Pretty in Pink Prom


Photo by Meredith Pirtle

Do not be afraid to be you.

What do you think when you hear the word “prom”? Big hair? Glamorous dresses? High heels? If you are anything like me, you hate all of those things, but that does not mean you can not go have the time of your life at prom. The thing most teenagers do not know is that prom does not have to be all of those things; you can make it whatever you want. This is a lesson I learned from Molly Ringwald in the classic 80’s movie Pretty in Pink. Her character, Andie, sewed her own prom dress instead of wearing a stereotypical gown like everybody else. She strutted into that prom completely confident in herself, despite the fact that she looked different from the other girls. If that is not inspiration, I do not know what is.
When searching for your perfect dissimilar prom dress, do not be afraid to dip into different decades. I found my 70’s style dress at American Threads at The Collection. Prom dress styles have evolved greatly through the years, so what is the point of staying in the current trend when it is bound to change? Do not be discouraged if you get to prom and think your dress is not fancy enough. Your dress can be as fancy or as simple as you want; prom does not have a dress code. It is all about the confidence you have when wearing that dress. If you are a simple gal, get a simple dress. If you are a lover of all things vintage, borrow your mom’s prom dress and wear it with the same courage and fearlessness that she did back in 1985. Do not be afraid to be you.
One of the hardest things you will ever do in life is dance in heels, walking in them is hard enough. Girls spend too much money buying a pair of heels that they will eventually take off at prom anyways; where the sense in this is, I do not know. If you are a rationalist, like me, you will agree that this is silly. Your dress usually covers your feet, so wear a pair of comfy sandals or flats, so you do not have to dance barefoot on a dirty dance floor.
Prom is an exciting time to have fun and express yourself; you just have to be bold enough to be different.