10 Hard and Fast Rules for Prom Dress Shopping

5. Know your Budget

Your budget doesn’t need to be down to the penny, but you should set your upper limit before you set foot in the store. Then, once you’re in the store, don’t try anything on that’s over your limit. This’ll keep you from falling in love with a dress you can’t afford.

6. Figure out Your Optimal Colors

Whether you have light skin, medium skin, or dark skin, there are colors that look better on you than others. Of course, you’re always free to express yourself and get whatever color of prom dress you want. But learning the best colors for your tone of skin can help you choose between two options.

7. Take a Friend

Three girls dressed up for prom

Shopping is more fun as a group activity. Take a friend with you, even if it is one of your friends from school who also needs a dress for prom. This way, the two of you can bounce ideas off of each other. If you plan to attend prom in the same group, you might decide to coordinate your look.

8. Consider the Return Policy

Always, always make sure you can return the dress if you haven’t worn it or removed the tags. It happens sometimes that you buy a dress, only to find another one that’s even better. If you find the perfect dress that can’t be returned, you’ll have to avoid the mall until after prom!

9. Think About the Weather

The last thing you want is to be completely miserable for your prom. Even if your prom is an indoor event, at least consider the journey to and from the car. If the weather man says it’ll be cold, you’ll either need a warmer dress or an appropriate coat.

10. Coordinate With Your Date, or Not

Prom date - young couple holding hands

Gals headed to prom fall in one of two camps. You either feel strongly about matching with your dates, or you feel strongly about not matching with your date. Either way, you need to know what your date is wearing. Have a quick conversation about it — together you can decide whether you want to be matchy or not.

So, what are you waiting for? Prom is coming up sooner than you might think. It’s time to get moving and finally get that perfect prom dress!

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