Prom prep without leaving the Rolesville-Wake Forest area

By Isabella F. Vigilante

It’s that time of year. Time to shop for dresses, tuxes and corsages. Whether your date is your girlfriend, your boyfriend or your best friend, or you’re going stag, check out these tips for how to look your best at Prom in Rolesville and Wake Forest.

The Dress

Prom DressFor those who want to forgo the traditional Saks or Belk purchase and are looking for possibly edgy and less expensive dress options, try Next Consignment Boutique in Downtown Wake Forest or Hut No. 8 in Wakefield.

Grecian and mermaid silhouettes are in this year, as are non-traditional details like cutouts and crop-tops.

When thrift or consignment shopping for gowns, remember that everything comes back; you might find an older gown in a style that is popular again, and with a few simple alterations you are guaranteed to sport a one of a kind look at prom. For dress alterations, check out Pope’s Drycleaners in Rolesville. Their wonderful seamstress, Sunny, typically works from another of the local chain’s several locations and not on site. On occasion she will travel for fittings, so it definitely pays to give her a call if your dress needs to be taken in, hemmed, or altered in any way.

The Tux

Remember, if you’re renting a tux, do it early! The newest and the most popular styles are booked quickly.

Do add an unorthodox touch if that’s your thing (i.e., Chuck Taylors instead of dress shoes). Don’t opt for an orange or powder blue tux in lieu of basic black. Remember, less is more! And if a tuxedo just isn’t your thing, a simple black suit and tie will look elegant and timeless in photos for years to come.

If you’re short on cash and you know your measurements, check out the suit selection at the Wakefield Goodwill. Their swanky selection of donated menswear surpasses the typical thrift store Grandpa gear, and will definitely give you a lot to work with. And don’t fear the tailor. If your tux/suit is pre-worn, you should definitely look into having it altered so that it fits you the best.

The Flowers

Wake Forest Florist is the classic choice. Boutonnieres are consistently priced around $15, with corsages ranging from about $35 to $55.

The Hair, Makeup and Miscellaneous Grooming Services

For nails, try Megan Nails or Amy Nails, both in Rolesville. For tanning, try Total Tan on Rogers Road (Their spray tans receive rave reviews.).

Hair Undone in Rolesville is a terrific destination for prom hair.

“We absolutely love working with braids,” said Apryl Thurston, owner of the salon. “We love their texture and soft look, and they are very trendy right now,” in addition to more traditional formal hairstyles like twists and buns.

Ask your local hair stylist or salon if they do makeup if this is a service you would like to receive.

Of course, there’s always the DIY route to the prom beauty regimen if you have the skills. Abbey Brown, a senior at Wake Forest High School is “excited” to get ready for prom. “The buildup is fun,” said Brown, who will be doing her own nails.

Whether your mom, your best friend, or the area’s hottest salon is giving you a fresh cut or doing your makeup, you will definitely find that you don’t need to leave Rolesville or the surrounding area to achieve your best prom look.