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How To Wear: Vintage Style Prom Dresses

By Sisi Tsoi

Come June and July school is ending for hundreds and thousands around the country and undoubtedly as far and wide as the rest of the world, 5 years of fun, dawdling and incredible buddies has arrived and now is the perfect time to act like a grown-up. What better way to welcome the end than an extraordinary party, prom is on our doorstep and with a vintage style prom dress, you can be the belle of the ball.

Aside from perhaps your wedding day and the occasional ‘prince and princesses’ fancy dress, prom is the one night where you can put on that dress with too many sparkles, rock those too high heels and back comb your hair into the high heavens without anyone saying you’re showing off. If you’re aiming for a more demure look for prom and toning it down on the fake tan and sparkles however, look no further than a vintage style prom dress.

Think Gatsby flapper dresses lengthened and embellished. Whilst 20s dresses are more commonly associated with flapper girls and showing a bit of leg, look for a longer beaded gown to make sure you maintain a modern classy feel whilst still rocking your vintage style prom dress. As fashion heads into the early 30s, dresses are becoming far more wearable and the flapper dress is now much longer.

The center of the 40s transitioning into the 50s sees the presentation of the ‘house wife’ dress, realm line bodices and shin length pleated skirts worn in excess over a slip for texture, dresses for ladies are now suited for their regular life. Pastel coloured tulle and beehives, picture Olivia Newton John at her prom in the film Grease.

Whilst talking about the 70s, there should be a consistent mental picture of psychedelic natural patterns, you can uphold this notion provided that you truly want to bewilder however for a continuously functional and prom suitable look, stick to plain colours yet go all out on texture and material. Chiffon, silk and organza, if it’ll glide in the wind, wear it!

If you’re looking for an edgier Madonna vibe, 80s dresses are the one for you, faux satin polyester and puffball sleeves, you’ll have to have guts to pull it off that’s for certain. If ethereal princess is the look you’re aiming for however, stick to what you know, find a vintage style dress that fits your body shape and makes you feel like a million dollars.

Want to find out more about vintage style dresses for prom, then visit Siren London and browse our collections.

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