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10 Fun Quinceañera Traditions For Your Party

Jun 14, 2016

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In Latin American cultures, girls celebrate the transition into womanhood on their 15th birthday with a special celebration known as a Quinceañera. This is similar to a Sweet 16 party in the United States, but with religious roots and many unique traditions. Here are 10 fun Quinceañera traditions you may want to incorporate into your party:

1.) Church Ceremony

A traditional Quinceañera party starts off with a church ceremony where the girl is accompanied by a court of her peers, her parents and her God parents.

2.) The Court

A court of 14 girls (damas) and 14 boys (chambelans) accompanies the girl on her big day, participating in festivities and ceremonies. The 14 couples represent each year of the girl’s life.

3.) First Dance

The first dance at a Quinceañera is reserved for the girl’s father.

4.) The Gown

The Quinceañera gown is traditionally very elaborate. Huge ball gowns with layers of tulle netting are worn to achieve a princess look. Light pink and white are the most commonly worn colors.

5.) The Food

No party is complete without food. Quinceañera celebrations are known for their elaborate feasts and foods served represent the culture of the girl.

6.) Parent Participation

Unlike other coming-of-age traditions, the Quinceañera requires heavy parental involvement during ceremonies and festivities.

7.) Sponsors

Elaborate parties are expensive and it’s traditional for families and even communities to pitch in for the festivities. Sponsors can be neighbors or relatives.

8.) Candle Lighting

During the ceremonial part of the Quinceañera, a girl will light candles to honor those that have played an important role in her life. It is traditional for the girl to choose 15 people.

9.) Firsts

The first public dance, first pair of heels and first time being allowed to date are all milestones marked by the Quinceañera.

10.) Gifts

Unlike a regular birthday party, a Quinceañera involves gifts that are more symbolic such as bibles, rosaries, dolls and more.

Quinceañera Style Guide: How to Accessorize for the Big Day

Jun 7, 2016

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You’ve found the perfect Quinceañera dress, but now it’s time to accessorize. The right combination of shoes, jewelry and other accessories can complete your look and make your party a true success. When searching for accessories, think about your party’s theme, the style of your dress, your individual taste and whether or not you’ll be performing a dance at your party.

Dress Accessories

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First, think about the dress. You’ll need a pair of shoes to wear with it that are comfortable enough to dance in, yet elegant enough to compliment the design. Jewelry and a small handbag can also be included. When choosing jewelry, take into account the style of the dress. For example, beaded high necklines rarely require a necklace, but a sheath dress can benefit greatly from a dramatic statement piece. Of course, every dress pairs well with a tiara.

Other Needs

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While it’s easy to get caught up in shoes and jewelry, it’s important to think about your other needs. From tattoo covering kits to petticoats and garment bags, the list of Quinceañera accessories can be intimidating. Try on your dress as soon as it arrives and you’ll quickly see if anything needs to be hidden, lifted or altered with discreet accessories.

With the right accessories and a beautiful gown, you’ll be ready to walk into your Quinceañera with your head held high. Shop for all of your Quinceañera accessory needs at DressProm.net for the best selection and lowest prices.

Great Prom Dresses on Sale from Dressprom

Jun 1, 2016

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Prom is notoriously expensive. From the dress to the shoes and all of the accessories, many girls spend hundreds of dollars getting ready for a single evening. Instead of spending your entire college fund on prom, shop DressProm.net’s clearance selection to get the fabulous prom fashions you love on sale. Choosing a sale prom dress is the smart way to save on your big night without sacrificing style or sophistication. When you spend less on your dress, you’ll have more to spend on the fun stuff, like shoes, jewelry and dinner with friends.

When you think of clearance gowns, you’re probably picturing dresses that nobody else wanted, but that’s not the case at DressProm.net. Our clearance section includes many of the hottest styles that are simply being marked down due to limited size or color availability. Our clearance and sale dresses include all of this year’s hottest trends such as sheath dresses, high beaded neck lines, sheer back styles and more. Whether you’re looking for a long dress, a short dress, a full skirt or a sleek mermaid style gown, you’ll find plenty of options at clearance prices so you can have the prom night of your dreams on a budget. To get the best selection of dresses, be sure to shop early in the season and if you find a style you like, snag it right away as clearance inventory is limited.

Find the Perfect Style for your Quinceañera at Dressprom.net

May 26, 2016

You only turn 15 once and you’ll want your Quinceañera party to be absolutely unforgettable, so it’s important to choose the right dress for the big night. Celebrate the next chapter of your life by stepping into your birthday bash wearing a fabulous dress from DressProm.net. We carry dozens of Quinceañera dresses to choose from, making it easy to find a dress that not only compliments your body shape, but also strikes the perfect balance between sweet and sophisticated, marking your entrance into young womanhood. Use these style tips to find the perfect dress for your sweet 15 party:

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If you’re tall, a dress with a defined waist will accent your height and help define your silhouette. A dress with too much volume can literally overwhelm the room on a taller frame, so use your long limbs to your advantage by choosing a design that’s more on the slender side. A sash or a belt that runs across the thinnest part of your body can help accentuate your curves and break up a long frame. Strapless gowns are also very nice on taller girls.

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Petite girls look fabulous in drop waist dresses. The elongated waistlines create the illusion of a longer torso, which helps lengthen the wearer and make them appear taller with a slimmer upper body. Put on a tall pair of heels and add a full skirt to look taller and curvier. Some people say that short girls shouldn’t wear a princess ball gown, but we couldn’t disagree more!

Curvy

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Curvy girls will look all grown up in a corseted gown. The structured bodice will help create and define the waist, giving you an hourglass shape. Corset gowns are typically beaded and have the sparkle and shine many 15 year old girls crave. A lace-up back will also allow for a perfect fit on your big night.

Style tip: If you’re self-conscious about your shoulders or have a wide upper body, pair your dress with a matching bolero jacket. The added coverage on your shoulders will help create a slimming effect on top to balance out your overall shape.

Narrow

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Girls with a narrow waist and slender hips will look super svelte in a mermaid dress. The form-fitting design accentuates a spender silhouette and remains tight until the knee where it flares out dramatically, like the end of a mermaid’s tail. Try a dress with added beading or embroidery for extra pizazz. Shear backs and high beaded neck lines are also very popular this year.

Large Bust

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For those that are well-endowed, a halter dress is a great choice. High beaded neck lines are very stylish and choosing a halter dress for your Quinceañera will give you the coverage and support you need without sacrificing style. Halter dresses are great at keeping everything covered during high-energy dances. Halter dresses come in a wide range of styles with full or slender skirts.

Small Bust

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It may seem counter-intuitive, but girls with a small bust can benefit from added embellishments along the chest. Fun embroidery, beading or other pretty details like flowers, ribbons and sequins will help to create the illusion of a fuller chest, adding curves and helping those self-conscious about their upper halves feel more mature. Look for a dress with decoration that ends right under the bust line to maximize the effect.

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.