Prom Dress Shopping Tips for Parents: What You Need to Know

Prom Dress Shopping Tips for Parents: What You Need to Know

Start Early: Begin shopping for prom dresses well in advance to avoid last-minute stress and ensure a wide selection of options. If the store you are visiting gets busy at a certain day or time, try to go when there’s less traffic.

Set a Budget: Discuss budget limitations with your teen before shopping to avoid any disappointment or overspending. This will also help to narrow down options easier and more efficiently.

Understand Trends: Familiarize yourself with current prom dress trends and styles to guide your teen in making fashionable choices. Is everyone wearing mermaid dresses? Or perhaps dresses with sparkles are really popular this year. Does your teen want to be on trend or do their own thing?

Consider Body Shape: Encourage your teen to choose a dress that complements their body shape and makes them feel confident. All dresses fit bodies differently so a dress that looks good on a model online may not be flattering on your teen. It is important to find the right fit for the occasion.

Shop Together: Offer your support and guidance by accompanying your teen during dress shopping trips. Try not to be overbearing with opinions since this is not your night, but your teens special night!

Be Open-Minded: Keep an open mind and let your teen explore different styles, colors, and designs to find the perfect dress.

Check School Guidelines: Ensure that the chosen dress complies with the school's dress code and guidelines for prom attire.

Plan for Alterations: Factor in alterations if needed to ensure the dress fits perfectly and is comfortable to wear. Many people tend to size up if they are in between sizes so that a seamstress can make alterations accordingly. Alterations are normal since most prom gowns are long…even with heels on, so it’s important to keep this in mind when shopping.

Consider Accessories: Help your teen choose accessories such as shoes, jewelry, and a clutch that complement their dress and overall look. Remember, you don’t want anything that will take away from the dress, so subtle, dainty, accessories may be a good choice.

Focus on Comfort: Prioritize comfort along with style to ensure your teen can enjoy the prom night without any discomfort or wardrobe malfunctions. Make sure they can sit down in the dress and will be able to eat dinner in it. Most importantly, make sure your teen will be able to dance the night away in their beautiful dress!

xo Lady Black Tie

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