Ask Chris: What Should I Wear to My Next Formal?

Dear Chris, Recently it was junior prom at my high school. I had some difficulty trying to find a prom dress as there is no definite guide as to what is an appropriate prom dress or what a fabulous prom dress should be. I was wondering if you had any ideas or examples as to what is prom chic and what isn't. Dear Prom Queen, As far as high school dances are concerned, I would err on the side of something classic, with a nice silhouette, and you can load up with costume jewelry, hair, makeup, and a fake eyelash goes a long way for easy glamor. See if you can find images of Kate Moss at her 30th birthday party – its the epitome of effortless party style in a little black dress, heavy false eyelashes, and like a tophat or something.
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Dear Chris, Recently it was junior prom at my high school. I had some difficulty trying to find a prom dress as there is no definite guide as to what is an appropriate prom dress or what a fabulous prom dress should be. I was wondering if you had any ideas or examples as to what is prom chic and what isn't. Dear Prom Queen, As far as high school dances are concerned, I would err on the side of something classic, with a nice silhouette, and you can load up with costume jewelry, hair, makeup, and a fake eyelash goes a long way for easy glamor. See if you can find images of Kate Moss at her 30th birthday party – its the epitome of effortless party style in a little black dress, heavy false eyelashes, and like a tophat or something.
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Dear Chris,

Recently it was junior prom at my high school. I had some difficulty trying to find a prom dress as there is no definite guide as to what is an appropriate prom dress or what a fabulous prom dress should be. I was wondering if you had any ideas or examples as to what is prom chic and what isn't.

Dear Prom Queen,

As far as high school dances are concerned, I would err on the side of something classic, with a nice silhouette, and you can load up with costume jewelry, hair, makeup, and a fake eyelash goes a long way for easy glamor. See if you can find images of Kate Moss at her 30th birthday party – its the epitome of effortless party style in a little black dress, heavy false eyelashes, and like a tophat or something. If you’re at all feeling resourceful, there’s one outfit that I think about constantly from high school, my friend Leigh wore it to a party we had and I remember that she was in the same predicament you are in. Although it may sound advanced, she wore a neon yellow bra and panties and took her crisp white sheet off her bed, tied it all up and around herself into a swathy mini-dress, threw on a little mule, and that’s it!

I remember this being the absolute HIT on the dance floor - her dress & neon bits glowed under the black light amidst the other girls in long, sad dresses. High school is about having fun and being creative. This was a great option that cost no money and became legendary at Bainbridge High School.

In my opinion, go for the gold with an interpretive bed-sheet toga, but if you’re not feeling the fashion fantasy then stick to something short, strapless, and simple.

xx CB

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