Your prom dress is likely to be the single most important dress decision you have ever made, so it pays to take the time to get it right.
Fashion moves fast, so be sure to keep an eye on for tips on the latest styles. Here we'll focus on the practical things to bear in mind that will never go out of fashion.
If you go to a formal gown shop with absolutely no idea of what to get, then you'll be in there for a long time! In the months leading up to buying your prom dress, make some
notes on gowns you love. Top tip: Watch the Oscar night arrivals for an insight
into formal gown fashions for prom season. If you can, cut out pictures of styles you love and work out what it is you like about them. Do they all have a similar cut? Are they all bold colours? Do they have the same kinds of neckline or hemline? If you can find a theme
in the prom dresses you like the most, you'll be able to narrow down your choices.
Get the underwear right.
Whatever you do, decide upon your underwear before you have the final dress fitting - a change in bra can alter your shape so much that a dresses that looked great with the old one could suddenly look awful. So decide which kinds of underwear will hold you in and push you up, out - whatever - in the right places before that final gown decision!
If you are planning to have a strapless prom gown, make sure you get measured and fitted for a good quality strapless bra as this will make all the difference to your shape and comfort on the night.
Certain colours look great on certain skins, there's no getting away from it. A dusky pink can make one girl look like an English rose and her friend look like a dishrag. You probably already have an idea of colours that suit you; look in your wardrobe and in photos to see what looks best on you, and ask close friends too - they may have a better idea than you do. Don't forget which colours suit you when you go to try on the gowns - it doesn't matter how beautiful the prom dresses is - if the colour is wrong, it could make you look awful.
Again, you are likely to know what kinds of things suit you, but be truthful to yourself about your shape. What are you happy to show off and keen to hide about your body? If you have a tiny waist, or are proud of your endowments, show them off by all means - but above all else, wear a style that not only flatters your shape, but makes you feel fabulous.