What I wore and my experience
This year was my first year going to prom since I am a high school Junior. I love any event where I get to dress up or buy a new outfit, so I couldn’t wait for prom. I was excited to go dress shopping and get my hair done. This year the prom was on March 30th, which is the day before my birthday. I wanted to celebrate my birthday on prom night at midnight with my friends. Instead of going to prom with a date, I went as a group with my friends Holland, Alex, and her boyfriend, which was nice because it was less stressful and awkward than going with someone just for the sake of a date or photo to post.
Over winter break, I went on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia, and I decided to head to Lenox Square to “look” in Bloomingdales. Knowing that prom was months away and prom dresses haven’t even been put on display yet I was still curious to check. So, of course, I went straight to the dress section. The gowns were displayed by color, and within 10 minutes I had six dresses to try on. The first dress that caught my eye was a blue, strapless, Halston, dress. However, I knew it wouldn’t look good on me because of my body shape, but that didn’t stop me from trying it on. After trying on the six dresses, the one that caught my eye was my favorite and surprisingly flattering. It was perfect; it wasn’t too flashy, low cut, or tight, it was elegant. The front of the dress was simple with a side slit. The back of the dress was draped and ruffled to create a train. Knowing that this dress would be unique and probably the best I could find I bought it.
The next thing I had to figure out was finding a perfect pair of shoes. Since I am 4 foot 11 inches, I knew I had to wear high heels that were somehow comfortable and fashionable. I also knew that I was going to have to get alterations well in advance which required me to find shoes ASAP. So, I got in the car with my mom and my prom dress and we took a trip to Designer Shoe Warehouse. I tried on so many shoes with different styles- clear, rhinestone, nude, yellow, pink, and more. After trying on tons of shoes, I found a pair that were the perfect match for my dress. They were silver with overlapping straps and rhinestones.
But my outfit wasn’t complete. I needed to find the perfect pair of earrings that matched my shoes. I wanted a pair of rhinestone earrings that were dangly, so, I went to an antique shop. I found a pair of vintage rhinestone earrings that were the shape of a teardrop. Knowing that they would complete the look, I bought them.
Now that I finished putting together my outfit, I had to think about a hairstyle that would go with the style of my dress. Luckily, one of my best friends, Alex, who works with me, can do an excellent job at styling hair. On prom day I told her to do whatever she thought would look good. We went with a curled, half-up and half-down look with a side braid. A few hours later my hairstyle was complete and she did an amazing job. Throughout prom season she continued to do hair for more girls going to prom.
At around 4:30 that day prom finally arrived. I went to pick up Holland to go to get pictures at the Horseshoe at USC with all of my friends. After prom pictures, Alex (who did my hair) and her boyfriend joined Holland and me for dinner. We went to Villa Tronco and had a wonderful Italian meal. Around 8:45 we went to prom at the SC State Museum. The prom wasn’t what movies portrayed. In fact, it as it was the opposite and kind of boring. We danced to one song and by 9:30 we left to change outfits for the afterparty. Around 11:30 we all left the afterparty and we went to Kaminsky’s (which is a dessert shop), in the Vista to celebrate my 17th birthday where some other friends joined us.
By 2:00 a.m. on March 31st, prom night was over, I was finally 17 and the night over. Even though prom was not what I expected, I have no regrets. It was quite the experience; I learned new lessons, made memories with friends that I will cherish forever, and found a dress that I will never forget.