To find your perfect prom dress, first do some research online and in fashion magazines to see what sort of dresses are in style. One of the best ways to get inspired is by looking at the gowns worn by celebrities on the red carpet at the most recent Grammy Awards, or the Oscars. The dresses worn at such events are most likely to start new trends for dresses in the future, as they are one of the most popular venues for designers to show their latest work.
You should also consider what is the best dress for your body type. Depending on your shape, and what parts of your body you like or don’t like can greatly influence your choice of dress. For example, “apple” shaped girls are those who tend to carry weight in their stomach and torso area. A great dress to disguise this problem area would be a ‘babydoll’ style dress or a dress with a tighter upper bodice, but that flows more loosely around the stomach. In magazines such as teen vogue there is nearly always advice for how to dress your body type in the most flattering way.
Decide your price range before you go out shopping. Prom dresses can range from under fifty dollars, to well over five hundred. Deciding how much you are willing to spend on a dress before you hit the shops will not only help narrow your search, but stop you from spending more on a dress than you can afford. Buying a dress that you think you would want to wear again is a good idea, as you will be getting more for your money if your dress is suitable for more than one occasion.
Another option if you want to save money on an expensive designer dresses is to borrow a dress from websites that allow you to “rent” a dress from a website such as Rent the Runway. Rent the Runway lets people get expensive designer clothes for events at a 90 percent discount, and then return them when they are finished. A great option if your dream dress costs many times more that what you can afford, as the cost is only 10 percent of the retail price.