Prom is one of the most important events in any girl’s high school life, and there’s a lot of pressure to get it right. From finding a date to choosing the right prom dress and looking perfect for the big day, there can be a lot of stress about making everything perfect. An entire cottage industry has sprung up around prom, with magazines publishing guides for preparing months in advance, and the amount of preparation that goes into a prom can be almost equal to planning for a wedding!
With so much hype and pressure surrounding the prom, it’s easy to forget that the dance has much simpler roots. Originally, the tradition of prom began simply as a way for young people to socialize and practice their social graces before entering the real world. It’s not about impressing people or having the best of anything; it’s about getting comfortable in your own skin in a fancy occasion that you may not have experienced before.
With that in mind, it’s time to take a breath and stop worrying about whether you’re living up to anyone’s expectations. Instead, focus on using prom as a way to stay true to yourself as you put your best foot forward. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Pick your date carefully. You’ll want to go with someone you enjoy spending time with. If you don’t trust your date or don’t feel comfortable with him, you won’t have any fun. If you spend the whole night trying to impress your date, you’ll be so nervous you won’t have a good time.
2. Will you have enough time to actually enjoy yourself? From makeup appointments to dinner, the dance itself, meeting up with friends and any other activities you have planned, your day can easily get booked up. Make sure you take a little time to catch your breath and enjoy the moment instead of totally overbooking yourself.
3. Does your look really reflect who you are? Emphasize your natural beauty and assets without overdoing it. Keep your makeup simple; consider using eyelash extensions to bring attention to your eyes while retaining an elegant and natural look. A simple look with your eyes as the stunning focal point will save you time on preparation and help you look great for pictures.
As you prepare for prom this year, take a moment to reflect on what you’re really celebrating. Prom is a rite of passage, meaning it’s really a celebration of your unique self. Take some time to really appreciate and celebrate your accomplishments, grades, sports, friends and everything else that’s really important to you. You get to decide what you’re celebrating, and you can choose the best way to make the memories you’ll cherish forever.