Prom is that one special night where the spotlight is on you. Here is your opportunity to make a grand entrance in a spectacular, one-of-a-kind dress. And the perfect colour guaranteed to turn heads? Daring red!
The ancient Greeks and Hebrews considered red to be the ultimate symbol of love. In India, it is traditional for brides to get married in a red wedding dress. Be the showstopper at your prom in a riveting red prom dress.
Hollywood actresses know the power of the little red dress. It worked for Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge and created an unforgettable moment for Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
Red Prom Dresses 2012
The great thing about red is that the colour lends itself to many different personas. Do you want to be somebody else for the night?
Fun looks to consider:
- Steal the show like a Spanish siren with a sultry look. You can add some spice to a short red prom dress by placing an exotic red flower behind your ear (choose an artificial one as a fresh flower will wilt as the evening goes on). Add big hoop earrings and stacked bracelets for an eclectic vibe.
- Red lips matched with a flirty, short red prom dress create a quirky, retro look. If your hair is dark, consider wavy, pin curls held together with bobby pins. You’ll look like a modern-day Betty Boop (only in a red prom dress 2012 instead of 1930). If you’ve got light hair, channel Marilyn Monroe and wear your hair in big, loose curls that are styled up and off your face. Round off your Marilyn-esque look with diamanté jewels in your ears and around your wrists (the artificial, less expensive kind, of course).
- Play a classic beauty by styling your hair into a chic, sophisticated chignon. Go for elegant pearl earrings in your ears and an understated necklace around your neck. For this simple look, you can be more dramatic with your eye-makeup – think dark, smoky cat eyes. Complete the stylish look with a juicy, red lip gloss, as red lipstick might be too overpowering when paired with intense eye make-up.
Red Prom Dresses Under $100
It’s no surprise that red is the colour of danger – you’ll look dangerously good in your chosen red prom gown. But it does not have to cost you a fortune. Keep your eyes peeled for bargains. Shops in your area are probably used to senior class students searching for affordable prom dresses every year around the same time. You can easily find a red prom dress under $100!
Timing is everything
When searching for the perfect dress, you don’t want to make a hasty decision. This is the biggest event of your high school career, after all. As soon as you know the general date of your dance, start looking for inspiration online and in magazines. Subscribe to the newsletters of your favourite stores to find out about their new stock and sales so that you can be the first in the know.
Short Red Prom Dress
You want to stand apart from the crowd, right? Get a guaranteed “wow” as your classmates spot you in your red prom dress. What could be better than a scarlet number? That’s easy. A short red prom dress. Most of your friends will probably go for something long and elegant in a subdued shade. Show off your individuality by wearing something distinctive and trendy.
Tips to stop traffic (literally) in your red prom dress
- Co-ordinate the colour of your red prom dress with all your accessories. Pick a handbag in a shade that fits your dress, as well as matching shoes and hair accessories.
- Make-up, make-up, make-up! Your look can go from ordinary to out-of-this-world with the right shade of lipstick (red, of course). Find out at your favourite department store’s make-up counter whether they apply make-up too. Some stores offer this service in exchange that you purchase some of the products used on your face. Oh, and be sure to take a picture of your red prom dress along so that your make-up artist can match your lipstick to the exact shade of your gown.
- Instead of choosing stiletto heels, rather opt for either platform or wedge heels. Both these styles are equally attractive but unlike the sharp, pointy heels of stilettos, the latter options are kinder on your feet. That means you can stay on the dance floor for longer and show off your moves without achy feet.
- Suggest to your partner that red roses are your favourite flower and you may score a beautiful corsage to wear on your wrist. It is traditional for your date to bring you a flower corsage as a gift, after all. Try to do it subtly though. Even better? Make him think that the red rose was his idea!