How to Shop: Prom


[Robin Loznak Photography]

Hello ShopaHAULics, Tiffany here and for those of you who don’t know what prom is, it is basically a high school dance that has juniors and seniors where they get to dance and have fun with their friends. Of course, there is supervision from the teachers but there is also the crowning of the King and Queen, mainly a popularity contest. I went to both my proms and didn’t for more than five minutes dance but I sure was comfy because I had knee length dresses both years. You could say I wasted my money but I appreciate the moments that didn’t involve dancing.

So, the main point of this post is to give you some tips on buying your prom dress and accessories.

1. Comfort. Please, by all that is good in this world, be comfortable. Don’t overexert yourself by wearing six inch heels or a long dress that everyone will step on. Think about the four to five hours you will be on that dance floor.

2. Clearance. I bought my dress in the clearance section and it has worked for me since because I have worn it to weddings and other special events. I only spent $70.00 and that was enough. I could have gone with a dream gown which would be a mermaid gown but I decided to opt out. I think that you don’t need to spend a ton of money, unless it really is THE ONE. Just think about what you will do with it afterwards, can you wear it to other special events? Are you going to donate it so another lucky girl has the chance to wear a dress to their own prom? Prom dresses can run from anywhere between $50.00-$300.00+

3. Purse. If you have a date, ask him to carry your phone in his suit jacket pocket, NOT his pants pocket because someone can easily pick pocket at prom, sad but true. All of your pertinent items like cash, cards, etc. should be tied together with a rubber band or in a slim wallet so your date won’t be dragged down. If you have no date and are going with friends carrying a purse, make sure you have it at all times and that it is easy to carry.

4. Accessories. Of course, you need to match your gown…or not, it all depends on you. I would suggest going to Charming Charlie because their items are decently priced and they are organized by color, not accessory type. You can get in and out without the hassle of going across a store to get a bracelet.

5. Relax. You shouldn’t be freaking out about prom, relax and enjoy the prep time, do so a couple hours before so you are ready. You can also make sure that your makeup stays set and your hair is on point. Being relaxed by getting ready early will take the stress off of you. Also, if you don’t feel like going to prom, you shouldn’t force yourself, it is kind of like a glorified reception at a wedding with a Prom King and Queen instead.

-The Mermaid Network

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