The Best Time To Shop For A Prom Dress

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Here at Faviana we look forward to prom season almost as much as the lovely ladies that get to attend them! Of course this is because we love to see our fashion smart girls rocking their favorite Faviana styles. Seeing your beautiful prom pictures and knowing that you chose us to be a part of our big day makes the endless hours of meticulous design and careful color choosing worth it! We want to make your prom shopping experience as fun and stress free as possible, so today we’re going to give you the down low on the best time to shop for your prom dress!

When to Start Shopping?

We always tell girls that the best time to start shopping for a prom dress is January. I know this seems ridiculously early and you might be thinking, “I don’t have my prom until May! March is plenty of time to start looking!” but when it comes to shopping for your red carpet dresses the early bird catches the bedazzled worm.

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Avoid the Rush

Beginning your search in January may seem premature but retailers will already be stocking their racks by then. Starting early will allow you to fully sift through the myriad of options and give you plenty of time to make up your mind. So whether you’re caught between purple or red or satin or chiffon you don’t have to rush into a decision and regret your choice later! Another perk to early prom shopping is that you get to bypass the last minute rush the rest of the girls have to deal with because they waited! Because prom shopping is often highly competitive, and celebrity red carpet inspired styles tend to be more popular, if you want to end up with your dream dress, you should start the hunt early.

Dress Shopping Logistics

Pre Order:  Many stores are now are now allowing you to pre-order your prom dress.  If you go to their store or look at their website and see the brands they carry, you can either go to that brand’s website or you can look on the retailer’s website and browse through their selection of the upcoming year’s prom dresses.  Faviana uploads all of the new prom styles to during the first week of October.  You can browse through these styles, print out a photo, go to your nearest retailer, and pre-order your prom dress. Then, there is a chance you can get your prom dress as early as December!  It’s good to mark your territory early.

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Layaway:  Similarly to pre-ordering your prom dress, many stores allow you to put a dress on layaway and pay for it a little bit at a time. This is a great way to get the dress you’ve dreamed of, without stressing yourself out. It also gives you that extra time to budget for other accessories, styling, and beauty treatments you may want to get.

Special Ordering:  If you happen to see a dress either in the store or online and your retailer doesn’t have the color or size available, you can ask them to special order it for you.  Always know that that is an option for you.  If you are having a difficult time getting what you want from your retailer, you can contact us directly.  If you happen to choose a very popular style, you will most likely need to order your dress early to ensure you get the color or size you want in time for your event.  The last thing you want would be for your prom dress to get back ordered for months!

Avoid a Who Wore It Better Scandal

Most stores will guarantee not to sell the same dress to another girl attending the same prom, and shopping early will make sure you get your dream dress on lockdown. Be smart and register your style.  If your school doesn’t have it’s own Facebook Page or Website allowing you to register your Prom Dress, you can always use the National Prom Dress Registry to register your dress, so you can avoid an awkward encounter with another girl dressed just like you!  There are also a wide range of apps you can use as well so take a browse through your phone’s app store.

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Benefits to Receiving your Dress Early

Since many tailors will need 2-4 weeks to complete alterations, by purchasing your prom dress early, you will have a zen experience and piece of mind knowing you have plenty of time before prom to also shop for shoes and jewelry to complete the look!  Also, if your dress after alterations still isn’t quite right, you will be able to make as many necessary edits as you will need to guarantee the perfect fit.  Keep in mind the more complicated your dress is, the longer alterations will take.  Components like boning, corsets, netting, and intricate closures usually take longer and are more expensive to alter. If you are in a rush, opt for a jersey dress or something with simple lining and/or a zipper closure, as this will be a really quick, inexpensive, and easy alteration process. Sometimes you can even cut jersey fabric yourself.  See a few examples of dresses made for easy alterations here.

Now that we have given you the best reasons to shop early, you should take a minute to click through our brand new prom dresses!




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