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Damn Girl Ya Look Good

Oh, did you have some questions about prom attire? Here are the answers you seek!

Prom-dress shopping has left me an empty shell of the woman I once was. I have a rash between my breasts, and all the dresses I’ve run into are really low-cut, which I’m uncomfortable with. Can you help me find a great, not-too-revealing dress that’s under $200? —Parmiss

Nooo to feeling like an empty shell! Prom-dress shopping should be fun!

I’m sure your chest looks totally fine, but I know how a rash can make you feel less attractive than you actually are. In this wild life, I’ve had my fair share of chest acne, itchy sunburns, and stress rashes, which all made me feel like run-over doo doo. It’s OK, sweet thang! We will find something that you can feel both comfortable and gorgeous in.

Let’s start with some helpful search terms. Pop “high neck dress” or “boatneck dress” into the search box at sites that sell special-occasion dresses, like ModCloth, ASOS, and Macy’s, and you’ll find some gems that are just right for the dance floor: I am loving this white number that my own searches turned up. I envision it worn with silver or gold heels, but any kind of fun, colorful shoe would look totally awes. I’m also into this black-and-green lace dress. Or…how about this dotted ’50s-style dress? It reminds me of the one Iona gave to Andie in Pretty in Pink (before Andie deconstructed it, of course).

There are also lots of dresses with sheer detail on the bust, like a lace or mesh neckline, which would probably provide enough coverage to obscure any discoloration on your chest. I like this little black dress and this fabulous Betsey Johnson situation. Finally, many ’50s-style cocktail dresses have a boatneck, such as this Bettie Page–ish one.

Here are a few more dresses that might inspire you:

Clockwise from top left: lace dress, $110, Betsey Johnson; red dress, $163, Trashy Diva; embellished dress, $103, ModCloth; purple dress, $168, Betsey Johnson; fluffy dress, $138, ModCloth; orange dress, $103, ModCloth.

Clockwise from top left: lace dress, $110, Betsey Johnson; red dress, $163, Trashy Diva; embellished dress, $103, ModCloth; purple dress, $130, Betsey Johnson; fluffy dress, $105, ModCloth; orange dress, $138, ModCloth.

And remember: The less you worry about your rash or any physical attribute that you’re surely blowing out of proportion in your mind, the more you’ll be able to focus on the fun times to be had with all your friends. So get out your dancing shoes and have a great night! —Marie

I am planning to wear an adorable black-and-white ’60s-style mod dress to my prom, but I’m not sure what shoes and accessories I should wear with it. I also don’t have a huge budget. Any ideas? —Isobel, 16 London

What a fun look! OK, first, I would channel the most iconic mod muses, Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy, for instant inspiration. Edie was known for her chandelier earrings, so if you wear earrings, skip the studs and go for dangly ones.

From left: Twiggy; Edie Sedgwick.

From left: Twiggy, Edie Sedgwick.

I am obsessed with these two pairs of glitter earrings from Betti Confetti, and I also love these vintage mod gems. Vintage Bakelite bracelets would look perfect with your dress, they’re way pricey. You could try these GirlPROPS bangles instead for just a couple of buckaroos.

For shoes, I’d love to see you in crazy platforms, like something from the mod footwear brand Shellys London. I’m loving you in these or these beauts. If you’re like, “Please, Marie, I don’t need to be twisting my ankle on prom night,” then let’s take things dow a notch with some easier-to-dance-in wedges, like these or these. Or how about going for something silver and sparkly, like this? Whatever you do, don’t forget to listen to the Jam while you get ready to completely immerse yourself in the mod mood! —Marie ♦

If you have a question about going commando under a robe or the most fashionable way to wear a tassel for next month’s very special GRADUATION edition of Damn Girl, write to Marie and her stylin’ crew of bandits at Please let us know your first name (or nickname), age, and where you live.


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  • katrinaandthediamonds April 16th, 2014 12:45 AM

    Sighing because I wish this had come out before my prom which was last week. Oh well. Another great Damn Girl Ya Look Good. n_n Also I suggest seeing custom dressmakers for prom! I did it for my prom and it was much more affordable than I thought it would be!

  • FlaG April 16th, 2014 1:21 AM

    Marie, I fully endorse your recommendation of listening to The Jam before prom. Or in general.

  • Ciara Gavin April 16th, 2014 3:29 AM

    the junk-food themed prom outfit is perfect, not to mention Marie’s doll head corsage + wig combo! can i wear that, you know, just.. casually..?

    xx, C

  • Sophii April 16th, 2014 7:06 AM

    There are so many cute dresses in this article. I wish I’d seen this before my prom last year! Edie and Twiggy are my favourites xoxo

  • Lucy23 April 16th, 2014 7:28 AM

    my friend’s great grandmother went to prom in a white dress that she somehow managed to attach 100 live lightning bugs to, so she actually glittered when she went to prom

  • Nadifa April 16th, 2014 10:31 AM

    Just in time for prom! I’m going to hunt for a dress soon. I really hope I can find something nice, probably like those vintage 60s dress. But I’m not sure if I can find one..

  • Maradoll Mynx April 16th, 2014 10:46 AM

    The Good Enough to Eat dress looks Easy Enough to Make too. I seriously may have to get a new sewing project underway.

  • IAMCAIN April 16th, 2014 11:54 AM

    I always find the whitepepper have amazinggg dresses. I love smock dresses/alexa chung and when I stumbled upon this Shoreditch based goldmine I was shocked I’d considered buying dresses from anywhere else. I’m based in the Uk though, but I’m sure they’ll deliver if you message them, they’re that good!

    Prom is a real pain, you just need to remember to not want to look like someone else, look like you! peace out.

    • jayne12 April 17th, 2014 7:46 PM

      Ah I love it! :) Is the material nice, or is it that sort of polyester- chiffon that seems to be everywhere at the moment and quite literally makes my hair stand on end?

  • enevieve April 16th, 2014 9:18 PM

    that’s not Divine as Edna, it’s Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad

  • Katherine April 16th, 2014 10:09 PM

    I’m most likely going to wear my mother’s wedding dress to my prom, but I love the idea of dressing like a junk food queen.

  • afabrication April 17th, 2014 7:17 PM

    Love the pantsuit idea! Totally worth pursuing.

  • crapbag April 18th, 2014 8:43 AM

    Man this got me wishing I had some nice event to attend so I could wear a ~pantsuit~ They have to be like the #1 classiest, bad-bitchiest piece of clothing a gal can wear!
    I was gonna wear this feckin’ awesome extremely V neck pantsuit to my ball last year but it was all last minute so I didn’t have enough time to scope out one that fit me: long torsos and small titties don’t mix so well when it comes to all-in-one outfits :`((