February 21, 2013

Cinema Favorites: Men’s Formal Wear For Prom

Prom is one of the most memorable nights during high school.

Formal wear stores open their doors to eager students who are looking to buy tuxedos for the big night. A key component for all students to remember is creativity – whether wearing traditional formal wear or alternative prom tuxedos. Searching for the right tux won’t work unless you have a theme. It will enhance the atmosphere of the night and make it more memorable. If you desire, you can emulate a character from a famous prom movie. This can make you stand out more and make the night unforgettable. Here are three characters that can inspire you to morph your prom into a scene from the silver screen.

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A prevalent motif schools go for is the 80’s theme and nothing is more iconic from that era than John Hughes movies. While his filmography is extensive, one that clearly stands out is Pretty in Pink. The character Duckie, played by John Cryer from Two and a half men, stars as the nerd stereotype. Duckie aggressively pursues popular girl Molly Ringwold to take to prom. While he doesn’t end up getting his dream girl, Duckie makes quite an impression with his wardrobe. To get the look, seek out a wing tip tuxedo shirt and top it with a classic fit, shawl lapel tuxedo in navy blue.  Finally, complete the look with an old school bolo tie and maybe even style your hair to a signature Flock of seagulls haircut.

The Duck Man, keeping it fresh as always.

The Duck Man, keeping it fresh as always.

Moving into the 90’s, the decade ushered in another time period of famous flicks focusing on prom. With John Hughes films being a staple of the 80’s, the 90’s had prom flicks which focused on other famous stories.  The first being the late and legendary Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You. Ledger plays the long haired loner who despises the dance alongside Julia Stiles. To display this attitude, he ignored the tie and wore a simple white shirt with a worn out black tuxedo jacket. And even though he wore traditional leather shoes, he ultimately avoiding all standard pieces that go with men’s formal wear, creating a look that is rebellious yet stylish. 

Rebellion never looked so good.

Rebellion never looked so good.

Another notable example from this era was She’s All That. Following another famous fairy tale setting, this one stars Freddie Prinze Jr. as the jock who falls for the social outcast after a bet. This flick tends to be a bit silly but holds one important formal wear fashion rule: a simple tux can make all the difference. Sticking to the basics while dancing with your date can make the night so much more special. Sometimes, it is really true that less is more. 

She's not the only one who's all that!

She’s not the only one who’s all that!

For more ideas, just watch your favorite movies. Not only are they a great watch, but also a great resource for ideas!

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