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How to Rock a White Prom Dress without Looking like a Bride

In this day and age, girls have literally a world of opportunities available to them to find their dream prom dress. Online, in store, second hand, borrowed, homemade; the list of ways to get your hands on a dress is extensive.

The modern world is also girls’ oyster when it comes to the styles, designs, and patterns of dresses available. Whether you want a gold bedazzled two piece crop top and skirt or a demure sleek black figure-hugging floor length ball gown with silver detailing, in most cases nowadays if you can dream of a dress, you can do it.

With all of these options, it’s no wonder some girls have a hard time making their mind up and settling on a dress. And one of the most common areas where a lot of girls get stuck is picking the color of their dress.

In recent years, pastels have made a comeback and a lot of girls have chosen simplicity over the glitzy neon ball gowns that were common in the 2000’s. While bright dresses can be super fun, it’s also possible to make a statement in a sophisticated design with limited patterning/color.

Something which many people DON’T know is possible though, is wearing white to prom.

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Image: flickr

It is certainly possible to rock pale colors, blush tones, even silver if you’re feeling adventurous…but white? That’s something my mother would say is reserved for my wedding day.

When I was trying on dresses for my senior prom, I tried on a few white dresses. I had stalked them firstly online and loved the elegant detailing, such as lace and rhinestones, that added pizazz without cheapening the look of the dress. But as soon as I tried them on in person I felt, well, like a bride.

If you’re anything like me, who has been raised believing that white dresses are worn solely at weddings, you’ll probably find it hard to branch out and rock one at Prom. But this shouldn’t be the case; there are so many fabulous white dresses out there that could really make your Prom 2016.

So, the question is, how do we differentiate white prom dresses and make their statements sassy and high-school sophisticated instead of something out of My Big Fat Greek Wedding?

Image: flickr

Image: flickr

  1. Firstly, we should look for dresses with powerful accents. A fab way to break up a predominantly white dress is to add a pop of color such as a belt or bodice. Sparkles and rhinestones can also be used to ‘glam’ up a dress, however it should be noted that many wedding modern wedding dresses still have these so it may be useful to choose colored accents such as silver or blush bead work.
  2. Secondly, we should keep our eye out for unique designs. In the last year, we’ve seen stars such as Demi Lovato rock frocks with sheer panels, an excellent way to add a bit of sass to a dress while keeping it modest (but less-so than a traditional bridal look). Taylor Swift has also been a huge style inspiration recently and we can look to her 2016 Grammy’s crop-top & skirt combo for guidance. Choosing a two-piece white dress, with a bodice and skirt or mid-riff showing cut-outs, is a sure way to distinguish yourself from a bride.
  3. Lastly, accessorize, accessorize, ACCESSORIZE! One of the most guaranteed ways to turn a ‘wedding’ type dress into something most definitely not bridal is not by modifying the dress itself, but changing the overall look. There are a number of ways to achieve this, such as bright statement earrings (a must-have 2016 Prom trend), and colourful necklaces and bracelets. Black and white is an ever fashionably-safe option, and adding a black choker and earrings, and single bangle is just one example of how to do this. If you are going for a softer look, look for jewellery in other complimentary colors to white such as peach, baby blue and lavender.

Gone are the days when white dresses should only be worn at the altar.

Consider these steps when choosing your Prom 2k16 look and you will be an age-appropriate yet sophisticated style queen.