Prom Dress

We’ve met teens who started prepping for their proms as early as four months in advance. They scheduled tanning sessions and appointments for manicures and pedicures. And, of course, they dieted. They browsed magazines and hit the shops looking at cheap  prom  dresses, shoes, earrings and handbags. The time and effort these girls put into preparing their physical selves dwarfed anything their mothers did before their own weddings! All of this preparation costs money and heightens expectations. Can you imagine how disappointed these girls would be if they were not asked to prom? We’ve also met parents whose daughters, in teary-eyed tirades, pleaded for new dresses. But their pleas didn’t come until days before the big event. These last-minute surprises often forced parents into on-the-spot purchases that were expensive (“Just buy it; we don’t have time to find a deal”) and regrettable (“It’s so revealing, but that’s the only style they have”).
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When it comes to your daughter’s dress, here are a few do’s and don’ts that can help tone down some of the extravagance and drama. By following these parenting tips, you’ll also help your daughter become a better consumer and a more grounded individual:

  • Don’t be clueless about school-sponsored formals. Be proactive and ask around when prom, homecoming or other formals are scheduled. If it’s a school-sponsored event, don’t be afraid to call the school and find out if there’s a dress code or other guidelines. You’ll feel better because you’ll know what’s going on, and you can start talking to your daughter about her plans and clarifying expectations and rules for the evening.
  • Do set a limit on spending. If your daughter needs a new dress, put a limit on how much she can spend. What’s reasonable will depend somewhat on your family’s financial resources. But you should encourage your daughter to think outside the box when dress shopping. There are other alternatives, often more affordable, than going to traditional department stores or boutiques. For example, many larger communities have vintage clothing stores that offer reasonable and distinctive choices. Other options worth considering with your daughter include having her swap last year’s homecoming or prom dress with a friend’s, making her own dress, or redesigning and altering an old dress to make it new and contemporary.
  • Do emphasize comfort, not sexiness. When it comes to the dress, the overall goal should be to be fashionable, yet modest. If you’re shopping with your daughter, you shouldn’t be the one dictating all of the decisions. You should help her make the best choice she can. Think of the mom in the dress shop who was asked her opinion. She wanted to shout out how wrong the girl’s dress was. But rather than say something that would make the girl feel awkward or bad, she asked questions that made the young lady think more critically about her choice. When your daughter is picking a dress, she should ask herself:
    • Can I dance in this dress?
    • Can I get in and out of the car comfortably in these clothes?
    • Will I spend the entire evening worrying that I might pop out of the dress?
    • Will my date’s parents be embarrassed by how I’m dressed?

You don’t want to be the clothing police, but you do want to set some limits. You want to help your daughter look beyond the style or label and see the bigger picture. Help her to understand that if she wants to have a carefree evening with no regrets, her choices matter.

If you can’t be with your daughter when she’s shopping for a formal dress, most department stores will put items on hold for 24 hours at no cost. If she finds a dress, have her put it on hold until you have a chance to look it over. That’s better than being uninvolved or turning over the family credit card and leaving her to the whims and tastes of friends and strangers.

Perfect Prom Dress

Aside from securing your date, what’s the biggest thing on your mind a few months before your high school prom?

Chances are, it’s all about choosing the perfect prom dress. How do you go about finding the perfect prom dress that will be worthy of a lifetime memory — the one that will be forever on the family picture wall, on your friend’s walls, and maybe in your school yearbook! It’s no small thing!

Before you even begin the hunt, though, think carefully about what you want paired with your budget. Short, tea-length or long Pink, white, black or  Celebrity copycat or your unique style? Vintage or brand-new? Is this purchase a one-shot deal or a new go-to special-occasion dress with multiple wears?

To help transform your wishes into reality, we’ve compiled a list of some things to keep in mind when going shopping for the perfect prom dress.

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Reflect Your Personality

Are you girly or a classic girl, outspoken or conservative? Your prom dress should reflect who you are. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. You want to be comfortable and natural. You’ll have the most fun when your dress is true to your own personality.

Remember, this is a night full of dancing, so you will most likely not be comfortable dressing in something that is too tight or hard to move in. Don’t buy a smaller size intending to lose weight. After all, not all sizes are created equal! If it fits right, it’s your perfect size.

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Consider a Classic

Because prom is a formal event (and maybe one of the only times you’ll see your crush in a tux or suit!), going with dress styles that have been around forever is always a great choice. Being dressed up really hasn’t changed all too much — so a classic style can be timeless and you can wear it various times while still being distinctly you.

It could be tough to balance your own style with the dressiness of prom, so be sure to try a few different styles and sizes. Also consider accessories to add that special sparkle. While it could take some time to find a dress that absolutely fits your body and personality, it’s definitely worth the hunt!

Make Sure the Shoe Fits

When it comes to what shoes you’ll be wearing, consider your activities for the night. You want to be able to dance and comfortably walk to where you’re going next. Watch out for heels that are too high or have thin straps, as these can make it difficult to move. Before the dance, make sure to test out your shoes and break them in. You can then focus on celebrating instead of worrying about your achy feet.

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Relax

Don’t let the stress involved with finding the perfect prom dress interfere with the pleasure of experiencing one of life’s memorable milestones. Have the confidence to believe that you are capable of making your own dreams come true. We know you can!

How to Find a Perfect Dress

Finding the right cheap prom dress can be very difficult. With so many designers and styles to choose from, not to mention the plethora of stores, the choices have never been more confusing. Pricing needs to be just right and each store has a slightly different price range and selection. And what if the current fashion styles don’t accommodate your fashion sense?

1、Don’t buy the first thing you like. With so many dresses to choose from, it would be unwise to limit yourself. If you think you have found the dress of your dreams, ask the store to hold it for you (just in case) and then go home and look it up online. You can buy the dress from the store later, especially if it is coming down to the wire and prom is only a week away. But most of  the stores are over-priced and you can find the same dress for a much better deal online.
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2、 Use your research and shop online. This will likely save you quite a bit of money, since online purchases often cost less. Take the pictures you have stored in your camera and the recommendations from your friends and look for a dress that perfectly matches every detail. Don’t settle for something that is “okay.” Go for the perfect dress to match your personality. Shopping online allows you to look at all of the different designer dresses, and most websites will allow you to see each dress in multiple colors. From your online searching, you should be able to find a designer that you like, a style of dress that fits your body type, and the perfect color dress for your skin tone.
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3、Try it on. When the dress comes, try it on and make sure it fits well. Your bedroom will become your own personal changing room. Often times it won’t cost much to have a few parts of the dress altered, especially if you know someone who can sew. So, if it is a bit too long or requires a new button, don’t just send it back. These things are superficial and can be fixed quickly. However, if the dress is too big, too small, too revealing, not revealing enough, or just not for you, it is best to return it and try again.

How to Find Charming Winter Wedding Dress

When we think about winters, the images that come to mind are of snowflakes and white landscapes. There is something romantic and magical about winter weddings. However when you are planning to hold your wedding during winters, you need to keep certain things in mind. You have to purchase a bridal dress which is not only gorgeous but at the same time keeps you warm too. Here are some useful tips to help you find that perfect cheap wedding dress for a winter wedding.

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1、Check out several bridal magazines to know what is in vogue. In addition, also browse the net to find out the latest popular trends for a winter wedding. Jot down all the ideas and take the clippings of the wedding dresses you particularly liked. Take these clippings with you when you visit the bridal shops.
2、Winter wedding dresses look as stunning as other bridal gowns. And most of the wedding dresses for winters come with long sleeves. A wedding gown of thick satin looks as elegant as any summer style bridal dress. A wedding during the cold months means you must opt for long sleeves. But it doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on the style or the glamor quotient. In fact long lace sleeves and sleeves in crushed velvet or satin look quite glamorous. Still if you fancy a sleeveless bridal gown which is more appropriate for hot temperatures; make sure you wear a body suit underneath. Or accessorize with a lacy shawl, faux fur stole, velvet cape or a cashmere wrap. And do carry gloves with you which you can always take off once you are indoors.
3、The thing that you have to keep in mind while searching for the wedding dress is the fabric of the gown. Make sure that you choose fabric which provides warmth and comfort. After all, you won’t be able to enjoy your D-day if you are shivering. The best part of winter wedding is that you can opt for luxurious silk satins. Other heavy and rich fabrics which can keep you warm are satin, velvet and brocade.