It's that time of year again - time to look around at all the drop-dead gorgeous prom dresses in stores or at online prom shops. But how do you know which style of dresses is right for you? How will you ever find a prom dress that fits your body figure and personality just right? Prom dresses by famous designers such as Faviana, Sherri Hill, Jovani, and others can look great on you once you find a suitable style.
The key to finding the right dress is to look for a fit that suits
your own figure - not someone else's. Throw out the fashion magazines
with 6' 4" tall (and ridiculously slender) prom dress models. In real
life, many of the dresses worn by models just wouldn't look right on a
young teenage girl. But the good news is there are some very beautiful
dresses that will work well with your figure. You've just got to find
Consider Your Height
Some dresses will make you appear taller while others seem to shorten
your height. If you're a petite size and want to look taller, consider a
sheath or A-line prom dress. Keep the dress simple, as complex designs
and frills will only take away from your height. Skip the big ball gowns
- these will only make you look shorter.
Curves or No Curves
Most teen girls would die for more curves, while some feel they
already have way too much "curviness" in their figure. If you are one of
those blessed with wide hips, opt for a ball gown prom dress style with
a full skirt. This type of design draws the eye focus upward to take
the emphasis off of your hips. The focus will turn to your slender
waist. Some dress styles to avoid with larger hips are V-necks, which
cause the eyes to move downward, and sheaths or similar styles.
If your body is lacking when it comes to curves, try a sheath fitted
style, or maybe even an A-line dress if you want to appear a little more
daring in your prom attire. Prom dresses with an A-line skirt will
complement your slender figure while simultaneously giving the illusion
of added curves. Some styles to avoid if you're on the skinnier side
include halter style dresses and strapless dresses.
Hide the Tummy
For a plump mid-section, you can hide your tummy and give it a
flattened appearance by wearing dresses with an empire style waist.
These gowns will create a more slender and long look while also giving
the illusion of a flattened tummy. Another style that works well is a
dress with a corset-type bodice, which removes emphasis from the tummy
and places it more on the bust area. Styles that can make your tummy
show even more are princess style gowns, sheaths, and those with Basque
waists, which emphasize the tummy area. Also avoid horizontal stripes
Solutions for Heavy Arms
If your arms are on the heavier side, hide them with off-shoulder
necklines or short sleeves. See-through lacey sleeves might also help to
remove emphasis off the size of your arms. Sweetheart necklines can be
helpful because these emphasize the bust area, not the arms. Styles to
avoid with heavier arms include spaghetti straps, strapless, and
sleeveless dresses. But even with these styles, there are some creative
ways to cover up your arms - try a prom jacket or a wrap on for size!
Beautiful Plus Sizes
If you wear a plus size, don't worry. The days of not being able to
find the right fit for a plus figure are long gone. Plus size prom
dresses have come a long way in recent years, with styles to not only
hide your large figure but to also enhance your good qualities. Try a
full-skirted dress or a strapless ball gown to hide your backside. Or,
go for a flared skirt to enhance your slim waistline. Opt for a fitted
bodice such as a corset style to draw attention upward. Avoid sheath
dresses or any style that tends to cling to your body.
When shopping for a dress, be sure to allow a friend or family member
to take your correct body measurements. Also, use online prom dress
shops to compare Jovani prom dresses and others such as Faviana and
Sherri Hill to find the appropriate style for your body type. Many prom
dress websites carry other elegant dresses as well such as cocktail
dresses, evening gowns, homecoming dresses, bridesmaid dresses, etc. so
you can easily find whatever type of formal wear you need.