Today’s Designer Prom Dresses 2015 Evolve Into Cocktail Dresses

It’s no secret some girls (or parents) will pay the equivalent of a wedding gown for prom. Get a dress that will double as a cocktail dress, for added value.

As profoundly special and as impactful your prom gown is and will be, it’s rare for a girl who plans on professional preservation, boxing up her prom dress, and ferreting it away in the attic (or storage facility or closet, etc.). The average teen will have memories (hopefully fond) of the (hopefully) magical evening. But what to do with the precious prom dress when your “night to remember” has passed?

If there is one thing you should not do is to store it in the back of your closet to gather dust. If you choose one of the readily available designer prom dresses 2015, this will very much be a dress you will want to wear again. Think of it this way – if you are still starry-eyed at the memory, you can extend the fond memories the dress conjures for you. If your night was less than stellar, then you can create new memories.

So, what constitutes a prom-to-party or prom-to-cocktail dress? The short story is: there are no parameters. Unless you opt for a themed prom dress (i.e. cosplay or costume), it’s very likely you’ll be able to transition your prom dress into a favorite party dress. Mini and micro-mini dresses have long been accepted as preferred prom wear by girls accustomed to the length and those who don’t want to bother with potential tripping hazards and having to lift the dress to walk, climb or descend stairs and, even dance.

Prom-dress choices, notably those online, are abundant, and you can easily assess the choices based on your criterion: color, length, neckline, silhouette, and to bling or not to bling. Two popular mini formal dress silhouettes are fitted or fit-and-flare. The latter features a flattering full skirt, and, in addition to feeling like a princess, many girls love the “bouncy feel” a flare skirted dress provides; some feel like a fitted, snug, or bandage style dress “rides up” too much and they don’t want to feel like they’re constantly pulling their dress down.

While you don’t necessarily need to choose your prom dress based on future “wear-ability” (definitely choose the dress you really, really want if it’s within your budget), it wouldn’t hurt to consider its potential. For example, if you choose a very pageant-worthy prom dress, heavily embellished, you may be able to alter or edit it to be a more subdued cocktail dress.

Film Inspiration

Even formals in film make for appropriate cocktail dresses post-prom. The Golden Age for teen romantic comedies is undoubtedly 1999. One of the sweetest teen films made, “She’s All That,” starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr. featured the building-to-it prom sequence where Lainey Boggs (Cook) – already revealed in a party scene to be a no-longer secret hottie – arrives in a tasteful spaghetti-strapped gown that is both fetching, flattering and
fine.

pic(Rachael Leigh Cook in “She’s All That” – Miramax)

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In 1999’s “Crazy for You,” the big dance the cast of characters awaited is not the “prom,” but a 100-Year anniversary dance (which is basically prom with parents), “The Centennial.” The photo above is the film’s young cast: all the girls’ dresses (dated as they might be) are cocktail-dress appropriate, apart from the crowned Dee Vine (that’s actress Keri Lynn Pratt, in the tiara and sunburst gown, a standout, as prom-only, unsuitable as a post-prom dress).

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Sure, the couple at the center of the Shakespeare story “10 Things I Hate About You” is Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) and Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger). But, seriously, the cutest pair at prom has got to be Kat’s younger sister Bianca (Larissa Oleynik) and her beau, Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Bianca, unlike Kat, has been preparing for the prom for awhile now, when she descends the stairs, she clearly spent time selecting the boatneck, capped-sleeved silk cropped top over the fluffy tulle skirt. “What’s that?” Dr. Stratford (Larry Miller) barks at his younger daughter. “A prom dress, Daddy;” it’s certainly one that would be super fun to take to college for a kegger.

Choosing a prom dress with versatility is just a smart move, stylistically and financially.

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