Prom, or formally known as the promenade, is perhaps one the most magical nights in high school – yes, plural, as depending on where you live there are actually two proms, one in junior high, and another in senior high. Point is, it’s one of the most-awaited formal celebrations ever, given how gals and guys can finally dress to impress their crushes and people they liked. From prom-posals and shopping to get accessories ready, everything has to be perfect or else the night is ruined for everyone. Thankfully, here’s our team with our prom guide on how to choose the best prom dress.
1.) Take note of the theme and the venue: While it’s very likely that your prom will be held somewhere in school, it’s always good to have information with regards to the kind of theme and venue the prom will have. This allows you to prepare beforehand the kind of details you may want your dress to have, or to assess early on the approach you want to have with regards to picking your outfit.
- Remember that planning ahead pays off. If you can plan to choose and purchase your dress way before the prom – around four to six weeks – this is advisable. Do take note that a lot of formal gowns such as prom dresses need a bit of alterations to make sure they fit perfectly, so you need to make sure you have enough time to do so if you need to make the kind of adjustments you need.
- If you plan on renting a dress, it’s still best to do this beforehand in order for you to get a good grasp on the kind of fit your dress will have. This also works in your favor as you can at least choose from a wide range of dresses.
2.) Try to get some inspiration with the kind of dress you want: There are loads of inspirations you can get for your dress online and offline – be it from image sites or magazines. You can try to check out what celebrities like to wear to events, so you have a rough idea on the kind of look you can get to have on the prom. Take note of the particular designs and fabric that’s used so you can get a rough estimate on the costs and appearance of your dress when executed in real life.
- Take note of precious fabrics that can help emphasize various parts of your dress. These include velvet, lace, organza, chiffon, silk, tulle, and satin. Each have different characteristics and overall appearances, and some of them work together to help give you that perfect fit.
- Make sure you try to get as much information about your desired dress as possible. If there are a lot of angles available for reference, try to grab those pictures so your seamstress or tailor can have a lot of things to work on as a basis.
3.) Make sure your dress gets to match with your body and face shapes: It’s important to understand that no matter how good a dress is, if it doesn’t fit your body and face, it wouldn’t do good to emphasize your looks. Try to find out what kinds of dresses work with your particular body and face type.
- Try to check your face shape in order to determine the kind of neckline your dress should have.
- For instance, if you have an oval face, then you’re most likely going to be able to choose any kind of neckline you want.
- If you have a round face, you should probably look for a dress with a V-neck or a scoop neck. Avoid high-neck dresses as they make your face seem rounder.
- If you have a triangular face, a square shape, or an oblong shape, look for necklines that also have strong vertical shapes so your face can appear round. These work with cowl necks, sweetheart necklines, scoop necks, and Sabrina necklines.
- If your face is heart-shaped, try to get necklines with horizontal lines near your neck so your face looks narrower.
- Likewise, if you have an hourglass body, look for dresses that emphasize your waist but at the same time achieve balance with bottom and top parts. As such, sleeves need full skirts, tight tops need slightly-fit skirts.
- If you have a rectangular body shape, you need to add volume on both the lower and upper body and define your waist. Draped dresses work here, alongside A-lines, Empire dresses, and those with folds, ruffles, and full-skirts.
- If you have an inverted triangle body, you need to add volume to your lower body in order to “balance” your body shape. As such you can do this by using A-lines with long V-necks, Empire dresses, or wrap dresses with quite the high waist.
- If you have a pear body shape, opt for dresses that draw less attention to your busy and shoulders. These work with draped or wrap bust dresses, and A-line dresses.
- If you have an apple-shaped body, you need dresses that form the illusion of a slim waist. A-line and Empire dresses with simple tops and a wide and low neckline work for this.
4.) Color always counts: Aside from the shape and style of the dress, make sure you’re careful when it comes to choosing the kind of color your dress would have. Colors have different “expressions” and as such can affect the overall impression people will have with your dress. Some look better in some colors as well, so it depends on what you feel will make you confident.
- Bright prom dresses have this modern appeal, and as such have a certain appeal. However, only opt for one kind of color if you want that solid look that can capture the attention of others without being “too much.”
- Special colors such as white and black are good colors if you want to get that “conventional” yet stylish look. Black dresses are mysterious and elegant, while white dresses appear pure and romantic.
- Gold and silver dresses work best if your prom has a party theme, as they have this eccentric and stylish vibe that can help bring life to a venue.
- A red dress is great if you want a passionate and sensual look, and it can certainly capture the attention of that guy you have a crush on.
The Bottomline: Making Prom A Night To Remember
The promenade is perhaps the most-anticipated night of any person’s teenage years, and can be extra magical not just with the right partner, but with the right outfit. Unfortunately, for the ladies out there, choosing your prom dress isn’t exactly an easy thing to do. After all, this is what you’re going to look at by the time you go back and reminisce on prom years from now. We understand these concerns, and our team here at MOT International has got your back. Our tips on how to choose the best prom dress above will hopefully guide you on choosing not just the most stylish prom dress, but a dress that can actually help you be you.
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