It sounds simple: go to store, pick out dress, try on said dress, admire how freaking fabulous you look, hand over credit card, go home with a garment bag bursting with glamorous goodness. Stop right there, young lady. Prom dress shopping is not that simple. But it can be! Whether you’re looking for a little black dress or a red carpet gown, here are some tips for prom dress shopping, to make it as pleasurable as possible.
We spoke with some of our favorite Faviana retailers to get the inside scoop. Keep reading for a six tips on how to handle the (occasionally nerve-wracking) shopping trip, to make your prom dress shopping experience a success!
Do Your Research
Have at least a vague idea of what you want before you leave the house. Cut out photos from magazines, screenshot pics from Instagram, but whatever you do, don’t go shopping with no idea as to the direction you are going. You’ll just be wasting everyone’s time. Even wait an extra day to give yourself more time to visualize your look. Use that day to cruise websites for evening dress ideas, research trends, and ask your friends what they’re wearing (trust me, you don’t want to end up with a Who Wore It Better situation).
Shop Early, but not too Early
Ideally, you should start looking as early as possible, but don’t bother hitting the shops too far in advance because at your age you’re still growing and your size can change significantly in six or so months. Check out more of our prom tips for the best time to start dress shopping here. In an ideal world, you’d find and purchase your prom dress two to three months before the event to make sure you can get exactly the style and color you want, and still have time for alterations and accessory shopping.
Leave Your Boyfriend at Home
You may think your date’s opinion is more important than anyone else’s, but Betty Scott, of Formals XO in Langhorne, PA advises, “come with your mother—never your boyfriend. This is a place for women, and chances are your boyfriend will be less enthused than your friends.” Scott has seen plenty of arguments start this way so her best tip for prom dress shopping is to “Just bring your mother!” Moms give the best, honest, opinions.
Keep the Makeup to a Minimum
Nothing is going to annoy a sales clerk like handing her back a dress with a big smear of liquid foundation; especially if you leave the store undecided and the associate doesn’t make a sale. Always ask for help putting on dresses to keep them from touching face make up, another good reason to bring your mom! It is both polite and considerate to keep this in mind before you head out the door, and remember ‘less is more‘ for your prom shopping look.
This is going to sound like a no-brainer. . .
. . . but wear tights or socks—something, anything covering your feet. Betty Scott laughingly pleaded into the phone, “DO NOT COME IN SANDALS! It is both unsanitary and unsafe for girls to be wandering around the shop barefoot.” Scott laughed. “Please girls, at least bring some socks!” If you’re thinking of wearing cute flats for prom – bring those, or if you’re sure you’re going to wear heels, bring some! It’s a good idea to go to the store in very comfortable clothes that are easy to take on and off, appropriate undergarments, and have your hair pulled back. The quicker and easier you can get in and out of the dresses, the closer you are to accomplishing the perfect prom dress mission!
Pick One and Stick With It!
Perhaps it’s the internet’s fault or maybe “the grass is always greener” attitude, but whether you’re looking for a evening dress or a fantastic man, it can always seem like something or someone better might be right around the next corner. Stephanie Wolfred, manager of RaeLynn’s Boutique in Greenwood, IN says it is a mistake she sees girls making. “Some customers go from store to store trying on 20 plus dresses, and then they finally find something they love, but they walk away to think about it” she says. “So often they second-guess themselves and by the time they come back to buy the dress they fell in love with, it’s unavailable in their size or preferred color. When you find something you love, be confident in your decision and go for it because the reality is with the demand of the season, it will probably be gone tomorrow.”
Don’t forget to plan for any alterations. The important one is length, if you want to rock prom flats, keep that in mind when going for alterations, or picking a prom dress length! Once you find a dress, you can start planning makeup, shoes and accessories!
We hope you find some of our tips for prom shopping useful! What are some of your shopping for prom tips? Did you already find the perfect dress? Let us know what you think by tagging us on our blog’s Instagram @glamandgowns, Faviana’s Instagram @Faviana_NY and Twitter @FavianaNY!
Check out Faviana’s 2017 Prom Dresses.