Don’t let the wrong dress cramp your style. With these pro tips, you’ll feel your best on prom night.
1. Wear a dress with thicker straps so you can wear your regular bra underneath for extra support. Who wants to deal with a strapless bra if you don’t have to? Dresses with thick straps are super-chic and comfortable at the same time.
2. If you’re wearing a strapless dress, choose a full-coverage strapless bra with molded cups. Plus, look for plastic “gripper” strips on the inside sides of the bra band to help keep the bra up. The Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra is pricey, but it won’t fall down even while you’re dancing. Plus, it’s convertible, so it’s like having a bunch of different bra styles in one.
3. Shop for a fitted Prom dress that nips in at your waist and shows off your gorge figure. Don’t drown in yards of fabric! Choose a gown that skims your curves instead of a voluminous dress that hides them.
4. Choose a dress in a heavy natural fabric, when possible. Jersey, silk, and cotton blends will hug your curves — not stick to them when you’re dancing.
5. Wear lightweight boy shorts under your gown to minimize chaffing. Nothing ruins your night more than your thighs rubbing together while you’re dancing, causing painful chafing. Wearing shorts under your Cheap Prom dress will totally save your thighs. Find a seamless version that won’t show through if you’re wearing a fitted gown. Knixwear’s Seamless Long Leg Invisible Shorty won’t give you any VPL, and they’re moisture-wicking so they won’t make you sweat while you’re getting ~close~ to your date.
6. Embrace the short-dress trend. If you’re going for a little more full-coverage on the top to support your chest, it’s fun to get more flirty on the bottom. Show off your legs in a short dress that’s just as formal as maxi-length styles.
7. Make double-sided tape your BFF. Curvy girls live for Hollywood Fashion Tape, and for good reason. You can use the double-sided tape to close any gaps in your dress, like in between buttons. You can even make your hem shorter and also keep a strapless bra from falling down.
8. Get your dress tailored. You’ll feel 100x more confident in your gown if it fits like a glove. And you shouldn’t expect that to happen right off the rack. Bring it to a tailor and have them take it in where you want it to feel closer to your body, and have them let it out where you want a little wiggle/dancing room.
9. Choose shoes with an ankle strap that falls lower than your actual ankle. If you have curvier ankles, straps can be super uncomfortable — especially while dancing. Look for styles that have a lower strap (below the ankle bone that sticks out), which is comfortable and super flattering on your legs.