10 Important Things To Think About Before Buying A Prom Dress

I don’t want to stress you out, but buying a prom dress can feel like a big decision. If you’ve already been browsing for dressed, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s obviously not as big of decision as deciding what college to go to or deciding whether to break up with your SO, That being said, you still want to get a dress you love considering it’s a big occasion and you’re probably spending a pretty penny or two on it.

Before you hand over your credit card to buy that (final sale) dress, consider these important things. When you feel confident in your prom dress and can answer the questions, you’ll likely know that you’ve founding the winning look.


Is Your Dress Actually Comfortable?

I know that you might be scoffing at this given that we're talking about formal wear, but the right dress will actually feel comfortable. You shouldn't feel like you need to be restricted and uncomfortable because that's what *fancy* dress is. It's not. Getting dressed up doesn't have to do with that. There are lots of breezy, flowing styles that are appropriate and comfortable.

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Can You Sit In It?

You will probably spend as much time sitting at prom as you will dancing and standing so you want to make sure you're comfortable. If there is a chair in the change room, do a test with it. If there isn't one, ask the sales clerk if they can get one for you, or find a place that works as makeshift seat. I'm not joking. Do it. When you're in the position, you will be able to see if anything digs into your sides or legs or whether the back of your dress feels like you're sitting on itchy hay. It can happen so it's good to find it out now rather than prom night.

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Are Your Boobs Supported?

Whether you've got a small chest or a large one, this is so important. You don't want to spend the entire prom night pulling up your dress. And you definitely don't want to be the person who has a nip slip. If the dress doesn't feel supportive enough in its current state, can you get it altered or can you wear the appropriate bra with it? Don't assume; find out before you make a purchase.

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Can You Actually Dance In It?

Even if you're not a dancer, you will probably be so pumped at prom that you will hit the dance floor for at least for a few songs. You will want to actually be able to move. You do not want to be the girl who has to wrap her skirt around herself to dance. Similarly, you don't want to be the one who has to hold her dress up with one hand and wave the other one. So, throw some shapes in the change room and see how your dress moves.

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Do You Feel Confident In It?

This might just be the most important thing. If you don't feel confident in your dress, hang it back on the rack. When you put it on, you should feel like a million bucks. You might just be wearing the dress for one night, but you deserve to feel like a princess in it. If you haven't found that special dress yet, don't give up. It's out there.

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Do You Need To Wear Specific Shoes With Your Dress?

Sure, there will be a certain style of shoes that will probably work best with your dress. I'm not just talking about that. I'm talking about whether you have to wear a specific shoe to make your dress work. For instance, do you have to wear a four-inch pair of stilettos otherwise your dress is too long? It's an important thing to consider, especially if you cannot alter your dress.

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Can You Breathe In Your Dress?

This might seem like a really silly thing, but you would be surprised by it. With boning, bustiers, and Spandex styles, sometimes breathing isn't as easy as you would think. And when you're excited or you sit down, it can get even harder to get that air flow going. There are some extremes people will suffer for in the name of fashion, but I think we can all agree that we want to breathe comfortably in our dresses. We don't want to be remembered as the girl who passed out in her bandage prom dress.

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Does Your Dress Need To Be Altered?

Speaking of altering...Does you dress need to be altered? And the important follow-up question is do you have time to get it altered? If you don't have the time, it's probably not the best choice to get it. Go for an off-the-rack style that fits otherwise you'll be pulling and twisting your dress the entire night.

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Do You Have Enough In Your Budget For Your Shoes And Accessories After Getting The Dress?

You might as well get used to budgeting now, because it's going to become a big part of life in college and in adulting. As much as you might want to splurge on a dress, you want to make sure you don't totally blow your budget because there are often accessories to buy like the bag, shoes, and jewelry. If you're getting close to your budget, consider whether you own jewelry or accessories that would work with the dress of your dreams.

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Do You Have To Wear Specific Underwear With Your Dress?

I'm not just talking about bras. I'm talking panties. With dresses made out lightweight, slinky fabrics sometimes any old pair of undies isn't going to cut it. Hello, VPLs. When you get into illusion dresses, cut-outs, and lace, things can get even more complicated. Make sure you do a check of the back of the dress and consider whether you will feel comfortable wearing a certain pair of underwear with the dress.

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