The Procrastinator’s Guide To Prom

Just face it—procrastination got the best of you. Whether you’ve been too busy planning the school dance, studying up for your exams, or playing in a punk rock band, you’ve waited too long to pick out a new dress for prom and—gasp—it’s mere hours away! Don’t freak out just yet—if you have an LBD (little black dress, obvi) and a couple hours before the mall closes, you’re good to go. We found ways to dress up even the most standard black frock for the big dance while still staying true to your personal style. We used a classic box-pleated frock from Forever 21 ($25) as a guide, so check out how we transformed it from traditional to prom-ready below!


Photo: Forever 21/ASOS/A-Morir

For the girl that’s more focused on getting As than A-lines, we found the PERFECT accessories to show off your intelligent and fashion-savvy side. First off, we needed something to snazz up this ensemble in a snap, so we opted for a super cute gold scalloped collar necklace ($7) that’s glam but not too over-the-top. Then, to show off your affinity for literature, we thought this green and gold novel clutch with a beautiful satin interior ($25) was pretty on-point paired with Swarovski crystal-embellished frames ($300). PERF.


Photo: Topshop/Forever 21

For the ladies that want to show off their edgy-yet-prom-appropriate side, we’ve totally got you covered! Start off with a spiky statement necklace that has touch of rhinestone detail ($35) and add a clutch that’ll be sure to steal the show—we love this pewter studded box bag ($35) with a chain strap. Finish the look with a badass three-finger pyramid ring ($4), a swipe of bold red lipstick on your pout, and you’re good to go!


Photo: Ulta/ASOS

For the gal that was too busy planning on the prom committee (or creating boards on Pinterest) to shop for an ensemble, we have the cutest pieces that’ll be sure to stun on the big night. To start, we suggest going for a show-stopping headpiece like this oversized mesh flower headband ($16) and pairing it with an equally-amazing bright pink patent leather belt ($64). To pull the whole look together, we love (heh) this gold heart chain bag ($217) that’ll instantly dress up any black frock.

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