Magazine article New York Times Upfront

Not Your Father's Prom

Magazine article New York Times Upfront

Not Your Father's Prom

Article excerpt

Who says you have to show up in a tux or a long frilly dress?

Prom night will be a night to remember ... but how?

High school's equivalent of the Oscars or the Grammys has always been the big night--a night to go all out and a time to dress to impress.

But if different people have different styles every other day of the year, why should everyone wear the same black tux and white dress on prom night?

If you're casting about for an alternative prom look, here are a few ideas.

Gothic

Sullen, black, and dramatic. Goth tales are those to be told. Dress in all-black (more slimming than any other hue) and in a decadent fashion. It's all about the dream. On her: Top, Polo Jeans Company; Skirt, Routine Six; On him: Top, UBX; Shorts, Polo Jeans Company; Shoes: Chippewa.

Groovy, Baby

Perhaps your parents stumbled through this fashion decade. If you dig it too, far out, man. …

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