Page Turners: Dress for Prom like a Pro

Image via Flickr user Millie Motts.

Back in the days of yore, when I was a prom-bound, high school senior in need of a dress, I scoured the labyrinth of the internet, hoping to find a dress that was different – something no one else in my small Upstate New York town would have. I found one alright, but I definitely could have benefited from a look at this 1963 Co-ed magazine editorial to be reminded that not all prom dresses have to be full-length or covered in more sparkly beading than a figure skater’s prize costume.

Image via Flickr user Millie Motts.

Image via Flickr user Millie Motts.

If prom’s your thing, what do you hope to wear? Or, what did you wear to prom?


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    Courtney 04/27/2011 at 10:16 am #

    So cute! I wish I would’ve had this 60s influence on my prom choices!

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    Sarah 04/27/2011 at 10:35 am #

    Last year for prom I found a vintage 60s gunne sax dress, It was white corset top with gold stitching a white tulle ball gown bottom. But the best part was the skirt was a ballerina length it was beautiful!

    <3 Sarah

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    Lena 04/27/2011 at 11:15 am #

    I wore a gray strapless minidress and bright red heels. I wanted to keep it simple with a pop of color because I knew that everyone else would be covered in gaudy bows and neon colors, so I would actually stand out a little more than them haha

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    Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries 04/27/2011 at 11:16 am #

    My prom was in the year that Moulin Rouge made it big, so I was wearing a red dress and fishnet stockings! 😀 I´d definitely go for something different today… 😀

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    Katharine Ellis Tapley 04/27/2011 at 3:04 pm #

    First time I went to Prom, I had a very Femme Fatale, clingy velvet number. Still have it, but at some point a mouse chewed on the hem, so I’m going to get it tailored to cocktail length.

    The second time, I borrowed a vintage dress from the 60’s. Lavender with embroidery and floaty, fluted sleeves. Very Flower Child.

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    Jaimelyn 04/27/2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Pretty sure I’d wear any of those, actually.

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    Sara 04/27/2011 at 3:06 pm #

    My proms were mumblemumble years ago, and my mom made both of my dresses. For senior year, I had a vision of a Grace Kelly inspiration, a satin ivory slip dress with a long-sleeved sheer overlay. We took two patterns and put them together to pull it off. We took some extra sheer material to make a long scarf that trailed down my back. It was lovely and no one else was dressed like me! 🙂

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      Loren 05/07/2011 at 5:42 pm #

      My mom made my prom dress last year too. It was a long satin white dress with a petticoat underneath, and a chinese butterfly on the back straps that looked like a tatoo. i also wore long black and white feathers in my hair. i felt really special that my mom had made my dress that was so beautiful!

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    amy 04/27/2011 at 3:06 pm #

    I love these! Some might consider this to be outdated but I think the vintage ideas are coming back to center stage fashion!

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    Rebecca 04/27/2011 at 3:06 pm #

    The dress on the left in the 2nd photo reminds me of (the bottom part at least) of a Marchesa dress I saw on Net-a-porter a season or two ago. Pretty

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    Allison 04/27/2011 at 3:07 pm #

    I LOVE these dresses! I wore a dress similar to the one Princess Belle wore in Beauty and the Beast and I still love it. =)

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    Charlotte 04/27/2011 at 3:43 pm #

    First prom I had a black slinky dress with a mandarin neckline. Very clingy.

    Second prom I had a very typical pale blue a-line prom dress with long silver gloves and a tiara!

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    SarahJayne @ Goldmine Trash 04/27/2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Wow, I love these photos! I never went to prom, but if I did I definately would’ve worn a 50s prom dress. Tulle and ruffles, oh my.

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    Sophie 04/27/2011 at 10:25 pm #

    oh prom!
    One year I wore a tea length green silk dress, with an a-line skirt and surplice top, with some black peep toes with a crystal pin at each tow and crystal(ish) jewelery. The next year I wore a cocktail length black satin dress with a circle skirt and a big bow on the bodice with hot pink heels!

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    Isabella 04/28/2011 at 1:39 am #

    Last year for my prom I wore an emerald green and gold 1960s dress I bought for $25 with a brocade top and silk knee-length skirt. The back had an opening with two bows going across the opening.
    For this year’s prom I found a $65 dress on eBay from the 1980s with black and gold sequins. It has two straps but one strap is made of sequined leaves that go down my stomach and my back.

    Both dresses are gorgeous and I got them for so cheap! 🙂

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    Roxanne the Dainty Librarian 04/28/2011 at 9:47 am #

    I had a lovely tea length light green 50s dress. It had a huge sash around the waist that tied into a lovely bow. I brought it all the way back from New York (I was living in CA) and even had to take it to a Knick’s game because we didn’t go back to the hotel until after. So worth it!

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    Alex 04/29/2011 at 3:19 am #

    I’m wearing strapless dress that is black on the top and then has this floral print on the bottom that I love. I picked it cause I wanted a dress that I would get more then a one day use out off and I wanted to love it! oh but the best part is that it is semi-puffy and it has pockets!!!!

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    Erin 04/30/2011 at 2:05 pm #

    I’m hoping to find a flowy 30s dress, or maybe, if I’m super lucky, a sparkly 1920s dress, which is my favorite style of all. Love these 60s dresses, though.

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    Clair 05/01/2011 at 3:34 pm #

    I’m wearing a romper to my prom! I wanted something I could wear many times after, so a mix of casual and dressy was perfect for me.

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    Jaclyn 05/02/2011 at 6:37 pm #

    I actually got a pale pink dress that looks straight out of Grease. The whole skirt is pink tulle. I got a vintage dress because I wanted to be sure no one else would have it and I’m so glad I did!

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    Victoria 06/24/2011 at 7:44 pm #

    i didn’t care about junior prom so i wore a dress that was on sale from Macy’s. Senior Prom was different. I ordered a dress from Bernie Dexter’s website and had my rockabilly friends do my hair and make up. NO ONE had anything close to my dress and people kept telling me I looked like a movie star. The dress is no longer on the site but it was a gold A line halter dress with black a black meshing over. I loved it.

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