Ideas for Prom Corsages

A prom is what many junior and senior high school students anticipate. It is an event worth remembering. Students prepare by donning their best attires and accessories. A common accessory worn by girls attending proms is a corsage, which is a single or several flowers they pinned on their dresses or worn on their arms. The right prom corsage should complement a girl's attire.

Pin-Up Corsage

A pin-up corsage, also known as bodice or lapel corsage, is a traditional type of corsage. Introduced in the 18th century, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, a pin-up corsage became a popular custom during the 20th century. Pinning or attaching to the clothing is how you will normally use a pin-up corsage. Usually worn on the left upper chest or shoulders, girls can also wear pin-up corsages on their waists and hair. A pin-up corsage consists of a flower that will be the focal point of the corsage. Orchids, roses, gerbera daisies, mums, gardenia and carnations are common flowers used for pin-up corsages. Choose similar flowers or mix and match them. Add ribbons, foliage and baby's breath flowers as fillers. Adding pearl beads will accessorize the pin-up corsage. Choose colors of flowers that will not clash with the color of the dress since the pin-up corsage will be part of the attire. Avoid flowers that stain such hibiscus, pollen star, daylilies, stargazers, Madonna lily and any tinted or darker flowers. The stains often reside on pollens, stamens and the petals. Girls may pin the corsages on their purses to avoid staining their clothes. The average size of a pin-up corsage is four inches across.

Wrist Corsage

A wrist corsage is a type of corsage worn on the left wrist. Using a single flower glued to a wristband is a minimalist way to design a wristband for girls who prefer exuding a simple appearance. On the other hand, creating a wrist corsage completely covered with flowers and fillers (feathers, sequins or beads) can be an attention-grabber. Use ribbons, garters or rubber bands covered with beautiful fabric that girls can slip-on just as if wearing a bracelet. Roses (any type), orchids (dendrobium or phaelanopsis), stephanotis, gloriosa lily, freesia and alstromeria are ideal flowers used for making wrist corsages. The average size of a wrist corsage ranges from two to four inches long.

Armband Corsage

Making and armband corsage is quite similar to making a wrist corsage; however, girls will wear armbands on their forearms or upper arms. A good example of an armband is one made of several pieces of exotic orchids prepared by inserting thin ribbons into the center of each one. Add strings of beads or long, thin feathers to cascade down the arm for a more dramatic look. An armband is an ideal choice for a girl donning a sleeveless or strapless gown because the arms will show. Create a pure white arm band by using white dendrobium or phaelanopsis orchids with silver beads and white feathers will complement any color of dress. A string of white stephanotis accented by pearl beads at each flower's center can replace orchids if desired. For a colorful armband choose a purple orchid accented with small peacock feathers. The average size of an armband is five to eight inches long.

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