WHS slays the orange carpet


Credit: Tina Su

Senior Andrew Boyer and junior Charlotte Richter exit the doors of the North building and walk their way to the orange carpet, showing off their attire.

Sparkles, silks and solids, oh my! Glamor glided down the orange carpet at the 2022 prom making it a night to remember.

Being the first COVID-19 free prom since 2019, we didn’t know what to expect. What colors will fill the air? What fit will dresses be? Tuxes? The one thing that certainly stayed the same was the unspoken rule that seniors wear long dresses, and juniors wear short dresses.

“I had to choose a short dress because I am a junior,” junior Charlotte Richter said.

Although Richter and many other juniors were restricted to shorter dresses, she had no trouble finding her attire.

“I got my semi dress from Hello Molly, so I just went and looked on the website,” Richter said. “It was one of the first ones I saw and I liked it, so I just got that one.”

The dress she found on that first click was tan with a pearly lace overlay. It was a fit and flare number with hints of shimmers running up and down. She paired it with classic, tan open-toe heels and dainty, silver jewelry.

“I didn’t want to go overboard with my jewelry because my dress was sparkly,” Richter said.

WSPN’s September fashionista of the month, senior Andrew Boyer, prom-posed to Richter earlier in April. Boyer ended up wearing a tried and true standard tuxedo. The pair decided on a white corsage and boutonniere to keep it classy and to bring their outfits together.

“I wanted to get the classic tux and it was a nice match,” Boyer said. “Don Draper from Mad Men was my fashion influence.”

For Boyer, obtaining the tux was easy as he rented it from Jos A Bank. His tux consisted of a black fitted to the shoulder jacket that had notched lapels. Underneath the topcoat, he wore a simple white dress shirt with black shirt studs and a matching bow tie. On the bottom, he wore black flat front trousers which he paired with white socks and black leather shoes.

“The button shirt studs were my favorite part,” Boyer said.

A favored part of the night, as for many, was simply seeing who wore what. Who will wear the jaw dropping dress? Who will take a fashion risk? Who will push the envelope a bit too far?

“Some people like me decided to go classic and some people did their own thing which was fun to see,” Boyer said.

Senior Sammy Janoff was very on trend with a flattering ankle length dress. She wanted her bedazzled heels to be visible and her jewelry to pop, so her choice of dress was simple yet elegant.

Seniors Tommy Burke and Sammy Janoff strut onto the orange carpet excited to showcase their outfits and hear the crowds applause. (Credit: Tina Su)

“I wore a pair of bedazzled heels as the staple accessory,” Janoff said. “I also wore a necklace and earrings.”

Her dress was a rainwashed shade of blue which contained floral outlines on the satin fabric. She bought her dress off the Bloomingdale’s website with help from her mom.

“My mom and I did a lot of shopping together,” Janoff said. “We ended up getting mine online, but we did go to stores to try on different styles to see what looks good.”

As she could not try it on before the purchase, she had to get it tailored to be the perfect fit. This increased the price of her look, however, she remained in her original budget.

“It ended up being the same price as I expected,” Janoff said.

This shows you don’t need to spend red carpet money to look great on the orange carpet. The colors, cut and fit all were wow factors of prom 2022, and it will be interesting to see if these trends hold onto prom 2023.

“I can’t wait for next year’s prom,” Richter said.