As more high schools tighten dress code for proms, high school students switch to vintage prom dresses as a solution. Not only are they more affordable, but they also tend to be more conservative, according to the dress code of most schools.
Today’s dress is about selling sex appeal. It is very difficult for a girl aged 17 or 18 to find a proper dress, a dress that is not too sexy in one hand, and not a little feminine on the other. The optimal dress is a fun medium that’s sophisticated, and classy, not garbage, and surprisingly hard to find in retail stores.
That’s where vintage comes. Used and vintage shops have a great selection of dresses that are perfect for proms. While vintage dresses are more conservative, with simple necklines, and longer hems, they are far from maternal or shabby. Many vintage dresses rely on high-quality fabrics, and good construction to create improved shapes and figures, rather than exposing the skin to sexiness. It’s all about the advice of what’s beneath it, the intrigue and the charm that makes them interesting. You do not have to be half naked to be sexy.
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And because so many contemporary designers create a vintage style inspired dresses, they really look very modern. On all runways and fashion magazines, we see a retro look. Louis Vuitton and Prada both showcases inspired ad campaigns of the 1950s. Glamor retro, a la Marilyn Monroe, Brigit Bardot, and Audrey Hepburn, are in view, and perfect for prom. A vintage dress will not look ancient, it will really look avant-garde, and modern, like you’ve just stepped out of the tarmac, or better yet, from a fashion magazine.
And there are still more benefits to wearing an antique or used and dress. Not only will you look fabulous, and obey the dress code, you will also save a bundle of money. Vintage dresses and second-hand designer dresses tend to be much more affordable than what you would find in a retail store, usually about a third of the price.
You do not have to worry about other people who have the same dress. One of the biggest fears of the prom is that some other girls will wear the same dress as you, and worse, that it will look better than you! If you wear a vintage dress, this certainly will not be a concern. Instead, everyone will talk about how unique your outfit is, and how amazing your looks are. You will not even hear “I almost bought the dress!”. Or “I see it in the shop too!”.
Wearing a classic or second-hand dress for a prom will save you from so many disasters. You do not have to worry about being rejected for not obeying the dress code, you do not have to worry about other girls wearing the same dress, and with all the money you save, you can even get your hair and makeup done!