Most of us are easily dazzled by the enormous number of styles and color options we are faced with when we head out to shop for our prom dress. There seems to be a never-ending racks of beautiful gowns, gorgeous accessories and glittering shoes and bags; it's a wonder we make it home with anything at all in our shopping bags.
Well, your confusion is nothing to feel bad about. Next to choosing
your hairstyle, choosing the best color for your prom dress can be one
of your biggest challenges, when you dress up for any special occasion.
But with a few tips from a professional, you will be on your way to and
from the dress shop in no time, armed with the truth about the best
color palette for your prom gown and accessories.
There are just 3 steps that you need to master and you will always know
which color to choose for your next clothing purchase, but especially
so for your next prom dress! In this article, we will explore 3 things
you need to know in order to choose the exact colors that suit you best.
Before we start in, I want you to bring to mind your favorite color. Is
it pink? Blue? Whatever it is, keep it in your thoughts as we go
through the steps. Your final result will be a color that you love and
one that loves you!
Step 1 Hair Tone
Match your hair tone with the tone of your dress to create the illusion of elegance
I get a lot of prom girls asking me about the best way to create an
elegant, formal look as they prepare for prom. One of the best pieces of
advice that I can give to you today are these two statements:
- a prom dress in one color elongates the body, making you look slimmer. When we wear a lot of different colors, the eye has to jump all around to see all the colors.
- a prom dress in one color guarantees an elegant look, because
monochrome, (one color or tone) actually makes you look sleeker than if
you were to wear a bunch of different colors all at once.
When we wear just one or two colors, the eye can easily see the entire
outfit without darting from color to color. When the eye is relaxed, it
perceives the object (you!) as relaxed, serene and elegant.
What we now want to do is apply this tip to include our hair-tone. By
matching the dress to our hair color, we have succeeded in elongated the
body even more, since the eye is now including the hair color in the
The ideal shade for your prom dress is one that matches your hair tone.Is your hair dark? Wear dark colors, it's that simple.
You can wear almost any color as long it is no darker than your hair
color and no lighter than a medium shade of the that particular color.
So ladies that have dark hair look great in the so-called jewel tones,
like sapphire blue, emerald green, ruby-red, and garnet purples. The
rich color of your dress should match the rich color of your hair,
whether it is dark brown or deep black. The fact that your hair and
dress are the same tone or shade, i.e. dark, will encourage the eye to
perceive your silhouette as elongated and sleek.
For example, let's say your favorite color is blue and you have dark
brown hair. You can wear any shade of blue, as long as it no darker than
your hair and no lighter than a medium shade of blue.
If your hair is light, wear light colors that are no lighter than your
hair and no darker than a medium shade of the color you chose.
Let's say your favorite color is pink. If you choose a prom dress in
your favorite color, make sure it is no darker than a medium shade of
pink and no lighter than your hair.
Finally, if your hair color is somewhere in between dark and light, you
can wear any of medium tone colors; colors that are neither light nor
When you choose your dress to include your hair tone, you will
automatically look taller and more slender and definitely more elegant.
And I would say that is the whole point of getting dressed up from prom,
Now let's move on to the topic of skin tone.
Step 2 Skin tone
You also need to know which palette or set of colors is best
suited to your skin tone as you develop your wardrobe and makeup kit
A quick way to learn your skin tone is to recall the color of your skin when you are exposed to the sun.
If you tend to look pinkish after being in the sun, you will look
especially fabulous wearing cool colors like blues, and purples. This is
because these particular colors can actually camouflage the pink in
your skin tone. Just be sure to match your dress to your hair tone, if
you want a look that says: "elegant"!
On the other hand, if you tan to a golden brown when you are in the
sun, you are going to going to want to choose any of the warm colors,
like reds, and oranges. These colors will bring out the rosy blush in
your skin tone. Again, choosing the warm colors in the same shade as
your hair tone will make a huge difference in how you come across to
Step 3 Favorite Colors
Let's say your hair tone guides you to wear darker colors. Can you wear
baby pink? Yes, you can, but it is a fact that you are not going to
look that great in it because of what Mother Nature gave you. But you
will look fabulous in fuchsia, and hot pinks. Don't you want to look
great instead of bland?
Likewise, if you are a person with blonde hair who loves the color red
but can't seem to pull it off because of your paleness, your red will be
more of a creamy red, while your friends with black hair can wear
ruby-red. You can wear every color you just have to find the best shade
for your individuality.
So let's put it all together in these two examples; both girls chose
pink as their favorite color, but each girl needs to wear a shade of
pink that matches their hair tone.
Favorite color: pink
Hair color: baby blonde
Skin tone: Sandy blushes easily, and burns when in the sun
Sandy's best color is a cool pale pinkish-lavender, which is the pale version of magenta
Favorite color: pink
Hair Color: dark brown
Skin tone: Cara tans easily to a golden brown