Prom is one of those nights a teenager looks forward to for years. It's a magical night of celebrating with friends and dressing up in your best dress. When it comes to choosing a gown for the big night, more and more ladies are choosing a pink prom dress.
The History of Pink in Fashion
The color pink has a rich history throughout fashion. While pink is commonly characterized as feminine, that hasn't always been the case. Past artwork shows that in the 1700s and 1800s, men frequently wore pink.
Pink became strictly associated with female fashion after World War Two when Christian Dior began focusing on pale pinks (such as blush) in his collection to combat post-war rationing. Other designers, such as Elsa Schiaparelli, followed Dior's lead. However, Schiaparelli preferred more shocking pinks such as fuchsia.
What the Color Pink Symbolizes
The color pink symbolizes love for oneself and for others. Pink is considered a delicate and friendly color that is associated with sweetness, romance, tenderness, and playfulness. The color represents affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability.
There have been many famous pink gowns throughout history. Examples include Lila Bath's Mexican wedding dress from 1972, Marilyn Monroe's hot pink dress in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Glinda the Good Witch's pink gown in Wizard of Oz.
Throughout the years, celebrities have rocked many beautiful pink gowns on the red carpet. Some of the pink gowns that stick out in our mind have been worn by Lada Gaga, Emilia Clark, Emma Stone, Demi Lovato, and Kelly Price.
Pink Dresses and Skin Tones
Your skin has pink, red, or blue undertones. Summer skin tones and hair shades are considered softer than those of winter. For those with summer skin tones, neutral colors like light pinks are best to compliment the red undertones of your skin. People with winter tones often have a more intense look, with more contrast such as darker hair, pale skin, and light-colored eyes. If you have winter skin tones, hot pink will complement the natural shade of your skin tone well.
Pink gowns have a lot of variation to them. You can choose a rose gold prom dress, which will be subtle or hot pink for more shock value. There is no one right way for pink dresses. You can choose pink for formal dresses, short dresses, with high or low necklines, and with or without embellishments.
Special Occasion Pink Formal Gowns
When it comes to choosing a pink prom dress, make sure to choose a shade of pink that compliments both your skin tone and your hair color. You can choose to keep it simple and have the dress be the main feature of your outfit or pair your pink dress with accessories. Pink prom dresses in bright shades of pink (such as magenta or fuchsia) pair well with metallics such as silver and gold, for visual contrast. While light pink prom dresses (such as blush) pair well with neutral clutches and heels in nude colors.
When choosing a prom dress, the first priority should be that you feel beautiful, comfortable, and the dress represents your style.
Pink gowns aren't exclusive for prom and can be purchased for homecoming, winter formals, military balls, pageants, sweet 16, and other special occasions.