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Tips to Pick A Designer Prom Dress

1. While it may seem limiting to put a ceiling on your budget it can help narrow down the choices and styles of dresses to buy. This is a good thing, as often times, many girls are overwhelmed by the sheer number of gowns that are out there. So, before you even start looking, fix a price and stick to it. Divide your budget for the items you’ll be buying such as dress, shoes, handbag, hose and hair styling. Try not to go over the limit for each item; if you do spend more on one particular item you’re going to have to reduce the amount you spend on one of the others.

2. Try to keep an overall image of the look you want when you’re shopping for your dress. From the biggest to the smallest; it’s often the small details that can turn something from ‘okay’ into something that is simply stunning. The look should be coordinated – although you can get away with one or two small deviations – the dress is the main focal point and all accessories must complement it.

3. The main reason a designer prom dress can look so awful when worn is because of body shape; or rather the wrong gown for the wrong figure. Be honest about your body shape. Honesty doesn’t mean being too self conscious or harsh on your self; just be gentle and frank about your figure. So, if your body shape is Pear, Triangle, Willow or Hourglass look for the gown that is going to complement your figure; emphasizing certain parts while de-emphasizing others. Don’t try to change your figure for the dress; dieting and such like most often won’t produce the desired figure and many girls can get very stressed and depressed when their bodies aren’t ‘transformed’ from one body shape to another. You are who you are; get a gown that will reflect who you are.

4. Remember, Prom is a gathering of your piers. Don’t get too carried away with the drama of the occasion. Comfort is important so, if you’re more used to wearing trainers and Lycra, you should be prepared to either, do a lot of practice walking in those new high heels or think twice about buying a dress that is so far from your norm.

5. Choosing accessories is nearly as important as choosing the designer prom dress. Some girls may want to wear a family heirloom such as a tiara. This is perfectly fine, however, if the accessory is going to undo the overall look, then you need to reappraise your priorities; if it’s really important that you must have that particular accessory then you will have to find the dress that complements it, rather than the other way round.

6. Don’t be shy in asking for advice from friends and family. After all, they know you best and will be able to make a useful contribution in your selection of dress. However, remember to be your own boss. If someone’s idea is something you feel uncomfortable about then stick to your gut feeling; it’s your big day, not theirs.

7. Talk candidly to shop assistants about how far down the line you’ve got with finding that designer prom dress. If you’re at the first initial stage of deciding on style and color, tell them; that way, you won’t feel pressurized into making any buying decisions and they’ll be able to help you. Sales assistant working in boutiques are very knowledgeable about prom gowns and understand just how difficult it can be for a girl to find that perfect outfit.