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Tips for Shopping Prom Dresses…

Isn’t it too early to talk about prom? Well, I think since this is one of the milestones of every teenage girl’s life, there nothing wrong with planning as early as you can. Sure, some would say, prom is lame etc etc, but don’t let them damper your prom spirits. Afterall, you only get to enjoy this during your teenage years!

E1057-Prom Dress from Cyber GownPlatinum Strapless Gown from CyberGown

discountdressup_dust rose formal dress

Dust Rose Formal Dress from Discount DressUp

Looking back at my prom, there were things I really regret. A big one is not choosing my dress on my own. I conceded the task to my mom who really had no idea on what styles were ‘in’ that time and I ended up looking like a matron with a huge ribbon in my bodice.

Anyway, here’s some tips from my own experience as well as from friends I bugged to make prom dresses shopping tip contributions =)

Burgundy Taffeta Pleat Sweetheart Gown From Unique VintageBurgundy Taffeta Pleat Sweetheart Gown from Unique Vintage

  • Get a headstart. Don’t cram. Getting an early head start would allow you to do more browsing and get a better idea on what you want and what would look good on you.
  • Set a budget. Wanting to buy a $500 prom dress is fine as long as you have the budget for it. But if you don’t have that amount then set a limit that way you only search for prom dresses within your budget limits and you also won’t end up getting frustrated.
  • Buy early. You get more choices, cheaper deals and you edge out competition for the same dress styles. Girls with proms in mind generally start shopping for the prom dresses in December or January. Shopping early would also give you time to make alterations etc.

Prom Girl Strapless Homecoming Dress by Allure
Strapless Homecoming Dress by Allure from PromGirl

  • Shop around first before jumping with the cash or credit card. Go, do your bit of window shopping or if youre buying online, the do some window surf shopping. Compare styles as well as prices.
  • You have a huge resource online when it comes to online shopping, make use of it! At the end of this post, I’ll be listing down some really cool places to shop for prom dresses. Start clicking away and get an idea which styles would suit you best.
  • Measurements matter. Especially if you’re shopping online, then get your exact measurements. Study the retailer’s sizing chart and compare it with your actual measurements. When in doubt, I find it best to go for one size bigger to allow room for alterations.

Light Pink Frilly Tulle Corset Homecoming Dress From Unique Vintage

Light Pink Frilly Tulle Corset Homecoming Dress from Unique Vintage

  • Take into account your body type when choosing a dress style. A-Line styles are one of the best picks for those with curvy figures. Those with larger bust measurements would do well with halter type of dresses and should be wary of those with plunging V-neck styles. On the other hand, girls with slimmer figures would look well with sheath style dresses.
  • Also consider boutique, department store and vintage shops in your area. These places often yield cheap and one of a kind dresses.
  • And most of all, choose a dress that you are happy and comfortable with. Don’t buy a dress because its a similar style as your girl friends. Go with what you like, and you’ll be happier with it.

PromGirl - Glam One Shoulder Sequin Dress
Glam One Shoulder Sequin Dress from PromGirl
Yellow Chiffon Empire Waisted Beaded Prom Gown from Unique Vintage

Yellow Chiffon Empire Waisted Beaded Prom Gown from Unique Vintage

I’ll be featuring  ‘My Prom Dress Picks’ from each online shopping sites soon so watch out for it. For the mean time, check out these sites:

Of course, this huge lifestyle shopping sites has their share of prom dresses selection:

**Please note that these are simply links for you to browse on and for you to get started, I have no affiliations with them nor do I have any shopping experience with most of them.** PromWebsitesAssociation has an extensive listing of prom related websites.

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