Primp and Pamper Yourself to Prom Dress Perfection!

The month of April has rolled into May, and for many people this means that high school proms will be getting underway, with a full attendance of girls draped in fancy dresses with corsages either on their wrists or pinned to their gowns, and boys looking strapping and dapper in formal tuxedos.

Most everyone knows that the prom, a formal dance or gathering of high school students, is a major, significant event in teenagers’ lives. As prom themes and locations may change from year to year, one fact remains certain: girls deck themselves out from head to toe for the special event that they will remember for a lifetime. Traditionally, girls wear floor length or shorter dresses or gowns, spectacular jewelry such as earrings and a necklace, and this may even be the first time that they try to rock a great pair of high heels. Also, many females getting themselves ready for prom will be dabbing on perfume, curling or styling their hair and painting their faces with various shades of eye shadows, lipstick and blush!

Once a girl has been asked to the prom, her first question is usually “What am I going to wear?” And the hunt at various department stores and high end dress shops begins!



At prom, a Prom Queen and Prom King may be revealed. These are honorary titles awarded to students chosen in a school-wide vote prior to the prom, and are usually given to seniors. Every girl at the prom deserves to feel like the queen, and adorning yourself in the perfect dress that enhances your figure and allows a glimpse into your personality helps to bring regal royalty to all of you who are in attendance!


In Britain, Canada and Australia the terms formal and grad are most commonly used for occasions equivalent to the prom, however, the term prom has become more prominent in the United Kingdom and Canada due to the influence of American television and movies. In Ireland and Australia, the prom is known as a Debs, which is an abbreviation of debutante ball.

Prom Fun Fact:  Due to the prom traditions that have become almost mandatory to students, a certain standard of dress, a high class dinner meal, the cost of tickets, a limousine to chauffeur the students to the designated prom location, in 2012 in the United States, the cost of the prom averages $1,078.00 per family.

Do I hear any parents shouting, “Volkswagens never looked so good!”

Floor length and ankle length gowns are the most popular choice of dress for the majority of females attending prom, but fancy, shorter prom dresses are just as fashionable and less cumbersome to move in or dance in.


For lots of girls, prom may be the first time that they will be strutting their gorgeous selves in a high heeled shoe, or at the very least, one of the few times. For those of you who read my blog often (and thank you!) you know that I am a high heel shoe lover, and the higher the heel, the happier that I am. However, I do realize that not everyone prefers high heels or has an easy time staying steady on their feet when wearing stilts!

Whether you slip your princess toes into one inch heels or six inch heels (or maybe you just prefer flats), there are numerous fancy low heeled and high heeled shoes available that you will most likely be able to find the perfect shoe to highlight your perfect dress.


Note:  If you select a dress that is a unique color that is hard to match, there are materials of shoes that can be dyed to the exact color of your gown!


If you fall into the category of females that do want to wear exceptionally high heels yet you feel that you can’t walk gracefully or walk much at all being inches off of the ground, why not try an ultra fancy wedge shoe? Your fabulous feet will still be stepping out in stylish splendor, but you will be walking more flat footed, allowing you to easily keep your balance.

You want your date to fall for you, not for you to fall flat on the dance floor!


In the 20th century, proms have worked their way down from college gatherings to high school extravaganzas. In the early 1900s, proms were a simple tea dance where high school seniors wore their Sunday best. In the 1920s and 1930s, prom expanded into an annual class banquet where students wore party clothes and danced afterwards. As the years progressed, where the high school gym may have at one time been an acceptable setting for proms, the prom has gradually moved to hotel ballrooms and pricey country clubs.

Today, competition for the prom has intensified, as teens strive to have the best dress, and, by their standards, the best looking date. Whoever is the best person for you is by far your best looking date!


The high school prom becomes a whole lot more fun and a whole lot more meaningful when you go as couples, in groups, experiencing your big night with all of your BFFs and best buds!


The prom is a time to shine! Whether you select a tight, slinky gown or a flowing ball gown, the cut and color of your preferred dress should accentuate all of your good features!

You are the queen of the dance!





Today, prom continues to be a notable event in the social climate of high schools. Popular movies and novels thread in prom scenes, prom dates and prom kings and queens. In some areas, certain rules of prom are becoming more lax, with many schools now allowing individuals or single groups to attend instead of couples.

How about Stephen King’s 1976 film (adapted from his novel) Carrie? There’s a high school prom for you! Hopefully you’ll have a better time at your prom than Sissy Spacek had at hers!

Whatever you decide to wear to your prom, the prom is a memorable event that will leave you with lasting memories, so select the best dress that works for you.

I’m, shall we say, not fresh out of high school, and I can tell you in vivid detail what I wore to my junior prom and what I wore to my senior prom! (Perhaps having pictures to look back on helps with the visual imagery of all of the details!).

Prom is the time to enjoy yourselves, loosen up, laugh, dance and have a dandy good time. Being draped in gorgeous gowns and dazzling duds helps you achieve this goal!




Prom is your night, your moment, your memory! Primp and pamper yourself to prom dress perfection!

Prom Not So Fun Fact:  No dance is worth going in debt over! In this economy where so many families are tight on money, there are fabulous stores that donate prom dresses to schools, mainly seconds stores that carry beautiful dresses, etc., where you can find adorable, alluring dresses that are free or are affordable to those on a tight budget!

It isn’t the cost of the dress that matters, but who is inside of the dress that truly matters!

But we all know, prom is a time to dress fantastically and to look your absolute best!

For the boys, you leave girls pretty breathless when you’re dressed all spiffy and fine in your black, white or blue (or whatever color of choice) formal wear. When you pair your trendy clothes with brightly colored ties or bow ties, fancy vests and shiny shoes, you will make your dates melt, or swoon at best!

Young love, isn’t it grand?

Dance the night away in style and simply enjoy yourself for awhile!

It’s prom. It’s your night. Dress it up right!

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of investigatory work and her fetish for fashion into her novels. Visit Nancy on her author website, her author/fashion/style blog, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.


About authornancymangano

Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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