Prom Inspiration: Channel Your Inner Hermione

For as long as anyone can remember people have been turning to movies, television shows, and books for inspiration. This seems to be especially true when it comes to things like weddings and proms. Wedding days and prom nights are special, and every woman wants to look her best.

Everyone under the age of 35 has felt the influence of Harry Potter. The character of Hermione Granger proved that girls don’t have to be shy and sweet to be liked. Hermione proved that she could hold her own, be extremely smart, and also enjoy being a girl. When it comes to picking a role model, you’ll find worse choices (*cough* Bella Swan *cough*).

If you ask most girls what their favorite Harry Potter moment was, they’ll almost always tell you that it was the dance that took place about halfway through Goblet of Fire. The dance was the first time that Hermione stopped becoming a tom-boy and showed Hogwarts that she was a beautiful woman. This is just the kind of reaction every girl dreams of getting when she is searching for her prom dress.

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Any girl who wants to channel her inner Hermione on her prom night will want to take care when looking for a dress. She’ll want to stay away from fussy, frilly dresses that make dancing difficult. You’ll want to look for something that’s pretty and elegant.

Chiffon is a great choice when it comes to a prom dress. Chiffon is light enough that it makes moving around easy, but also pretty and very feminine. Chiffon shows off your figure without being clinging or two tight.  Stick to a single color of material which will not only allow you to show off your body, but will keep the dress from becoming too busy, just make sure that the color flatters your skin tone.

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When you’re looking at prom dresses you should also think about how much dancing you expect to be doing that night.  Strapless dresses can be beautiful, but the worry of it slipping while you’re dancing might not be worth it to you.

A final tip for emulating Hermionie’s elegance is once you’ve selected the perfect prom dress, don’t wear so much jewelry that it distracts from the dress and your natural beauty.

Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!!

Prom Traditions Around the World

So far, we have had a very busy start to 2012!  Not only did we launch our new Liz Fields prom line for Spring 2012, but we also greatly expanded our presence in Canada to over 50 locations!

Of course, with any new location comes new customs and traditions.  For example, we never knew that In Canada, while most schools do have a prom, it is only held only for the graduating class.  Because of this the terms “grad formal” and “grad dress” are used more often than our prom and prom dress.  There is no prom held for Grade 11 in Canada, It is strictly a ceremony celebrating the graduation from high school, so don’t expect to be asked you your junior prom if you move to Canada!  We also learned that the shopping for grad dresses begins much earlier in Canada than in the US, starting in early January, something to think about ladies!  No matter where you live, it’s never too early to start trying on prom dresses!

Of course, learning all of this has perked our interest, what do other countries do for prom?  So, we did some research, here are a few of our favorites:

South Africa – Their version of the American prom is the “Matric Dance.”  The Matric happens during the matriculation year of high school, hence the name.  The Matric dance takes place shortly before the spring break, and before their final Matriculation Examinations begin.

Russia – Their prom is called “Vipusknoy vecher,” which literally means “evening of graduation.”  This takes place at the end of June after all of their Sate exams have finished.  The opposite of when they have their celebration in South Africa.

Belgium – Instead of prom the senior class celebrates their last 100 days of high school with a special day called “Chrysostomos” or “100-dagen feest” (100-days party).  The tradition for the 100-day celebration is that on this day, seniors are allowed to pull pranks on their teachers and fellow students.  In the evening, students head to a rented club to party.

Norway – They call their celebration “Nyttårsballet” which means “The New Year’s Ball.”  It is normally held during the winter months.

Peru – In Peru, their Prom is called “Fiesta de Promocion.”  Now get this, they are normally held at hotels where students might choose to stay the night!  While some parents and teachers are often invited, but they don’t normally stay the whole night.  Not only is dinner served at the party, but breakfast is often served the next day!

(source: Wikipedia)

 

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Now it’s your turn!  We would love to know; where are you from, and did you have a prom?  If so, when was it, and what was it called?

 

DRESS GUIDE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Volume II

It may be hard for some of us to admit, but it is that time of year again!  With all of the presents that need to be bought, and elaborate dinners that need to be planned, who has time to figure out what to wear!?  So, here is another little formal wear style guide that I have put together for the holiday season.  If you missed last year’s you might want to check in here too.

The Cocktail Party:

This is the perfect time to bare a little skin and have some fun.  Try an evening dress with an iridescent fabric, or an interesting back to ensure all eyes are on you!

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 Family Dinner Party:

A common mistake people make is to be so focused on being conservative for this event that they lose their sense of style along the way.  Aim for an evening dress that keeps you covered where you need to be, but also has that extra something, maybe a flattering sash, or some feminine and flirty ruffles!

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The Office Party:

This can be tricky, if your party is going to be directly after work, try sometime that you can layer over without looking silly.  To achieve this, the dress should be a simple and flattering silhouette, in a festive color.  Always remember to keep your look professional under all circumstances!

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Tip: Try out our color change tool to create your very own color combinations!

The New Year’s Celebration:

To me it does not really matter if you are staying in with your friends and family, or spending the night out on the town, you’re still going to need a look that makes you feel amazing on the last night of the year!  If you too live in the land of Facebook, you might also want to be sure the dress  looks great in all angles, for all of the photos you are about to be tagged in.  Last but not least, what better way to stand out than to add some sparkle?

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Liz Fields!