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From choosing your prom outfit to making an entrance, here’s how to make prom a night to remember. We’re going to help you prep for your prom like a pro and impress your friends when you hit the red carpet. Learn how to pick out a suit in the perfect cut, and how to ace your shoes and accessories; our men’s prom guide is a one-stop-shop to looking sharp from head to toe.
And because it’s not all about your threads, we’ve included hair styling tips to polish your appearance and prom car ideas so you arrive in style. We even share how to stage the perfect ‘promposal’ (and what to do if it all goes pear-shaped).
PROM SUIT, TUX OR BLAZER?
Unless your prom has a strict dress code, you should be able to choose between a suit, a tuxedo or a blazer and trousers. Here’s the what you should be looking at:
A prom suit is ideal if you want a smart and modern look on the big night. Choose either a 2- or 3-piece suit (a waistcoat being the third piece), and what colour and cut you want: either skinny, slim or tailored.
This striking slim fit 2-piece in bright blue from Moss London will help you stand out from the rest of your squad; it has a fresh appeal with its bold colour and close-fitting design. The welted breast pocket (where you can see the opening but not the edges) is perfect for adding a dash of character with a pocket square – perhaps in the same colour as your date’s outfit?
And when the prom is nothing but a great memory, this suit can be dusted down and worn again for a big interview or your next special occasion.
Defined by sleek satin lapels, a wing-collar shirt and bow tie, the tuxedo – as seen above – channels old-school style. Like a suit, tailored, slim and skinny fit variations of the tux mean that men of all sizes and tastes can pull it off, while a pair of black shiny shoes, silver cufflinks and a smart dress watch often get paired with this to complete the polished look.
The Moss London skinny fit black tuxedo would look great at prom. Its sharp, angled design helps create a modern, streamlined silhouette, while the collar and tie provide that classic, vintage charm.
The blazer (basically a suit-style jacket) can instantly transform a shirt and smart jeans combo into a prom outfit. Typically available in a bolder range of colours than a standard suit jacket, they also tend to be cut more casually.
For example, you could pair this wine-coloured velvet jacket with a crisp white shirt, colourful bow tie and sharp black jeans. This way you’re keeping to the dress code but putting your own spin on it.
For more alternative prom outfit ideas, check out this video from fashion blogger Gallucks:
Like Gallucks’ style but fancy something more formal? Watch him run through some tips on how to style a tux.
SKINNY, SLIM OR TAILORED?
For a suit to look good and feel comfortable, you have to match it to your body type. So, which would you fit best: a skinny, slim or tailored?
Featuring slimmer lapels and narrow shoulders, the skinny fit suit also has a shorter jacket length and narrower legs. Perfect for guys with a slight or slim build, it’s a great cut if you want to achieve a smart, ultra-modern look.
Defined by a tailored, narrow fit around the shoulder, chest, waist and sleeve, the slim fit look is finished off with tapered trouser legs to create a sharp, modern silhouette. It’s a look that works well for men with a slight, slim or medium build.
The tailored fit is a great way to accentuate your natural body shape, while still leaving room to breathe. Defined by a jacket that’s nipped in at the waist and classic lapels, the trousers are tapered for a polished look. Ideal for guys with a slim, regular or large build, it’s a style that has wide appeal.
If you’re still not quite sure about your size and ideal cut, why not try our Tailor Me service? Not only can you select your perfect cut, colour and lining, but you can also have your own personalised message embroidered on the inside to make the suit truly unique.
Just drop in to see us and one of our suit experts will get you measured and have you fixed up and looking razor-sharp.
SHOULD I GO FOR A 2-PIECE OR 3-PIECE PROM SUIT OR TUX?
There’s a dramatic difference between a 2- or 3-piece suit. We provide expertise on both to help you choose.
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER?
A 3-piece suit is just like a normal 2-piece but has a waistcoat. And it really takes the classic, refined look to the next level. More formal than a 2-piece but less so than a dinner suit. You can always take off the waistcoat if you want.
If you’re looking to channel a touch of old-school charm, or want to echo UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor who’s known for his 3-piece repertoire, perhaps three is the magic number.
The freedom of a 2-piece suit, above, may be more your thing. By ditching the waistcoat it’s easier to go loud with coloured or patterned shirts and ties.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, guys like footballing icon David Beckham and actor Michael Fassbender always pull off 2-pieces like pros.
WHAT COLOUR SUIT SHOULD I CHOOSE: BLUE, BLACK, GREY… OR SOMETHING UNIQUE?
Do you go for classic black, blue or grey, or switch things up with a daring colour scheme? Let’s explore your options.
BACK TO BLACK
Class and sophistication; that’s what you get with a black suit. Whether you opt for the timeless black tuxedo a-la-Bond, or a modern skinny fit 3-piece number, it’s a sure-fire winner in the style stakes and can blend perfectly into any prom.
FADE TO GREY
Grey suits can be a suave choice for prom when carefully accessorised. Transform the look of a smart 3-piece grey suit with a pop of polka dot colour on your shirt, tie or pocket square. Or take a page out of the blazer playbook and go bold with a check grey suit jacket paired with some dark jeans for a casual finish.
INTO THE BLUE
A navy-blue blazer or dinner jacket gives your prom outfit a sense of classic style. This skinny fit blue dress suit from our Moss London collection combines vintage charm with a streamlined, modern cut. It’s a look that says you mean business.
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD
You’ll be the talk of prom if you opt for a bold, untraditional colour for your suit, as shown below. If you do decide you want to make an entrance, tie your outfit together properly with a tie and or pocket square that complement the suit’s colouring, rather than clash with it. There’s such a thing as too much colour.
Colour doesn’t always have to be loud. This beautifully tailored skinny fit 3-piece burgundy suit from Moss London has bags of vintage charm, thanks to its unconventional shade and classic waistcoat – a perfect blend of traditional and modern.
FORMAL OR CASUAL? CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHIRT FOR PROM
You need a shirt. Match the fit to your suit: skinny, slim, tailored or regular. And you have to get the style right:
A formal shirt is a safe bet. Just like your normal shirt, but smarter; it’ll look great paired with your prom suit or blazer. The sky blue shirt above left comes in finest quality textured cotton while its extra slim fit and double cuffs will add a refined edge to your look.
Or why not give your plain suit or blazer a burst of bold with a patterned formal shirt? With its smart gingham print, the above right shirt is a great balance between formal and casual and features a classic collar and single cuffs to let the pattern do the talking.
After something more causal? This monochrome floral number from Moss London will look awesome with a smart suit jacket or blazer. And its bold pattern packs a punch so you can probably skip the tie.
Crisp white is always a good option for prom. The Moss London shirt above right gives a semi-formal vibe with its smart button-down collar, while its extra slim fit is perfect to keep your look streamlined when paired with a standout suit or jacket.
Shirt sizes are usually based on collar size. Not sure which is best for you? Our guide gives you your ideal fit.
HOW TO ACCESSORISE A PROM SUIT
You’re probably going to want a tie or bow tie, but you can also accessorise your prom suit with things like a pocket square or cufflinks.
TIES AND BOW TIES
A tux needs a bow tie. For colour, you can’t go wrong with classic black. This pre-tied version is easily slipped on and off. Not feeling black? Get a pop of colour with this bold red bow tie instead.
For 2- and 3-piece prom suits, pick out a regular tie in a colour that complements your suit or date’s outfit. This navy mini spot silk tie from Moss London has a premium feel to it. Keep it in place with this slick silver tie bar.
Provided you haven’t gone mad with colours or patterns in your outfit, cufflinks are a prom essential if you really want to make the effort. Some geo-patterned cufflinks from Ted Baker add a bit of designer flair to your outfit.
Putting a beautifully stitched pocket square in the front pocket of your jacket can give your outfit a boost. Whether you go red, white or blue, or say it with flowers with a finely detailed floral print from Ted Baker, it’s a simple but effective upgrade.
Want to ace your pocket square look? Our blog post explains how, whether you go for the two point or winged puff look.
Don’t undo all your hard work by flashing a tatty pair of socks when you stride into prom. A pair of bold, patterned socks provides a great contrast to your suit. Pick a colour that matches your tie and pocket square to give your ensemble balance.
A worn out belt is really going to show you up. You’ll probably want to match your shoe colour, which might mean a stylish, black or brown leather belt will do the trick.
Not essential, but worn with a tux or retro-ish suit, braces are a great detail that show you’ve made a real effort – something your date will appreciate.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT PAIR OF PROM SHOES
Prom shoes say a lot about a man, so pick a pair that makes the right statement. If you’ve decided on a tux or a dress suit, you should probably go with a shiny pair of black patent dress shoes.
If you’re going less formal, then you have a ton of colour and style options. The dark tan brogues shown above are from our Moss London line. Stylish and distinctive, they’ll pair up well with blue or grey suits.
Feeling something preppier? Slip-on tassel loafers are traditionally a gentlemanly choice but worn sockless in this oxblood shade, they’ll add a cheeky twist to tailored trousers in black, blue or grey.
Only if they go with your look can you get away with rocking these navy blue suede boots. Perfect for a blazer-trousers set-up, they look the business with smart black jeans or beige chinos.
SHOULD I BUY OR RENT A SUIT?
It’s up to you, and you can do either at Moss Bros. If you come into store, our guys will give you impeccable service either way. To make up your mind:
BUYING YOUR PROM SUIT
Priced between £79–£299, buying a prom suit may not be as expensive as you think. Not only will you have something in your wardrobe sorted for your next event or big interview, but can have it altered for a more tailored fit at an additional cost.
HIRING A PROM SUIT
Hiring a quality prom suit from Moss Bros can set you back between £40 to £142, so you’ll save a bit on buying. It also gives you the chance to road test a new look with no commitment, or wear an outfit you wouldn’t necessarily invest in.
WINDSOR KNOT OR BOW TIE? MASTER THE ART OF TYING A TIE
On the night, you’re going to have to do your tie or bow tie. The first one, you might have had some practice from school. The second one? We show you how:
HOW TO TIE A BOW TIE
The key to mastering the bow tie is to not get it too tight, so that it stays perfectly put and doesn’t bunch your collar up. Of course, you could opt for a pre-tied version if you want to save on hassle.
HOW TO TIE A WINDSOR KNOT
Suitable for regular to skinny ties, tying a Windsor knot (the normal kind of tie knot) is a skill you can pull out of the bag for an interview, business meeting as well as your prom. So it’s worth knowing how to do it yourself.
PROM HAIR IDEAS FOR MEN
Turn some attention to your locks. You could just go with your regular style, but there’s no better time to upgrade to a slick new look that’s befitting of your new threads.
Keep it short and sweet with a contemporary fade, like the model above left.
SIDE PARTED SWEEP
Above right, this is a modern take on the side parting that’s easy enough to get right.
THE 90s FLOP
Make like a 90s icon with longer hair casually flopped to the side, like the model above left.
TEXTURED FRENCH CROP
Go rough and rugged with this textured take on the usual barber’s short-back-and-sides, shown above right.
HOW TO PROM-POSE IN STYLE
Time to get a date. If you’re already going out with someone, the choice is simple. But, if you’re single and have had your eye on a special someone, then pop the question. Here are a few ideas:
SAY IT WITH FOOD
Take your date-to-be to their favourite restaurant and get the waiter to slip your note onto the table with the food. Or, order takeaway pizza and have them write your message on the inside of the box.
MIX IT UP
If you’re brave enough, wow your potential date with your musical prowess, and put together a playlist of their favourite tunes called ‘Will you go to the prom with me?’
SET THE STAGE
Get your favourite local band or DJ to do a shout-out at a gig. It might involve a bit of planning and begging, but then everyone loves a risk taker.
And, if your promposal goes pear-shaped and you’re given the cold shoulder, fear not. Be gracious, take it like a man and go to the prom with your mates, or simply take your bestie. You’ll still have a great time and you never know who else will catch your eye.
HOW TO TRAVEL TO AND FROM YOUR PROM IN STYLE
If there’s a night you don’t need to get a lift from your parents, it’s prom night. Whether you’re with your mates or a hot date, you need to arrive in style.
JUMP ON THE PARTY BUS
Travelling in a large group? A decked-out ‘party bus’ or limo could be the answer. Enjoy music, laughs and some killer pics to send your mates as you head out to prom.
Impress your date by shunning the clichéd limousine and hire a horse and carriage. Some might say you’re a little old-fashioned, others will think you’re just a modern romantic.
Make like a movie star and go for a massive Hummer. Everyone will notice when you arrive, and they’ll probably be taking so many shots of your ride it’ll feel like the red carpet treatment.
HOW TO ORGANISE A PROM AFTER-PARTY
The best parties are often the after-parties, so why not organise your own? While party-planning isn’t easy, the end results can be worth it, if you get it right! Here are a few tips to kick you off:
Organise your party with a group so the tasks are shared out – one team, one dream.
Have a brainstorm and pick a good theme, whether it’s casino or 90s neon rave.
Set your budget and put the feelers out for numbers.
Get DJs, sort the venue and book door staff if you think you might need them.
Set up a private page on Facebook, send out your invites and sort tickets so you know you don’t get a load of gate crashers.
Once tickets are sold, buy food and drink.
Party the night away!
The morning after, enjoy a well-earned break with a lazy pizza and movie day.
Got some ideas now? Take a look through our huge collection of prom suits and our prom lookbook to get your outfit sorted, or browse the rest of The Inside Pocket for fashion tips, tricks and videos.
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