How Boys Prep for Prom


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Haircuts, shaving, and tuxedos, that’s all it takes for boys at Williston to get ready for prom. Or is it? Maybe it’s not as easy as you think, what type of haircut, shave or no shave, and the right fitted tuxedo. These are some of the fashion decisions boys face before prom.

The Williston prom is an option for all seniors at Williston. A lot of effort and thought goes into prom that goes unnoticed.  In the twenty first century not much has changed for boys, many still wear tuxedos just like they did in the past. However, the style and the fit of the tuxedo has changed. The recent fad of promposals –elaborately staged scenes in which a boy, typically, asks a date to prom, also puts a lot of tension on boys.

What is different about the Williston prom is that most of the boys are boarders, which causes their process of getting ready to much different from others, especially those who attend day schools.

Walter Kissane ’19 usually goes to HairSpace Salon, on Cottage Street in Easthampton, but recently decided that he would try out the new barbershop in town.

” I think for prom I am going to try out Groom,” Walter said. “It’s a newer shop and town and I heard they give good cuts.”

On April 26 the Groom Facebook page updated its status on appointment availability. “Appointments slots are filling up for next week! Book now while time slots last!!!!”

Josh Ofili ’19 feels that the barbershops in town are too pricey for him.

” I prefer cutting my own hair rather than spend $25 at the local shops, so for prom I plan on cutting my own hair.”

For a tuxedo, Josh said he will pick one up while at home in Katy, Texas, the week before prom.

Boys can wear tuxedos or even suits for prom whatever they prefer or feels looks best. According to My Tuxedo Catalog there’s no big difference between the two.

“The primary physical difference between a tuxedo and a suit is the presence of satin. Typically, tuxedos have satin facing on the lapels, buttons, pocket trim, and a satin side stripe down the leg of the trousers. That’s not to say that you can’t wear a bow tie with a suit or a long tie with a tuxedo. You can.”

For boarders and day students both, Men’s Wearhouse is coming to campus on Thursday, May 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and again the following week. Payment for tuxedos must be with a credit or debit card (no Sammy Cards allowed.)

For modern proms, the most popular trend is the three-piece tuxedo, which consists of a jacket, trousers, and a vest. Most men tend to go with a bow tie since its more casual then a skinny tie.