With prom just around the corner, many teens are wondering where they can find the hottest tuxedos and dresses, get the most glamorous hair styles and book the flyest transportation for their big night.
The Lodi News-Sentinel is here to help. We have gathered a few resources and suggestions to guide teens through their prom preparation.
Finding the perfect dress
Wondering what’s in style this prom season?
A little bit of everything is popular this season, according to Nancy Chambers, owner of The Elizabeth (20 S. School St., Lodi).
“Some want everything really tight, and others want the ballgown, so it’s kind of a little bit of everything,” she said.
A-line dresses will suit anybody well, while mermaid dresses can be worn by both tall and short girls with a slender frame, Chambers said. She suggested A-line dresses for the curvier ladies.
Taller girls can wear almost anything, she said.
The Elizabeth of Lodi sells prom dresses and offers outside alterations. The price range for a dress purchased at The Elizabeth is $150 to $350.
The most popular styles of dresses sold at Sheryl Giles Bridal include mermaid-style ballgowns made with satin mocato fabric and a lot of beading, and two-piece dresses with a beaded top with a mocato bottom, said Jennifer Lake, the store’s head of sales and manager.
Dresses with pockets are also in this season, she said.
“We’re a little different, because I know some of the styles are little risqué and with us it’s a little bit more conservative,” Lake said.
She added champagne is their most popular color this season.
Turquoise, blush, dark purple and black are also popular colors for prom, Lake said. Prints are also popular at Sheryl Giles (100 W. Pine St., Lodi).
Designers carried at Sheryl Giles include Madison James and Ellie Wilde. The price range for a dress is $300 to $650.
Those unable to find the right size or their dream dress in the store can order dresses from the designers they carry, Lake said.
“We kind of choose a dress that’s in their liking, and we’ll show them online and we show them the different colors it comes in,” she said. “Then we can take their measurements, order their size and the color they desire.”
While it takes 15 weeks to order a dress brand new, it may take only a couple of weeks to order if it is in stock, Lake said. During prom season, Sheryl Giles has off-the-rack discounts for dresses. They also offer in-house alterations.
Look classy in that tux
The Elizabeth also rents tuxedos for guys going to prom. Black, fitted tuxedos are popular this season, Chambers said, but some still go with the more traditional look. Anyone wishing to order a tux should come in and place their order at least two weeks before their prom, she said.
“If they want one of the newer styles, they may run out,” she said. “If they want to be able to pick what they want, they should come early, because the companies do run out of the popular styles.”
Prices for tuxedos at The Elizabeth range between $129 to $179, depending on if shoes and accessories are needed.
Jazz Dhatt at Tuxedo of Lodi (12 N. School St.) agreed that ultra slim-cut styles were popular this season. Burgundy and maroon are really popular colors, he added. Cobalt blue, navy, gray, classic black are popular as well. Some students have even ordered sand-colored, purple, coral and several other colors, he said.
Tuxedo of Lodi needs at least 48 hours notice to fulfill a tuxedo order, but it’s better to order at least a week in advance, Dhatt said. They may need two to three weeks notice for more out-of-the-box styles.
Local students can get a discount on tuxedos by following the store’s social media. They can receive $40 off if they follow the Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, Dhatt said.
Without shoes, the price for a tux would range from $81.45 to $146.45. Dhatt said the cheapest pair of shoes they have is $15.
Rock your hair
Sabrina Shandrew, owner of Stained Salon (200 N. Church St.), said up-dos are still a popular hairstyle for prom, but girls are going for more elegant, soft and loose styles. Some girls are wearing their hair down with soft loose curls, and some like the curls pulled to the side, she added.
Pricing at the salon varies from stylist to stylist, and pricing for prom styles starts at about $50, Shandrew said.
The salon also has a nail tech for those looking for the perfect manicure. A full set is $45 and gel polish is $30, Shandrew said. Both acrylics and gel polish are popular, she said, and the girls typically like to match their nail color with their dress.
Appointments are required, and girls should really think ahead of time to make an appointment, she said.
“The sooner the better to make an appointment because we book up fast,” Shandrew said.
If girls can’t get an appointment at Stained, Luscious Salon (115 S. School St.), Kroma Hair Studio (404 W. Pine St.), Ciao Bella (1 W. Pine St.), Essentials Day Spa (1110 W. Kettleman) and several other Lodi salons have high ratings on Yelp.
Accessorize with spring blossoms
Roses and spray roses are the popular flowers for boutonnieres and corsages this season, according to Sarah Lawson of the Flower Cart (937 S. Cherokee Lane).
White and silver are their most popular colors, Lawson said, but red is also popular.
Orders should be placed at least two weeks in advance, she said. Rose boutonnieres are $16.50 and rose corsages start at $36; arrangements could cost more depending if the customer wants fancy jewels or wristbands added on. Specials are sometimes offered on the Flower Cart’s Facebook page.
Chuck Meyer of Woodbrige Florist (18964 N. Lower Sacramento Road) agreed that roses are popular this season. They come in all sorts of colors and are easier to match with outfits, he said.
Orchids are also popular, he said.
Prices start at $28.50 for a wrist corsage and $17.50 for boutonnieres at Woodbridge Florist, he said.
Students should order no later than the Monday or Tuesday before their prom, Meyer said. However, it’s best to order at least two weeks before the big day.
Snagging the right ride
Want to arrive to prom in style?
Party buses are the most popular choices for prom because groups of friends are so large, said Stephanie Schnieder, owner of Vintage Limousine (1132 S. Mills Ave.).
Vintage only has stretch limos in their fleet, but they offer SUVs for smaller groups.
Prices range from $65 to $95 an hour for prom. Sparkling cider and complementary soft drinks are offered in the limo for the kids, along with red carpet service for photo ops, Schneider said. They also have mp3 player hook-ups so kids can bring their own music.
Schnieder advises parents to make sure the limo service they choose is fully licensed with the State of California.
George Kalaras of the Limousine Connection (825 N. Stockton St.) agreed that party buses are the most popular option. Stretch Chrysler 300s and Lincoln Town Cars are also popular choices, he said.
Unfortunately, the Limousine Connection is already fully booked for prom, Kalaras said.