The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Prom Dress: Tips for Shopping Online and in Stores

Hey Sherri Babes! Shopping for a prom dress can be a stressful occasion, but we want to take the strain out of all that searching and help you by making it a bit easier and enjoying the process. After all, it should be fun so let’s make it fun! We’ve got a few tips on how to shop for your prom dress at online stores and in the high street or mall, so let’s get started!

Shopping for a Prom Dress Online

Many people find searching for clothes online is the best way. It’s quick, easy, and comfortable and there’s more choice than you’ll ever believe. Here are some tips that should make your life easier.

Visit as Many Stores as You Can

There are literally thousands of retailers out there, some big-name brands and some smaller outlets that have a niche and exciting stock. We suggest you visit many of each, checking their styles and what they have to offer and also noting their prices.

You’ll find smaller retailers stocking upcoming designers, for example, at sensible prices, where you can get something truly different and be the one who sets a new trend. Make a list, ask friends for recommendations, and spend a few evenings browsing.

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Look for Designer Outlets

The great thing about online fashion shopping is discovering designer outlets. These are retailers who stock either this or last season’s designer gear at discount prices. You’ll find big names among them too and can bag some real bargains.

Again, if you don’t know where the designer outlets are your friends and colleagues may so ask around or simply run an Internet search for ‘designer dress outlets’ and you’ll plenty of options. Be careful though, because you’ll be hooked!

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Make Sure of Free Returns

Before we move on to talk about physical stores, one final word of advice: many only fashion retailers will sell you a dress – or dresses – with a free returns option. They send a pre-paid return label so you can send back what you don’t want and get a refund. Make sure you find a retailer offering this as it allows you to try on dresses at home.

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Shopping for a Prom Dress in Stores

For those who prefer to go to real shops – and when buying a dress for a prom it can be a good move – here are our tips.

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Choose a Few Stores to Visit

If you have a favorite store, make it your first stop. But don’t make it your only one. Visit more than a couple of stores – we recommend choosing some you’ve never been in for this – and take a friend with you, one who you know you can trust to be honest and critical!

Mix big-name high-street stores with independent boutique shops selling lesser-known brands and you expand your choice considerably. Make a day of it, and have fun shopping for your ideal prom dress – you deserve it!

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Make Use of Personal Dressers

You’ll find that many of the bigger stores have personal dressers who will help you find the right dress and the perfect look. Make use of them, as these are professionals who know what they’re doing and who have dressed thousands of women over a long time. They’ll help you with the fit and with the ideal look for your body type.

Even in smaller stores, the proprietor will be willing to help. They are passionate about what they are selling and want you to recommend them to your circle of friends, so you’ll be sure to get excellent service from the smaller boutiques too.

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Try-On Carefully

Finally, you must try every dress you are considering and not just for the way it looks. Comfort is vital – you want to enjoy wearing the dress at the prom and not have to adjust every couple of minutes – so ensure that the fit is spot on and that you feel right wearing the dress. Don’t worry about taking too much time: the people in the shop know this is special for you, and they want you to look and feel great too!

That’s our guide to shopping for your prom dress both online and at the high street or mall. Don’t be afraid to be different and – most of all – be you. Be what you are who you are and choose a dress that reflects your personality and who you are, and you’ll feel a million dollars and have the best prom in the world!