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STYLE ADVICE

Five rules for promwear

By Gavin Jewkes, 21 June 2014

In 10 years, when you look back at your photos from prom night, you don't want the sight of a naff suit to distract from the memories.

To ensure you look and feel your best on the big night, here are our five rules for dressing for prom.

Don't rent a tux

Nowadays, it's possible to buy a killer prom suit without blowing your budget – one that offers the kind of slick, contemporary cut you rarely find in a rental. So before you consider hiring a tux, acquaint yourself with our inexpensive and – more importantly – sharply tailored slim and skinny fit options.

Wear a waistcoat

There's a time and a place for waistcoats – a prom is one of them. Traditionally, you wouldn't wear a waistcoat under a tux. But if you're keeping things simple in a suit instead, try a waistcoat that contrasts with the colour of your jacket for a cool edge.

Dress clever with accessories

You're not a Christmas tree, so there's no need to decorate yourself with every suiting embellishment going. However, adorning yourself for prom means sourcing a smart bow tie. You don't want your bow tie to be too large or fussy, and it shouldn't detract from the suit, though they are a key way of integrating a fresh pop of colour into your outfit.

White shirt only

You probably own shirts in a variety of colours and patterns: these have no place at a prom. Keep things simple and classic by opting for a clean white shirt, and lay the foundations for a really refined look.

Slick your hair back

The ultimate finishing touch to a killer prom suit isn't cufflinks or a buttonhole, it's an ace hairstyle, obviously. Check out this video for some quick and simple tips on getting smart hair.
Five rules for promwear

Picture: ASOS

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