Prom season is here again, and a new generation of school-leavers is preparing to hit the shops in search of that perfect dress. If you’re gearing up for the biggest party of the academic year and still haven’t settled on your outfit, then here’s how to make sure it’s all alright on the night.
Start early: Leaving your dress search to the last minute is a surefire way to end up wearing something that’s less than ideal. Make sure you start looking for the perfect prom dress at least a month in advance – particularly if you’re planning to buy online. Of course, seriously organised chicks will already have picked up a bargain in the January sales.
Don’t dismiss the high street: A designer label might give added prestige to your outfit, but with so many fantastic catwalk copies available on the high street budget fashionistas needn’t miss out. New Look has some great prom dresses that won’t break the bank.
White car print prom dress from New Look, £27.99
Get inspired: If you’re blocking on what to wear, then get some inspiration by checking out celebrity red carpet style. A-list celebs such as Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie always have impeccable style, and what’s good enough for them… To find a style which suits you, make sure you choose a celeb with a similar figure and colouring as your role model.
Don’t forget your accessories: Finishing touches can make an outfit, so it’s worth giving accessories such as hair ornaments, jewellery and, of course, makeup, as much thought as your dress. Colour-coordination can look twee, so instead think about accessories that will complement your outfit without exactly matching it. Your accessories should also be chosen to match your complexion and skin tone.
Don’t be afraid to be different: Don’t feel that you have to wear the same style of dress as everybody else. Be true to your fashion sense and to your figure, and pick something that will look stunning on you and make you feel comfortable on the night rather than following the very latest whims of fashion. Finally make sure that your outfit shows off your best bits – whether those include your waist, your legs, or something more subtle such as your neck, jaw line, or even the colour of your eyes.