LOVIN all the great info you are getting here… the fashion & hair is right on !!
BUT this was a decade of change… there was a HUGE difference between the early 1960s, mid and late.
The dress you have chosen if you are trying to make it 1960s, would be mid to late 1960s… so 1965 or later
(But in reality it is more late 1970s / early 1980s… black was rarely worn for a fashionable evening out in the 1960s… it was a colour still associated with Funerals. If it was worn for a Special Occasion it was New Years Eve)
Dresses were distinctly different between the early and late 1960s.
Early 1960s, Dresses were fuller, and as someone mentioned Pouffy Crinolines were worn.
Mid to Late 1960s, Dresses were column-like and women ditched the Crinolines, wore full or half slips, and Nylons (hose) or Pantyhose. Lol, a Girdle was still part of the foundations for many women if they were going out on a date or to a formal occasion.
You mention Prom…
If you really want to nail the theme, that would be fun…
Traditionally 1960s Graduation had a very distinct look.
Early 1960s it was almost always a White Dress & White Gloves. Dress could be long or tea length with pouffy crinoline.
PHOTO 1960 Graduation
PHOTO – 1960 Prom
PHOTO – Short = PHOTO Short = Pinterest – Simple White Dress = http://www.pinterest.com/pin/48061920996657523/
You don’t have to go just white… but it was the most popular choice. Some women would choose something similar in styling but in a pale colour… Pink, Blue and Yellow were also popular. Patterns less so… and if chosen they usually had a very prominent White Background.
Fabrics were often Organza or Swiss Dot.
By the Late 1960s the White Dress was still popular for Graduation… but without the White Goves. And Dresses were usually long and straight.
Colour was starting to show up more and more at Graduation in long gowns… IF the HS had Graduation & Prom on two different days / occasions.
PHOTO 1967 Graduation
Hair was most often worn up for a dressy occasion. And it was BIG !! Beahive, Bouffant were HUGE. Hairpieces were sometimes used to add height or volume. The plain hairband (like the ones shown in the pics by @MsMeow: & @ItWasntMe: were also popular, and a way to hide the pins if one had added a hairpiece on top or “a fall” behind)
Hairstyles in the mid & late 1960s were more natural (we dumped the bobbypins… and most of the hairspray). And either wore our hair very short… or long & straight. Hairbands were still around as a decorative element, and keep the hair out of our eyes… altho lots of times, that didn’t matter so much to us.
Shoes… were heavier than they are now, because construction was different (almost all man made materials vs plastics etc).
Pumps would be your best choice, cause they look a lot like they do today.
If you go with a dressier sandal look you want something that has a very chunky sole vs a delicate heel
PHOTO Gold Shoes (lol, these look EXACTLY like my own very first pair of “party shoes” that I wore to a early 1970s NYEve Party)
Thanks for the look back in time…
Hope this helps,