We are beyond thrilled to have Nick Verreos as our latest guest blogger. We reached out to him with your prom fashion questions. Check it out!
Q: I don't want to wear a plain boring tux like everyone else. What are some prom fashion alternatives for guys?
A: Boys, boys, boys—the prom is not ALL about the ladies, of course. It's also about YOU!! Yes, the guys! I hear this "I just don't wanna wear a plain boring tuxedo like everyone else...What else can I wear?" question all the time. Well, you've come to the right fashion source for your answers. Consider me your "Dear Abby" for your "Prom 2011" questions!
Here's the good news: ditch the rented tuxedo, like TODAY!!! It's all about "mixing it up" and being an individual when it comes to your look.
Start with some dark skinny jeans (510 and 511s) in black or a color, or even plaid! Levi's has some great ones at Urban Outfitters, for example. Get a white dress shirt and a cool little shrunken jacket with contrast piping on the lapel. H&M and Top Shop have GREAT styles. This is the NEW tuxedo jacket. And you won't be breaking the bank on buying one, by the way. Experiment with color. It doesn't have to be a black jacket but maybe dark navy with white piping. Another option: look for a white H&M jacket. It's very "James Bond."
Now, look for some fun bow ties, like from Marc by Marc Jacobs. They have great variety in prints and different colors. Hugh Simms is an LA Designer that makes the BEST bow ties. I have like TEN of his bow ties. Check out his website. I wish he was around when I had to go to my prom!
Now, if you want to forgo the jacket, tie, and pants look, try going without the jacket and do suspenders instead. Keep the pants, dress shirt, and bow tie, of course! That's a look that's still semi-elegant but says, "Hey, I can go to a prom, and skateboard at the same time!"
Now, finally, NO patent leather rented shoes!! PLEASE! Be creative and maybe opt for some cool Converse Chucks, or some black patent leather high-tops, or maybe, just maybe, some bling-bling Tom's.
I think these are all style options for making you—the unboring guy—the coolest looking date EVER!!!!
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