A Guide To Buying Your Prom Dress

by - 23 October

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So you have your big prom coming up. What do you do first to prepare? Pick a prom dress of course. This is arguably the most fun part of getting everything ready for prom and today I'm going to be helping you out to decide where and what prom dress you should buy.

First Steps To Picking A Dress

Firstly, you should research the style of dress you would like. This should give you a rough idea of what dresses to look for once you actually go to buy it. There are so many styles of dress that it could be overwhelming if you don't pick a few styles out as your favourites.

Just some of the many styles available are:

  • Ball Gown
  • Mermaid
  • Knee Length
  • Embroidered
  • Lace
  • Off The Shoulder
  • Strapless
  • V-Neck
  • Halter
  • Sweetheart
  • Two-Piece
  • Sequinned
So you see just how many styles of dress are available just from my list alone. If you can narrow some of the details down such as the length, sleeve type, material and neckline then it will make it easier when it comes to searching for the exact dress you want.

Give Yourself Time and A Budget

Once you've got an idea of the type of dress you would like to look for, then come up with a budget and stick to it. You don't want to find a gorgeous dress only to realise it's too expensive. Only scout out dresses within that range so you don't leave feeling disappointed that you couldn't buy the dream dress you saw that was out of your original budget. 

Also, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to choose your prom dress as it may seem your prom is months away but buying a dress isn't always as quick as it seems. It might be that you don't find a dress you like the first few times you go shopping or in most cases, the dress will have to go and be altered to fit you perfectly. 

Make It A Fun Day Out

Once you've decided on some styles you like, picked a budget and have scouted out a few shops, why not make it a fun day out? Take a friend or a family member with you shopping as they can help you decide if a dress is right for you and will give you a different perspective. While you are there, try on some other styles or colours you might not have previously considered. You might be surprised what actually suits you. Don't just buy the first dress you see as you might start to hate it and wish you'd looked more before prom even comes around.

If you are planning on buying your dress online maybe from somewhere like styleaisle, I suggest you still go out to some shops to try similar dresses on to see what you think. It will not only give you an idea of how you look in it but you might find something you like more.

Work Out The Finer Details

Although the best part of getting prepared for prom is the dress shopping, you still need to consider other aspects of your overall prom look before you set anything in stone. You will also need to shop for accessories to complete the look such as bags, shoes, jewellery etc. Make sure everything you pick goes together. There is no point picking, for example, gold jewellery if your dress is going to be mostly silver-based, but of course, the end result is entirely up to you.
And finally, you also need to consider what hairstyle you will be having on the day along with what makeup you will be wearing. Try going for an appointment before the day of prom so you can try out the look you want to go for to see if it will work.
Overall I would say just have fun with it. It doesn't need to be stressful and whatever look you decide, you will have a fun night in the end.
Let me know in the comments below what style prom dress you are looking for or if you've already been to prom what was you dress like? While you are here why not check out more of my fashion posts?

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  1. Great tips, thanks for sharing

  2. These are some beautiful prom dresses...loved the pink one and your tips are extremely useful
    keep in touch

  3. Great ideas Lucy, a special day deserves a special dress.