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.