Prom 2012

Leandra Medine | May 21, 2012
Friday’s formal wear post sprawled an entirely different investigation that is actually not all that different at all. All. In the last few months I’ve received loads n loads n lots n tots of e-mails from ladies trying to craft prom outfits. It got me thinking about my prom–I wore a beige mini brocade dress that I found at Intermix with a pair of strappy Jimmy Choo sandals that I had saved up $350 dollars for. They were on sale and that was still considered really expensive in 2007. Fluctuation, people. Yikes. It was so plain and alas, I so loved it. This is because I didn’t really know yet. Know what to take out of fashion for one thing, but also how to use clothing as a canvas to express myself. I can really commend the girls of this day and age for actively seeking advice from people they don’t know so to perfect their alpha-prom outfits because it’s more than just an outfit. It’s a step closer to self discovery. And on a less introspective note, you remember how big a deal prom was, don’t you? To get into the heads of these girls, I thought about what I would wear if I could do it again in my current aesthetic and three characteristic styles came to mind. See the collages below to obtain a little bit of the inspiration–this is a keyword–that went into crafting the respective looks.

Number one was a very formal and full yet ankle length dress worn under a motorcycle jacket to create a magical disconnect. The ankle length leaves room to bust out your most favorite bright shoes, so do that. It’s unconventional, it’s awesome. Photographed you’ll find: a Vivienne Westwood dress, R13 white leather jacket, Tom Binns necklace, and Alaia heels.

Or, forget the dress all together and look to separates. A super swanky skirt can be well complimented by a plain white tee and the right erm, arm party. This also leaves room to add an overtly formal purse, one not unlike the minaudieres featured. I for one, am particularly keen on this guy. Baublebar earrings, Dannijo, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy bracelets, LNA cropped tee, Lanvin skirt from The Outnet, Lanvin and Forever 21 minaudieres, Peter Pilotto x Nicholas Kirkwood heels.

Alas, there’s that jacket again. For a piece of clothing so unique and ultimately somewhat unwearable, there’s something to be said about the amount times I’ve factored this freak into a look. Isn’t there? No? Whatever. The fact of the matter is, prom can and should be the template that allows you, the high school veteran to make a point about the kind of woman you intend to become. Resist societal norms and feed your weird habits. Do it. Junya Watanabe jacket, 3.1 Phillip Lim tank, Prabal Gurung pants, Brian Atwood heels, MR. Dannijo necklace. Okay, bye!