THE ULTIMATE PROM DRESS BUYING GUIDE
What exactly is Prom? The definition might vary depending on who you
talk to. There is no official History of Prom, but there are many tales,
beliefs and traditions surrounding the practice which can be shared.
For some prom is a night that girls prepare for their entire high
school year, waiting for that special moment when they can shop for
formal prom dresses and show off their gorgeous attire at the dance that
honors their high school career.
Prom is a formal dance that can be held anywhere from a school gym to a
fancy hotel. Usually a DJ is hired, and juniors and seniors are invited
to spend the night dancing and celebrating (though many believe that
prom night should be officially reserved for seniors).
Some girls have described their prom night as their chance to be
Cinderella. This is due in part to the heavy emphasis that is placed on
wearing elegant gowns and fancy hair.
Some will assert that prom is a celebration of the year and the moment
marking a young adult's transformation from high school to a life of
Whether prom is a night to remember or just a dance, it does require a
little preparation. One thing that is certain, choosing a prom gown
requires a little thought and planning.
Buying Prom Dresses Online
Buying prom dresses online is one of the easiest and least time
consuming ways to shop. It is also a lot of fun, because you get to
check out hundreds more varieties than you would if you were shopping in
a traditional store.
Online shopping also offers a wider variety of selections in one handy
place. You can purchase cheap prom dresses, a designer prom dress, a
discount prom dress, plus size prom dress and formal prom dresses easily
just through the click of a button.
You can even shop for a designer prom dress or a discount prom dress
in the same place! You can usually even find special occasion dresses
(so you don't need to shop for a graduation dress at a later date) at
the same time you are shopping for prom dresses online, because they're
often sold together.
Whether you're looking for cheap prom dresses or designer ones, there
are several things you should keep in mind to ensure you pick the
Body type is an important consideration when shopping for an online
prom dress. In fact some might say that this is THE most important
consideration when shopping. You definitely want to select a dress that
matches your body type. Don't pick a dress just because it looks good on
the model displaying it on the net. Why? You probably have a different
body type than she does. You should choose a gown that will play up your
Consider your body. It is curvy? An hourglass shape often
(characterized by a large bust, small waste and curvy hips) is one
common body type. Maybe it's boyish (straighter waist, narrow hips and
smaller bust). Are you round all over? Perhaps you are pear shaped
(larger on the bottom than on the top). Take a minute to check out your
body and decide on the shape. Then you can choose a dress that will
Here are some prom dress selections for different body types:
Hourglass - Hourglass figures are lucky, they usually
look good in almost anything. Consider strapless or halter top dresses,
those with sashes and cinched waists.
Straight - If you have a boyish figure, you'll want to
try avoiding body hugging dresses that might emphasize your squarer
figure. Try an A-line dress that is slightly fitted which will help add
volume and curves. Open shoulders are a good option. Consider a dress
with a flared skirt.
Rounded - For rounder figured women there are many
flattering dresses. Consider ones with a drop waist and low neckline. A
low neckline helps enhance the bust and the drop waist lengthens your
torso. An empire cut dress is also flattering because it lengthens the
body and figure overall. You might try pairing this with a slightly
Pear Shaped - A-line dresses that are straight cut and
empire waists are good selections for this body shape, because they
lengthen the legs and torso, giving the appearance of balance and
How do you know what size to buy? Size is actually a big problem for
many women. The closer to your actual size you get the less likely
you'll need alterations. That said keep in mind that manufacturers sizes
vary. You may be a size 10 normally, but that may be an 8 in some
dresses and a 12 in others. So how do you know which to buy? Fortunately
almost all dresses listed online will have a manufacturers sizing chart
handy!! You can figure out your size by taking your bust, waist and hip
measurements. Then match up your measurements with those on the chart
and you'll have your size!
What if the size you are doesn't match the manufacturers chart? Let's
say your bust is a 38 which is a size 10 but your waist is equal to a
size 6. Which do you buy? Always go with the measurement that is
largest. It is easy to take away fabric when altering a dress, but not
so easy to add on if you buy a size that is too small.