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How to pick the Perfect Color Dress for Me

Jun 2, 2017

Choosing the perfect prom dress is about more than just choosing the color and shape you like best, but also choosing the color and shape that looks best on you. You always want to look good, so you probably think about how an outfit makes you look. Gift the same criteria to your prom dress selection and planning, and you’ll look great for the big night.

Those with olive skin, dark hair and brown eyes typically have warm undertones. Warm undertones tend to look good with bold tomato reds, golden yellows and browns, olive greens and orange colors. You can get away with bright, bold colors, or go for darker dresses.

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Cool complexions are common in people with light colored hair, green and blue eyes and pale skin. With cool tones, you can wear bright cherry reds, pinks, blues and silvers. You can play with jewel tones such as teal, turquoise, mint green and purple. Pick some bright, spring like dresses in jewel tones, candy colors or sultry silvers.

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The best colors for your skin go for your accessories, too. Warm toned skin looks good with gold, while cooler complexions look good with silver.

You may start to think about these colors when you are selecting a prom dress. But this is knowledge that you can use in all aspects of your wardrobe. You may already find you gravitate toward the colors that look best on you, so you don’t even need to make big adjustments in your wardrobe, or your personal tastes. It helps to know your whole color range, and also how you can combine colors you like with those that look good on you – by adding those extra colors in as accessories or small touches. You can wear the colors you like that don’t always make you look your best, if they are not right up near your face. Think about accessorizing in those colors, and rely on the colors that compliment your skin.

Prom Dress Size Measuring Tips

May 29, 2017

When ordering your prom dress online from DressProm.net, it is incredibly important to get your measurements right to ensure that you order your dress in the correct size. Don’t assume that your prom dress will be the size that you normally wear as these evening gowns typically run smaller than other clothing. This is especially true of tight-fitting dresses such as mermaid gowns.

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The best way to get your most accurate measurements is to enlist the help of a friend or family member and follow these steps:

  1. Use a flexible ribbon measuring tape.
  2. Make sure that you’re standing comfortably with even weight on both feet. Keep your body relaxed and don’t try to suck in your stomach unless you’re prepared to keep it sucked in for hours on prom night while you struggle around in your ill-fitting dress.
  3. Measure your bust first around the largest part. Make sure to get an accurate measurement.
  4. Then, measure your natural waistline. This is usually about an inch and a half above your belly button. Make this measurement tight as this is usually the tightest part of a prom dress.
  5. Finally, measure the widest and fullest part of your hips.

As long as you accurately take these three measurements, your dress should fit just fine. To be absolutely certain, you should make sure to order your dress with plenty of time to exchange sizes should a problem arise. For more information on taking your measurements and a quick video tutorial, check out the DressProm.net measurement guide.

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Pairing the Perfect Prom Accessories

May 10, 2017

The Basics: Finishing Your Look

Once you’ve found your dream prom dress, it’s time to pull the whole look together. It will help if you have a certain theme in mind when you choose your accessories. Some dresses are simpler to accessorize than others, so it’s important to always consider the dress. After all, it’s the main attraction. The key thing that you’ll want to make sure of is that you keep your outfit balanced. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with too much jewelry and loud, clashing pieces. You’ll want to stay glamorous without crossing the line to cheesy.

Shoes and Handbags

Choose your shoes based on your dress and personal style. Be creative with them, because you have the opportunity here to select a pair that really stand out and make your ensemble your own. If your dress is long and ornate with brighter colors and patterns, it’s probably best to choose a shoe that is simple and coordinates with your dress’s colors. However, if you chose a solid, neutral-colored dress, such as a classic black gown, you may want to go bold with your shoes to provide contrast and color in your outfit. Whichever shoes you pick, just make sure that they fit you comfortably. You’ll be on your feet all night and you wouldn’t want to be in pain for hours. The same basic rules apply to handbags. Choose something simple and coordinating for a loud dress and something brighter that will stand out for a neutral one. There won’t be any need for a huge purse, so just make sure that you have enough room to fit a few essentials.

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Jewelry

There are a million different jewelry options when it comes to accessorizing your prom dress. From bracelets to necklaces to earrings to tiaras and crowns to jeweled hair accessories, the choices can seem overwhelming. Just remember that less is more. Most prom dresses look best with a minimal amount of jewelry. You want to stay classy and elegant and the best way to do that is to keep your number of jewelry pieces low. That being said, you should choose fewer pieces, but really use them to give your ensemble some personality. Whether you prefer something simple and classic like a string of pearls or something funkier and more modern, go with what you really like.

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Check out the PromDress.net accessory guide for more information on prom night accessories.

Let DressProm Help you Budget for your Prom in 2017

Apr 27, 2017

Prom is one of the most memorable events of your high school career, but it’s certainly not the cheapest occasion. Many girls struggle with wanting to create a night that they’ll never forget, complete with the perfect dress, without going over budget. However, with some smart planning and a bit of expertise from DressProm, you can get everything you want for prom night while still sticking to a spending plan. Here’s how to budget for prom in the DressProm way.

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  • The Dress. For most girls, the dress is the most important — and most expensive — piece of the prom puzzle. We recommend setting aside between $100 and $600 to spend on a prom dress, depending on your overall budget and your personal tastes. While it is fairly easy to find an affordable prom dress with so many options on the market today, it’s also very possible to skim some money from the rest of your budget if you decide to splurge on a pricier designer dress. At the end of the day, it’s all up to you.
  • The Accessories. We recommend budgeting $100 or less for accessories, shoes included. Most people won’t even look at your accessories once they see your gorgeous dress, so it’s much more worthwhile to allot any extra cash toward your dress. Use your accessory budget to pick up some matching shoes, simple jewelry and a handy purse to carry your essentials in.

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  • Hair and Makeup. While many girls choose to get their hair and makeup done for prom, it’s certainly not an essential part of the process. On average, a hair and makeup appointment costs about $150 to $250 at a salon, which is just not in the budget for many people. To cut costs while still getting a great beauty look, visit a makeup counter at the local mall and take advantage of the free makeovers, or enlist a friend or family member who is particularly good at hair to give you a simple up-do.
  • The Flowers. On average, a corsage costs between $35 and $45, while a boutonniere costs between $15 and $20. Whether you’re going with a date or a friend, you’ll likely want to set aside some cash to give them some flowers.
  • The Pre-Prom. Most people participate in at least some type of pre-prom activity, whether it be taking photos, renting a limo or going out to dinner (if your school doesn’t provide one).

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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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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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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!

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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.

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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!

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