Shop Now for Prom Fashions

Whether you already have a date in mind for prom or anticipate being asked in the weeks to come, it's never too early to shop for your prom dress.

Few individuals will be able to wear a dress off the rack and have it look beautiful. Therefore, shopping early for a prom gown means you will have ample time to order a dress and have it altered to fit you perfectly -- much as you would if you were a member of a wedding party. Shopping early also gives you the opportunity to price around at various shops and comparison shop from online retailers. If you know a seamstress or tailor, you can even have a dress custom made to your specifications.

When you're ready to shop for a prom gown, it is beneficial to have a style in mind. Not every dress will flatter your figure. Therefore, keep an open mind as to what you will buy. Make your decision only after trying on a variety of gowns.

Prom dress manufacturers often mimic the looks on the runway or red carpet. Keeping a trained eye on the celebrity looks from award shows and movie opening nights can give you an idea of what is to be expected from prom dress selection. However, that doesn't mean you have to go with what is trendy. If the trends are something that will not flatter your figure, feel free to go with a classic gown.

In terms of flattering, here are some pointers to keep in mind.

Curvy, full-figured women can consider empire waisted dresses or those with a drop waist. It'll camouflage curvier areas. Thin or boy-shaped ladies may want a dress with ruching details or poofy ball gowns, which will give the illusion of curves. Hourglass shapes benefit from nipped-in waists and strapless, form-fitting creations. Petite ladies should seek out shorter hems and sleeker cuts. Too much fabric can overwhelm a smaller stature.

Rreg;emember to set a budget when shopping for your prom dress. Unless you have the funds to step into a couture boutique and pay like a celebrity, it's best to have a limit. After all, chances are you will only be wearing this dress once. Prom-goers who want to save money can consider dress swapping with other women who have attended formal events. A person who is "always a bridesmaid, never a bride" may have a collection of formal wear that can be altered and transformed into your prom masterpiece.

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