How to Shop for a Prom Dress, Part Two

Earlier this week we gave you a few tips for handling the occasionally nerve-wracking retail experience. Today, we’re going to give you five tips for prom dress shopping success.

Shop early, but not too early. Ideally, you should start looking as early as possible, but don’t bother hitting the shops too far in advance, because at your age you’re still growing and your size can change significantly in six or so months. In an ideal world, you’d find and purchase your prom dress two to three months before the event to make sure you can get exactly the style and color you want, and still have time for alterations.

Keep the makeup to a minimum. Nothing is going to annoy a sales clerk like handing her back a little black dress with a big white smear of liquid foundation.

Have at least a vague idea of what you want before you leave the house. Cut out photos from magazines, download pics onto your smartphone, but whatever you do, don’t go out with no idea. You’ll just be wasting everyone’s time. Instead, wait an extra day if you’re completely clueless. Use that day to cruise websites for formal gowns ideas, research trends, and ask your friends what they’re wearing.

Know your body shape and which cuts flatter it. Are you an apple or a pear? An hourglass or a tube? Look at similarly dressed stars and figure out which red carpet gowns would look good on you.

Know your budget. Add up all the money you’ve saved, see if there are any contributions from the parents, and stick to that. Remember, besides your prom gown, you’re probably also going to need to buy shoes, possibly underwear, and possibly even chip in for your ticket.

If you’d like Faviana to help you get ready for prom 2013, enter our prom dress 2013 contest—it closes soon!

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