If you’ve got prom coming up, you probably want to look your best. Those photos will be around on social media for a long time, and finding a dress that is flattering, stylish and yet won’t date can be hard work.
And then you have to make sure you don’t clash with your group of friends, and you and your bestie don’t end up wearing the same thing. Prom is an amazing experience, but with so much pressure placed on you to find the perfect dress, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed.
These days, it’s easy to get inspiration when you’re trying to choose the perfect prom dress for you. Along with magazines, there are plenty of blogs, photos of celebrities on the red carpet, and websites like Pinterest with many different styles and colours.
Spend some time looking at different styles of dress, and get an idea of what type of colour, length, and material you like, and how much embellishment you want on the dress.
Once you begin trying on dresses, you’ll probably notice that some of them look better on your body than others. Petite girls will look great in short dresses, and if you want to look taller, try something like a mermaid dress which helps give you the illusion of more height with its dramatic hemline.
If you’re already tall, a high-low dress, a dress with a high leg slit, or a ruched dress can show off your long legs. There are also some incredible two-piece dresses available at the moment if you’re looking for something a little different.
Curvy girls should play up their curves with form-fitting dresses. It can be tempting to get something a little larger, but more material can make you look frumpy and you should show off those curves. Something Grecian-looking with a one-shoulder or diagonal strap will give your bust support while drawing attention to your bare shoulder and collarbone. Empire waistlines are excellent if you’re hoping to draw attention away from your waist, empire waistlines use draped fabric to give you breathing room and flow over your curves.
Apple shapes (those who are top-heavy”, will usually want to draw attention to their bust while minimising attention to their waist and stomach area. Try dresses that flow from underneath your bust and expand at your waist. Anything draped or with ruched gathers lying flat across your middle is a good way to show off your figure.
If you have a pear shape, you’re usually fuller on your bottom half with a small waist. Grecian gowns also look great on you, and will float nicely over your hips while drawing attention to your waist.
Sheath dresses are fun for a range of figures, as are mermaid dresses, although you may want to try a few on to get an idea of exactly where you want the skirt to fall. With so many prom dresses available, you should begin looking a few months before prom so you can get your dress early and focus on enjoying yourself in the weeks leading up to the big day.