Remember those high school days, right around when March and April rolled around, when all the stores started carrying these gorgeous gowns for prom? Satin, beading, tulle, chiffon, lace, trains – each one was so unique and so pretty but yet so utterly prom. After all, that’s the idea. Prom comes once, or twice, in your life. And then, where on earth are you going to wear that frou-frou dress that you spent weeks searching for and hundreds of dollars purchasing and tailoring just right? Nowhere, that’s where.
But that doesn’t make these gowns any less gorgeous, and it doesn’t take away a single ounce of my lust when I’m passing by a store like Windsor and wishing I was in high school again just so I could wear a prom dress.
So when I found out about Aisle Style, I was instantly intrigued. This British company began designing wedding dresses 20 years ago with the cornerstones of beauty, comfort, confidence and affordability in mind. Since then, they’ve expanded to bridesmaid dresses, wedding party dresses, evening dresses, prom dresses and other special occasion dresses. Their website is absolutely overwhelming – with literally thousands of dresses, it’s so hard to narrow down your faves.
Looking through the prom dress section on Aisle Style, I noticed that some were not quite so, shall we say, “prom-y.” Some dresses were perfect for some of the fancier entertainment industry events I have to attend. Some would be good for New Year’s Eve. And surprisingly, I found myself imagining myself in some of these dresses at a bar, on a date or at brunch!
I got to thinking – what if you could buy a prom dress, with all its luxurious material, form-fitting shapes and pure fun, princessy factor – and have no one know you were wearing a prom dress??
I went through the prom dress section and found several different dresses that would work for the real world. Below are some of my faves, occasions I would wear them for and general tips & tricks for how to rock a prom dress IRL.
Keep It Short
Many prom dresses are beautiful floor-length gowns, because when else are you going to wear a floor-length gown, besides your wedding day? You need to take advantage of the occasion. But there are plenty of beautiful short prom dresses that would be totally doable in the real world.
The Strapless Sweetheart Short Lace Prom Dress caught my eye immediately, both for the vibrant red color and for the sexy lace. There are multiple layers of fabric, so the lace isn’t see-through. It’s sexy without being scandalous, and the sweetheart neckline is so cute.
You don’t have to go for sexy lace, though. These Short Bateau Neck Lace Trimmed Bodice Short Prom Dresses come in colors like turquoise, peach, ivory and lilac.
I could see myself wearing this dandelion-colored Spaghetti Straps Short Backless Chiffon Prom Dress With Flowers to a spring wedding, to a baby shower, to a nice brunch (perhaps a birthday brunch) and more. It’s cute and feminine, but the subtle cutouts add a sexy flair.
I could also see myself wearing the Simple Pleated One SHoulder Chiffon Prom Dress with Handmade Flower out and about. The draping fabric is so feminine. It reminds me of a Greek goddess, perhaps because the flowy fabric and one-shoulder cut looks somewhat like a toga. The silver/gray/lavender color is unexpected and pretty.
Go For a Dark Color
There’s nothing quite like a LBD, but if you’re going prom-y, you may as well break away from the usual. These navy floor-length gowns stun, but are not too black-tie and not too high school.
First up, this Sexy Off The Shoulder Split Navy Blue Chiffon Prom Dress. If “prom dress wasn’t in the name, I would swear that it was a regular dress. The cut is so elegant and shows off your cleavage. I also love this Dark Navy Halter Neck Sleeveless Long Chiffon Prom Dress. The cut is so feminine and goddess-like, but also very covered-up. It’s great for a conservative event or family party.
Dazzle In Jewel Tones
Want to rock color? Jewel tones are always age-appropriate. Stay away from the bright blue and hot pink that is so typical in prom dresses and opt for an elegant, adult-like jewel tone. You can do fuchsia, as in the Short Ruffled Sleeved Sheath Long Chiffon Prom Dress, which comes complete with sparkly skinny belt. You can wear royal blue or red satin, in the Simple Spaghetti Straps Sleeveless Pockets Floor-Length Long Satin Prom Dress. (I originally saw the black and loved it, then was even more stunned by the beautiful blue).
You can even do hunter green, which would pretty much ensure that you would stand out at the party. For some reason, green is such an underutilized color in fashion. The shade of green in the Chic Empire Waist Crystal Beaded Long Sheath Jersey Prom Dress with Pleats is stunning and reminiscent of an emerald jewel. These long prom dresses are both sexy and sophisticated.
Interested in joining me in my mission to rock prom dresses in real life? You can shop Aisle Style’s prom dresses online here: http://www.aislestyle.co.uk/prom-dresses-c-11_41.html.