Tips on Dressing for Prom

Whether you’re looking for high-street, cheap prom dresses or designer evening gowns, dressing for your school prom is part fun, part stressful. Everyone wants look their best on the big night, and if possible, even better than their friends! With that in mind, here’s a look at tips for dressing for prom:

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Scrap satins

Metallic or Satin material tend to be those that girls will first think of for a big event like prom, but it really doesn’t flatter every body shape. Satin, in particular stretch satin, makes you look fuller by reflecting the light. It’s also notorious for VPL (visible pant lines) and unsightly bumps and bulges. If you are a curvier girl, try a structured or fitted dress in a fabric that’s not reflective instead.

Hold back on the sequins

Sequins were made for special occasions weren’t they! If you do sequins well, you really can’t beat a bit of sparkle. Be careful not to overdo it though, too much bling can look cheap and nasty. Choose a dress with a little embellishment that is well placed to draw attention to your best features.

Show off your legs

Prom age girls usually fall in two camps – get it all out or hide it all away. It’s natural to feel self-conscious as a young adult, but don’t let that put you off getting a bit of skin out. A bit of skin doesn’t have to involve a plunging neckline, show off your legs instead. Many prom dresses opt for a full knee-length skirt, which is ideal.

Work with your skin colours

For maximum compliments, pick a prom dress that really suits your skin tone. The best way to find out which colours suit you is to look through red carpet pictures and take inspiration from a celebrity with a similar skin tone to you. If you have a warm or dark complexion, in general coral, peach and earthy tones are great. Whilst those with a pale skin colours can work pastel colours wonderfully.

Don’t forget accessories

Add personality to your prom outfit with complimenting accessories. You might only wear your prom dress once, but with jewellery, shoes and a clutch you can spend a little more because they’re items you can get a lot of wear out of! A great pair of heels and a statement necklace can really make an outfit. Whilst hair accessories and a great manicure can add a pop of colour or give a playful twist to your formal evening look.

Be wary of nudes

No this doesn’t mean ‘watch out for prom streakers’ but rather be careful of nude hues in your prom outfit. Nudes tend to show off every curve, and not always in a flattering way. If you do fall in love with a nude prom dress, again make sure it’s in a matte finish.

Clare Basker is a fashion and beauty blogger from the UK. When she’s not blogging, you can find Clare browsing everything from cheap prom dresses to onesies – shopping is her passion. 

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