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Prom Expert

Prom season is quickly approaching. Who better to help you than Kym, our very own Accessories Expert. She will keep you updating on new prom fashions and answer all your questions. You want an important night like this to be perfect, so let Kym help!

The Perfect Prom Accessories!

So you've found the perfect dress and now you just need to find the perfect....everything else. You've got to worry about your hair, your shoes, your jewlery....the list goes on and on.

Now that you've got your dress you need to decide what type of look you are going for. Is the dress really sweet and soft? Is it a pastel color? Does it look like a princess or like a temptress?

Once you know the look you're going for, you can start looking for shoes. The shoes are a pivotal point in the prom process. The right height of a heel will make you dress look, too short, too long, or just right. Be sure to bring your dress with you to match shades. You may need to get your shoes dyed if you have an odd colored dress. (Be prepared to spend $40 on dyed shoes).

If you don't want to dye shoes, (they are expensive) you can try dying shoes yourself. Buy a plain, cheap pair of shoes at a store like Payless. Make sure they have the right height of a heel. The real trick to shoes is realizing that no one will actually see the body of the shoe unless you have a very straight dress. Realize that most full prom dresses only illuminate the very tips of your shoes. Take advantage of this opportunity and try to do it yourself. Buy cheap RIT dye (about $5) and brush it on with a disposable sponge.

If you have a puffy dress, don't fret about your shoes! I guarentee that you can save money and still look incredible. If you really want incredible shoes on the cheap, head to a craft store. My Mom and I bought a few different items and glued them on for incredible shoes. We found pretty rhinestones (about $18 a yard [you only need about $5 worth]).

We also went down the bridal aisle and bought an applique to glue on (complete with pearls). Everyone asked to see my shoes all night! And I used the same shoes for three proms -- super cheap.

The shoes cost about $10 originally. For the first prom I wore them plain. For the second prom I put on an applique. For the third prom I took off the beading, dyed them red, and added rhinestones. Each time they looked completely new and beautiful.

Remember that shoes are one way to save money. If you want to look incredible on the night of the prom, take this small shortcut money-saver.

Tomorrow we'll talk about cheap hair accessories. See ya then!

Your friend in prom fashion,

Questions? Email Kym at

Check these other great articles from our Prom Expert:

Proms are HERE and NOW!5/2/01
Tips for a Fab Face5/1/01
Prom Hair: PART II4/12/01
Prom Hair: PART I4/9/01
More Cheap Accessories: Tiaras4/6/01
More Cheap Accessories: Shawls4/5/01
More Cheap Accessories: Bracelets4/4/01
More Cheap Accessories: Necklaces4/3/01
More Cheap Accessories: Gloves4/2/01
Cheap Hair Accessories!4/1/01
The Perfect Prom Accessories!3/30/01
Fancy Formal Frocks3/29/01
Some tips for prom buying (a sidenote to my other articles)3/23/01
Buying the Dress3/22/01
Spotting a Higher Quality Dress3/20/01
Are You Prepared to Shop?3/12/01
It's Coming...Are You Ready?3/1/01

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