Graduation Glam – How to dress vintage for your prom

Can you believe it’s that time of year already?! Exams are over, finals are finished and it’s time for students everywhere to look forward to the best part – graduation!

Whether you’ve come to the end of your degree, finished your A Levels and GCSE’s or are simply looking to celebrate getting through another academic year, chances are there is a big soiree to be had. While there are plenty of pretty frocks and tailoring to be had on the high street, if you’re after something truly special, vintage is the way to go. Here’s our guide on how to get the best retro party look, from decades 1950-1990. Still want more inspiration? Why not head to one of our affordable vintage fairs or kilo sales to seek out your own party outfit?

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image courtesy of westonhistory.com

1950s
For a true 50s look, there is only one direction – wide and out! Think big, delicately coloured full skirts that skim the calves, nipping in at the waist. Pair yours with demure heels and pearls, and top off with an updo – our lovely vintage Barbarellas will be able to show you how!

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1960s
Circle skirts were still hugely popular in the swinging sixties, but more vibrant colours began to be added into the mix. To create a look that nods to the era, think carefully about your accessories – gently flicked hair held back with an alice band, and matchy-matchy handbags, gloves and corsages. If knee length isn’t your thing, go for a full length dress – just remember to belt in that waist and get your date a matching flower!

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image courtesy of people.com

1970s
By the time we reached the 1970s, pastels were completely out – the 70s was the era of technicolour for both men and women! While you don’t need to go full on Saturday Night Fever, the traditional satins and tulles aren’t your only option – check out this picture of Ellen Degeneres and her date at a 1976 high school prom.

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1980s
The 80s prom-look is not for the faint hearted – we are talking some serious shoulder pads! Keep things traditional in a floor length silk or velveteen off the shoulder number, or go more alternative with a bubble-hem mini bandeau – bonus points if you pair it with mesh gloves. For men, only full suit and tails will suffice – pale grey, baby blue and yellow were all popular tux shades of the decade.

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1990s
In the 90s, things suddenly became a lot sleeker, with spaghetti strap tube dresses and simple updos – two curly tendrils hanging loose , of course – becoming the order of the day. If in doubt, merely look to the style inspiration of Kat from classic movie 90s 10 Things I Hate about You. Male dressing was just as easy to achieve – a basic suit (sans tie) with slicked back hair and you were good to go.

Are you planning on wearing vintage for your prom! Be sure to send us some pictures on magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk!