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Prom by Talia, Teen Blogger

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Eek! It’s  that time of year!

It’s an exciting, but very stressful time. Spring has whizzed by and we’re on the cusp of summer! If you’re a grade 12 student, then you have even more to be excited about (and possibly more stressed about too). There are exams, university applications, graduation, but most excitingly, prom. Now, if you’re like me, you will have had your dress picked out and bought MONTHS ago because you’re just that excited. But maybe you aren’t quite ready for the big night yet. Not to worry, there’s still time, and I’m here to help.

Now, first things first; DON’T STRESS. I know it might be overwhelming trying to find the perfect dress – not to mention figuring out shoes, hair, or heaven forbid the dreadful thought of finding a date. Prom is meant to be fun – and that’s what it will be….so take a deep breath and let’s get on with our list.  

1.       The Dress. This is the biggest one. Everybody wants their dress to be PERFECT. And there are just so many choices! Do you want short? Long? Puffy? Sparkly? Elegant? The possibilities are endless. Make sure you choose something that YOU like. You also want to make sure you are comfortable in it, because you’re going to be dancing. Prom dresses can be expensive, but you do have a couple options to save yourself some cash. Check with some of your older friends – if you are the same size, you could just borrow their old prom dress for the night. You should also look on second hand websites like Kijiji – there are loads of people who want to sell their old prom dresses, and most of them have only been worn once before so they’re practically new.

2.       The Shoes. Though it’s not as hard to find the perfect set of shoes (at least for me!) it’s still a difficult quest in itself. The two main things you want to consider are what colour you want adn whether you want heels or flats. Do you want them to match or complement your dress? Do you want them to blend in so the focus is on your dress, or do you want them to POP?  Make sure you are comfortable in them – I recommend wearing them for a couple days ahead of time to break them in.  

3.       Odds and Ends. This covers everything like hair, makeup, clutches or purses, pictures beforehand, figuring out drives, what to bring etc. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get ready and know how you want to do your hair/makeup before you start. You also want to consider what you want to bring – if anything. I would recommend a little purse with some makeup for touch ups, money, flats if you think your feet will get sore after dancing for a while in heels, and a phone/camera.

4.       The Date. This one is what most people stress over. If you have a longtime boyfriend/girlfriend then it's not really an issue. It's just assumed that you will go with them. But maybe you don't. Then what? There are lots of options. Ask a friend. You don't have to make it a 'date',  just make it a fun thing to do! Remember – you can invite people from other schools or grades to prom so the person you go with could be anyone! If you have a group of friends you could all go together – that way no one even has to worry about pairing up. And last but not least, you can go by yourself. No, I'm serious here! You don't need to go with someone else to make it an awesome night. Go solo, and mingle once you get there. There will be lots of other people doing the same, so you don't have to worry about dancing alone!

 The main thing I'm trying to say is no matter what dress you choose, or if you go with someone or not, prom is supposed to be fun. Prom signifies the end of high school, and growing up and moving out into the world. It's a very exciting time, and I just know that you will have the time of your life!

Talia

Teen Blogger

 

 

 

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