Before You Buy Your Prom Dress: Shopping Tips

The time has come to plan for the prom. Some parts are no doubt simple to do – you have your date set, and maybe your friends are going in on a limo to share. You bought the tickets and reserved a time for pictures, so all you need is the dress. Your prom dress is perhaps the most important part of a perfect night out with your friends, and before you rush out and buy the first frock you see it’s important to take some time and think about what you want and how you want to look.

A beautiful prom gown should define your style and how you want to present yourself. You will want to give yourself a few months before prom night to decide on the right outfit. The first of the year is usually the time you want to browse formal dress websites for deals and styles. While your prom may not happen until the late spring, dress designers typically roll out the new year’s fashions early, and if you’re lucky you can catch a 2011 prom dress at a great price.

If you are concerned about whether or not you’ll fit into a dress you buy months in advance, consider the sizes available. Depending on the dress label, a size six by Betsey Johnson may not fit the same as a size six by Scala. It is better to look at your actual measurements than a number on the label.

Shopping online, too, provides you with more options for buying the right prom gown. You’ll find there’s a larger selection of sizes, styles, and colors, and you may find designer names at budget prices. Note the shipping policies for each store and refund policies where applicable, and see if they take PayPal or another form of online payment for easy purchasing.

If you are planning a group outing to the prom with friends, be sure to coordinate your prom dresses. You certainly don’t want to show up wearing the exact same outfit as your best friend, so make time to browse sites and shops together to decide upon colors and styles.

You should only have to buy a prom dress once for this special occasion, so make that purchase count!