Tuesday, 24 January 2017

How To Pick The Perfect Prom Dress

Hi guys!

Prom dresses are in my opinion a great way to look and feel like a princess for a night, as if we are Cinderella going to the ball or Elsa in her magical palace. If you are lucky your prom will be in a beautifully decorated hall, with twinkly lights, glittery trees and crystal decorations, reminiscent of a true fairytale. Or it might be your school assembly hall or function room, with a couple of encouraging banners your year made during art class and rented dj equipment propped up on some spare desks. Sometimes you just have to make do. In any case, there is no reason for you not to make the same amount of effort and look fabulous. The photos from the night will be some of your most treasured possessions, especially if you graduate and move away from your friends for university after the end of the school year.


Now, picking the right dress might seem like a hard task, but with the help of this guide, hopefully you will find it easy and have one less thing to worry about. Honestly, it is harder to pick a designated driver who will agree not to drink on the night. Anyway, here are some tips to help you decide what you want to wear on the big night. First of all, find a site that sells a variety of prom dresses like Aisle Style, so that you have a lot of dresses to choose from and you do not waste any time with multiple shops. Then, consider the different kinds of colours and styles that are available and check out the latest trends, by looking at the new dresses for 2017.

Now that you have a general idea of what is out in the market, I would like to share some of my best tips for actually picking your dress, based on the different directions you can approach it from.

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Obviously, long prom dresses are the classic go to option in most cases. As a formal event a prom is one of the few occasions that you can get away with picking out a beautiful long dress, just like the ones you see on the red carpet in Hollywood. This dress will be perfect if your prom is in a hotel or special event space, and the more decorated the venue is the better. Things to consider are whether there is a theme to your event that you can try to match the vide and colours, and also what shoes you are going to wear. Remember to account for your height with your heels on, as there is nothing worse than getting ready and realising that your dress is not long enough when you put on your shoes.  Being on the taller side myself, this is something I have had issues with a lot of times before.
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You can go for a shorter dress when your event is more casual, or inside your school grounds. Short prom dresses are usually less formal than the longer ones, so it may also be a good idea to get a dress you love and would like to keep wearing after your prom in other special events. Shirt prom dresses are perfect dresses for weddings, birthdays, even nights out. The other way you can wear a short prom dress is to make it more edgy. Instead of going for the princess look, opt for a bold colour and dd black shoes, chunky accessories, a leather jacket and dark eye makeup. Imagine you are a rockstar and think of what you would be wearing then.

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Black prom dresses are quite versatile and you can find them in a variety of styles. You can opt for a dark and mysterious look with a long black dress - chiffon and lace will be the best fabrics - or go for a short body con dress with bright accessories for a modern twist - novelty bags in unusual shapes like apples, telephones or pop art logos work great with this look. My personal favourite is asymmetrical dresses, short at the front and long at the back, to get the best of both worlds and show off some leg.

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Red prom dresses are usually love or hate with most girls, as red is a bold colour and does make a big statement when you wear it. Picking a red dress can be great for girls who are confident and natural leaders. Red dresses to me also allude to passion and sexuality; just think of Spanish flamenco dancers, who normally wear bright red dresses. If you think bright red might be a bit too much for you, you may want to consider a burgundy shade instead. The darker colour still maintains some of the confidence of its brighter counterpart but more understated. Imagine is as if one should 'I'm confident' for the world to hear and the other sort of stands its ground confidently but does not need to shout to make itself known.

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Pastel prom dresses usually follow the same trends as bridesmaids dresses, so you will see a lot of them alongside wedding dresses and the likes. You should not let that discourage you, as they are some of the most popular dresses in the market. In my opinion pastel prom dresses are perfect for girls who are more quiet, feminine and want something that says 'classic elegance'. They are the dresses that you will look back at and think you would still wear years later, as they are beautiful and timeless. While blush pink is usually among the favourites, I particularly like pastel yellow and lilac, or even a combination of a few pastel shades in delicate flower motifs and lace trims.

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Bright prom dresses are usually dependent on the colour trends of each year. I remember back in my graduation year, when neon colours were in fashion, half of my year picked neon orange and neon yellow dresses and got spray tans to go along with them and make them look like they just came from some exotic holiday. While those dresses are not pieces that you will easily manage to wear in years to come, if you find a piece that can be dressed both up and down, you can probably turn it into a nice going out dress for the summer after your prom, and wear it on your holidays. One thing to remember when you wear a bright dress is to make sure you have either bright eyes or bright lips. For example a bright yellow dress will go great with a bright red lip and black eyeliner.

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Character Inspired Prom Dresses

Now, for my favourite prom inspiration, I would have to put in character inspired dresses. If this is your princess moment why not dress like one of your favourite Disney princesses? I am not saying to straight up cosplay as one, but select the princess you like and copy the aesthetic. For example if you like Belle and have dark hair, you can try a long bright yellow dress and curl your hair, or if you are blonde you can channel Elsa with a pastel blue dress and a big braid on the side. You can also add accessories that will enhance your nod to the character, like one of those mermaid accessories that were in fashion this year (I have a seashell right) along with a seafoam green dress and red hair to be a mermaid like Ariel or go for a brighter green dress for Tiana. Bonus points if you get together with your friends, divide up the roles and all show up as real life princesses. I guarantee all eyes will be on you.


In any case, remember the most important thing about a dress is the girl who is wearing it, so pick something that expresses who you are. And that I must say is not just for prom, but for any other occasion, homecoming dresses, birthday dresses, even your every day dresses that you wear all the time. This is what makes all the difference and can truly impact your mood on a daily basis.

Anyway, I hope you found this guide helpful for your upcoming shopping sprees and if you do follow my advice for your prom dress do tweet or tag me on instagram @darcrose22 

Lots of love,
Kristine

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