Prom is an exciting and memorable event that celebrates the end of a chapter in a young adult’s life. This night is one of the last opportunities you have to dance, dress up, and build memories with your high school class, making it a very special occasion that many look forward to from their freshman year. Though planning your prom may feel overwhelming at times, it should be fun and get you excited for your special night! We created a list of prom myths and misconceptions that you should be aware of in order to help make the process easier and less stressful.
Myth #1: You can’t wear white
A common myth you may have heard is you cannot wear white to prom. Many people correlate white dresses with weddings and feel that a white gown is “too bridal” for prom night. We call nonsense on this logic and encourage girls to explore white for their prom if they like the style. Bridal gowns tend to be more sophisticated with lace, heavy tulle, and intricate detailing. On the contrary, white prom dresses are simpler and sleek, adding elegance to a look without aging a young girl. Although white prom dresses may challenge traditional beliefs, they have become a lot more popular in recent years and we love the look!
Tip: Make sure your accessories and hair are styled to complement the dress in a youthful way.
Myth #2: You can’t wear black
Another (lame) myth we often hear is girls should stay away from black dresses on their prom night. People claim black evening dresses are inappropriate and “too dark” for a young girl. However, this is far from the truth! Black is an elegant and flattering color on everyone and is a great choice to keep in mind during your prom dress hunt. Being a versatile color, black is easy to accessorize and dress up or down. If you are going for a more dramatic look, pair your black prom dress with voluminous hair for a bold and attention-grabbing style. Or, try slicking your back in a bun and tying it together with a glittery hairpiece too add some chic flair.
Tip: Add a pop of color to a black dress with a colorful purse, shoes, or lipstick. Red and white are classic complementary colors to black.
Myth #3: You have to wear heels
All too often, we have girls coming in our store and running straight for the highest pair of heels. Many of our customers are barely able to walk a foot without almost spraining an ankle. Not only is it painfully uncomfortable, but it is incredibly dangerous, too. With a floor length evening dress, there is a higher chance of tripping over fabric which can cause injury and ruin your beautiful prom dress. Most girls end up taking their heels off to dance anyway by the first hour of the night! Therefore, we highly encourage girls to expand their shoe search to include flats and sandals, as well. If your heart is set on wearing heels with your dress, look for shorter heights between 1 and 3 inches so you still get the effect without the risk.
Tip: Buy your shoes a few weeks in advance. A couple of times a week, wear the heels around the house in order to break them in and practice your walk. By the time prom comes around, you will get used to the shoes making it safer and more comfortable! Do not wait last minute!! Also, carry a pair of foldable ballet flats in your purse so when you do switch out of your heels, you don’t have to dance barefoot.
Myth #4: You and your date MUST match colors
It is prom tradition to match the prom dress with the date’s tie. Typically, a color swatch is taken by cutting a small piece of fabric from an inside layer of a dress and giving it to a tux or tie shop to find the exact color match for a vest, pocket square, and/or tie. Though this is the norm, there are plenty of other options to consider, as well.
One option is to match based on complementary colors. Complementary colors are located directly across from each other on the color wheel, as shown below. For example, yellow is complementary to purple and orange complements blue. So, if you were to wear a purple prom dress, you date would match with an orange tie. This is a fun way to switch things up without looking mismatched.
Another option is to match based on patterns. Many prom dresses are not just one solid color; there are polka dots, florals, stripes, and ombre. With these kinds of dresses, the possibilities are endless. You could match based on a specific color in the dress or try to find the whole pattern. We have seen couples in the past make the perfect match using a piece of fabric from a prom dress to create a pocket square on a tuxedo. For multi-colored prom dresses, you can try matching one color of the dress in a vest, another color in the tie, and a third color in the pocket square. This looks great in pictures with the look tied altogether between the dress and the suit. Or, you can choose a solid, neutral color that matches every color of a prom dress.
Tip: Don’t get caught up in prom traditions. Explore your tastes with your date to find something you both like.
Myth #5: All prom dresses are expensive and over-the-top
Prom dresses range in prices depending on the designer, the style, and the detailing. There is a large selection of prom dress options that stay within a reasonable budget. There is no need to spend an arm and a leg especially considering all the other expenses of the night such as make-up, shoes, jewelry, and the cost of the prom ticket itself. We highly recommend our guests to keep a budget in mind when going dress shopping in order to narrow down the search. Oz Boutique carries many beautiful, high-quality and budget-friendly prom gowns to choose from.
Additionally, prom dresses do not need to be extravagant and grand if this does not fit your personality or taste. Sometimes, a simpler dress with minimal accessorizing is all a girl needs to look and feel beautiful on her prom night. But if going all out is your style, then by all means, do what makes YOU feel good!
Tip: Don’t listen to those who say you have to be over the top on your prom night. Also, don’t listen to those who tell you to “tone it down a bit.”
Do listen to your taste. Try on many different dresses and find the one that screams your name and makes you feel most you! At the end of the day, comfort triumphs all.
Myth #6: You can’t wear the same color as another girl
A big myth that we are constantly debunking is the belief that you cannot wear the same color as another girl in your graduating class. We understand the desire to stand out and be original on your prom night but the fact of the matter is, it is almost impossible to avoid wearing the same color as another girl, especially if you go to a larger high school. Do not stop yourself from getting your dream prom dress because you overheard another girl tell her friends she wants to wear periwinkle, too. The way a color looks on one girl may look completely different on another based on several factors. Since it is inevitable, don’t stress over this and focus on your taste instead.
We also understand the fear of wearing the same dress as another girl. To help prevent this, Oz Boutique keeps a prom directory that records what dress a girl bought, the color, and the high school she attends. This way, if another customer wants to buy the same style from the same school, we let them know beforehand.
Tip: Avoid shopping at stores that do not have a prom directory just to be safe.
Myth #7: You have to wear a dress
Wearing a floor-length gown has been the prom standard for years. It is classic, traditional, and preferred by many. However, for those who want to explore different options, there are many possibilities to choose from besides prom gowns. We have had women wear gorgeous jumpsuits to their proms and completely rock the look. There has also been many women who choose to wear an elegant suit rather than a dress. There is nothing wrong with expanding your options, as long as you are comfortable and feel beautiful.
The most important thing to keep in mind is your comfort and whether you feel beautiful and special in your final prom outfit. Whether you keep it traditional or perhaps are looking to make a statement, this is a night you will remember for many years to come so make sure you make it worth remembering!
Be safe, have fun, and take lots of pictures!