Choosing the perfect prom dress

Choosing the perfect prom dress is one of the most exciting times in a girl’s school days. It’s the day of the year that everybody has been waiting for and a chance to really dress up and create your most glamorous look. Here, we wanted to create a guide to buying your prom dress to help keep the process fun, stress-free and full of excitement.

Let’s start with the serious stuff…

Consider Your Budget

Budget is important but it shouldn’t be a stressful factor when it comes to choosing your dress. Whether you’re purchasing your own or having a treat from mum, consider your budget at the beginning of shopping so that you can manage expectations and avoid disappointment from the start. Once you know your budget you can find the perfect dress and maybe even leave a little to spare for accessories.

Remember to give yourself lots of time when shopping for your dress and don’t leave it to the last minute. Even if you think you know exactly what you’re looking for, you might change your mind or find something even better so start the prom dress shopping as early as you can.
What Prom Dress Is Going to Suit?

Every girl is going to suit a different style when it comes to prom dress shopping online or in-store. Take a little while to consider the below points when deciding the type of styles you want to choose.

The Perfect Prom Dress for Your Body Type

No matter what your body type, you can find the perfect prom dress that will suit your shape and flatter you, leaving you feeling beautiful and fabulous on prom night. Get to know your body shape a little better by taking a look at the body shape calculator on Who What Wear.

  • Apple body shapes look amazing empire waistlines and detail towards the bottom.
  • For pear body shapes, you’ll love how you feel in high-waist skirts with chic fitted tops.
  • Ruffles, frills and asymmetric lines will flatter rectangle body shapes.
  • For Inverted Triangle body shapes, A-line shapes and ball gowns will give you balance.
  • Anything with a nipped waist is your best friend for hourglass body shapes.

The Perfect Dress for Your Skin Tone

Next, it’s always good to consider your unique skin tone to choose a dress that really flatters. Warm skin tones tend to suit warmer colours, such as gold, yellows and warm reds, as well as neutral tones, like cream and nude.

Cooler skin tends to suit pastel colours and jewel-toned hues, such as sapphire blue and reds. Here, it’s best to avoid the warmer hues like orange and gold. We’ll be posting a blog post all about choosing the perfect evening wear for your skin tone very soon, so remember to keep a look out on the blog!

The Perfect Dress for The Theme & Venue

Although a dress that makes you feel great is the priority, you’ll also want to really consider the theme of the event. It might be a Hollywood theme where statement and glamorous would be perfect or maybe it’s garden-themed and calling out for florals and bright hues. Take the venue into consideration when it comes to formality and always remember, it’s always better to be overdressed than under-dressed!

Don’t Forget Prom Dress Accessories

Last but not least, don’t forget your prom accessories. From jewellery and heels to the perfect clutch and even a hair accessory, these tiny details can really transform your look and help to add a touch of your unique personality to your overall prom dress outfit. Keep an eye on the Fab Frocks blog for more evening wear and special occasions styling tips and tricks.