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Pageant Theme Ideas

Jul 26, 2017

Competing in pageants is a great way to learn confidence and poise, and it makes a wonderful way to show off your own personal style. Whether you’re competing in your first pageant or your hundredth, you may want to go for a themed outfit for your formalwear portion to keep things fun and exciting. It doesn’t matter if you’re competing in a glitz or a natural pageant, theme-wear is appropriate for all pageants!

Here are some fun and creative theme-wear ideas for your upcoming pageants.

  • Academy Awards. Slip into a long, sparkling dress in a bright, bold color, do your hair in some Old Hollywood waves and even carry a homemade Oscar along with your outfit to complete this starlet theme.
  • Rock Star. Wear a short, black dress covered in sequins and sheer panels, rock your highest spike heels and maybe even carry a guitar for this rockin’ look.
  • Winter Wonderland. If the pageant is in the winter, go all out for the season with a snowy white dress covered in crystals, then complete the look with some furry earmuffs and matching mittens.
  • Paris. For a Parisian theme, don your best French look with a Little Black Dress, some oversized sunglasses and a beret perched on top of your head.
  • Great Gatsby. There are few time periods more romantic or iconic than the Roaring ‘20s, so channel the look of Daisy Buchanan with a flapper-style frock and some perfectly coiffed finger waves.
  • Egyptian. You’ll look just like an Egyptian queen when you step out onto the stage in a glittering white dress accented with gold details. Complete this look with a gold headband wrapped around your forehead, some cat eye eyeliner and long, sleek black hair.
  • Alice in Wonderland. Go down the rabbit hole into Wonderland with a short baby blue dress , a stuffed rabbit and a white apron on top.

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 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.

10 Fun Quinceañera Traditions For Your Party

Jun 14, 2016


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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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, 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.


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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Tips to Avoid Awkward Prom Photos

Dec 14, 2015

Don’t let your keepsake prom photographs become pictures best forgotten. Follow these five tips from prom photography experts.

1. Prepare for the Pose

You can start practicing your perfect pose even before you buy the dress. As you practice, take photographs to compare your poses. Look at professional prom dress photos at respected online sites like for ideas.

2. Stand at an Angle

Practice standing at an angle from the photographer, since straight-on photos can make people look (egad!) wider. Practice posing 90 degrees away from the camera and then turning your upper body about 45 degrees back toward the camera. Turn just your face directly toward the camera. Also hold your neck high to avoid looking like you have a double chin.

3. Smile, Smile, Smile

Smiling photos are more attractive than stiff or pouty pictures. If you feel tense, go to the restroom and subtly shake your face and stretch your neck for a few seconds. Take a cue from fashion models by applying a tiny, tiny dab of Vaseline between your upper teeth and gums to avoid your lips getting stuck together when you smile.

4. Make It, or Fake It

Even if you suddenly sour on your prom date, fake it for the photographer. Go for the affectionate pix of you two standing close and smiling at each other. Or, grab your BFF and hit the photo booth!

5. Remember Touch-Ups

Even if your makeup won’t fit into a tiny handbag, bring an extra handbag with all your essentials, and stash it somewhere safe. Visit the restroom often for touch-ups to be ready for candid and posed photos.

What’s the Traditional Color for a Quinceañera Dress?

Dec 10, 2015

Picking the Right Color for a Quinceañera Dress

While white or pink are the traditional colors for a quinceañera dress at the coming-out party celebrating your 15th birthday and your entry into womanhood, today’s young women are breaking with tradition. Go traditional, or show your individuality by choosing the color that best flatters you and most reflects your personality. Just remember that this is an important occasion in a young woman’s life requiring a very special dress.

The classic white dress dates back to hundreds of years ago in Mexico, when a quinceañera was about announcing a very young woman’s availability for marriage. White evolved to pink to show innocence. However, some young women prefer to reserve white for their wedding day, which in today’s era is years away from their 15th birthday. Choose pink if that’s your favorite color.

A best-selling quinceañera dress at is a stunning design in an organza dress with sweetheart neckline and beaded bodice that’s available in fuchsia or purple. The ball gown skirt on this dress with rosettes and cascading ruffles will make you look like a princess. Plus, the design will flatter most figures for those keepsake quinceañera photographs.

Trending Wedding Glam: Pageant Dresses Can Turn a Bridesmaids Dress Into a Glamorous Look

Jul 14, 2015

Many women admire the glamorous look of metallic or sequined pageant dresses, but this glitzy style isn’t reserved for just pageants. In recent years, creative brides are taking a tip from the pageant circuit and turning pageant-style dresses into bridesmaids dresses with a bit of added flair. It may seem intimidating, but by keeping the rest of your wedding simple and opting for gold or silver sparkling gowns, you can make your bridesmaids dresses really shine.

Start by taking into consideration your own wedding dress. Your ‘maids dresses should coordinate with yours, not the other way around, so choose a sparkling bridesmaids dress based on how decorated your dress is. If your dress is fairly simple but you still want to add a burst of sparkle and glamour, something elegant like a white dress with gold accents at the bodice makes a great choice for your bridesmaids. If your dress is more extravagant, you can choose something with all-over sparkles without distracting from yourself. Vienna has a great selection of dresses in classic shapes with modern embellishments your bridesmaids are sure to love.

When choosing bridesmaids dresses, you should also take into consideration that not every woman has the same body type. Pick something universally flattering, like a dress with a cinched waist and slightly flared skirt to create an hourglass figure. Mac Duggal Royalty has some great options in this style. The simple shape will also make glitzy sequins even more noticeable.

If you want to create a truly unique or bohemian look at your wedding, you can also let your bridesmaids choose dresses that are coordinating, but not exactly the same. Give them instructions to pick gowns in the same shade of cream or with silver accents against a neutral background to make sure that the dresses don’t clash. If you want your girls wearing color, choosing dresses from a single designer can ensure the colors are similar shades. Pair options like a long-sleeved dress, high-necked dress and sleeveless dress together to create a look that makes each bridesmaid stands out, but still looks perfectly put together. By choosing dresses that all have decorative sequins or beading, you can also commit to the glamorous look in a refined, understated way.