Pretty Woman: Finding Your Perfect Prom Dress

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The average American high schooler will have been in education for over thirteen years when the time comes for them to say goodbye to gym glass, their locker and third period Spanish. Therefore, your senior prom is a huge deal, and for many girls it’s their first time wearing a formal evening gown, having their makeup done professionally and wearing jewelry that costs more than twenty dollars.

Shop Around
Ever wanted to feel the way that Jennifer Lawrence does as she struts down the red carpet? Wondered how Kim Kardashian doesn’t spill out of a barely there body con dress? Feel like you’re the Disney princess they just forgot to make a movie about? Formal gowns are fabulous, fashion forward and fun to wear! Prom dresses come in a multitude of colours, sizes, and shapes, some are plain yet elegant, others are covered in crystals, beads, and sequins, and some gowns choose to buck the floor length trend and are instead flirty knee length numbers. Remember to start looking around three months beforehand, or longer if you’d like a custom fitted dress. Prom season tends to be in May / June, so the stores will start adding prom dresses to their occasion wear sections from around February. Remember, any alterations by a seamstress will take around four weeks to complete. However, there are plenty of ready-to wear-gowns to choose from.

Fifty Shades Of Fuchsia
Start your prom dress research early, taking inspiration from movies, TV; even award shows as well as chatting to your friends about what they might wear. Why not arrange a trip to the mall? You won’t be buying the dress today but this way you can see what suits you, get your friends opinions on colours, styles, and even prices without feeling pressured into purchasing anything. You’ll realize that while you may want pink, there are quite a few different shades to choose from such as mauve, rose, fuchsia, petal, and raspberry so if you’ve seen the color you want we suggest printing off a picture, or better yet taking a material color swatch with you. Of course, you could forget color all together and browse their collection of beautiful white prom dresses. White, or ivory tends to suit most skin tones and looks exceptionally beautiful on young women. Don’t worry about looking a bit too bridal, prom and evening dresses look very different to wedding gowns but if you’re in in doubt stay away from full  A line skirts, and add in another shade, or two by way of a lace jacket, beaded sash or colored bodice.

Don’t Forget Accessories!
You’ll want to leave room in your budget for earrings, a lovely necklace, kitten heels, tights, a light perfume and maybe a new makeup palette. Don’t feel like you need to spend hundreds of dollars on your prom makeup! Stores often offer free makeovers around this time and there’s plenty of makeup advice online that’ll show you how to achieve a beautiful, yet age-appropriate look.You'll also find tips on how to look good in photos, making sure you don't trip over your dress and even what to do should your date not show.

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