Sometimes, I think to myself, maybe prom wasn’t so bad. But then I unearth the photos of me looking like some sort of cyber warrior-slut with square fake nails, and my generous feelings towards the hallowed American ritual fade. I looked crazy. Yet, my photos also tell a story about who I was in ’99 (a weirdo), and I wonder—will girls today, with their access to red carpet looks and the Internet, be subjected to incredibly dated prom portraits? And, also, is it possible to find a prom dress that doesn’t immediately feel cliché? We tasked our editors to share why they wore what they wore, and what they might don today. Strangely, it isn’t as bad as you’d expect. But, it isn’t that great, either.
here’s what nylon wore to prom
and what we’d wear today
Photo via Fox
Free People Autumn Frost Set, $400, Free People.
(A note about this photo: My bff and I had gone to prom together since both our boyfriends were too punk rock to be our dates and we left early to go meet up with them. This was before cell phones —so we stopped at this payphone in the middle of nowhere to call them only to find that they had decided to stay home and play video games.)” —Liz Riccardi, Digital Design DirectorNasty Gal Move Your Satin Maxi Dress, $78, Nasty Gal.
BCBG Shaina Sleeveless Pleated Gown, $398, available at BCBG.