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Prom Styles – Off the Shoulder and Two-Piece

Apr 18, 2017

We’re always staying up-to-date on the latest prom dress styles here at DressProm and this year we’ve noticed a big shift in the fashion industry toward shoulder-bearing frocks that show just a bit of skin. Off-the-shoulder and two-piece styles are the perfect way to show off your collarbone and shoulders if those are your best features and they look perfect with a statement necklace or a long, wavy hairstyle. Here’s everything you need to know about these sultry prom dress styles.

Off-the-Shoulder
This particular style is halfway between a dress with sleeves and a sleeveless dress. It features anything from cap sleeves to long sleeves to spaghetti straps, but the sleeves are pushed off the shoulder and situated a bit lower on the arms to create an off-the-shoulder effect that many girls love.

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Designers like Blush and Mori Lee are particularly fond of the off-the-shoulder look for its young, sexy style and its versatility. These big name dress brands create glamorous prom dresses featuring off-the-shoulder bodices decorated with swirls of sequins, edgy gowns with long, tight sleeves and off-the-shoulder tops or even boho-style frocks with off-the-shoulder sleeves with bell shapes at the ends.

Two-Piece
If your belly is your best feature, show it off in a fun, classy way at the prom with a two-piece dress that shows just a peek of midriff. These unique and modern styles are best for daring girls, as they really lean more toward the contemporary look than the traditional.

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Some two-piece dresses feature tank tops in a matching pattern or a solid shade that pairs well with the skirt, while others come with elaborately decorated bodices covered in beading, sequins and embroidery. DressProm even carries two-piece prom dresses with long sleeves to balance out the shorter length of the top portion. Prom dress designers like Rachel Allan and Faviana particularly love the two-piece prom dress trend.

Great Gatsby and Other Themed Dresses for 2017

Apr 14, 2017

For the girl with a flair for the dramatic, you may want to go with a themed prom dress for your big prom night. You can choose to go all out with your theme by pairing your dress with matching accessories, or just stick to a subtle theme that will help you to stand out while still staying on trend. DressProm carries a wide selection of great themed prom dresses, but these are a few of our favorites.

  • “The Great Gatsby”. The Roaring ‘20s styles of “Gatsby” are always some of our most popular, but this theme has seen even more popularity in recent years. If you want to create a glamorous flapper style that Daisy Buchanan would be proud of, check out DressProm’s selection of “Great Gatsby” dresses featuring beads, sequins and feathers galore. These dresses feature shorter hemlines and shift shapes, as well as the occasional floor length with Art Deco details. No matter which type you choose, you’ll look like you’re ready to head to the speakeasy in your flapper frock.
  • “Alice in Wonderland”. Literary buffs will also adore the down-the-rabbit-hole stylings of DressProm’s “Alice”-themed dresses. These colorful, whimsical frocks perfectly embody the Queen of Hearts or even Alice herself with their bright, bold shades, wide, flared skirts and large prints and patterns.
  • Carnival. For a truly larger-than-life dress theme, try out one of DressProm’s popular carnival dresses. These are reminiscent of the costumes carnival performers wear because of their swirls of pastel colors, ruffled details and long, flowing skirts.
  • Hollywood. Want to look like you just stepped off of the red carpet? Then slip into one of DressProm’s Hollywood-influenced prom dresses. These fancy frocks are fit for a starlet with their gold or jewel tones, sequined details and long, dramatic lengths.

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Find the Perfect Style for Your Prom Dress this Year with our Fashion Guides

Apr 10, 2017

Are you more of a glamorous diva or a sweet and sassy fashionista? You need to know what type of prom dress you’re looking for before choosing the perfect dress for you and you can’t do that until you know about the different styles of prom dresses on the market today. Luckily, DressProm has created a variety of different fashion guides to teach shoppers about the different types of dresses and to help you choose the perfect prom dress for you. Here’s a complete list of our different prom dress style guides.

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  • Dress by Style. This prom dress buying guide includes detailed descriptions of each style of prom dress that’s trendy today, as well as photos of each one to help you recognize the different styles. Since you’re shopping online with DressProm instead of in stores, this guide will help you to visualize the numerous unique styles without seeing them in real life. Learn the definition of a sheath dress, check out the fashion-forward high neckline styles and even make your own opinion about unique mermaid dresses with this handy guide.
  • Dress by Body Type. Many girls don’t just want to know which styles they like, they also want to find out which styles will best flatter their particular body type. This helpful and informative guide does just that by describing the different body shapes and recommending the dresses that would suit each one best. Whether you’re curvy, slim, plus sized or anything in between, we’ll help you find the style that’s perfect for you!
  • Dress by Designer. If you spot a dress that you love but don’t know much about who makes it, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about the most popular prom dress designers on the market today. From Sherri Hill to Blush, you’ll learn about all of the industry’s best known names.
  • Dress by Occasion. Shopping for an occasion other than prom? Check out this guide that separates DressProm’s numerous dresses by occasion!

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DressProm Layaway Program

Apr 4, 2017

Prom budget blues getting you down? No worries! With the DressProm Layaway Program, you can put your dream dress on hold and pay for it in installments over a 90-day period, allowing you more time to pay for your dress without risking losing your dress of choice.

Unlike some dress stores, DressProm’s Layaway Program is available on any dress in our inventory including prom dresses! This includes brand name dresses from designers like Alyce Paris, Blush Prom and Madison James, as well as quinceanera dresses, homecoming dresses and even tuxedos for women. Layaway is even available for out-of-stock, special order dresses, so you can purchase your dream dress without worrying about it coming back into stock!

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In order to take advantage of the Layaway Program, all you have to do is put down a one-time initial deposit of 60% of the dress price. Then, the dress will be put on hold for up to 90 days, allowing you to make payments whenever you like. DressProm offers payment plans for as low as $50 every month, or bi-weekly payments of larger payments if you prefer to pay your dress off faster. No matter how you choose to pay for it, DressProm’s DressProm Layaway Program enables every girl to get her dream prom dress, no matter what her budget may be.

If you want to learn more about the DressProm Layaway Program or want to find out how to put a dress on layaway today, contact one of our friendly customer service staff members. They will help you to pick the perfect layaway plan for your budget, as well as place any special orders on out-of-stock prom dresses. Once you find the dress of your dreams, give a DressProm associate a call at 864-263-4371!

Featured Designer: Blush Prom

Mar 30, 2017

Blush Prom is one of the biggest names in prom dress design and for very good reason. The longtime favorite brand consistently stays ahead of the trend when it comes to prom dresses and formalwear for young women and it even offers styles that are right on par with what your favorite celebrities are wearing. Blush Prom prides itself on offering high quality, well-made prom dresses for affordable prices, so it’s also the perfect brand for budget-conscious fashionistas. You’ll find trendy styles like mermaid gowns and trumpet skirts, as well as the always-popular two-piece style that shows just a bit of midriff. Glamorous beadwork and embroidered details decorate many of Blush Prom’s dresses, but you’ll also find options with ruffled hemlines and dramatic plunging necklines if you’re looking to create some interest without the use of sequins and sparkles. If you’re looking for a trendy prom dress without the high-fashion prices, check out Blush Prom.

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Featured Designer: Alyce Paris

Mar 24, 2017

Alyce Paris is one of our favorite prom dress designers here at DressProm and we think the brand will soon become one of your favorites, too. If you’re searching for a trend-setting dress with a truly glam feel, you’ll love Alyce Paris’s latest designs. Alyce Hamm, the Chicago-based designer behind the line, moved to the United States from Paris back in 1955 and has been creating Parisian-influenced couture styles for young women ever since. Today, Alyce Paris is known for its floor-length gowns featuring intricate beading, bursts of sequins and glamorous jewel tones, as well as two-piece gowns that bare just a bit of belly. This season, you’ll also find dresses featuring high necklines and choker-style details that are perfectly on trend. If your taste in prom dresses is more glamorous and high-fashion than most, you’ll love Alyce Paris.

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Slim vs. Poofy Formal Dresses Compared

Mar 8, 2017

There are only a few times in your life when you get to go all out in choosing a dress. Your prom or formal is one such occasion. While we say this is your opportunity to go all out, it is still up to you to match your style, whether it is a simple, figure flattering dress or a poofy number with fun details.

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You might want to start with your personality, and activity. Are you bold? Do you like to stand out from everyone else in the room? Or will an eye-catching dress make you feel uncomfortable from all the attention? You might also want to consider what you plan to do in the dress. If you are going to be in a limo with a bunch of friends, consider how a dress with a big skirt will be sitting close together with your prom date and friends, and getting in and out of the limo. You also want to be sure you can move in the dress if you want to dance to every song until the DJ calls it quits for the night. The same goes for any after party or activities.

A simple dress is easy to put on and you don’t have to worry about adjusting all night. A dress with a larger skirt and other details might need to be fluffed or smoothed every time you get up or sit down. Those larger dresses can be fun, though, just be prepared for a bit of a fussy dress, and give yourself a once over before saying cheese.

Check out our post on choosing a dress for your body type for more tips on finding the dress that works with your figure. Also know that you have more options if you buy your dress early. As it gets closer to your prom, more styles will sell out.

Remember that this is a night you will always remember, and your dress is a big part of that experience. Consider all the styles out there, and find something you are comfortable with, and happy with. There are more styles and designs available than ever before, and you can find a dress that is really unique that you can enjoy wearing.

Figure Flattering Prom Dress Tips

Mar 3, 2017

The style of dress you choose can do wonders for your figure. A few design features can help obscure or accentuate your features if you plan well. Before you plunge into a plunging neckline number, or pick out a two-piece stunner, keep reading to help you find out how to pick a gown that suits you and your body type.

Beat the Bust

This is one area you want to pay attention to, whether you want to look bigger or smaller. Here are a few tips to address both issues.

If you have a larger bust you want to play down, try choosing a dress that focuses on your lower half. A floral skirt or tulle skirt can draw the eyes down. You still want to address support issues, especially if you plan to dance most of the night. There are plenty of styles that are bra-friendly. Wider straps and a higher back allow you to wear a supportive bra that you feel comfortable with. Of course there are other options if you want to go strapless. Try a corset-style dress with boning and built in structure in the bodice. Silk illusion dresses with sheer sleeves, or layers of silk and organza help add support, hide bra straps, and are very on trend.

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If you want to play up your bust line, or make it appear larger, choose styles with stripes, patterns or other design features that point to the chest. A heart-shaped neckline can also accentuate your features. You can also be daring and go with a plunging neckline to draw all eyes.

Slim Your Figure

A dress’ design can make or break a full figure. Try dresses that emphasize your waistline with an embellishment that divides the top from the skirt. Large details such as a peplum style, patterns and sometimes bows can obscure a waistline. Ruching can also be very forgiving. The fabric beneath is likely to provide some elastic support, and the rippling fabric helps smooth the body.

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Appear Taller

A pair of heels and good posture will go a long way. However there are a few dress styles that can help give the illusion of height. Long, straight lines such as a high empire waist create a longer bottom that goes on forever. If you choose a short dress, avoid the strappy heel. If you wear a shoe that doesn’t cut your legs off at the ankle your legs will appear longer. You can also try a two-piece dress, or a dress that has different fabrics and textures on the top and bottom, or a ball gown with a fitted top and flowy skirt that won’t overpower your shorter frame.

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The Importance of Purchasing Your Prom Dress Now

Feb 28, 2017

The new year means that new styles are hitting stores. And that means new prom and formal dresses. You know your prom is approaching, and it isn’t too soon to start thinking about your perfect dress. If you find what you like, snatch it up now before it’s too late.

You might feel like the end of the school year is far away, and that you have plenty of time. This may be true, but that doesn’t mean shopping for a prom dress is something you should put off until closer to the date of your formal event. While new styles are in, now is the time to pounce. If you wait, your selection will be more limited. You might like the two-piece styles, or maybe you like a shorter skirt with a flowing overskirt. To get the style you want, shop early, shop now.

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Another benefit to getting your dress early is allowing yourself time to accessorize. You can find the perfect shoes, which we also offer. You can also find the jewelry, purse and other accessories you want to make your evening special.

It’s not important to wait until you have a date to prom to start looking for a dress. If you plan to go to prom, the details will fall into place. Coordinating your dress color with his accessories and corsage is that much easier if you already have a dress. You will have the color ready so that your date can arrange for his tuxedo or other attire. As your formal approaches, you may have other things on your mind, such as final exams, college planning and your summer plans. Finding your dress early and matching it with your accessories well in advance helps clear your time so you can concentrate on those other important events.

You can still share the experience with your friends. Set up time to get together to shop at DressProm.net online together. Find dresses you and your friends like, and critique styles. You can have that experience, even if the leaves aren’t yet starting to show on the trees.

DressProm.net: Top Prom Vendor

Feb 23, 2017

Top Prom Websites identifies online retailers that sell authentic, high-quality prom dresses, and also points out sites that sell counterfeit or lesser-quality dresses. We feel strongly about only selling high-quality, designer prom dresses and formalwear.

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It is because our goals are aligned with Top Prom Websites that we are so honored to not only be listed among the approved sites, but also to be listed on the “Hot List” on the site. Approval from Top Prom Websites means that we are recognized for selling only authentic, name brand dresses and accessories. At DressProm.net we believe it is important to be an authorized retailer of every brand we carry, and TPW makes a point of identifying online retailers who conform to those standards. The listing site has a rigorous criteria of checking Websites before they are approved. The site looks at photos of the dresses offered on its site, and verifying that the site is an authorized retailer for each designer listed. This process is done manually, by real, knowledgeable people, and not through an automated process.

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We also appreciate that the same process is applied to identifying less reputable Websites, and listing those so that consumers can avoid those sites. We want every prom dress shopping experience to be a good one, whether shopping in our store or elsewhere in person or online. TPW helps ensure that all online experiences are positive, and we are so happy that our hard work and high standards in offering the best prom and formal dresses has been recognized. Please know that we follow all the criteria, not just to be included on the TPW approved sites list, but also because we believe in the level of service that TPW and you, as our customer, expects.