For the Guys: What to Wear to Prom

Coordinate with Your Date and Be Yourself!

What should a guy wear to prom, exactly? A suit? A tuxedo? Prom season is one of the most exciting times of the year when you're in highschool—so choosing what you wear to the big dance is important! When it comes to formal dressing for guys, we know that it isn't nearly as complicated for them as it is for the girls, but that doesn't mean they can skimp on the details or avoid planning ahead.

Start doing research online and even on TV—see what some of your favorite male celebrities (and social media influencers) have been wearing lately to get inspired. Take some notes, maybe save some photos on your phone for reference, that way you'll know what you're looking for when you find it.

Feeling like yourself and being confident is key, but also keep in mind that there are a few guidelines for what guys wear to prom that will help you find your best look (and look your best on the dancefloor).

*And if you haven't figured out how to ask your date yet, check out these #promposals!

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Stick to Your Signature look

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Just because you're required to wear a suit, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your personal sense of style. There are plenty of ways to let your signature look—whether it's printed shirts, skinny pants or quirky color choices—shine via your tux or suit.

When considering your ideal prom look, don't forget to consider jacket length and button styling, overall color and of course, what you to wear underneath (vest, cummerbund, bow tie, etc.)

For example, we love when a classic black tuxedo gets turned on its head. You could wear a dark teal or midnight blue suit, or why not try a colorful or printed shirt instead of white.

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Coordinate with Your Date

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Before you even consider your tuxedo options, check with your date about the color and material of her dress. (Sorry, she comes first even if you're just friends!) It's also nice to ask if she has any preferences on your choice (tuxedo or suit), because you would be surprised at how much advice she may have to give.

You don't want to be too matchy-matchy with your date (it's tacky!) but a complementary cummerbund or tie adds a very cool touch to your whole prom look; plus your date will be thrilled.

Don't forget! The most important coordinating details for prom are your corsage and boutineer. Make sure the flowers and greenery go together.

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Don't Be Afraid to Be Trendy

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It might not be the best move to embrace a full head-to-toe trend look (remember your dad's photos of those powder blue polyester suits from the 1970s), but one current element or trendy accessory can look amazing with a timeless suit or tuxedo.

Why not experiment with funky or playful cufflinks? Try a non-traditional bow tie (or skinny tie) from somewhere like The Tie Bar. A vest under your jacket is a traditional choice and will always look good, but a cummerbund adds a classy, classic touch. Also—think about a pocket square! They are a sometimes forgotten detail​ but can add just the right finishing touch to your formal look.

You could also take a cue from celebrity red-carpet look you admire! Browse around online and see if something worn by a leading man happens to catch your eye. (We love Ansel Elgort's look here.)

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Don't Forget That the Little Details Count

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At first, you may not think that things like your hair, cologne, or accessories matter all that much, but they really can make or break your entire look!

First thing's first: Definitely get a haircut or a trim about a week before the prom, and consider trying out a new part or a bit of product to nail a sleek, dressed up look.

If you don't usually wear it, try a light splash of cologne on the big night. Don't forget your watch, too!

Last but not least? Shoes! If you're a sneakerhead by nature, why not rock a fresh, unforgettable pair with your tuxedo? If your footwear tastes are more classic, just be sure to have your dress shoes polished and looking their best before the big night.