Finding The Dress That Will Fit Your Prom Night Activities

Prom will be of the most memorable events of your life. You should have a very special dress for that wonderful night, but unlike Cinderella your outfit won't happen by magic. There are practical steps you must take to find that enchanted gown.

Stay within a budget

Of course, you want to buy the perfect prom dress, the right style with matching accessories and the perfect hairdo. But the first thing you must do is decide how much you or your parents can afford or want to spend. Even if you have your own income, don't let preparation for the prom become an out-of-control spending spree. This night should leave you with a lot of wonderful memories, not a bunch of heavy debts.

Prom Events

Give some thought to what you will be doing at the prom. If part of that special night includes a trip in a stretch limo, make sure you choose a dress that will allow you to slip in and out of your seat modestly. At the dance, what dress will allow you to show off your best moves? Remember that you will also be expected to sit for a formal meal. A dress with ruffles or bunches at the back might make for an uncomfortable hour at the banquet table.

Shop with a friend

Take along a friend who's fashion sense you respect. She can help you select the gown that brings out the best in you.

Visit a brick and mortar store

Try on some outfits at your local boutique. When you find a dress you like, don't just stand there in front of a mirror. Try out some of the things you will be doing on prom night. Sit in a chair and pretend you settling into a car seat. How will you move your legs and twist your body. Let's see those dance moves in that dress. Don't worry about feeling silly. That's what you brought your friend for. You too can giggle together.

Respect your school's rules

If your school has already put out a list of limits, obey them. If the rules are, "no strapless or spaghetti straps" then "no" it is. Even if you find the dress that will make you feel like a princess at the ball, you won't feel that way long if you aren't allowed in.

Browse on the internet

The internet is often the place to find fantastic dresses at low prices. But how can you know that you are getting a dress that looks right on you. Good thing you started early. You have already been to a brick and mortar store and found the styles and colors that work for you. Now if you can take that knowledge online you can start shopping for real bargains.

Tips for online shopping

If you can never get clothes that fit right over the internet, think again. Just remember these simple tips.

- Make sure the online business is reputable. There are a lot of review sites where people write about their experiences, good and bad, with internet shopping sites. Also, the Better Business Bureau maintains a list of complaints about online businesses.

- Know your size. Before you order, take your measurements. Have a friend measure your bust, waist and hips. You should be able to find a size chart that will help you with your order.

- Contact them. Find out if there is a real human behind the web page. This is someone you can contact by instant message, live chat or phone if you have any questions before you place your order.

- Ask the business if they have a return or exchange policy. You want to be able to send something back if it really doesn't fit right. Don't expect them to pay the postage, but if you already know the style and color you need, and you have the right measurements, you shouldn't have to do many exchanges.

Being practical, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. There are a lot of dresses out there that will look great and keep you looking that way too, no matter what your prom night activities. Taking control of your shopping experience means you will have a greater chance of finding that gown you love. Have fun at the prom!

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