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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.

What Prom Dress Color is Perfect for You

Jan 31, 2017

After you’ve identified the prom dress style that you want to wear, the next big question is the color. Now, color is key because picking the wrong hue can actually leave you looking washed out. It’s not your imagination that some colors are more flattering than others on you, which is why it’s vital to target a color that brings out all of your best assets. So, how do you decide on the perfect prom dress color for you? Well, the secret is actually in the undertones.

Red Long Prom Dress 2017 by Sherri Hill

First off, don’t confuse surface tone with undertone. Surface tone is what’s on top and what you pay attention to when it comes to makeup. However, undertone is what lies underneath your skin. Undertone is broken into three categories; cool, warm and neutral. Cool means you have pink, red or blue undertones while warm describes yellow or golden undertones. Ladies that are neutral have a combo of both. Don’t stress. It only takes a minute to decide which undertone best describes you.

  • Look at your veins – Check out the veins by your wrist. If they’re bluish, then you have cool undertones. Green means that you have warm.
  • Silver or gold – If silver jewelry looks better on you than you have cool undertones. Gold tends to flatter warm toned ladies.
  • Natural hair and eye color – If the previous tricks didn’t help, then consider the hair and eye color that nature gave you. Gals with blue, green or gray eyes and blonde, brown or black hair have cool undertones while ladies with brown, hazel or amber eyes along with red, brown, black or strawberry blonde hair have warm undertones.
  • Fun in the sun – Another way to find your undertone is to take a look at your skin after a day spent in the sun. Girls that tan easily have warm undertones while gals that burn quickly have cool.

Open Back Yellow Prom Gown 2017 by Jovani

Okay, so now that you’ve identified your undertone. Target a prom dress color that flatters your undertone and you have the ideal prom dress color for you. Fabulous colors for warm undertones are yellow, richer hues of red, shades of brown, creamy colors as well as lighter greens that have a yellow mix. Cool undertones will rock blue, purple, pink, darker greens, reds that boast a bluish base and cyan.

Happy shopping!

2017 Hot Prom Style: Florals

Jan 23, 2017

Florals have always been a fashion statement. While many gals may shy away from wearing a floral print for a formal event like a prom, the truth is florals may actually help you stand out from the pack. There isn’t anything worse than walking into a room and see someone else wearing the same dress. How about a room full of classmates all decked out in the same color? Not only is it boring, it will definitely make everyone feel a bit uncomfortable.

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There is a lot to be said for stepping out of the mainstream when it comes to prom picks for 2017. Florals have been all over the runways and for good reason. They are elegant. Now, don’t make the mistake of thinking big girls don’t wear florals. That just simply isn’t true. With the right floral pattern to suit your personal style, you can be turning heads on prom night for the right reason. You’ll look totally amazing in your floral dress and it will certainly stand out from the masses.

Take a peek at the floral prints available at DressProm.net and you will be pleasantly surprised. These aren’t wannabe bridesmaid dresses or throwbacks from your little girl days. Florals for 2017 are elegant, chic and yes, sexy. From long to short to strapless to two-piece to mermaid, floral print prom dresses are stunning. You can go completely floral or choose either a floral top and solid skirt or vice versa. Either is an excitingly stylish choice that will make your dress pop and have all eyes on you, especially his.

2017 Trendy Prom Style: Rompers

Jan 18, 2017

So, you’ve been asked to the prom. Of course, you said yes. You’re excited, but there’s one major fly in the ointment. You hate dresses. Don’t worry. You are not alone. Plenty of gals shutter at the thought of putting on a ball gown all layered up with tulle or lace. If that’s your style, wear it well. However, for many gals, dresses just aren’t all that alluring, especially fancy ones. Well, for ladies that dare to be different and say no to the dress, here is the hottest prom trend for 2017; the romper.

Royal Blue Prom Romper 2017 by Rachel Allan

Yes, you’ve seen it on the runway. You already own a couple of comfy, casual rompers. Celebs are wearing them to major red carpet events. It’s not surprising that the romper will be a popular pick for the upcoming prom season. Of course, it is prom, so prom rompers will offer an elegant style and glam that is all their own, giving you a lot of options when it comes to your prom outfit.

When picking a romper to wear to a prom, you can go a couple of different ways. First off, pick a romper with sequins, beads or another type of sophisticated accent that takes the romper style to the next level. Another choice is a romper with a chiffon overlay. The draping long skirt over the romper brings the two styles together and is a nice compromise if mom insists on the dress. Going with a pretty floral pattern is also a top pick for formal rompers that will rock. Metallic is another way to go. If you’re going with a simple black romper, then amp it up with your accessories.

Black Floral Prom Romper 2017 from Rachel Allan

If you are dead set against wearing a fancy dress, then don’t. You will feel more confident and comfortable if you are wearing an outfit that expresses your personal style. Don’t be pushed into the dress if you prefer going for formal wear that is off the beaten path. Thankfully, styles change with the times and you will have a lot of options outside of the traditional for 2017. Just take a peek at the hottest prom rompers for 2017. You will be pleasantly surprised and mom might be too though it might take her a while to warm to the romper.

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 DressProm.net’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.
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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