4 Things That Will Drive You Crazy Shopping For A Prom Dress – And How To Survive

Shopping for the dress – for most girls, it’s the most exciting thing about prom! However, finding the perfect dress can be stressful even for those of us who believe shopping is in our DNA. Here’s the four things that will drive you crazy shopping for a prom dress – and how to survive:

1. Picking something unique. It’s not uncommon to be afraid of somebody else wearing the same exact dress as you at prom – which is understandable. It’s your one night to shine and stand out from the crowd! Although there is never a guarantee that you will be the only girl at your school wearing a particular dress, there are ways that this can be avoided. Try shopping early, this way you won’t be left with a limited selection as prom quickly approaches. Also, make sure you review as much inspiration as you possibly can – whether it be online catalogs, fashion magazines, etc. – this will help you think outside the box, increasing your chances of envisioning a dress that nobody else has even thought of!

2. Keeping it school appropriate. It is important to keep your school’s dress code policy in mind. Just because you’re not wearing the dress to class doesn’t mean that all rules go out the window. Find out what the policy is at your school – while some high schools might allow a high slit on the thigh, others may have more conservative guidelines. Also make sure to take your parents’ thoughts and concerns into consideration, and ask them what they would be comfortable or uncomfortable with you wearing.

 3. Finding the right fit for your body shape. It may seem like there are so many rules you need to follow in order to find the perfect dress – although there are styles that are more flattering on certain body types than others, what matters most is that you choose a dress that you absolutely love. Which ever style dress you do decide on, just make sure that you feel comfortable in it – after all, you're going to be the one wearing it all night.

4. Staying under budget. If you're like most girls anxiously awaiting prom, you'll probably have to be paying attention to price tags when shopping. Make sure to establish a budget – set by either your parents, or yourself if you're the one footing the bill. Although it may seem difficult finding the dress of your dreams without spending an arm and a leg, you will be surprised by how many options you will find no matter how high or low your budget may be. Just because a dress comes at a hefty price doesn't always make it better than less expensive ones! Keep an open mind when shopping and remember to have fun.