With so many terrific styles and a dazzling spectrum of colors to choose from, picking out a gown for prom can be tough going for even the most seasoned fashionista. Lucky for you, we know a thing or two about pairing beautiful young women with gorgeous dresses. Here are our dress-picking secrets:

Before you spirit that sequined wonder off to the dressing room, take a look at yourself in the mirror. Identify your body type and consider what you may want to draw attention to or away from. Broad shoulders? Try a halter neck. Full hips? Cinch the waist and go with a full skirt. Long legs? Show them off!

Think about your skin tone and hair and eye color when choosing between ravishing reds and pastel blues. Don’t rule out the edgier metallics—rose gold and bronze can look stunning. And remember that flirty floral can feel just as right as fancy black and white.

So you’re probably not going to be wearing Valentino and Tom Ford sunglasses, but a budget doesn’t have to mean your dress looks cheap. Check out what your favorite celebrities are wearing on the red carpet, then look for similar styles that suit your wallet.

It takes glamour guts to make a bold statement, but at least consider some of this year’s more daring prom styles—you’ll less likely to turn up on the big night wearing the same gown as your best friend.

A strapless chiffon number might turn heads in summer, but will turn you into a shivering mess on a cold night. So think about the season and the weather.

Your girlfriends think you look amazing, so who cares if the dress you’re leaning toward is a half-size too small? Close your eyes and take a deep breath. You can’t, can you?  If you can’t breathe, you’re going to be uncomfortable, and it will be written across your face. Remember, there’s no rule that says you have to suffer. True glamour comes from confidence.

The bottom line—when picking a dress, listen to your heart but don’t forget to use your head. Keep our tips in mind and make the shopping an enjoyable adventure. It’s your prom, and you’re going to look beautiful.


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