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Let’s Hear It For All The Badass Ladies Rockin’ Suits At Prom

Prom 2K16: Dapper as hell.

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And while it's long been traditional for ladies to doll up in a dress-and-corsage combo for the big night, we need to take a minute and appreciate all the dapper dates out there totally killing it.

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We asked some students about their decision to own a suit n' tie look — not only how they put the outfit together, but how the threads made them feel out there on the dance floor. Here's what they had to say:

1. "Prom was something I had been dreaming about for years and it was very important to me that I dress the way that I wanted, the way that I felt truly represented who I really am."

Iyanna Niles

"I chose my outfit by looking at a lot of other females who wore tuxes to prom that I felt inspired me. Honestly, it felt amazing to wear this to my prom. I was comfortable and able to fully express myself. Prom was something I had been dreaming about for years and it was very important to me that I dress the way that I wanted, the way that I felt truly represented who I really am. I could not be any happier with my decision to wear a tux."

— Iyanna Niles

2. "The best thing was the practicality — there was no fear of flashing and better yet, pockets!"

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"We loved wearing suits, standing out, and defying gender roles. We received lots of compliments for our suits from teachers and other students who admired our boldness and badass-ery, but the best thing was the practicality — there was no fear of flashing and better yet, pockets!"

— Emily, Emeline, Helen, Maia, and Esther

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3. "I'm very proud of myself for wearing what I'm comfy in since my prom outfit made me feel very confident, despite receiving many looks and comments from strangers."

Karen Nguyen

"I definitely had a hard time choosing what to wear to prom since I don't feel like I look a certain way, whether it's feminine or masculine. I'm very proud of myself for wearing what I'm comfy in since my prom outfit made me feel very confident, despite receiving many looks and comments from strangers. Who cares about others if you love yourself, am I right? And guess how much I payed for the entire outfit (minus the vest and tie)? $10!!! Thrift shopping is always the way to go if you want to dress smart on a budget."

— Karen Nguyen

4. "I just felt free, that's the best I can describe it."

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"I decided I was going to wear a suit because the theme was James Bond. This was the first prom I wore a suit to, I wore a dress to my junior and senior prom. I've already graduated but was asked to this prom. It felt awesome to wear something that I was comfortable in, seeing old friends and teachers felt almost relieving. I just felt free, that's the best I can describe it."

— Miranda Duffy

5. " It made me feel bomb AF knowing I looked better than all the boys there, especially when I had the prettiest date."

Madison Lumley

"I live with Miya and I'm working, so everything that I wore I paid for — no one had a say so but me. Therefore I was able to wear a tux instead of some dress that I would feel ridiculously uncomfortable in. (My date, Miya, asked me multiple times if I was positive that I wanted to wear a tux and that if I changed my mind she would buy me a dress to wear.) A few weeks before prom we went into the local tuxedo store and picked out what kind I wanted with Miya supporting me and leaving all the decisions up to me. It made me feel bomb AF knowing I looked better than all the boys there, especially when I had the prettiest date."

— Madison

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6. "I wanted something I could wear again."

Lindsey Creel

"I played around with the idea of wearing a turtle neck, but Brie thankfully talked me out of it. So instead of renting a tux I went and bought the pieces for a tux from different places. I wanted something I could wear again."

— Lindsey Creel

*By the end of the night, this couple ended up being crowned prom king and queen.

7. "At first I was nervous about what people would say if I wore something other than a dress, but I decided to commit to wearing what would make me comfortable and I'm extremely happy with that decision."

Emma Korte

"I decided to wear a suit to prom when I saw more and more girls wearing outfits to prom that are traditionally considered to be choices for men. At first I was nervous about what people would say if I wore something other than a dress, but I decided to commit to wearing what would make me comfortable and I'm extremely happy with that decision. Being able to wear what makes me happy and to receive so many kind words was something that really boosted my confidence and made prom an awesome experience!"

— Emma Korte

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8. "I've never felt so confident in formal wear as I did that night and being able to dance full out without the restriction of a dress made the experience so worthwhile."

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"It didn't take long for me to decide that i was going to wear a suit instead of a dress. I've always wanted to rock a gender defying outfit and prom gave me just the opportunity! I chose to go with black and white pallet so I could easily match my friends outfits. So after a trip to Banana Republic and Express , I was able to piece the perfect suit! I've never felt so confident in formal wear as I did that night and being able to dance full out without the restriction of a dress made the experience so worthwhile <3."

— Liv

9. "I felt beyond confident and amazing in what I was wearing and that feeling is unexplainable."

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"I felt beyond confident and amazing in what I was wearing and that feeling is unexplainable. I encourage every single person to wear what they want to when they go to prom because it is so worth it. Always love yourself!"

— Taylor Evans

10. "I did have to deal with some odd looks from the chaperoning teachers as I go to a small Catholic school, but my friends were ecstatic to show me off and I was so happy and comfortable being me!"

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"I felt very proud and confident in myself, and I was really pleased with how my outfit came together. It was certainly the most unique at the event. I did have to deal with some odd looks from the chaperoning teachers as I go to a small Catholic school, but my friends were ecstatic to show me off and I was so happy and comfortable being me! I am sort of bummed I didn't get more photos of myself because I looked smokin' hot!!"

— Missy

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11. "I decided that if I was going to prom, I was going to go as myself."

Chandler Kircher

"I chose to wear a suit to my 2016 prom because I've never felt comfortable wearing a dress. I wore a shirt and bow tie to my homecoming earlier this year, and felt completely myself. My school is extremely supportive, so I never felt like an outsider. I decided that if I was going to prom, I was going to go as myself. I picked the nicest tux I could find at the mall, rented it, and went. I didn't have to hide who I was and that was the best feeling I could ever have hoped for."

— Chandler Kircher

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