How to Prepare for Prom (for Girls)

With the end of the school year on the horizon, now is the perfect time to start getting prepared for the prom. While there are plenty of you out there that are calm and stress free about this event, there are just as many of you that freak out and pull your hear anytime someone mentions the word. So what can you do to make the prom easier on yourself? Prepare. And prepare some more. Preparation is key to ensure your prom is the most fun and memorable night that you and your friends will have. We would like to take some of the burden of your shoulders and offer some suggestions on finding the right dress, preparing your makeup and hair, and finding the right shoes and accessories.

The Prom Dress


This is the single most important item for your prom night as it sets the tone for the rest of your ensemble. The biggest piece of advice that can be offered here is to buy your dress in advance. Prom starts for everyone around the same time of the year, so you will have more to choose from if you start looking at the beginning of April. When choosing a dress it is important to remember that it will look the best when it compliments your body type, skin and hair tone, and you are comfortable wearing it. There is no need to buy something that you can hardly breathe in when wearing it, much less move. You should also consider buying a dress you can wear more than once if possible. For 2009 there are many styles and colors of dresses that are “in.” Bright colors such as orange and yellow are popular as well as features like sequins, feathers, and lace. Be sure to try the dress on and walk around in it. You will want to do this frequently, say every couple weeks leading up to the prom.

Hair and Makeup

Honestly, it would be very unwise for you to decide to dye your hair the night before the prom, hopefully for obvious reasons. Any experiments whether it is your hair, makeup, or tanning should be done at least a month ahead of time so you can fix or adjust anything that is needed. For those seeking professional help, it is very important to plan ahead. Much like buying your dress, everyone is scheduling to get their hair and nails done at the same time. Beat the crowd by scheduling ahead and confirming your appointment at least once if not twice before you actually go in. If you are on a budget, have a good friend come over a couple weeks in advance and try a couple styles so that you can pick the one you like best. That way you do not run into any surprises the day of the prom.

Treat makeup the same way as your hair. Schedule all appointments in advance and confirm. Make sure you try on different shades of makeup, preferably while wearing your dress. You want to find a color that compliments your skin tone and highlights your dress, not steal the show. The saying “less is more” has never been more true than tonight! If you are doing your own hair and makeup be sure to do a couple trial runs first. This is to make sure everything looks good and will compliment you perfectly as well as catch any flaws you may not like. Doing this will make the night of the prom a breeze as you have practiced and perfected your look.

Prom Shoes & Prom Accessories

Although shoes are at the bottom of your body and the bottom of this list, do not let it sit at the bottom of your list of priorities. Your shoes will not only have to compliment your dress, but your feet as well. And you will be dancing if not standing for several hours. When trying on shoes, take a walk around the store and wear them for a bit. Do the same thing at home as well when trying on your dress. Try them on and walk in them for an extended period of time to make sure it does not hurt to wear them. And per the trend we started earlier, prepare and buy them in advance. Give yourself time to take them back and start the process over again if needed.

As far as accessories are concerned, treat them in the same manner as makeup. Wear only the amount needed to achieve the look you are after. And if you are borrowing them, be sure to ask a couple weeks in advance so you can try them on with your whole outfit.

Now Have Fun

While getting ready for prom can seem like a stressful event, it really can be easy if you prepare in advance. The idea of the prom is ultimately one last “hurrah” before the end of the school year with your date and closest friends. Do not let something as simple as a dress or hair style ruin that. We hope that in some way our suggestions on dresses, hair and makeup, and shoes and accessories have made the path to your prom that much easier. Enjoy!