With Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram feeds overflowing with elaborate promposals, it’s impossible to forget the upcoming occasion. Stores everywhere are bringing out their formalwear as students start shopping for the perfect evening look.
Not sure what to don to dance the night away? Let the stage inspire you and try out one of these looks styled after some of Broadway’s best:
“Rent” leading lady Mimi Marquez knows how to make an impression and never shies away from a bold style choice? Embrace your inner wild child and try an animal print with a neon color.
Wicked or good, Elphaba or Glinda, we have you covered. Look sleek in Elphaba’s trademark long-sleeved dress, or float to prom in Glinda’s go-to layered ball gown.
Look around, look around, you just happen to be at the greatest prom in the world. You’ll be ready to work the dance floor like Eliza Schuyler or take your shot as Alexander Hamilton in ensembles worthy of any Winter’s Ball.
Eliza: Laticia Blue
Hamilton: Hamilton Costume
4. ‘Legally Blonde’
Everyone knows Elle Woods is the president of wearing pink, and not just on Wednesdays. So, channel your inner Delta Nu with a hot-pink dress that is both sassy and sweet. Or, be fashion-forward like Elle and turn heads in a stunning suit, good for prom or your interview for that top Ivy League school.
5. ‘The Little Mermaid’
Mermaid school is quickly becoming a trendy weekend activity, so why not carry that trend straight to the prom? Fittingly, this dress is called “Ariel.” Adorned with pale pink seashells, you’ll be ready to ditch your tail and use those legs to dance the night away with your own prince.
Our Pick: Ariel Bonbon
6. ‘Jersey Boys’
No one will be able to take their eyes off of you when you stroll into prom looking like the lost member of the Four Seasons. Oh, what it a night it will be in a suit worthy of the stage. Go for something bold, such as red velvet, or try a fun print.
7. ‘Beauty and the Beast’
The yellow dress and the red rose have been iconic symbols of the Disney fairy tale retelling. Be the belle of the ball and give your tale as old as time a unique twist in a dress with floral embellishments.
Looking for schoolgirl sass a la “Heathers?” Try plaid in a shade of scrunchie red that’s a little more dark and brooding.
The costumes of “Chicago” are both sultry and chic. Jazz Age fashions were about pushing limits and redefining sexy, so defy expectations and trade a dress for a sleek jumpsuit. Or, try a sequined number that’s sure to razzle dazzle them.
You might already be the nicest kid in town, but with this suit, you could also be the best dressed. Cory Collins is known for his eye-catching attire, so try out his style with a plaid or a trendy pastel.
Turn heads like Bad Sandy in an off-the-shoulder dress inspired by “Grease.” The slit in the front will let you show off those essential bright-red heels. Paired with lipstick of the same shade and some teased locks, you’ll be the one everybody wants. Tell me about it, stud.
12. ‘The Phantom of the Opera’
Be ready to experience the music of the night with Phantom-inspired fashions. Glide into prom like the angel of music in a flowing white gown worthy of soprano Christine. Or, leave everyone thinking of you in a vest fit for the Phantom.
Christine: Wonderful Day White Wrap Maxi Dress
13. ‘The Sound of Music’
This dress might join the list of your favorite things. Take a leaf out of the fashion book of the eldest von Trapp and don a gorgeous pink dress. But be sure not to get caught out in the rain, because this dress is too pretty to ruin.
Our Pick: Lora Dawn
14. ‘West Side Story’
Time to get dolled up for your dance at the gym. Give Anita’s classic purple dress a twist, or take Riff’s bold yellow blazer out for a spin. What is there to fight about when you look this good?
15. ‘My Fair Lady’
You’ll be ready to dance all night in this modern take on Eliza’s lace dress. You’ll be more than loverly.
Our Pick: Your Beauteous Best Lace Dress
Take a journey to the past in a gown fit for a Romanov princess. Or, don a suit similar to Broadway’s newest leading man, Dimitri, and sweep everyone off their feet.
Anastasia: Nabila Grenat
Dimitri: ASOS Slim Suit in Herringbone Brown
17. ‘On Your Feet’
Conga the night away in an outfit worthy of a pop sensation, Gloria Estefan. Just like the show’s costumes, these dresses are a stunning mix of ruffles, embroidery and overlay skirts.
No matter which look you choose, give it your own flair and let your personality show. In the words of Annie, remember, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” So, don’t forget to flash them that killer, red carpet-worthy smile. It’s the best accessory there is.