4 DIY Prom Outfits for Your Virtual Celebration

Getting creative during a pandemic can be difficult but it can also be a way to distract, quell anxiety, and outlet for energy. With the Teen Vogue Virtual Prom right around the corner we’re starting to brainstorm ways to make something fancy and special out of the things we have at home. When it comes to breathing new life into our clothing we have a few tricks or two, but creating a look that is formal enough for a momentous event like prom is tough. First and foremost, fancy clothing is expensive so using a DIY technique that is irreversible can be really scary. Second, you might not have a lot of choices when it comes to special prom-worthy pieces. But we want to invite you to dig a little deeper in your closet and creativity! Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of sparkle, or length, or dye (or all of the above!).

You don’t have to be an expert at DIY to be able to do these tricks. Sure maybe it’s a dress you’ve worn over and over again, but that doesn’t make it any less special and your peers might not even be able to recognize it once you’re done with it. We’ve seen some impressive DIY prom dresses like this one ft. Angela Davis, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill, and this one that only cost $4, and this leveled up Fashion Nova dress. It’s not as easy-as-pie, but all it takes is some patience and creativity.

So let’s go, you’ve mastered DIY-ing face masks and can do a mean pedicure. Ahead, four DIY techniques for DIY and non-DIYers alike! Can’t wait to see what magic you guys create for virtual prom.

Helmstedt ADress 428.41 available at Helmstedt Zara dress.nbsp
Helmstedt A-Dress, $428.41, available at Helmstedt; Zara dress. 

1. Add Length To Your Short Dresses

1 sparkly short dress + 1 long casual dress = your prom dress. There’s something about prom that prompts dresses that are longer in length. If a floor length gown dress is what you’re going for, consider layering your dresses. It will take some time to find the right combination, but stay patient! Go for something more simple and strapless for the short dress and something delicate and detailed for the long dress.

Vintage blazer Nanushka top.nbsp
Vintage blazer; Nanushka top. 

2. Low Commitment Bedazzle Your Blazer

If a tux was what you had envisioned yourself wearing for prom, create a makeshift one by first finding a blazer and matching (or not matching) pants! A blazer and pants might feel formal, but not special enough for prom night. Instead of bedazzling to add some sparkle, try pinning all of your fun earrings to the lapel of the blazer. You can easily remove them afterwards (which might just be what convinces your parents to let you borrow their fancy blazers).

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