While not the most important night in a young high school girl’s life (although movies and pop culture would have you believe otherwise- graduation actually comes to mind for me), it certainly can be a very fun and memorable one. A lot of the fun comes in picking out the perfect dress, but it can also be very overwhelming. To help make the selection process seem a little less unbearable, here are some tips to help focus your efforts:
- Know your body shape. We all come in different shapes and sizes, and it’s a beautiful thing. How boring and plain would the world be if we all looked the same? Not only are we different heights and weights, our body proportions can vary. I, for example, have a tiny torso and long legs, so some types of clothing styles make me look boxy and, frankly, like a little girl playing dress up with her mother’s clothes. While I might wish sometimes that I was less curvy and actually had a waist, embracing my body type really does help me feel more confident. So, find out what your body shape is, and don’t try to work against it. Find a dress that accentuates the beautiful characteristics you do have.
- Know your color type. It’s true that people tend to look better in certain colors over others, depending on their skin, hair and eye color. Find out what your color type is (variations on winter, summer, spring and autumn) and pick a dress color that compliments your natural look the best.
- Don’t be afraid to be unique. Be brave! There are so many prom and homecoming dress options out there these days, and with being able to shop online as well as in stores, finding a unique dress is so much easier than it has been in the past. Instead of being limited to stores you can easily travel to, the sky is the limit. Don’t be afraid to wear a dress that might not be considered a ‘traditional’ prom dress. It’s the 21st century after all.
Although these tips do suggest there are ‘better’ ways to go about picking a prom dress, don’t stress out too much about it. If history has taught us anything, it’s that no matter how stylish you may feel on your prom night, chances are that years from now your kids will laugh hysterically at your prom picture (although now that I think about the constant evolution of fashion, your grandkids might be impressed at your sense of style in that same picture). Have fun with the selection process, and if another girl has a similar or identical dress at the dance, just remember there really are more important things in life. Good luck, and have fun shopping!