because I know that it is a very traditional thing to do, but it is not something yo necessarily have to do.