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Prom Dresses Through the Years: An Evolution

ELLE Logo By Mary Grace Garis of ELLE | Slide 1 of 16: Occasionally I'll see a "1940's-inspired" prom look that features a satin-y pencil dress and booming cleavage. And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but while the '40s silhouette did fall on the slim side (due to wartime fabric rations) it's doubtful anyone showed up to prom looking like Rita Hayworth. However, students would get away with wearing longer dresses, because it was a special occasion. Also, it was preferred to have one's shoulders covered, because modesty.

1940s: The Long Gown With Full Sleeves

Occasionally I'll see a "1940's-inspired" prom look that features a satin-y pencil dress and booming cleavage. And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but while the '40s silhouette did fall on the slim side (due to wartime fabric rations) it's doubtful anyone showed up to prom looking like Rita Hayworth. However, students would get away with wearing longer dresses, because it was a special occasion. Also, it was preferred to have one's shoulders covered, because modesty.
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