Prints, fringe, classic–some looks to try out for the promBy Maureen Manuel
Philippine Daily Inquirer
It is prom season—the only time when coeds have their one school night free from all the academic challenges, and the time to have fun with people they love (and loathe)!
So, how do you prepare for the big night of your high-school life? Simply by taking the alternative route.
Instead of going for traditional big hairdos and complicated outfits, go for clothes that would let you enjoy the night without having to fuss over your makeup, your hair and your look. The number one tip for prom night: Wear something that is classic, and tweak it according to your personality.
If you are into androgynous Annie Hall styles, go for a fringe skirt. It adds fun to otherwise serious and not-so-age-appropriate clothes. To recreate this look, you can use the typical barong and pair it with a metallic sequined skirt.
Button-down polo with graphic print accent and orange red fringe skirt both from Sassa Jimenez; accessories from SM Accessories; shoes from SM Parisian Elegance
‘The Great Gatsby’
Inspired by the upcoming movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book. Channel the classic 1920s look with a fresh-faced look with a swipe of red matte lips—sexy but a bit daredevil. For the guys, it’s the time to invest in a perfect tailored suit.
On Joddi: BCBG Max Azria short dress with embellished neckline; flower hair band from Bench; cuff from SM Accessories; gold shoes from SM Parisian
On Sky: White polo with black buttons, black blazer and pants, all from Topman; maroon bow tie from Wharton of SM Accessories; black shoes from Mario D’ Boro from SM Milanos
Cutouts for girls in the prom are usually not the norm, but you can cheat by wearing a standout undergarment to cover those cutout details. Prints on guys can make them look effeminate, but the key is to use subtle or accent details to make the look more masculine.
Style tip: Use neon undergarments to cover the cutout portion of the dress. Or layer it under your tube or sweetheart-neckline gowns.
On Joddi: Sweetheart-neckline dress with cutouts from Sassa Jimenez; neon green tank top (under) from Bench; bag and accessories from SM Accessories; floral printed Mary Jane platforms from SM Parisian
On Sky: Gray button-down polo with floral accent collar, white jeans and printed navy blue blazer, all from Bench; bow tie from SM Accessories’ Wharton; black shoes from Mario D’ Boro of SM
Emerald green is said to be the color of 2013. Instead of going to the prom in red or black, go green. Try slits that are a bit above the knee. Instead of using pocket squares, use a couple of pins you can put on the lapel of your blazer or above the pocket.
A thin colored belt used as cuff can make your look more youthful.
On Joddi: Green asymmetrical long dress with slit from BCBG Max Azria; leopard studded belt used as a bracelet, gold clutch and accessories from SM Accessories; brown pumps with neon accents from SM Parisian
On Sky: Military green blazer, green ombre button-down polo, dark green chinos and flag pins, all from Bench; checkered necktie and belt from SM Accessories; black leather shoes from Mario D’ Boro of SM
Lace is a good way to make things look both edgy and sweet. Pick something that has a mix of brown and pink with an A-line skirt. Add a small tutu underneath for a charmingly flouncy look.
On Joddi: Sweetheart-neckline short lace dress from BCBG Max Azria; brown leather belt from Topshop; all accessories from SM Accessories; brown suede shoes with orange neon accents from SM Parisian
On Sky: Blue blazer, blue pants and blue button-down shirt, all from Topman; necktie from SM Accessories; leather black shoes from Mario D’ Boro of SM
Styled by Maureen Manuel
Photographed by Adrian Gonzales
Makeup and grooming By Diane Lorenzana
Hair by Adam Seth Teh
Lighting assistant: Charvin Torne
Styling assistants: Raymond Angat and Mark Crawford
Models: Sky Yang of Elite Models and Joddi Lendi of IM Agency
Special thanks to Dusit Thani and Blanche Guarino