Whilst I know I am far from being old, I am coming to the realisation now that my prom days are behind me. University has no shortage of balls and events to dress up for, but nothing beats the excitement of going dress shopping for Year 11 Prom (a dizzying night of disco lights, meringue skirts and fruit punch) and then the various incarnations of Leaver’s Balls in Sixth Form (where girls attempt to juggle 6-inch heels and champagne, and the boys bring out their best ill-fitting suits).
In a fit of nostalgia over our girlish youth - some 2 years ago - my friend and I trailed through the prom dresses on recent trip to Selfridge’s. Ted Baker, the undisputed King of the prom dress, does not disappoint with this season’s offerings. The Raul dress of 2011 has reappeared in various incarnations over the years, and it now sees a slimmed down update to become the Miyaa. Whilst it may not have quite the same pouffy impact of its ancestor, the skirt is still full enough to satisfy your inner princess.
Miss Selfridge has got the prom dress down this year with floor length embellished gowns. The embroidery is perfectly placed to accentuate the waist, and of course makes you twinkle, and the draped skirt around your legs is just right for twirling.
If you don’t buy in to the traditional prom look of skirts and swirls and sparkle then French Connection has some chicer alternatives on offer. These are more vamp than cute but their San Diego Drape Strapless Dress can still be worn with a nod to the Pretty in Pink mob.
So, know that I’m incredibly jealous of all those of you prepping for prom. I may just spend a day trying on dresses anyway… We all know that’s the best bit ;)