Prom night can be one of the biggest events of a high school student’s life. It is the last bash before college for many, and the memories are often recorded. That is why prom fashion is so important to high school seniors.
“Me and all of my friends get ready together at someone’s house who has a big bathroom,” said Kelsy Baker, a senior at Oneonta High School. “Then we will all go out and eat together before we go to the prom.”
Buying the prom dress is a big part of prom night. The dress, and date’s coordinating formal wear, set the tone for a night to remember.
“The girls who come in here are looking for a specific look,” said Paula Fassler, owner of House of Brides. “They want a dress that will make their day.”
Cooperstown High School senior Abby Wilcox, who has participated in the Cooperstown fashion show for five years and managed it for the last three, said prom fashions have changed.
“This year the dresses are not poofy, they are more slim-fitting,” Wilcox said. “Bling is really in. I am wearing a mermaid-style dress that is blue with rhinestones.”
Baker, who has not yet bought a prom dress, said she is looking online for ideas.
“I definitely want a low-cut back,” Baker said. “Something in a nice color, like coral — a long dress definitely.”
Baker said she will begin to shop at local stores in the next couple of weeks to see if she can find a dress, but if she cannot find what she wants, she will buy the dress online.
“The thing is, I need to get it in time to make any alterations,” Baker said.
At Leilani’s, owner Stephanie Miller has seen the styles of prom dresses change from one year to the next.