Prom is an unofficial rite of passage for many teens, marking one of their last major school-sanctioned events before graduating and moving on to their next phase of adulthood. Each generation has their own set of memories from prom and for students in 2019, technology, life hacks, and the internet has vastly impacted their prom experience. Promposals sound exhausting.
NO MORE LIMOS
Pre-2010s, teens often drove themselves or shelled out for a pro, with prom often doubling as the first time many of us got to see the inside of a limo, unless you were lucky enough to be a junior bridesmaid in your cousins wedding three summers ago. Now teens (who are 18 or older) can forgo pricey limos to instead take an Uber or Lyft, which is not only cheaper, but also cuts down on drunk driving. They can even splurge on Uber Black for a more luxurious ride in a fancier car.
We assume our letters to Tiger Beat asking Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonathan Taylor Thomas to be our prom dates got lost in mail. For kids in 2019, they know that nothing gets lost on the internet. That’s why the fad of teens asking celebrities to prom through social media is now a thing, with the positive press worth the cost of a tux rental and a corsage. Shoot your shots, teens of today.
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) June 2, 2019
Setting the bar unattainably high for future wedding engagements are promposals, which in some cases are doubling the cost of prom. Remember when asking someone to prom was as easy as pointing to a flyer advertising prom tickets and shrugging at your crush? Teens today have their work cut out for them.
Forget the expensive trips to the salon and spa. Teens today are semi-professional makeup artists with YouTube and social media channels that boast thousands of views for hair and makeup tutorials. Want to get the perfect cat eye for prom or copy Kim Kardashian’s latest hairstyle? Do it yourself.
GETTING READY FOR PROM VIDEOS
Unless you were a dedicated diarist, most adults today don’t remember what they did to get ready on the day of their prom. Too bad they didn’t graduate in 2019, when they could have made a ‘Getting Ready for Prom’ vlog. If you didn’t vlog your prom, did you even really go?
Teens today will never know the pain of getting a chance to take a great picture on a disposable or digital camera and hoping that everyone had their eyes open and were looking in the same direction.
HIGH FASHION DRESSES
Thanks to online shopping, high-end dress rental websites like Rent Frock Repeat, and second-hand shopping apps like Poshmark, teens are no longer limited to finding an outfit at the mall. We’re especially big fans of the trend towards renting or buying a second-hand dress, which is not only environmentally friendly but often much more cost effective.
Missed a moment of prom? Don’t worry, it was likely captured and instantly curated into a long stream of images that are easily collected thanks to a pun-tastic hashtag.
For years, tuxes and suits for prom were a rainbow of black, navy and the occasional grey or brown by the uber fashionable kid. Now teens are daring to wear floral shirts, brightly coloured pants and jackets, and long ties, bow ties, or even no ties.
INCLUSIVE PROM SPACES
We still have a long way to go, but same-sex couples, non-binary teens wearing dresses or tuxes, and kids dancing with anyone they want are the best prom moments we love seeing in 2019.
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