Don't make the same mistakes many girls make while shopping
for a prom dress. Use these tips to find the perfect prom dress or formal wear
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Teens are often avid shoppers when it comes to everyday
clothes, but when it comes to buying a prom dress, they're often lost. Prom
dresses are so different than other types of clothing that unless one has
experience, they can easily buy the wrong dress and feel miserable for the
entire prom evening. We've put together some great tips on buying prom dresses
and other formal dresses to help you avoid common mistakes.
What's the Formal Occasion?
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Consider the occasion before buying a formal dress. There
are many occasions that might require formal wear such as the prom or other
formal dance, wedding, Quinceanera, homecoming, cocktail party, Oscar award
event, and so forth. Each occasion is unique. Consider what you will be doing
during the evening out. Will you dance, dine, walk, sit, move around a lot,
give a speech, sing? Consider how flexible your prom dress or formal gown
should be before buying.
Styles of Prom Dresses and Formal Wear
Do research online to view all the styles of prom dresses
before you shop. There are many different styles, colors, hem lengths, and
shapes of prom dresses that you can easily find the one that will look great on
you. Some of the styles you'll find include A-line (slimming with vertical
seams and flared skirt), ball gown (natural waist line and full skirt), mermaid
(fits tight to the body and flares at knees), and sheath (no defined waistline
and horizontal line, great for shorter people).
Prom dresses come with different types of necklines such as
jewel, halter, and spaghetti straps.
To find the latest fashions and styles, check out all of the
major prom dress or formal wear designers such as Jovani, Flip, Tiffany, Scala,
Jessica McClintock, Alyce, and Interlude. Each year, designers are finding new
unique ways to design prom dresses and make prom girls shine on their special
Prom Dress and Formal Wear Colors
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With prom dresses, the color choices are endless. There are
light colors such as light pink, yellow, white, light beige, lavender, mint
green, and many others. There are darker colors such as black, silver, gold,
burgundy, dark blue, and dark green. The key to finding the right color is to
match the color with your skin tone, hair color, and body shape. Think about
what colors usually bring the most complements when wearing your regular
clothing? These are likely your best colors. They blend well with your features
and make your figure look great.
Some colors make plus size women look smaller (black,
bright, or dark colors) while other colors can make them look larger (light
colors). The same goes for someone who wants to appear fuller figured in
certain spots. Choose a color and design that look great with your particular
figure. And keep in mind that what looks great on your friend might not look
good on you.
With other formal dresses, such as bridesmaid dresses,
homecoming dresses, Oscar dresses, and pageant dresses, you might not get to
choose from a wide variety of colors. Many of these events require certain
colors to blend with the decorations.
Other Things to Consider
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You'll also need to shop for a prom dress or other formal
gown according to your budget. Look around for great dresses within your price
range from the beginning so you won't go overboard. There are many styles of
dresses within all price ranges and depending on the designer, the quality can
vary as well.
Give yourself plenty of time for alterations if needed,
especially when buying a prom dress online. You can't try it on until you
receive it, so you'll want to order early enough to get alterations done before
prom if necessary. Also, consider shipping costs when buying and whether there
is a guarantee.
Think ahead to how you can accessorize your prom dress or
formal wear. You'll need shoes, jewelry, hose, possibly a hairpiece, a handbag,
and other accessories. Be sure the color and style you choose can be easily
matched with other items.
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You can shop online to find prom dresses by popular
designers and choose from many styles and colors. The prices are often lower
also. Online formal wear shops usually offer formal dresses for all occasions
including evening dresses, summer dresses, prom dresses, homecoming dresses,
and many others. Start looking early so you can secure the prom dress of your
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