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Laundry by Shelli Segal Prom 2013 with That's Chic & Late Afternoon

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(Left) Rachel wears the Laundry by Shelli Segal Criss-Cross Shimmer Chiffon Dress

The dress. The dancing. The date. Prom is one of those life events that bring up lots of fond memories. It’s a time to get dolled up, have fun on the dance floor with your friends and create memories to last a lifetime.  With such a momentous occasion at hand, the dress is definitely an essential element to the evening.

This season, famous dress makers Laundry by Shelli Segal has teamed up with two L.A.-based fashion bloggers, Liz of Late Afternoon and Rachel of That’s Chic, to showcase the must-have dress trends for prom season.

 

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We asked the two fashion mavens to spill some details about their own proms and what made the night special:

What was the most memorable part of your high school prom?

Rachel: Letting loose with my friends and classmates made the night most memorable, but also winning senior prom queen was a second close memory.

Liz: The most memorable part of my prom was our after-party. We had a huge celebration at my friend's house and invited all of our classmates. It was just a fun night and it was wonderful to spend it with everyone.

What did you wear? If you could have a “do over”, what would you change about your prom look?

Rachel: I wore this gorgeous A-line chiffon, sequined black dress that I bought 5 months before prom! I also spent a whole week just getting made up for prom: tanning, eyebrows, nails, everything. I looked so awful and so overdone! If I could do it over again, I would say stay simple and not stress about the night.

Liz: I wore a gold lace dress that was shorter in the front and longer in the back. I did a smokey eye and had a totally stiff prom up-do. The only thing I would change would be my hair. If I did prom over, I would wear my hair loose and natural, none of that cemented to my scalp with 10 bottles of hairspray nonsense.

If you could design your own Laundry by Shelli Segal prom dress from scratch, what kind of dress would it be?

Rachel: It would be a super minimalist dress with a sexy silhouette. Maybe something with a high neck and lots of shoulder showing, and an A-line that hits at the calf.

Liz: I would create something very flowing with lots of movement and it would definitely be metallic. I would love to see a beautiful metallic gown for prom.

 

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Since you ladies live in Los Angeles, describe what a great pre-prom and post-prom day in L.A. would look like…:

Rachel: Pre-prom is all about pampering yourself. I'd probably spend the whole day at a Korean spa getting a scrub and massage with a close friend. The day after prom is recovering after all that dancing! A late lunch in the sun with all of your girlfriends is a fun way to reminisce yester-memories.

Liz: The day would start with brunch, followed by manis and pedis with your girlfriends. Next, everyone would pile into one car and drive to the MAC store for makeup appointments. After getting dressed and ready, everyone would go to the meet-up house for pre-prom celebrations. After prom it's inevitable that you'll end up cruising PCH or Sunset Blvd. followed by the up-all-night after-party.

What is your ultimate slow dance song?

Rachel: Suga Suga” by Baby Bash

Liz: "Come Undone" by Duran Duran.

… and your ultimate “dance like no one’s watching” song?

Rachel: It's super cheesy, but it's “Since You Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. In my defense, any other hip hop song gets me in the mood to dance, but it's all in the groove. When Kelly's song comes on, like, I wouldn't want anyone watching me dance to that song!

Liz: R. Kelly's "Ignition".

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Prom Picks from Zappos Private Label

Before the corsage and the limo ride and the slow dances, a girl should have one thing at the top of her prom agenda: the perfect outfit! Finding that perfect date aside, the right prom dress and prom shoes are essential to make it a night you’ll want to remember. After all, those prom pictures do have a tendency of being shown off years after prom night!

We have great budget-friendly dresses and prom shoes from our Zappos Private Label brands to make it both a memorable and stylish evening. Below are a few of our picks:

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1. Gabriella Rocha Justina Lace Dress, 2. Gabriella Rocha Bryn Evening Gown, 3. Gabriella Rocha Tegan Dress, 4. Gabriella Rocha Tierna Dress, 5. rsvp Cailyn Peep Toe Pumps, 6. rsvp Perfect Peep Toe Pumps, 7. Lumiani Pacey Peep Toe Pumps, 8. rsvp Jordane, 9. rsvp Jalen Peep Toe D'Orsay Pumps

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Red Carpet-Worthy Dresses

Awards show season is here once again, and if you’re anything like us, you watch it mainly to see what everyone is wearing!

We’re so inspired by all the fabulous red carpet dresses we’ve seen thus far that we’re sharing some of our favorites to make YOUR big night out one they won’t soon forget!

These floor-grazing beauties won’t set you back a small fortune unlike those celeb dresses, but rest assured they’ll turn just as many heads as you make your grand entrance. No red carpet needed!

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1. Halston Heritage One-Shoulder Gown with Draped Wing, 2. Badgley Mischka One-Shoulder Deco Sleeve Dress, 3. Donna Morgan Belted Bustier Dress, 4. Jessica Simpson Cowl-Back Gown, 5. BCBGMAXAZRIA Janus One-Shoulder Gown, 6. BCBGMAXAZRIA Anitra Halter Gown

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Weekly Trends: Neons, Prom & Stripes

Each week in our Shop By pages, we feature some of our favorite trends to keep you in the know during your shopping experience.

This week, we’re highlighting neons, stripes and of course, prom.

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Neons: Whether you go bold with a statement piece or just a pop accent, neons are a must this spring/summer! The easiest way to add in a dose of bright color is through accessories. Try a fun neon clutch or cocktail ring to give your look a stylish focal point.

Prom:  With prom season upon us, we couldn’t pass up all the amazing evening dresses we currently have on the site! We’re particularly loving color dresses and one-shoulder silhouettes for prom this year. Don’t forget that we have an entire Prom Shop so you can find the perfect head-to-toe outfit for the big night!

Stripes: Not just in the nautical realm, stripes are a perennial favorite that’s easy to wear with anything. Try a casual striped tee on the weekends or throw on a blazer over a striped V-neck for a cool look.

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Prom Season 2012

It’s that time of year again; the time when high school guys and gals get dressed to the nines, don their boutonnieres and corsages and slip into their fancy shoes. Yup, it’s prom season!

If going to the mall just isn't your style (and who really wants to stand in line and deal with poorly-lit dressing rooms anyway?), we’ve got some fabulous dresses, shoes and accessories worthy of prom night.

Here's a fun idea: have your very own "pre-prom fitting party" at home. Invite your friends and try on some dresses and shoes as your friends vote on which ones are keepers for the big night. (It’s ok; we have FREE shipping both ways!)  

Here are just a few of our prom favorites to get you started:

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1. Laundry by Shelli Segal Pick Up Strapless Gown, 2. Laundry by Shelli Segal One Shoulder Embellished Dress, 3. Laundry by Shelli Segal Crisscross Shirred Strapless Gown , 4. Max and  Cleo Strapless Draped Lulu Dress, 5. Max and  Cleo Strapless Mina Dress, 6. BCBGMAXAZRIA Petite Kaeya Cutout Gown
7. BCBGMAXAZRIA Crystal Trim Bow Clutch, 8. Touch Ups Sequin Clutch, 9. Nina Moira crossbody clutch, 10. Nina Jewelry Mirabela earrings 11. Nina Medina sandals, 12. Nina Pachita platform sandals

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Introducing: Nina Jewelry

Since 1953, Nina has been creating some of the most beautiful dress shoes and sandals for special occasions. Now you can get the same classic elegance in their line of jewelry for bridal, evening or prom. Add a little sparkle with Nina jewelry for your next special event!

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1. Timothea Brooch, 2. Nalla Earrings, 3. Melaney Necklace, 4. Peony Bracelet

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All Things Wedding: Special Occasion Bags

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You know how you save your “fancy shoes” for those special occasions? Well, the same idea goes for your handbags. A special event (be it a wedding, cocktail party or prom) deserves an equally special bag. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our favorite evening bags for just such occasions!

1. Badgley Mischka Lena Silk Ruffle bag: Brimming with 1920s glam, this elegant bag is a true masterpiece.

2. Franchi Handbags Lorna Raggeta Bow Clutch: The prim and proper bow adds such refined grace to this classic clutch. We love it for both day and evening!

3. Brighton Roselie Shine Coin Purse: The crossbody chain on this adorable mini purse makes it perfect for hitting the dance floor!

4. Kate Spade High Line Jade: We love this bold clutch for a garden wedding or outdoor cocktail party.

5.  Betsey Johnson Rosey Corsage: Wear this darling coin purse around your wrist for storage that cleverly doubles as jewelry!

 

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A Night To Forget

Oh the High School Prom. Most of us wouldn't dare go back in time to relive those High School moments, but our Zappos CLT, Inc. members had no shame in dressing up in their Prom attire once again.