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A Guide to Shopping for the Perfect Prom Dress

It’s prom season, and that means it’s time to find the perfect dress. But with so many styles, colors, and fabrics to choose from, how do you know what to look for? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! Here’s a guide to help you shop for the perfect prom dress.

Consider Your Budget

Before you even start looking at dresses, it’s important to set a budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a dress only to discover that it’s far outside your price range. Think about how much money you’re willing to spend on your dress, then stick with it. That way, you won’t be tempted by dresses that are too expensive!

Choose a Style That Suits You

Once you know what your budget is, it’s time to start shopping. There are hundreds of different styles of prom dresses out there, so it can be overwhelming trying to decide which one is right for you. Make sure you take into account not only your body type but also the kind of event you’re attending—a formal ballroom or an outdoor garden party? Once you have an idea of what style would suit both the event and your body type best, it will make shopping much easier.

Find a Dress That Fits Right

When buying prom dresses online (or off-the-rack), try on as many sizes as possible until you find one that fits perfectly. It may take some trial and error (and might even require some tailoring!), but finding a dress that fits just right will ensure that you look and feel amazing all night long.

Perfect Prom Accessories to Complete Your Look

You have the dress, but what about the accessories? Accessories can bring your look together and make you feel like a million bucks. Read on for some helpful tips on how to accessorize your prom dress!


When it comes to shoes, comfort should be key. You will be standing and dancing all night, so pick something that won’t make your feet hurt in an hour. Go with a shoe that compliments the color of your dress or opt for a neutral silver or gold if you’re not sure. If you are wearing a shorter dress, consider heels to give your legs some length and show off those gams! But if your dress is floor-length, don’t worry about heels—dance-friendly flats will do just fine.


Jewelry can add sparkle and bling to any outfit. When selecting jewelry for prom, don’t go overboard—keep it simple and tasteful. A few pieces of statement jewelry are all you need—think a great pair of earrings or chandelier earrings paired with a bracelet or delicate necklace. For an extra touch of glamour, try an eye-catching headpiece or hair clip for long hair. Jewelry should complement the style and color of your dress without competing with it; gold accents go well with pastels while silver looks great against bold colors like red and black. Pick something that will really stand out against the color of your dress!

Bags & Clutches 

What better way to complete your look than with a beautiful bag? Choose something small but stylish so that all eyes will be on you—not on your bag! Pick something in a metallic color such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper if you are wearing pastels; go for something more colorful like purple or blue if wearing darker shades such as black or navy blue. Whatever size bag you choose should fit everything from lipstick to phone chargers (you don’t want these items left behind after photos!)

Shopping for the perfect prom dress can seem daunting at first—there are so many options! But if you keep these tips in mind when shopping around—considering your budget, choosing a style that suits both the event and your body type, finding one that fits right and accessorizing properly—you’ll be sure to find something fabulous! Good luck!

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