Prom Fashion Forecast

By Hadley Green, Neirad Fashion Editor - 05/08
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Bikinis and bathing suit trunks are tucked away from spring break as juniors, seniors (and a handful of lucky sophomores) begin to prepare for the next major school event: prom. Most girls have already begun shopping for their idyllic dress. The best thing about prom is that it is a time to show your personal style as your picture will be taken during “pre-prom pictures” from the flash bulbs of parent’s 200 millimeter Nikon lens. At Darien High School prom attire should be formal dresses. Although this does not mean you have to wear long, floor- length dresses (it’s only a high school dance, not the Oscars.)

Shorter, cocktail style dresses are much more to my liking (considering I do not like my 5’1 frame to be drowning in a Cinderella-style gown.) For a simple, cocktail dress Foley + Corinna designs a beautiful silk dress available in lemon yellow, light blue, and candy purple. This dress is available on www.shopbop.com. If you are feeling a bit more daring and trendy, Ella Moss makes a gorgeous flapper inspired, “Black label Clara Dress,” available in ivory and navy ‘ink,’ also available on Shopbop.

If you are vertically blessed and can pull off a long, stunning gown, Shopbop has many beautiful dresses available. Rachel Pally makes an amazing, Greek inspired “Athena dress” available in white. If you are skeptical about online shopping, a popular prom dress store for many Darien High School girls is BCBG Max Azria. If you do buy your dress at BCBG make sure to buy it fast, in years past many girls have had the same BCBG dress as their classmates, due to BCBG’s limited dress collection. This year BCBG’s dresses have been focusing on floral embellishment, as shown in many of their Silk Chiffon Dresses.

Saks Fifth Avenue also caries a wide variety of beautiful evening dresses, many by designers ABS and Badgley Mischka. If you must have a one of a kind dress (which I am always on the lookout for and it really paid off when I found my dream prom dress in London over April break) consider thrift shopping, and perusing around on eBay. The best dresses are those which are unique and reflect your own personal style.