Every spring, formal wear for men flourishes because of the start of prom season. Tuxedos fly off the shelves as teens hurry to find the best look for that special event. As an important milestone for almost anyone’s highschool career, it has also become a chance for students to dress up and enjoy the remainder of their time together before the journey to adulthood continues in college.
Many movies have reflected this stage of a teenager’s life, and have illustrated how important prom is through their own unique fashion statements. Here are the top 5 moments that we like to watch over and over again.
Footloose (1984, 2011) – Even with a hokey storyline of dancing being banned in town after a local accident, this memorable movie excels in its closing scene – glitter flying around and the kids cutting loose show the true essence of prom: having fun. Kevin Bacon and his predecessor Kenny Wormald (2011 remake) dress in a red suede suit and kick off the most famous dance sequence. Thanks to this famous flick, the red tuxedo has become an emblem of 80’s fashion.
Grease (1978) – In this movie that jumpstarted John Travolta’s career, good girl Sandy and infamous greaser Danny start one of the many song and dance numbers seen in the movie during their prom. Travolta rocked that scene wearing a black tux with a pink tuxedo shirt, referencing the unique color combo teens favored for formal wear during that era.
Back to the Future (1985) – This beloved trilogy’s first installment is famous for the prom scene where Michael J. Fox rocks away on his guitar with a rousing rendition of “Johnny Be Good.” Another film that pays tribute to 50’s formal wear fashion, Fox sports a fedora, a classy tuxedo accessory that compliments any color scheme.
Carrie (1976) – One of the most infamous prom scenes in movie history, it’s hard to forget the telekinetic lashing that social outcast Carrie gives to her fellow classmates after getting drenched in pig’s blood. Gore aside, 70’s tuxedos were a little more simplistic, but it was hard to focus on judging the fashion with all the brutal deaths occurring.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) – The big screen adaption of Stephen Chbosky’s famous 90’s novel premiered this past year and has a dance scene which helped earn its place on the list. The scene opens on step siblings, Sam and Patrick, dancing away to coax the titular wallflower, Charlie (played by Logan Lerman), off the wall and join them. Charlie awkwardly makes his way over to the dance floor in his boxy suit. Clearly standing out from the rest of the crowd, Charlie’s suit is definitely meant for an older crowd. However, he manages to show off a classic look, considering how nerve wracking highschool dances can be. Essentially, Charlie’s suit represents the stiff but sleek men’s formal wear trend of the 90’s.
The silver screen has showed off some serious style at dances. Movies have truly captured the main idea behind prom – teens simply desire to look great and feel good in the last slivers of high school left. Give these movies a watch or browse our collection of prom tuxedos to gain ideas for the next big dance!