As more and more high schools tighten the dress code for prom, high school students are turning to vintage prom dresses as the solution. Not only are they more affordable, but they also tend to be more conservative, complying with the dress codes of most schools.
Today’s dresses are all about selling sex appeal. It is very difficult for a 17 or 18 year old girl to find a dress that is appropriate, a dress that isn’t too sexy on one hand, and isn’t little girly on the other. The optimal dress is a happy medium of sophisticated, and classy, not trashy, and that is surprisingly hard to find, in retail stores at least.
That’s where vintage comes in. Second hand and vintage stores have a great selection of dresses that are perfect for prom. While vintage dresses are more conservative, with modest necklines, and longer hems, they are far from matronly or frumpy. Many vintage dresses rely on high quality fabrics, and good construction to create a flattering and figure enhancing shape, instead of exposing skin to be sexy. It’s all about the suggestion of what is underneath, the intrigue and allure that makes them appealing. You don’t have to be half naked to be sexy.
And since so many contemporary designers are creating vintage inspired dresses, they actually look very modern. All over runways, and fashion magazines, we are seeing retro looks. Louis Vuitton and Prada are both showcasing a 1950s inspired ad campaign. Retro glamor, a la Marilyn Monroe, Brigit Bardot, and Audrey Hepburn, is the in look, and perfect for prom. A vintage dress won’t look old fashion, it will actually look avant garde, and modern, like you just stepped off the runway, or better yet, out of a fashion magazine.
And there are still more benefits to wearing a vintage or second hand prom dress. Not only will you look amazing, and comply with the dress code, you’ll also save a bundle of money. Vintage dresses and second hand designer dresses tend to be much more affordable than what you’ll find in retail stores, usually around one third of the price.
You won’t have to worry about anyone else having the same dress. One of the biggest fears at prom is that some other girl is going to be wearing the same dress you are, and worse yet, that she will look better in it than you do! If you wear a vintage dress, this certainly won’t be a concern. Instead, everyone will be talking about how unique your dress is, and how amazing you look. You won’t even hear “I almost bought that dress!”. Or “I saw that in the store too!”.
Wearing a vintage or second hand dress to prom will save you from so many of the prom disasters. You won’t have to worry about being turned away for not complying with the dress code, you won’t have to worry about another girls wearing the same dress, and with all the money you save, you’ll even be able to get your hair and make up done!