Prom Dresses: The Ultimate Guide for Finding the Perfect Dress

Shopping for something special such as a prom dress is not your usual shopping experience. We know how stressed you can get when you’re hit with so many options and can’t make a choice! What style should you choose? How much should you spend on a prom dress? What color is best, and which neckline will suit me best? There are a lot of questions, so read on and we’ll try and answer as many as we can in our guide to finding the perfect prom dress.

Setting a Budget

Style 54429 in Ivory.

First, the boring bit: setting your budget. It is essential that you go into things aware of what you can afford to spend. Set a budget defined by what you are willing to pay. If you have a contribution from your parents use that as the limit, and perhaps add a little of your own savings. You do not need to spend a fortune to buy a beautiful dress and we will give you some ideas of how to make savings and buy a bargain. Once you’ve set your budget, you can start thinking about the type of dress you want to wear.

Choosing Your Style

Style 54435 in Bright Pink is a great option.

How do you choose the style of dress you want? It’s simple: you buy what you know and love. You’re the one who knows the best type of dress for your body. You know what you are comfortable wearing, and what you look good in. For prom, it’s all too easy to see it as a competition between the girls to see who wears the most fabulous dress.

But fabulous is not always best; you may look better in a simple A-line dress than in a full-on ballgown. You might not be comfortable with an off the shoulder or deep neckline dress. Or you may prefer to keep it simple and go with the little black number, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Most of all, don’t be pressured into choosing something that you think outshines your friends. Prom is about being you, and your personality comes across in what you wear. If you have a favorite style that’s what to go for, unless you want to try some new ideas. That brings us nicely to the next section in which we will show you the best way to shop for a prom dress.

Where to Buy a Prom Dress

Style 54436 in Lilac with overskirt 54810s in Lilac.

The 21st century retail world is very different to that of even 20 years ago. We’re in the digital age now, and online retail is the big thing. However, that doesn’t mean the high street is dead – at least not yet. We have three suggestions as to where you should shop for your prom dress, so let’s look at each plus the advantages and disadvantages.

High Street

Find a day when you and your girlfriends are all free and take a trip to town for some retail therapy! The high street is home to many different fashion outlets – you likely have your favorite – and when prom season is approaching, they will get stock of a selection of prom dresses.

The advantages of shopping on the high street include being able to try on various dresses and make sure they fit, but you may find choice is limited to a selection of styles. A notable disadvantage is that the high street store is where you will pay the most, so let’s consider online.

Online Retailers

Style 54445 in Neon Pink.

Let’s be honest, the sheer range of choice in online fashion retailers is unbeatable. From online stores that also have bricks and mortar stores to those that are specialist and solely online you can find literally hundreds. The variety of dresses will be better too, and there’s no cost of traveling involved. Also, look for stores that carry Sherri Hill.

Comfort is Vital

Our final word is this: if you are not comfortable wearing a particular dress – perhaps it’s too tight or revealing for you – then it’s not for you. Make sure you try a dress sufficiently to know that you’re happy with it before you make your decision. We hope we’ve helped, so happy shopping for your perfect prom dress.