What to Wear to the ROM PROM

On Saturday, April 6th, the Royal Ontario Museum’s beloved PROM is back! Buzz is definitely building for ROM PROM, the Young Patron’s Circle’s largest fundraiser for the Royal Ontario Museum. As usual, the event calls for an excuse to get all prettied up, and this year’s theme is sure to inspire quite the photo opportunity-worthy medley of outfit choices. Hosted by MTV’s Aliya-Jasmine Sovani and CP24’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia, the theme of this year’s PROM is Ancient, meaning no shortage of attire inspired by the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian empires. Of course, with this comes a degree of pressure, but don’t miss the party because “you have nothing to wear.” Here are some hints to channel your inner ancient side.

Grecian Goddess
The Greek Goddess look offers a chance to bust out white dresses early this season. Picture flowy, white empire waist dresses (or be little more daring and give a shorter white dress a Grecian spin) with gold accessories galore. This means everything from your favourite gold statement necklace to bangles and fun head jewellery.

Cleopatra Cool
An Egyptian queen theme can mean a little more colour and creativity in terms of dress. This means satin gowns, fabric drapes and sequined headpieces. Aristocratic Egyptians were known to shave their heads and opt for an attention-grabbing wig…maybe gracefully bow out of the first part, but who doesn’t love an occasion to wear a wig? Other Egyptian accessories include things like snake armbands, cuffs, collars and belts.

Inner Gladiator
For the guys, tapping into your inner gladiator includes things like armour, fur, fake swords, tunics, kilts and leg guards, shields and gladiator sandals. Admittedly more of a “costume” than an outfit, the inner gladiator look will make you feel like Halloween came early. 

There will surely be no shortage of toga-inspired outfits at this party, so if you’re crafty and have a few minutes to spare at a sewing machine, why not get creative with the construction of your own spin on the toga? Top it off with a fun, green ivy headpiece, or go all out with a bejeweled headpiece or crown.

Classic Cocktail
Of course, you don’t have to stick to the theme, especially if you’re heading out afterward (the party ends at 1am, after all). If you opt to forgo the theme, tuxes and cocktail dresses of any style are just fine. Need a last minute dress in a crunch? Try Rent, Frock and Repeat for a fabulous rental. 

Find out more about PROM in our event listing.