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Prom Dress Fabric Guide 2017

Jan 12, 2017

Shopping for a prom dress is confusing enough what with all of the different styles and colors. Factor in the material and the stress starts to set in. So, don’t stress. Take a look at’s fabric guide to get a handle on the types of fabrics available in today’s most popular prom dress styles. Let the guide help take the confusion out of your search, leaving you with the important stuff like finding the perfect prom dress.

  • Tulle is typically made from silk, rayon, nylon or cotton. It is what gives prom styles like ball gowns and mermaid dresses their pouf.
  • Silk is a naturally fiber that is as luscious as it sounds. You’ll find that many of the more elegant prom designs are fashioned from silk.
  • Satin is an extremely popular material for prom dresses. A satin weave has a shiny and a matte side.
  • Velvet has that warm and fuzzy feel. It can be made from silk, cotton or synthetics. While velvet is not your typical prom dress fabric, it is a sophisticated choice that stands out.
  • Lace can come in many different weaves, patterns and weight. Some prom dresses may feature lace accents or be designed entirely of lace. While lace is stunning remember it is a delicate material that does have a tendency to snag.
  • Sequin fabrics are the choice when you want something with a bit more glitz and glam. Sequined materials typically have a mesh or organza backing.
  • Chiffon is made from silk or polyester. Its simple allure and delicate shimmer make chiffon an appealing pick for prom dresses. Chiffon is also a lightweight fabric that’s sheer, which is why dresses using it have layers.
  • Taffeta makes that great rustling sound when you sashay down the red carpet. It can be fashioned from silk or synthetic fiber. Taffeta is often used in mermaid or trumpet gowns because it’s stiffer.
  • Organza offers a smooth, lightweight fabric that’s sheer. However, organza can also be stiff, which makes it a great choice for silhouette prom dresses.
Taffeta Prom Dress

Taffeta Prom Dress 2017 from Jovani

Tulle Prom Dress 2017 from Panoply

Tulle Prom Dress 2017 from Panoply

Sequin Prom Dress 2017 from Riva

Sequin Prom Dress 2017 from Riva

Check Out The New DressProm Guide to Everything Prom

Dec 15, 2016

Prom is one of the most important milestones in your life—or at least it certainly feels that way. DressProm has done all of the research for your reading pleasure. Here’s a look at all of the prom guides you need to know about before your prom:

Prom Guide: Talking About the Hottest Trends

In our prom guide we cover all of the latest trends taking over the prom cycle for the upcoming season. See, it’s never too early to start thinking about the prints, cuts and colors you should consider for your prom. Learn about styles that are still going strong, like the two-piece dress, and get a crash course in how rompers and jumpsuits have become the edgy style choice for daring fashionistas.

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A Guide to Hair and Makeup

To contour or not to contour? Do you know what hair and makeup dos and don’ts you need to know about for prom. Prom is your chance to get glammed up, but it’s also important not to overdo it or settle for a look that clashes with your dress. Don’t worry, our hair and makeup guide will set you straight!

Prom Guide - Purple and Green Floral Gowns

How to Budget for Prom

Even if mom and dad are pitching in for your prom dress, it’s important to build a budget that you can stick to. When the perfect dress catches your eye, you don’t want to be stuck a few dollars short. Our budget guide will help you through creating a realistic budget that still ensures your prom is as magical as you dreamed it would be.

Prom Guide - Black and Purple Dresses

Planning for Prom: Making Sure You Don’t Miss Anything!

Plan, plan, plan! A strong game plan for prom is essential to making the night as enjoyable as possible. Leave yourself enough time to add anything you forget to your plan. If you’re planning to do to prom with your squad, make sure you check in with each other to ensure everyone is on the same page. For the rest, check our guide to planning your prom night!

Prom Guide - Navy Floral Sleeveless Gown

How Should My Prom Dress Fit

Dec 5, 2016

There’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to prom, but priority number one is choosing your prom dress. To ensure you get the perfect fit on prom night, keep these tips mind:

Dress for Your Body Type

Everyone fits into a certain body type category, which means not all dresses and cuts are going to fit your body correctly. To dress for your body, you’ll first need to determine what type of body you have. Apple shapes carry most of their weight in the mid-section, pear shapes carry their weight in the bottom half of their bodies and hourglass shapes curve in and out like an hourglass. Other types include straight and petite. Research dress styles that suit your body type before you even begin to look at dresses. Also, check out the Dressprom Fashion Guide to see the most popular dresses from great designers to help you chose the perfect fit for prom.

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Take Accurate Measurements

When you’re buying your dress online you won’t have the opportunity to try the dress on before you order. The best way to make sure the dress your order will fit you correctly is to have accurate measurements of your body. Have someone take your measurements and keep them handy while you browse. You can take your measurements yourself, but having someone else do it for you will yield more accurate results. Use a tailor’s measuring tape for this (the soft, fabric kind). Dressprom offers a great prom dress measuring video that will help you take the perfect measurements every time!

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Bigger Is Better

When in doubt, always size up. Taking a dress in is always much easier than adding fabric to a dress. On that note, avoid buying a smaller dress with the intention of losing weight in time for prom. You can’t predicted how quickly you’ll lose weight, or even if you’ll lose any weight at all. If you do shed a few pounds, the dress can always be taken in.

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Creating a Smooth Profile

Depending on the fabrics used to make your dress and the silhouette it creates, you may be left with a few bumps and creases in your profile that don’t look quite right. Shapewear can be an excellent tool for smoothing out these bumps and creating a much nicer silhouette.

Every Girl’s top 5 #PromGoals

Nov 17, 2016

Every Girl’s Top 5 #PromGoals


  1. Matching Squad Dresses — #SquadGoals, #PromGoals: what’s the difference, really? Get all the points when you coordinate matching prom dresses for the girls. We love this trend in shades that flatter all figures, especially black and silver! It’s especially perfect if you decide to go stag with your besties.
  2. Runway-Inspired Gowns — Get inspired by some of your fave celebrity red carpet looks. If you loved Taylor’s two-piece front-slit Grammys gown, you’ll absolutely adore Blush’s version featuring the same colors but an off-the-shoulder top.
  3. Figure-Flattery — Every girl’s #PromGoals list includes the perfect dress, and it’s only perfect if it fits like a glove! With hot-right-now prom trends like painted-on fabrics — hello, curve-hugging jersey material! — this one’ll be easy to nail.
  4. Themed Couples’ Prom Looks — Superheroes, camouflage, glitz-and-glam: whatever you’re into, you can make a splash when you coordinate a fun, out-of-the-box themed look for prom.
  5. The Perfect Date — Whether he’s your #MCM or your oldest pal, every girl should have the right date. Pick a date who’s as fun as you, and one who’s not afraid to cut loose on the dancefloor!

Dressprom is here to help you and your friends accomplish all of your #PromGoals! If you have questions or feedback for us send us a tweet @dresspromdotnet with the #PromGoals.


Planning the Perfect Prom

Nov 8, 2016

Planning the Prom: Your Guide to Prom Planning

So you’re part of the prom-planning committee, and now it’s time to start making decisions. is on hand to help you plan your perfect prom — from unique prom themes for 2017 to knockout prom decorations your class will remember forever. As a member of the prom committee, you’ll be responsible for contributing to the following:


  • Budgeting
  • Picking a theme
  • Choosing and booking a venue
  • Choosing and booking entertainment
  • Ordering food and drinks
  • Choosing a hashtag
  • Designing, purchasing and sending invitations
  • Setting ticket prices
  • Designing the décor
  • Decorating

The Most Important Prom-Planning Points


  • Pick a Theme! — OK, this is the fun part! The theme you choose totally determines all of your other prom-planning essentials, so you’ve got to pick your theme early. We love classic themes like Hollywood (because who doesn’t want a real red carpet at prom?) and Paris, but you can get creative with out-of-the-box 2017 prom themes like neon, carnival or candyland. Bonus: you can shop for your prom dress by theme for the perfect wardrobe.
  • Pick a Venue — Your venue should be guided by your theme, not the other way around. Early on in the prom-planning process, you need to establish a venue budget. Once you’ve got that squared away, you should start scouting venues. Make sure to have your venue booked at least six months in advance.
  • Nail Down Décor — Tip No. 1 for prom decorations: get cozy with the theater department. If you’re going for a place theme (like Paris, New York or Hollywood), then your school probably has some useful set decorations from plays past. You can also plan décor parties and make your own decorations at home.
  • Book Entertainment — Make sure to properly vet your DJ or live band, because there’s no prom disaster quite like having lame music! Book your entertainment at least three months in advance, and start researching at least six months in advance to make sure that your top choices aren’t booked on prom night.

2017 Prom Trends and the Latest in Dresses #Prom2k17

Oct 11, 2016

In 2017 the dance floors of proms everywhere will be covered in these dazzling styles. Breaking down all of the hottest trends for evening wear and prom dresses in 2017 is this #prom2k17 quick guide:


Rhinestones Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Rhinestones and beading are reaching a whole new level with intricate designs featuring geometric patterns. Clear and colored gem stones off all sizes will come into play creating colorful beaded gowns with a fresh new take on bejeweling.

Highs and Lows

The high low skirt is making its mark on gowns too. This unique dress style has been seen all over the red carpet worn by Hollywood’s elite. Now it is your turn to slip into a high low cut-out dress with an ombre tone that gives you a chance to proudly strut those legs!

Crop Tops and Floor Length Skirts

This is hands down the “it” style of prom season. There are an endless array of styles to choose from so every girl can have her own unique take on the crop top gown. The little bit of midriff that peaks out hits right at the most flattering part of the natural waist creating that beautiful hourglass effect.

Cocktail Hour

The shorter the hem, the easier it is to dance the night. At least, that seems to be the idea behind wearing an ultra-glam cocktail dress to prom. Lace, rhinestones, A-line skirts, tulle—you name it, any style can be cocktail-ified.


With a sheer mesh panel that covers up a plunging neckline you have the illusion of baring it all with a more modest approach. Whether it is complemented by intricately placed beading or strategically cut jersey fabric in a floor length cut, the illusion dress is sexy and sleek.

Sleek and Simple

Keep things simple and elegant with fitted styles that have minimal beadwork or gemstones, if any. These gowns bring focus to the body’s shape and curves.

Prom 2017 Color Trends

When you have settled on a style, it’s time to choose the perfect color. This season the hottest colors are Red Emerald, Black, Royal Blue and Silver or Platinum.

See a style you love on our site? Share it and remember to tweet @dresspromdotnet and use #prom2k17!


Bright Floral Prints for Prom

Oct 4, 2016

Floral Prints for Prom

Floral prints are a timeless design that will not disappoint. Now, there is a difference between timeless and dated. Timeless is forever. Years from now when you are looking through all your prom pics there is one thing that will standout: your dress. When you go with a stunning floral print, you will never have to worry about cringing with embarrassment when it is time to reminisce.

Push aside thoughts of Grandma’s curtains and imagine gorgeous floral prints and appliques in vibrant colors and luxurious fabrics. Yes, that’s fabrics, as in more than one. Satin, tulles, jersey, lace, and neoprene are a few of the fabrics floral dresses are crafted from.

With floral prints there are a few different categories these dresses fall into. Each one has its own special allure that will appeal to different personality types. You will get everything from strong and statuesque to sweet and feminine. Here are few styles to consider:


Dramatic and Dark

Glide onto the dance floor drenched in mystery with dark floral prints. Dark floral prints over a deep red is one way to go—especially if becoming one with the night is on your mind.

The classic black and white combo is another fantastic dramatically dark option. A tulle overlay and the plunging sweetheart neckline softens the whole look.

Short and Sweet

Short floral printed dresses and short floral rhinestone dresses are the fun and flirty option. They have a higher hem that is perfect for dancing and showing off cute shoes. Going with floral gems, you have the extra fun of sparkling with every twirl.

Roses Are Forever

Roses are a classic symbol of beauty and elegance. Be a beacon for romance in a red rose floral print or brighten things up with the essence of spring with light pink roses and sweet meadow flowers.

Floral Appliques and Embellishment

Maybe prints aren’t bold enough for your evening look. Floral appliques add texture to a two dimensional design. For a softer, pretty in pink look, tulle flowers with gem stone centers will do the trick. For beauty queens in the making a lemon and ivory gown with yellow gem stones and black lace flower appliques should peak your interest.

Homecoming Regality – How to Dress for the Homecoming Court

Aug 22, 2016

So you’ve been picked for homecoming court: congratulations! Now the question is, what do you wear? Whether you need a homecoming court outfit for the pre-homecoming festivities, such as the homecoming game promenade, or are looking for your dream homecoming court gown for the big night, DressProm has all the most glamorous numbers around. Your homecoming weekend outfit should represent your big personality and perhaps pay tribute to the regal traditions of the queen’s court or your school colors.

For the Homecoming Game

If your school’s traditions require the court to appear on the field at the homecoming game, you’ll need a special outfit for the occasion. Unlike your homecoming gown, this outfit can be on the casual side, but you’ll still want to be semi-dressed up. We love the idea of showing your school spirit with a prideful style done in your team colors. Court members are often asked to wear boutonnieres or corsages, so make sure you account for that when picking a dress.

For the Homecoming Dance

If you’ve been selected for homecoming court, you’re probably feeling the pressure of finding that picture-perfect gown. We always recommend court members wear something seriously show-stopping — after all, the whole school’s going to be looking at you! Channel your inner queen before the big announcement with a ball gown homecoming dress and you’ll feel like a 21st century Cinderella. We adore Blush’s line of two-piece homecoming gowns for the season, like the spectacular Two-Piece Blush Ball Gown!

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If you’d like to show your edgy side without compromising the classic princess look, you can always opt for a cupcake homecoming gown with a short, flirty skirt that will have you twirling all over the dance floor. To channel your inner royalty and pay tribute to the fall and winter homecoming season traditions, consider a dark-colored homecoming dress in maroon, navy or gold. No matter which style you choose, you can’t go wrong when you complete the look with a dazzling tiara.
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Capped-Sleeved Dresses Perfect for Homecoming

Aug 19, 2016

Make homecoming night memorable in an eye-catching capped-sleeve homecoming dress. We get it — you’re all about keeping things elegant-yet-casual. Cap-sleeved dresses featured super short sleeves that are perfect for showing off your upper arms! They also typically feature a higher neckline for serious top-half intrigue. This year’s homecoming trends are all about sheer fabrics and illusion, and there’s no better complement to these hot styles than a pair of cute capped sleeves. These gowns are appropriate for all body types and personal preferences, from Hollywood-glam to princess-posh. Here are a few of our favorite capped-sleeved homecoming dresses this year:

  • Hanna S Capped-Sleeved Gown — Fun and flirty homecoming-goers will adore this glitzy homecoming dress by Hanna S. Featuring a beaded sheath neckline and bodice, this short homecoming dress is finished with flirty capped sleeves. This sweet style comes in cherry, royal and mint green to suit every personality and skin tone.

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  • Mac Duggal Ruched Chiffon Gown — Go classic Cinderella with this long homecoming prom gown dripping with dazzling details. The capped sleeves on this number aren’t your standard caps: they’re slimmer and more sophisticated for a steal-the-show style. Elaborate beading throughout the bodice, sweetheart neckline and sleeves make this gown glamorous.

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  • Blush Two-Piece Homecoming Dress — Show a little midriff with this chic two-piece formal gown by Blush. It features sparkly beading throughout the bodice, capped sleeves and a fit-and-flare skirt that highlights your best features. It’s available in sunny yellow and sweet pink, so it’s ideal for the big-personality dance-goer.
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  • Blush Lace Homecoming Dress — If you’re going for sophisticated-glam on homecoming night and want to feel like you’re rocking the red carpet, this black capped-sleeve homecoming gown by Blush is ideal. It features all-over lace, a V neckline and capped sleeves with slight beading. An absolute must-wear in our book!
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Quinceanera Gowns to Match Your Sign

Jul 12, 2016

Sherri Hill Quinceanera Dresses to Match Your Sign


Hey, what’s your sign? Did you ever think that your horoscope sign could help you pick out your stunningly stylish quinceanera dress? Sure, why not? Horoscopes are hugely popular. People read them for many reasons. For some, it’s for fun and for others horoscopes help with decision-making. And what is one of the hardest decisions to make as a teen? Why picking the perfect dress of course! It doesn’t matter the occasion, but major ones such as a quinceanera can be tough. Everyone has an opinion, especially your mother, and you want to make the right one since it is your special day. Consult the stars to help you find the dazzling dress of your dreams.

Sherri Hill pageant gowns are gorgeous and it can be hard to decide on the perfect one, which is where your horoscope comes in. Didn’t you know that certain types of dresses flatter certain signs? It’s true. Each zodiac sign has personality qualities that accompany it. Well, check out this Sherri Hill guide to quinceanera dresses at What is your sign by the way?

  • Capricorn – December 22 through January 20 – If you’re a Capricorn, you are hard-working, patient and practical. Keep it simple.
  • Aquarius – January 21 through February 19 – If you’re an Aquarius, you are open-minded and creative. Dare to be a little bit different. Go for a bright color that you might not normally wear with a style that may not be so traditional.
  • Pisces – February 20 through March 20 – Now, if you’re a Pisces, you have to go with a Sherri Hill mermaid style dress to pay homage to the fish sign.
  • Aries – March 21 through April 20 – Those of us that are under the sign of Aires tend to be a bit daring and are risk takers. Therefore, you may want to depart from your comfort zone with a Sherri Hill gown that pushes the envelope a little for a quinceanera, but not too far. Remember that relatives will attend.
  • Taurus – April 21 through May 21 – If you are a Taurus, you tend to be more down-to-earth. So, this is another sign where you may want to keep it simple with a Sherri Hill dress that shows off your natural beauty with a more form-fitting design.
  • Gemini – May 22 through June 21 – If you’re a Gemini, then you are both adventurous and smart. Go bold and basic with a Sherri Hill black and white gown.
  • Cancer – June 22 through July 22 – Cancers love the simple things in life like home and family. You’ll rock in a sweetheart Sherri Hill design.
  • Leo- July 23 through August 22 – If you’re a Leo, then you are super confident and can handle color. Go red and roar.


  • Virgo – August 23 through September 21- If you’re a Virgo, then you tend to be a bit on the shyer side. Explore the Sherri Hill designs that are more feminine and feature those flowing rows of tulle.
  • Libra – September 22 through October 22 – Libras love to be social and are super easy-going. Check out Sherri Hill’s fun designs that feature printed bodices and full skirts.
  • Scorpio- October 23 through November 21 – Scorpios are determined and passionate. Show off your confident style in a Sherri Hill satin design.
  • Sagittarius – November 22 through December 21 – If you’re a Sagittarius, you love to explore and travel. You’ll look fabulous in a fun-spirited Sherri Hill dress that features fun ruffles and a beaded bodice.

If you feel silly consulting horoscopes to find the ideal quinceanera dress, don’t. Varaha Mihira once said, “There is no better boat than a horoscope to help a man cross over the sea of life.”