It’s amazing what five years and puberty can do. #GloUp
“Prom is a special time, whether you have a date or not, and although I don’t look back on my prom too fondly, it’s a memory I’m glad I have. I danced like a fool and laugh until my stomach hurt alongside my best friends, and that’s what I treasure most, the love and laughs with the people who mattered most to me.”
My prom experience was a flop, well, my high school experience in general was a flop, but that’s another story. I was told “No” TWICE before basically going solo, I ended up actually asking a friend of a friend, a girl I had NEVER met, from a different school. She was really sweet for saying yes, and she looked beautiful, but I definitely lost her the second we walked in. No regrets, actually, a lot of regrets, many, many, many regrets.
Prom night finally arrived, after weeks of sleepless nights and waiting to get my braces off – but I was drowning in my tux. First, I got a spray tan, which went horribly wrong, instead of a healthy glow, I was serving ”Tan Mom” realness; Second, I had to wear my brothers black dress shoes, which were two sizes too small, my personal version of hell. We’ll get back to me, but now is about you, I’m here to ensure that you don’t make the mistakes I did, and look as handsome as you deserve, while making memories that will last a lifetime.
For starters, DO NOT RENT A TUX, just don’t, I’ll tell you why – it’s a complete rip off. Between a classic tuxedo rental (which most likely won’t have your exact size on hand), flowers, limo, prom ticket, and afterparty fees, you end up spending around a thousand dollars, half of that being your tux rental. If you think you are done growing for a while, or feel confident in buying, depending on your budget, BUY, you’ll be needing a staple tux for the next few years anyways and there’s nothing worse than renting a tux and swimming in too much fabric, looking a damn mess.
For my faux-prom look, I went with a classic slim-fit JCrew black tux with peak lapels, it’s almost unrecognizable as to what brand it is, and that’s what I wanted. My advice is to go to your local tailor and get sized for free, then check out some online stores and find your favorite, if need be have it custom tailored for you, the $30 for tailoring will be well worth it. Black never goes out of style, it never screams “trying too hard” and will forever be accepted. For your first tux, go black or go home, you can always wear a black shirt underneath instead of white if you want to be a complete baddy while keeping things sleek and modern.
For shoes, I prefer either a loafer, classic rounded wing-tip or pointed toe, box-toe shoes should be banished forever, they are a dated look and aren’t happening ever again, I promise. I went with these really cool velvet loafers for a more casual look, velvet has been making a comeback in fashion over the past few years, so its a cool alternative to a classic shoe, these are by Hugo Boss and were $200 (a little on the higher end but you can get similar online at Steve Madden or Topshop for around $50) just remember to wear them a few times before your night to break them in.
When it comes to your shirt, I’m not that fussy. Topshop is the best way to go, IMO – they just have such a great selection and you will find what you’re looking for, as long as it fits and is comfortable, that’s all that matter, the shirt stays mostly hidden through the night and you’re going to be a sweaty mess after dinner anyways so, you’ll be fine.
Hair and fragrance are also a topic of conversation. When it comes to cologne, I love a light, unisex scent, anything too woodsy gives me a migraine and reminds me of my dads aftershave..UGH I can smell it now. My favorite summer cologne is Aqua Di Gio by Armani, and Chanel Bleu, they are summery, with hints of citrus and retain a fresh, pleasant smell everyone will be swooning over.
When the weave is the subject, I always used to think more is more, I was wrong, gel isn’t a cute look, better off safe and simple than looking like a wet rat who just slithered out of the LA sewer.Let me know in the comments below if you boys want a hair or makeup tutorial and I’ll be sure to link some of my fav products (yes, I said makeup, I can see those bags from here, and there’s no shame in using a little cover up for those problem areas that may arise). I’ll make sure to hook you up with something easy and quick.
At the end of the day, you look best in what feels best, you have to be comfortable, prom shouldn’t stress you out, its a time to celebrate with your friends and dance your butt off, and if you’re not the prom type, go out to dinner with your friends, or have a online date and we can all chat together.
Prom is a special time, whether you have a date or not, and although I don’t look back on my prom too fondly, it’s a memory I’m glad I have. I danced like a fool and laugh until my stomach hurt alongside my best friends, and that’s what I treasure most, the love and laughs with the people who mattered most to me. Good luck and happy prom-ing! Need help on your prom looks? Hit up the comments below and let’s talk!