Prom Dress Shopping

Tips For Stress-Free Prom Dress Shopping

 Sherill Hill2

Your prom may seem all encompassing but once you find the dress, all the other details fall into place, such as your accessories, hairstyle, and which make-up palettes look the best. In order to not stress out, it’s often beneficial to begin early and have some fun with it.


  • Begin shopping early. Start around four or five months before your prom if possible, because this is the time fashion magazines and websites begin to feature dresses from top designers. Comb through these magazines or designer websites to see which styles and colors inspire you. Make sure to take notes of the style numbers.
  • Figure out your budget. This will ease some stress if you know exactly how much you can afford before you dream too big and then are crestfallen that you can’t afford certain designer gowns. Discuss with your parents if they may chip in some, provided you save like $10 a week as well.
  • Choose a silhouette. Decide if want a classic sweetheart neckline with a long jersey dress or perhaps a high halter style with a sexy thigh slit. If you’re able to try these styles on in an actual storefront, it’s often beneficial because sometimes the dress looks different on the model than it actually does on you.
  • Select a prom dress that flatters your body type. If you are blessed with the perfect hourglass figure, show it off with empire waist dresses that belt in the middle or perfectly fitted dresses such as the mermaid style. Petite girls may wish to try the trendy high-low hemline or a shorter fit and flare dress. Both styles show off the legs and make you look taller. For curvy, apple-shaped girls, try prom dresses with embellishments or beading and A-line or flared skirts because they take the eyes off your rounded middle.
  • Keep an open mind. Prom dress shopping is supposed to be fun so don’t decide on everything until you have tried several dresses like those featured by top designers with the hottest prom dress styles. Maybe you thought you wanted a classic little black dress, but radiant red or metallic silver may also look better on you.
  • Keep the shopping group small. While shopping can ordinarily be fun with a whole hoard of pals, in this case, it’s best to stick to one or two people so you don’t have a million different opinions clashing. Stick to your best friend, your mom, or your sister, people you know would be honest no matter what. Remember, you’re the one that has to wear the dress though.
  • Bring the needed shoes and undergarments. Prom dress shopping goes way smoother if you wear or bring the weight underwear and bra so you can see how it would fit you properly. The same goes for bringing your preferred pair of heels. This gives the shop an idea of how much the dress will need to be altered if at all.
  • Find a good online deal. After you have tried on a multitude of prom dresses and found one that works, consider purchasing it at the They carry an extensive amount of designers and colors, as well as offering a wonderful return policy if it doesn’t fit you.


Remember, Prom is supposed to be fun, so breathe, stay calm, and have fun picking out the perfect prom dress. Follow the tips that we’ve discussed above to make sure that you won’t get overwhelmed in picking the dress for prom.


Do you have more tips for prom dress shopping? Share it in the comments section.

10 thoughts on “Prom Dress Shopping

  1. Liebe Carrie,
    wow, das ist eine tolle Anleitung! Ich finde es immer so schwierig ein schönes Abend- oder Ballkleid zu finden, aber dank deiner Anleitung werde ich ab jetzt keinen Stress mehr haben🙂
    Und das Ballkleid, das pinke, gefällt mir total gut! Für einen Tag Cinderella, was für ein Traum🙂
    Liebe Grüße

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