Prom Dress Shopping

Tips For Finding The Perfect Dress

It's finally prom. You've been looking forward to it since the beginning of high school (maybe even longer!). But then, the anxiety sets in. What am I going to wear?!? Calm down and listen. Here are a few tips for you as you prepare for the big night:

Go shopping with whoever you want. Don't let a parent or friend guilt trip you into going with them. The buying process is half the fun of prom, so make sure you're with someone enjoyable, yet honest so that they will tell you when something looks good on your or not.

1. Avoid peer persuasion. If you are a tom-boy and you go shopping for prom dresses with all of your girly friends...don't feel pressured into buying the frilly, pink dress with ribbons and bows. Get the ripped black one that shows your sweet tattoo! And vice versa...if you are a girly-girl but you have some not so girly friends, feel free to buy the puffiest dress of all time with glitter and sequins.

2. Be yourself. This goes hand-in-hand with number two. You don't have to listen to other people telling you, "Oh, but I liked your hair better in a bun!", or, "I like the yellow one better...the black one makes you look too pale." If you like the black one, get the black one! Find a dress that expresses who you are so that you will be at the prom, boldly stating that you are not wearing the same dress as anyone else.....because you are your own person!

3. Don't spend too much money. If you have the luxury of spending a ton of your parents' money on a dress that you'll most likely only wear once, then please do so. But as I said, you may only be wearing this dress once in your life, so it would be silly to spend a ton of money on it. Focus a little more money on accessories like head bands, bracelets, hand bags, and shoes. It's fun to mix and match accessories and colors to spice up your ensemble for the night.

4. Don't spend too much money. If you have the luxury of spending a ton of your parents' money on a dress that you'll most likely only wear once, then please do so. But as I said, you may only be wearing this dress once in your life, so it would be silly to spend a ton of money on it. Focus a little more money on accessories like head bands, bracelets, hand bags, and shoes. It's fun to mix and match accessories and colors to spice up your ensemble for the night.

5. Keep the dress after prom. You never know if you'll need a formal dress in college for a sorority gathering or another 'prom-like' situation. No one has seen you in that dress before, most likely...so wear it again in college! (if it still fits!).

6. Exchange and trade dresses. If you have friends that are relatively the same size as you, keep in mind that you guys can switch your old prom dresses around for formal occasions like a Senior year dance...or prom your senior year. You will still get that 'new dress' feeling without having to spend the money on it! But again, if you have the luxury to buy a new dress for each occasion, then do it!

Have a great prom night. Be really safe. And enjoy your amazing dress choice!




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