Three Tips For Choosing The Perfect Prom Dress

September 23, 2016

For many young girls, their prom dress is one of the most important investments that they will ever make. Many of us look back on our prom night with fond memories for years and years afterwards, catching up with good friends from school and showing pictures of our prom night to newfound friends throughout the journey into adult life. Your prom night signifies a huge stepping stone in your life, marking the end of being a high school student and moving on to pursue higher education at college or working in order to pursue an adult career. For many girls, making sure that they pick the perfect prom dress is vital, as making the night one to remember is a priority.

Set A Budget

Prom dresses do not always come cheap, so if you are planning on purchasing a prom dress soon for yourself, your daughter, or another female family member it is important to make sure that you set a firm budget beforehand that you can stick to. It can be easy to get carried away when looking at some of the best prom styles ever and it is not as difficult as you may think to end up blowing your budget, especially with a range of high-end dress designers offering some gorgeous pieces and styles to choose from. However, it is important to make sure that you only buy what you can afford — there is no need to be obligated to purchase a gown that is priced like a wedding dress! Having a budget worked out in advance makes prom dress shopping easier as you are limited to gowns only in your price range.

Think Outside the Box

When you are buying a prom dress, there is no need to only look at gowns, which are labelled as being ‘for prom’ or from a prom dress range. Many designers and retailers will have ‘prom’ dress ranges, especially around this time of year, simply to lure customers in; often with higher prices. However, there is no reason why you will not be able to find a suitable or even a better dress at a lower price in another store that is not part of a dedicated ‘prom’ range. Many dresses would look amazing at prom and they come with the advantage of also being perfect for other occasions in the future, such as weddings.

Dress For Your Body Type

Ultimately, the perfect prom dress will be the one which you feel the most comfortable and beautiful in. This can all come down to making sure that you pick the right style of dress for your body type, rather than simply following current trends. For example, if you are small chested, you will want to steer clear of anything with a plunging or v-neckline, instead opting for a higher-necked gown with embellishments to the chest to add definition. Opting for a dress that is matched well to you, rather than simply something that you like, will help you achieve the most perfect look.

Finding the perfect prom dress is not difficult, if you begin early and take the time to explore all your options!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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