As a girl, I never realized all the quirks that go into getting ready for prom as a guy. However, through my own observations and research on the dissection of a tuxedo, I was able to create a “how to dress for prom guide” for young men.
There’s more that goes into a guy’s appearance than meets the eye. For starters, they must find a fitting tuxedo and comfortable shoes for dancing, coordinate with their date, pick out a corsage and tidy up their facial features.
Here is a step-by-step on how to impress your date for this upcoming prom:
1. Go simple and classy. In today’s fashion, many men are spicing up their black-tie ensemble by wearing a navy blazer with black cuffs or a white blazer with black trousers. While this is flattering for an event like the Oscars, it is safer to settle on the classic black tux with white underlinings for prom. This being said, don’t hold back either, and plan accordingly with your date. If she is wearing a simple, understated dress, then maybe you need to splash a bit of color or print in their with your cummerbund or waist coat. If she is wearing a primary color or it is more your style, then it might be appropriate to wear grey throughout the ensemble.
It is likewise important to remember at this age (14-18) young men are still filling out and growing, so do not buy a tux for one night because it might not fit you the following year. Some stores in the Roanoke Valley, including David’s Bridal and Men’s Warehouse on Valley View Blvd, Jos. A. Bank on Starkey Road and Patina on Electric and Keagy Road, constantly lease tuxedos to men for a variety of events.
Before you visit one of these stores, make sure to call ahead. This will allow you to check their stock and sizes. Also, do not wait until the last minute to rent a tux. Planning ahead can get you a better deal and plenty of options. Once there, choose an ensemble that comes with a single-breasted model jacket (tuxedo jacket that has a single button), a waistcoat, traditional uncuffed trousers, four buttons on the sleeves and a point collar. If you don’t have one already, pick out a belt that matches your outfit as well or make sure you have suspenders because you don’t want to be sagging in the midst of the dance.
While the single-breasted model jacket is the most common for black-tie events, there are other styles that may fit your body type better. If you do choose this style, know that it requires the trouser’s exposed waistband to be hidden by a waistcoat or cummerbund. A less versatile jacket is the double-breasted model, which is designed to be buttoned, while the first model is most likely unbuttoned, hence the hidden waistband. Therefore you would not need to purchase a cummerbund. However it is less practical because the four buttons require gentlemen to unbutton their jackets while sitting down.
To finish off the clothing arrangements, you will need to decide between a necktie and a bow tie. If you are unsure of a preference, ask your date, who may have an opinion. If your date’s dress is simple then think about acquiring a print tie, assuming you have not already purchased a colored waistcoat.
2. Coinciding with color, corsages likewise need to compliment your date’s dress and skin tones. If you haven’t already, ask to see a sample picture of her dress, so you can tell a florist exactly what you need. If you are bold enough, or simply want to flatter your partner, ask her for her favorite flower, and see if you can’t get it. Lastly, keep it simple. From experience I can tell you that bedazzled bracelets not only look pretty with the flowers, but can also snag on her dress. A corsage by definition is a small arrangement of flowers for a girl’s wrist, so oversized corsages can be troublesome when eating and dancing. While you may think simple will send the wrong message, little does your date know that you’re actually doing her a favor.
3. Step three goes beyond the rental stores and back to your bathroom. A man’s hairstyle is key. It is one of a girl’s most favorite features on a boy, and therefore of extreme importance for this exceptional night. Think about getting a hair trim several weeks prior to prom. This way you won’t have too short of a hairstyle, yet you will look fresh and tailored. In addition, make sure to have a clean shave on prom. Some men’s facial hair grows exceptionally fast, even as teenagers, which is why it is important to shave the night prior or day of. And don’t rush! Nobody wants to see a splintered face in their prom pictures. Just like girls use up their final minutes to make the finishing touches before their date arrives, comb through your hair to calm those astray strands.
Prom is one of the most exciting moments for a teenager, so make the most of it. The only way to have fun is to create it. So don’t just throw something together in preparation for one of the biggest evenings of your life. Put some thought and effort into it, so you and your date can smile all throughout the night.
Hats are something that the whole world shares, whether you wear a bowler in England, a tam in Jamaica or a beret in France.
According to the blog, All That is Interesting, the hat became a fashion accessory as opposed to a simple sun-visor when milliners brought about the idea during the early 18th century. One of the first hats to begin this transformation was the French tricorne (3-cornered) hat, worn mostly by military officials. This classic revolutionary look was not only fashionable, but also was designed to act as an umbrella by causing rain to run off the head away from the face. Hats worn by women during this period functioned as indicators of wealth.
100 years later, men began to wear the black top hat, which later transformed into the bowler hat, a slightly shorter and rounded hat. The top hat can be seen today in England, mostly worn at weddings. Women of every class wore bonnets, which had a large brim to contour to the face and offer protection from unwanted onlookers. Jane Austen is notorious for capturing this look in her novels, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.
The most modern hat for men is the fedora, but it was first and foremost fashionable for women when it was introduced in the late 1880s. Fédora was the name of a play written by Victorien Sardou for Sarah Bernhardt. She wore a fedora when she performed as the lead character in 1889, and it soon became the symbol for the women’s rights movement. It didn’t become a fashion statement for men until Prince Edward of Britain wore it in 1924. Since then it has appeared on many media icons like Michael Jackson’s infamous black fedora and Indiana Jones’ brown one.
A dressier descendant of the fedora is the homburg. Whereas the fedora is typically made with wool, the homburg is a felt hat, commonly known for its bound edge and gutter crown (single dent running down the crown). At Dwight D. Eisenhower’s inaugural address in 1953, he broke tradition by dropping the top hat and wearing a black homburg. However, the hat lost its status for a while until Al Pacino wore it in The Godfather. Today, some consider it a more traditional hat than the black fedora.
Perhaps the most common hat exhibited in America is the baseball cap. It is most often associated with baseball players because it was invented to block the sun. The soft cap has a rounded crown and a stiff peak or bill, and is usually made with polyester or wool. When first introduced, the cap was fitted by hat sizes, and it didn’t become the one-size-fits-all until nearly 1980. It has an easily adjustable back, which allows it to be accessible to many different wearers. The “Brooklyn style” cap became popularized in 1900 after the Brooklyn Excelsiors wore it in 1860. The modern hat was established in the 1940s with the addition of latex rubber inside the hat to stiffen it and the elongation of the bill. American baseball players adopted the hat 10 years later.
Evolving from the traditional round brimmed baseball cap, the snapback has become trendy among urban youth and many baseball players. This flat brimmed baseball cap is also more expensive.
One hat that is worn around the world is the knit cap. It is referred to as a stocking cap, toboggan, watch cap, beanie, tuque (in Canada) and bobble cap (with ear flaps). Originally designed to keep seaman and hunters warm, the knit cap has evolved into an all-purpose fashion hat. Traditionally, it is made of wool, but modern manufacturers use synthetic fibers as an alternative.
People have worn this cap since the 18th century, but it varies in its appearance for modern fashions. The classic stocking cap is tapered at the top, and the stretch of the knitting hugs the head, however many prefer to wear it loosely on top of the head. It has either a folded brim or none at all. Some variations have the additions of pom-poms or loose tassels.
There are hats for every walk of life. While they protect people from the UV rays of the sun, the style of hat chosen can display a person’s personality. And even though the name may change across the globe, the hat has always been something that ties people together and represents different cultures.
Ever heard the line "these boots were made for walking, and that's just what they'll do," from one of Nancy Sinatra's one-hit-wonders? Boots are made to walk through snow, hike a mountain, horseback ride and much more, but in recent years, the entire spectrum of boots has made its way to the fashion page.
From combat boots to cowboy boots, teenage girls alike wear boots to school and social events for a comfortable, yet fashionable flare.
Probably the most common boot worn by girls in the upper school is the classic Harness Frye Boot. Sold at $268 on the official Frye website, these boots can be found just about anywhere at a tight range of prices including $258 at Macy's and $208 on amazon.com.
"I like tall leather boots just because of the feel and the way they look," Maddie Robinson ('16) said.
Another common unisex boot is the combat boot. Initially military boots, they were designed to be worn by soldiers during combat or combat training, therefore, they provide a combination of grip, ankle stability and foot protection suitable to a rugged environment. While this is the description of modern day military boots, fashion combat boots are less formally engineered and more feminine in appearance. Major fashion designers, such as Steve Madden, have begun to produce new lines featuring the leathery footwear.
Of course, how could this go on without mere mention of the ever-so-familiar cowboy boot. During the 16th century, cowboy boots were influenced by the vaquero tradition, which was imported from Spain to the Americas. They soon became the work shoes for cattle drivers in Texas and Oklahoma. Eventually these riding boots evolved to the equestrian boots seen today, ranging from simple and conservative to lacy and brilliant.
Cowboy boots sold at Country Outfitter range from below $100 to over $200, and carry brands like Frye, Justin, Durango and Ariat.
"A lot of things have strayed from its original use, and it's a sense of fashion," Jack Fishwick ('16) said.
Prom, prom, where art thou formality?
Originating from the word promenade, meaning a march of guests at the beginning of a ball or other formal event, prom has strayed from its original purpose.
Proms were initiated over 100 years ago by the Northeastern bourgeois, who wished for their children the same etiquette education as elites in debutantes. These balls were chaperoned and held for mainly college students in their senior year.
In the 21st century, prom is given the same context as a dress-up party for upper-class youth. However, upon prom's arrival to high schools at the beginning of the 20th century, couples would arrive to the event in their church clothes (this meant no expense spared on a new dress or tuxedo for that matter), converse and drink tea with other couples and of course dance. Not until the '30s did the social event become more of a party with the accessibility of motor vehicles to youth. With this new independence, prom began to drop below the standards concerning its formality.
Between the '50s and '80s, social status began to dominate prom. It was now essential to arrive with "le plus beau" date of opposite sex. Girls became preoccupied in the search for the perfect dress, and the seniors and juniors attending the dance now had a classier location to boogie than the school gymnasium. Student presidents were required to come up with a prom theme. Prom queens were a new attribute to the stellar night as well.
"Well first I like to go get my nails done. Then I do my makeup and I like to curl my hair, which takes awhile. After, of course, you need to put some perfume on to smell good," said Lissa Smith ('16), who like many, already had a dress picked out at the beginning of April.
If anyone is to blame for the obscene dancing or rise of social hierarchy importance, it's Hollywood, which happens to be the criminal suspect for most teen illegalities. Modern movies and TV shows such as Glee, Never Been Kissed, Mean Girls and even Disney's High School Musical 3 stress the importance of prom in some fashion. Something inevitably goes wrong whether it's the awkwardly chosen prom queen and irresolute relationships in "Glee" or the no-show date in High School Musical 3."It is a tradition for the junior class to prepare the prom," said Madame Emma Greenwell, referring to the school she formerly taught at. "It is a BIG deal: they start raising money in 9th grade and everything (the theme, the location) is kept secret. We spent about $6,000 for the prom. I believe that spending so much money for one single night is completely silly. Seeing the kids all dressed up is fun however. Everyone looks happy, parents (so many pictures) and students."
Outlandish, pricey, contentious, gleeful and lascivious are all different adjectives relating to the activities and over all representation of the modern prom. "Bad corsages, really big hair on my dates, and awful pictures," is what history teacher Christopher Greenwell remembers thinking about the occasion.
That being said, prom should not be looked down upon despite its imperfections. Just ask the girls for instance. While it can be argued that the overall prom has lost its formality between grinding and the unceasingly shorter dresses (naked ankles in the early 1900s to above the knee in the 2000s), there are still some traditions that keep it in balance. The routine of getting ready for the big night has been such a tradition since the 1950s that the idea of returning to a socialized get-together, similar to the banquettes in the early 1900s, to get rid of inappropriate dancing has many students with their noses turned up. Many feel cheated. There was a dwindling number of students that showed up to homecoming in the fall because they were not able to dance their way. Of those who showed up, it was just to get their picture taken, and after 30 minutes, it was time for the after party.
SCA is taking the initiative on getting everyone (meaning upper class men) to come to prom this year and to stay for awhile. This year's prom theme, as many of you know, is "Prom, James Prom." While this is the signature saying in the 007 movies, the theme specifically refers to the twenty-first film Casino Royale with Daniel Craig as the James Bond. Sterling Moskal ('15), a member of SCA, is the master mind behind the theme name. The seniors, juniors and many sophomores will make their way to Fishburn Manor on April 26 to dance and more.
"I think we choose Fishburn Manor pretty often because it is a small and intimate space which is perfect," said Nicole Chaney ('14), also a member of SCA. "Since North Cross is so small and there will only be about 60 kids at prom, there's no reason to have it in a large space. Also, the layout is really nice - there are separate rooms so that the games and food can be in one room and the dancing can be in another room."
Prior to the evening of the event, SCA members in charge of set-up will be at Fishburn getting the poker games ready, unknown prizes accounted for and the DJ ready to turn-up.
"For my Junior Prom, I forgot the tickets and had to drive all the way home to get them," Christopher Greenwell said. "About one hour round trip. I was already out of my league with my date, so, not surprisingly, she was not amused."
“For my Senior Prom, the soccer team was playing in the AAA State Semi-finals on Prom Night," Christopher Greenwell continued. "We got completely crushed in the game, but all of our dates were in the stands in their prom dresses - my date, a friend of my sister's, was actually lovely and wore pink with her mother's pearls; the poor corsage was completely wilted by the heat by the time we all got to the dance."
Everyone knows the "selfie"—which was the word of the year for 2013— when it comes to Instagram, but do these selfie takers really realize what they're saying about themselves?
When you're feeling good about your outer appearance, naturally you want to show off. This has led to the current statistics that nearly 80,000 posts have been hash-tagged #selfie and 6.5 thousand people have hash-tagged #selfiesunday on social media's Instagram, popular amongst teenagers and adults.
Hash-tagging is a link established when placing a pound sign in front of any word under a picture. Pressing on the hashtag will lead the viewer to all pictures with the same hashtag.
The art of taking a selfie is a cinch, but there are several different ways it can be accomplished. Often, selfie pertains to a girl with her hands on her hips, chest out, angled face, and either a sweet smile or duck face.
After the pose is accomplished, the click sounded, a filter is placed, and the button is, share, pressed; all that awaits is the feedback. If the selfie taker receives good feedback, such as "you're so gorgeous!" or "can you stop being so pretty?" more than likely they will respond with "no that's you!" or "awww thanks."
These compliments in the comments under the picture are just what the selfie taker was banking on, and these responses become a slight boost of confidence. The selfie taker is now assured to be satisfied with her outer appearance. If no one had commented though, it could have acted as a depressant and subconsciously lower the selfier's self esteem.
"I think that girls who do post selfies on Instagram are desperate for attention and want to show off their body," Zander Theoharis ('16) said.
While guys embrace the pros and cons of girls' posts, they would never think twice to do the equivalent.
"When I put up a sort-of-selfie it's usually always pictures when I was younger
because I would feel stupid if I took a picture of myself now and put it on Instagram," Jordan Lowery ('16) said. "If it is not a picture of me when I was younger, it's either a joke or I lost a bet."
While the art of selfie taking is most common amongst teenagers, adults embrace the activity as well. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister, Helle Thorning Schmidt posed for a picture, otherwise known as a selfie, at Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa, which became a media sensation.
Selfie-taking can be taken at inappropriate times or in inappropriate ways, but it is also a positive attribute of social media. When traveling to a new country, reuniting with old friends or participating in an activity completely brand new, what better way to capture the moment than to snap a quick picture and share it with your friends?
"I think that us guys post baby pics because we like to show cute pictures,” said Theoharis, agreeing with Lowery, “and I believe it gives us a little amount of pride that others usually find these baby pictures cute.”
A woman's clothing can have its own voice: skater girl, classy, hippie, tomboy. It's our way to show off our personality to the public without starting up a conversation.
How many of you out there are addicted to high-end fashion though? Attending a private school can cause stress amongst young woman when their brand of clothing could determine their social status and friendships. How many of you see at least five girls or boys wearing a British brand $200 Barbour jacket each day in the halls? $150 Uggs? $300 Frye boots?
It's granted that every Christmas, more or less, 400 parents of the school's students are bombarded with requests and pleas for gifts that leave them with lighter wallets. The truth is that most of these students will receive these expensive footwear and clothing lines, but what about the minority of the student body?
It is naturally assumed that an attendant of North Cross has parents that are "rich." When the new dress code was introduced at the beginning of the school year, the idea that Lands’ End clothing had to be purchased was imprinted in every teen's mind. Many students have parents that send their children to a private school because they believe in the better education, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they have the income to purchase their children high-end fashion.
Fashion envy is a natural apprehension amongst young women when others are constantly indulging themselves with clothes by Ralph Lauren, totes by Longchamp, and activewear from Lululemon, just to name a few brands.
Private schools tend to have more confined classrooms so jealousy over someone's new outfit can be even more toxic by seeing them everyday in the halls. Between the girls you envy at school, favorite celebs and teen magazines, there's a build up of desire for accessing new clothes.
Every girl dreams about the perfect outfit, but often these illusory looks have a more than realistic price tag. Although this doesn't always have to be the case with stores like Goodwill, New to Me in Grandin Village, Plato's Closet and many other retail or consignment stores in the New River Valley. Make a switch to waiting a month after a new product is released in order to save a couple bucks and feel good about acquiring the product.
Friends with dispensable wallets can create uneasiness when they always want to go out on the weekends to see an $11 movie. Suddenly, you are overwhelmed and have to face the problem of how you present yourself.
Do you admit that you simply cannot afford the inflation of movie tickets over the past several years or do you continue to add to the debt to your parents? It's hard to admit that you don't have the fiancees for such indulgences to friends and even yourself. But instead of barring yourself with shame and envy, admit your conditions to your friends who should understand and invite them over for some frozen pizza and streamed movies on Netflix.
If your friends obviously do not understand the circumstance, then are they saying that money is the source of the friendship? Many of these girls believe that buying a pair of expensive stud earrings will automatically insure them popularity. Purchasing look-a-like earrings from Walmart contradicts this idea when you can look just as glamorous without the bigger bill.
Your true friends lead you by example. If they're wearing a North Face, naturally, you want a North Face. If the whole high school has a Barbour jacket, you don't think twice to look at that pretty price tag. It becomes a requisite instead of an admirable flap of wool to protect oneself from the cold. Honestly? Roughly 90 percent of the student body could reduce their parents' credit card bill significantly if they allowed themselves to not let in the what-ifs about others' opinions.
Challenge yourself to be different and ask for a 20 something dollar jacket from Target instead of a 200 something dollar jacket from a brand made in England. Odds are whether you purchase the Target or Barbour jacket, they're both made from the same materials in South East Asia. So, embrace yourself and go against the flow. Fashion can be an art from head to toe, literally. Leaders lead by example, but when the team captain is flaunting their expensive new pair of whatever, lead yourself to be different and courageous.
As many of you know, all these topics intertwine with one another when it comes to women. The main issue at hand: money, fashion envy and staying true to yourself. When you finally accept yourself and your circumstances, all these problems will solve themselves because you will be fashionable according to you and more frugal depending on the stores you continue to shop at. You will no longer be a fashion follower but a fashion leader. So lastly, spread the word for those who do so will lead with greatness and admiration.
Name: Rosalie List
Date: Dec. 5
Where to Find the Look: Belk and JCPenney
Trademark: "My trademark would have to be headbands. I have many different types and colors and I think it adds some style to the dress code."
What Appealed to Me: When you are sitting down with a bunch of girlfriends, are they wearing just a shirt and pair of pants? NO! Girls young and old thrive on their accessories, and Rosalie List can be distinguished by her multitude of embellishments. Ranging from scarves to headbands to footwear, List can pull off just about anything when dressing up the dress code.
"One of my favorite accessories of hers is probably her long, multi-colored
scarf," said Natalie List ('17), Rosie List's younger sister. "It's very subtle and can look good with almost any solid color shirt! I wear it whenever I get a chance!"
The majority of women have a set style whether it is preppy or more casual and laid back. List can bring both fashion trends to her pallet. Her Ked's and casual attire set the tone for a more relaxing day whereas her tall boots from JCPenny matched with a red, formfitting Patagonia jacket resemble the essence of a school day.
"I usually wear what I think looks best or what is most comfortable," List said. "If one of my friends comes to school in something new and cute, I'll usually try it out for myself."
No matter what nifty accessories List shows off, she has always been known for her diversity of headbands, especially since the installation of the new dress code.
"[I bought] some of my favorites at the Stocked Market, which was at the Roanoke Civic Center a few weeks ago, or at stores in the mall," List said.
Her low tariff and fashionable doodads leave her piers ewing and awing as well.
"It amazes me the great boots she finds at such affordable prices," Evans Schmedje ('14) said. "If only I could go shopping with Rosie!"
With all the red and golden leaves that have fallen, the winter cold begins to set in, and as a result a layering of clothing, whether it's for school or a holiday party, has become a necessity.
A popular trend beginning to blossom is a simple knit vest on top of a collared shirt. Vests are featured at stores such as J Crew, H&M and Target. This warm stylish overtop is great for any occasion.
Flannel shirts for $30 at H&M’s online store make a good match with a modest $13 knit sweater when folded at the cuffs to show a little pop of color. As for school, this look can be matched with a black or red heavy crew sweater at $25 and a plain-Jane white polo.
This look can only go so far, however, without a down coat when taking the first step out of the door of a cozy 76-degree living room into the winter breeze.
To keep one from retreating back indoors, a quick visit to Dick’s Sporting Goods store will put a stop to the suffering of chill bumps. Continuing on with the layering trend, the North Face has created the 3-in-1 tri-climate jackets, averaging at a price of $299.
Before the winter gets too cold, you can find the same great outerwear at discount stores like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Ross. You can even find last-season Patagonia and Marmot among all the Columbia fleeces for half the price of retail. The selection may not be as good, but you can make money go a lot further at these stores. TJ Maxx is abundantly stocked with Patagonia's nano-puff insulated jacket at $199, Marmot's melia-down at $165 and many other name brands. These jackets leave enough room on the inside for a Columbia full-zip, lightweight fleece ranging from just $40 to the average $99. As many have just realized, that can be a nearly $100 difference in savings.
Attending a private school can create the feeling of importance for obtaining the top of the line apparel or top brands like the North Face or Patagonia, so perhaps a switch is in need in order to buy or receive more than one Christmas present.
H&M will be joining the Valley View Mall soon, and the options it will bring will include a puffy-down coat at just $80 or school color pea coats at $40. At the Delia's online website, quilted riding jackets at $35 and belted wool coats with fur hoods from $66 to $81 can be found.
Land's End has been described as expensive, boring and ugly by the student body. What they may not realize are the other clothes outside of the uniform page. Yes, many of their choices can be expensive, but this can be contradicted with the women's core down coat at $79 and the wool pea coat of $99.
Well this may give a few worthy notes for outwear, but what about other forms of layering. Accessories such as scarves and boots put up a fierce fight against the wind and snow. Rain boots can be used for the snow as well, and they turn into a winter boot with the $10 Target fleece liners. Other winter boot socks to layer on top of tights or jeans can be found there as well at the same price.
To finish off the warm yet stylish winter throw is an infinity scarf that can be found practically at any store starting at $5.
When some hear the phrase "life cycle," they might reflect back on their biology class and define it as the phases that animals and humans undergo throughout life.
But fashion trends follow a similar “life cycle.” In fact, many teenagers have been exposed to the same clothing trends their parents wore 40 years ago.
"We would wear big legged pangs with our platform shoes, and straight jeans opposed to skinny jeans with wallabies in the '70s," said Patrice Sanders, mother of Bailey Sanders ('16) and Middle School Crosswalk teacher. "I also see familiar clothing styles at La De Da in downtown Roanoke.
“There are many comfy and loose shirts that remind me of the embroidered gauze shirts I used to wear as a teenager. Another trend today is the curled hair which I believe is a takeoff from Farrah Fawcett hair."
The bouncy curls, which first premiered in Charlie's Angels, are achieved today with a wand curling iron. While moccasins were not a common trend during the '70s, Sanders remembers having fringed purses which continues a commonly used accessories for teenagers of this day and age.
The high-waisted jeans featured in Urban Outfitters stores, American Eagle and practically every store nationwide are not a new idea developed by designers on the runway. This style of jeans and jean shorts was first hip in the '70s and '80s.
This past year has re-introduced the lace-up boots for women. The classic mid-calf, lace-up leather boot was as popular between 1900 and 1910 as it is today. While the boots may have been more feminine looking nearly a century ago, the same basic design is still being used in the 21st century.
Other styles of shoes that have been recycled include ballerina flats from the '50s and penny loafers from the ‘80s. Both styles of soles can be matched with a pair of cute jeans or a nice dress, which makes them very realistic shoes.
Western boots have also become quite popular among all ages of women. Yes, we all know that cowboys and cowgirls wore these iconic boots, but how did they start to reappear everywhere in this day and age. I just purchased my first pair of cowboy boots after pleading to my mother that I was behind on this bandwagon trend. These boots were actually the "in" shoes during the '70s.
There is a lot that goes into making homecoming the perfect night: the hair, the dress, the tux, the makeup, the cute photos and to make the dance sprightly among friends and dates.
The color trend for the 2013 Raider homecoming was very apparent amongst the sea of black dresses alongside the common black tuxes.
"I think this year's dress has to be my favorite,” said Morgan Clark (’14), who went against the identical crowd. “I loved how the front and back were navy and the sides were green- those are my two favorite colors.
"Also I like simple dresses, and I really liked the back of my dress, how it laid and how it wasn't tight. The back had a nice detail, almost like a scoop-neck which made it cute, yet simple."
As for accessories, which every girl needs, Clark snagged her nude, cork platform, 4-inched wedges for a steal at the J. Crew warehouse sale for $50 a few months ago. She also wore tortoiseshell hoop earrings, which she describes as a fun accessory to go with a two-tone dress that she found at a boutique in Charlottesville.
"I really liked Meg Evett's dress," said Clark, referring to her favorite dress at the dance. "It was so cute with the bow in the front, and I also really liked the colors- gold and black. I thought she looked so good in it!"
Styling up her shimmery gold and black dress from lulus.com, Meg Evett ('15) wore a pair of three inch black heels from the Cobler's Wife and her grandmother's ring.
"I was nervous how the dress would look," Evett said, "because I ordered it online and wasn't able to try it on before hand, but I ended up loving it!"
When many ideate homecoming, they think about all the fuss it goes into tracking down the perfect dress, but what about the girls' hair and makeup. Of course, for some girls, like Hope Pollock ('15), a little straightening of the hair and a dash of makeup does the trick. For others though, the task may be a little more time consuming.
"I like curly hair because it's fun and bouncy," said Jane Ward ('16), who took one and a half hours to curl her hair when getting ready with friends.
Madison Macher (’14) used a curling iron, a straightener, a blow dryer and of course a brush to complete her homecoming hair.
"It took me about 45 minutes [to get ready],” Macher said, but I was with my friends so we were easily distracted.”
Macher also completed her look with a fresh face of makeup. She learned the arts of applying makeup from her good friend Thomas Dunn, who owns Thomas Dunn Studios.
Cris Sanllehi ('16), who joined the sophomore class this year, enjoyed her first homecoming dance in her black, opened back dress. Sanllehi bought her dress at the store Brandy in Barcelona, Spain. The silky, comfortably fit dress was paired with black two and three quarter inch heels with fringe in the front, which she borrowed from Campbell Lake ('16). Sanllehi's earrings, she found at La De Da in downtown Roanoke, highlighted the dress perfectly with a touch of silver.
"My first homecoming was good,” Sanllehi said. “I liked how people celebrate it before the dance by having the dinner and giving the flower to the boys, and they give the girls the bracelet with the flower.”