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Best Dresses for Busting a Move at Prom

Apr 20, 2016

Is dance-ability something to take into consideration when shopping for a prom dress? Absolutely! You didn’t get all dressed up to stand in a corner and watch everyone else having fun. The best prom dresses are the ones that look fabulous, but also allow you to easily move around comfortably and of course, gracefully.

When choosing a gorgeous dress that will allow you to dance the night away, keep these features in mind:

  • Length. Short dresses really do work better on the dance floor. Dresses with long trains only do well walking down the aisle at your wedding. Even then, brides typically shorten the length when it is time for the reception. There are amazingly glamorous short prom dresses that will give you the right amount of style for the occasion and allow you to do more than hang onto your date during the slow songs.

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  • Top. If you’re going to be dancing, you need a dress that provides support in the bust area. You want to be able to move without worrying about having a wardrobe malfunction that is going to be memorable for all the wrong reasons.
  • Twirl-ability. Okay, so you’re not five anymore spinning around the kitchen making your pretty dress twirl around. However, there is something to be said for a fuller skirt that twirls on the dance floor. They’re flirty and fun.

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  • Accents. How much sparkle depends on your personal taste, but a little glam will make you shine on the dance floor.

Prom night is a special night. You want it to be one of those standout moments that you will think back on and smile about. What makes the evening a night to remember isn’t just standing and posing for pictures. It’s sharing special dances and moments with your date and friends. So pick a dress that will let you get out on the dance floor and enjoy yourself.

Workouts to Get You Prom Ready

Apr 4, 2016

If you want to feel amazing for prom, a great exercise routine can give you the boost of confidence you need. These workouts are designed to help you tighten and tone certain areas that will be on display in some of the hottest dress styles available this season.

A Sculpted Back for a Backless Gown

A strong back looks absolutely stunning in a plunging back dress. Here’s how to get that look:

  • Pull-ups: Your palms should be facing forward on the bar. Make sure to lower yourself down slowly and control the motion.
  • Superwoman: Lie face down and lift your arms, head, chest and legs up off the floor.

Chiseled Arms and Shoulders for a Strapless Dress

A strapless or a halter dress requires totally toned arms and shoulders. Here’s how to achieve it by prom night:

  • Push-ups: Place your hands directly under your shoulders for more focused results.
  • Bicep curls: Bust out the dumbbells and focus on tightening your biceps with each rep.

Toned Legs for a Sexy Mini

When you’ve decided to go for a short prom dress, you want to make sure your legs are on point. Use these exercises to get the look:

  • Squats: When doing squats, be sure to keep your back straight and your feet immobile.
  • Lunges: Alternate sides while doing lunges to get even results. Put your hands on your waist for balance and keep your knees pointed forward.
  • Calf raises: This easy exercise just involves lifting up onto your toes. Hold onto a railing or other stable object for balance.

Tight Abs for a Curve-Hugging Dress

In a form-fitting dress, flat abs help to accentuate your other curves. Here’s how to get tight, toned abs for your bodycon prom dress:

  • Sit-ups: Have a friend hold your feet down to make this classic exercise a little easier.
  • Crunches: Keep your neck stabilized and focus on movement powered by your ab muscles, not your back.
  • Planks: Focus on keeping your abs tight while holding a plank pose.

Step one is finding the perfect dress at DressProm.net. Step two is using these exercises to feel your very best on prom night. Step three is having the best night ever!

Prom Season 2016 Makeup Trends

Apr 1, 2016

Getting the right look for prom is easy when you follow some great makeup trends. These tips and tricks will make perfecting your prom makeup easy and effortless:

  1. Smoky eye: This look is especially stunning on people with darker eyes. Go big and bold on the eye makeup but keep your lip neutral.
  2. Perfect brows: For years, we ignored eyebrows, but now they’re back in fashion. Fill them in with a brow pencil that’s one shade lighter than your actual eyebrow hairs for a polished, glamorous look.
  3. Vintage glam: A cat eye combined with a bold, red lip color makes for a timeless Hollywood glam look, which is right in line with this year’s many retro-inspired trends.
  4. Shimmer and shine: Metallic makeup is one of the hottest 2016 makeup trends. You can make your eyes sparkle by using a metallic color for your eyeliner on prom night.

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Once you’ve got your dress from DressProm.net, remember to make sure your makeup colors complement your gown! Then, use the tips here to create an unforgettable look.

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5 Awesome Ways to Prompose

Mar 30, 2016

“Promposals” have made asking a date to prom more fun, memorable and creative than ever before. To help get a “yes” to the big question, here are five unique ways to prompose that are sure to get you noticed:

  1. A punny question: Try bringing your date-to-be a fresh, hot pizza (which will already score you some points) and include this note: “Will you go to prom with me or is this too cheesy?”
  2. The element of surprise: Fill his or her locker with balloons and write “Prom?” on each one.
  3. True romance: Spell out your question in rose petals – a classic choice for two lovebirds.
  4. Scavenger hunt: Give your date clues that lead them to find you holding a sign that asks them to the dance!
  5. Go big or go home: Get the question on the Jumbotron at the big game.

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You’ll get extra points for creativity if you go with one of these promposals. Don’t worry, we won’t tell that you got the idea from us. And when it’s time to get decked out, DressProm has you covered for the perfect prom attire.

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Great Looks for Garden-Themed Prom Nights

Mar 25, 2016

Create a feminine look for your garden-themed prom nights with our affordably priced famous-maker ball gowns and short prom dresses with floral patterns or embroidered flowers from DressProm.net. Wear soft pastels with delicate flower patterns to celebrate garden prom themes. A garden-themed prom dress can also be in a solid shade of pastel pink, green, yellow, rose, lilac or lavender.

Skip the lacquered look for your hair, and wear your tresses loose or upswept with stray curls. Strappy sandals with heels are a favorite look for proms with garden themes. Enchanted gardens invite visits from fairies, so create a fairy garden look with a shimmering prom dress. Our designer high-low prom dresses with layers of sheer organza ruffles have beautiful bodices. Or, choose a princess-cut prom dress with a beaded bodice and full skirt in a pale pink or blue. Shop our rhinestone-accented prom shoes and sparking slender drop earrings to add a touch of fairy dust sparkle head to toe.

Even if the theme is gardens, choose your prom dress based on a style that’s most flattering to you. If you prefer short cocktail-length dresses to floor-length ball gowns, choose a prom dress with a short skirt that will celebrate a garden fairy theme. Or, wear both styles with our high-low prom dress styles that are short in the front and long in the back. We have floral pattern dresses in figure-hugging styles and styles designed to mask figure flaws. With hundreds of designer dresses to choose from, we’re the America’s favorite online resource for the latest prom dress fashions and exquisite accessories. Shop names like La Femme, Mac Duggal, Alyce Paris, Blush and Mori Lee. Browse by style or color. Search for dresses with sequins, feathers or lace. We have a beautiful selection of Plus Size prom dresses. Our prom accessories include formal shoes, handbags, earrings and bracelets.

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Celebrate Decade-Themed Prom Nights

Mar 23, 2016

Celebrate your decade-themed prom night with retro prom dress looks for the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, 1980s and ‘90s from DressProm.net. You can match the style of the decade your prom night is celebrating without sacrificing your own unique fashion sensibility. For example, a classic designer ball grown with sweeping skirts from DressProm.net will celebrate favorite looks of the ‘50s without those stiff hoop skirts or petticoats underneath.

Celebrate the ‘60s in high-neck 1960s prom dresses that draw their inspiration from the halter-style bodices of that decade. This is the decade of Flower Power and psychedelic fashions. Choose a floral pattern skirt with bolder flowers or the bold colors of purple, red or hot pink that were considered psychedelic hues. This was the hippie era, which you can play up with delicate flowers braided in your hair and flat, but stylish sandals. Or, if you’ve got the curves, wear an off-the shoulder prom dress or prom gown with sexy cutouts to celebrate the look of 1960s famous actress with Claudia Cardinale.

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Today’s trendy prom jumpsuits with high-heeled or dressy platform sandals are a fun way to celebrate a ‘70s-themed prom. Sleek ‘70s prom dresses by designers like Paparazzi are perfect for retro 70s dances. Celebrate movie star looks by being lavish with your eye makeup to mimic the wide-eyed look of Goldie Hawn during her Laugh-In television show days. Browse our disco prom dresses.

Think punk rock for the ‘80s, with bolder hairstyles and ‘80s prom dresses with lots of flash for your 1980s-themed prom. Our line of romper prom dresses will let you sparkle on the dance floor. For a ‘90s-themed prom, think tousled hair to celebrate the untamed hairstyles of top ‘90s actresses like Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan. Choose a sleek to emulate the hairstyles of Sandra Bullock and Drew Barrymore. Our two-piece ‘90s-themed prom dresses are a terrific look for the decade of bared midriffs.

Recreate the Glamor for Your Phantom of the Opera-Themed Prom Night

Mar 21, 2016

Show off your glamorous side for a Phantom of the Opera-themed prom night with off-the-shoulder Phantom of the Opera-theme prom dresses with flowing skirts or ball gowns with Bateau necklines from DressProm.net. Add an elegant pair of white elbow-length gloves to recreate the look of Paris opera fans with your Phantom of the Opera prom dress.

Based on the French Novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, Phantom of the Opera is set in the 1880s. It tells the story of a beautiful singer, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius known as the phantom of the opera.

Parisians dressed up for the opera in elaborate gowns for women and elegant tuxedos in black and white for men. This is your night to wear a sparkling white or pastel dress with a stunning bodice. Think upswept curls threaded with pearls, tiny flowers or a sparkling headpiece or vintage-style hairpin from DressProm.net. Let pretty pumps peek from beneath your ball gown. A glittery clutch or silver wristlet handbag from our prom accessories collection will hold your glamorous lipstick. Drop earrings in faux black diamonds or cubic zirconia will add a perfect flourish to your look.

With our flagship U.S. store, we’re able to verify the authenticity of each designer formal fashion we for women that we carry. As an authorized dealer for the world’s top prom dress designers, you can choose from hundreds of short and long formal dresses. We classic to new styles, but we don’t carry outdated looks.

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Add Tropical Sparkle to your Tropics-Themed Prom Night

Mar 17, 2016

Create a tropical look for a Hawaiian-themed or luau-theme prom night with a beautiful tropical-color tropical prom dress from DressProm.net. Think tropical hues like fuchsia, island green, yellow or purple for your luau prom dress. Consider a strapless Hawaii-themed prom dress, and add colorful lei (flower necklaces) as an island-inspired flourish to your Hawaii prom dress. If you’re celebrating the Caribbean islands, think pastel blues or greens from our tropical-themed prom dresses. If you’re celebrating the Hawaiian, Tahitian or other Pacific islands, think a deep turquoise blue to reflect the deeper hues of the Pacific Ocean.

A sheath silhouette dress can be your formal wear interpretation of a figure-hugging Hawaiian sarong. Or, consider a mermaid silhouette ball gown. Our high-low prom dresses can allow you to show off your legs, as you would in a hula skirt, in front. The back of the dress reaches to the floor. Our two-piece dresses will let you show off your midriff for tropical style.

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Open-toed dressy sandals are a popular tropical-theme prom night look, as are loose, flowing hairstyles. Wear a real or silk tropical flower in your hair. Shop hundreds of styles and colors in prom dresses by top designers like Blush, Angela & Allison, Paparazzi, Rachel Allan and La Femme. We have beautiful formal dresses by Tiffany Designs, Alyce Paris and Faviana.

If your choice is over your budget, use our popular 90-day prom dress layaway service. Simply send an up-front deposit, and make the remainder of the payments on a monthly or bi-weekly schedule. We’re America’s favorite prom dress store, because we carry the most premium fashions and offer exceptional customer service.

10 Prom Photos You Need to Take

Dec 20, 2015

The big day is coming, and all you can think about is getting ready for the prom. Make time to plan for these 10 must-take photos, too.

1. The Try-On Shot

Tell a story with your prom photos, beginning with trying on dresses. Plus, this is a smart way to capture a photo in that dress you liked before you chose the one you will wear to the prom. Now you have photos of you in both dresses.

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2. The BFF Shot

Take that best friend photo before the prom, when you are both relaxed and have practiced your favorite poses. Take several to allow each of you to pick a favorite.

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3. The Accessories Photo

Get close-ups of those special shoes, handbag and prom jewelry. You want to remember every detail of your prom.

4. The ‘Before’ Shot

Take a photo of yourself and your date before the day of the prom. It will be fun to compare casual pictures to your dress-up photos. Plus, this is your opportunity to practice poses for the prom day pictures.

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5. Relatively Speaking

Don’t forget those all-important pictures with mom, dad, siblings and even grandparents, favorite aunts, uncles and cousins. This is a big event for them, too.

6. Just For You

Traditional prom photos include dates or whoever else is escorting you. Also have photos taken of just you for your keepsake book and social media. You can show off the full effect of your dress and experiment with sitting or standing in front of pretty backdrops inside or outside.

7. That Sunset Shot

Often, people think prom photos during the day or at night. The light just before sunset offers the kind of soft lighting that creates attractive photos. Time an outside photo session just before you leave for the night’s prom activities or just before dusk a day or two before.

8. Entrance Photos

Remember: you’re telling a story. Pose for a picture at the entrance of the prom’s location to tell the story of your arrival. Plus, you’ll look fresh and excited, having just arrived.

9. Lights. Camera. Action.

Don’t just rely on that formal pose for prom photos inside the door. Look for places in the room with soft lighting and a pretty backdrop for a planned action photo.

10. About That Posed Photo

What looks corny to you now will be enjoyed later as a memorable photo in front of the set-up prom staging area where everyone gets a prom picture taken. Plus, it will be fun to later compare your photos to photos of your friends taken at the same spot.

Why You Shouldn’t Rent Your Prom Dress

Dec 16, 2015

Renting a dress for the prom is a fad that is fading fast in the wake of disaster prom dress rental stories. The best advice: Don’t do it.

Five Reasons to Buy Instead of Renting that Special Dress:

1. Fewer Choices

Prom rental companies online and offline don’t have the inventory of popular online retailers like DressProm.net. The dresses they choose to rent tend to be last season’s picks or dresses from several seasons ago. Rental companies also tend to steer toward sturdy (read: dowdy) dresses so they can rent them again and again.

2. Wrong Size Disasters

Picture yourself posing for a prom photo in a dress that’s too baggy, too tight or too short. Altering your dress for that perfect fit is just fine with retailers but not allowed by prom dress rental companies.

3. Hidden Costs

While renting a prom dress can seem like a bargain, consider the true costs. If someone spills a drink on your dress, or if you stumble and rip the hem, you can become responsible for the full price of the prom dress. You can also run into super high late fees.

4. Snowball Effect

Retailers call the cost of accessories the snowball effect when it comes to making up for an ill-fitting rented prom dress by spending too much money on shoes and other accessories. There goes your savings. No amount of accessories will make up for a dress that’s out of style and doesn’t fit. Buy.

5. Better Options

Today, online retailers like DressProm.net offer hundreds of the latest styles, colors and sizes. They also have the power to negotiate the biggest discounts on every dress. Plus, retailers like DressProm.net now have 90-day prom dress layaway programs for young women on a tight budget.