Prom dresses: Hints and tips
By Lily Donaldson (Bolton High School)
Prom is the night for every girl to feel like a princess, but sometimes trying to find the right dress at the right price can leave you feeling more like the frog; it doesn’t have to be like this! Use these simple tips to find your dream dress.
- Girls with dark hair and olive skin tones look best in vivid colors, especially black, white and green. Girls with light hair and cool undertones in their skin look best in dusty pastels. Girls with yellow undertones in their skin look best in colors that also have yellow undertones, such as peach. Girls with dark golden undertones in their skin look best in earthy colors. If you look better in silver jewelry, you have a cool skin tone. If you look better in gold jewelry, you have a warm skin tone.
- Getting the right size is necessary in getting the right dress. Most dress stores sell sizes 2-26, but some offer 0s and 00s for smaller girls. Most department stores sell sizes 1-15, or 2-16. If you wear an “xs” in everyday clothing, you are likely a 00-2. If you wear a small, you are likely a 4-6. If you wear a medium, you are likely an 8-10. If you wear a large, you are likely a 12-14. If you wear an x-large, you are likely a 16-18. If you wear a 2X or above, you are likely a 20-24. The most important thing to do is to try it on and make sure it fits.
- Big dresses can leave petite girls looking drowned out in fabric; they look better in dresses with flowy or trumpet bottoms, empire waistlines, vertical details and simple structures. Curvier girls look good in dresses with curve-hugging structures, fit and flares, basque waistlines, high necklines, mermaid bottoms dark waist belts and asymmetrical details. Long and lean girls look best in dresses with peplums, sheaths, leg slits, a line skirts, high neck lines and (if your school allows it) two piece/crop tops. For bustier girls in any category, square and straight necklines and off the shoulder straps or sleeves can help accentuate without revealing.
- Price and Place. While formal dress shops seem like the right place to get a formal dress, they are their dresses are the most expensive. Some dress shops include LuLu’s, David’s Bridal, and Windsor, the latter being the cheapest. If you want a dress shop feel but at a cheaper price, the sale sections on PromGirl.com, PeachesBoutique.com, and WhispersFashion.com are great places to look; they also have more size and style options than most dress stores. Department stores such as JC Penney’s also sell prom dresses at affordable prices, but have limited sizing options if you’re smaller or bigger than the average girl. If you can’t afford a prom dress, don’t let it stop you from getting to go! There are many prom dress drives in Memphis during prom season including the upcoming Q107.5 one. Another option is OperationProm.org.