Prom as we know it today has is origins in formal banquets that universities held in spring for their graduating classes. The popularity of Prom increased with American prosperity and the cult of the teenager in the mid-twentieth century. Prom fashion has thankfully become more personal and flexible in recent years - no longer is it required to have your satin shoes dyed exactly to match.
If you are looking for a unique (and handmade) look for prom, Heart of Haute has the options you have been searching for. The layered satin Juliet dress
is romantic and elegant, with floral scalloped lace and a bare back. The Antoinette Dress
covers your shoulders while having a see-through lace back, in burgundy or black.
Looking for a classic 1950s style? The Marseilles dress
can be worn over the shoulder or as a halter. The Milan dress has a vintage shape in a trendy shade of pale green sateen
, or classic black
A vintage prom look requires more than just a dress : hair, make-up and the perfect accessories are needed to complete the image. Retro hair styles are perfect for prom, and you don't have to have long hair. Check out the ultra-popular Vintage Hairstyling Book
, or any of pin-up model Cherry Dollface's hair and make-up tutorials
. If you have naturally curly hair like me, check out Angelique Noire's vintage hairstyle tutorials.
Don't forget a hair flower
or two to add to your updo! The Glamour Girl Shrug
can add a bit of rockabilly or even punk style to your prom dress. For the perfect retro cat eye, I use gel eyeliner
. Give yourself time for a test - it takes a bit of practice. I find that it is easier than liquid, but gives you a sharper, darker line than a pencil. Keep the brush really clean for the best result.
A retro or vintage inspired prom dress is just one of many styles that can help you look (and feel) great on the big night, even if you are old enough to chaperone your friend's kids, like me!