Prama: Choosing a Dress

With less than 20 days left until Prom, many girls have already gotten their dresses. However, if you’re still searching for that perfect dress, here are a few tips to help you out. 

First of all, if you’re contemplating wearing a short dress, don’t. High-lows are acceptable, but short dresses should be left for homecoming and the winter formal. Prom is one of the few times in your life when you can wear a long formal dress, so you might as well take advantage of it. 

Next, after deciding what length to go with, you have to decide on a color. Steer clear of dresses with crazy patterns and every color that the rainbow can imagine. When people look at you, you want them to be looking at you, not at your dress that looks like a rainbow that just ate skittles threw up all over it. So, instead of choosing a dress like the Rainbow Fish, try to stick to one color. However, ombre dresses, dresses with metallic, and color blocked dresses are safe ways to wear more than one color. 

Designers are always trying to come up with new and innovative ideas for dresses that could be worn to prom, but this year there was one new style that should not have even made it into the production line. 

I’m sure that while many of you were browsing the internet for prom dresses, you happened upon the Sherri Hill website and possibly the MacDougal website. While both of these brands generally have a great assortment of dresses, they both made the same mistake of producing the un-producible. Clinton Kelly and Stacy London would both be ashamed. 

Imagine a black one-piece swimsuit with large sequins and rhinestones embellishing the entire bodice; now right above the hips add a sheer floor length layer of black fabric with a slit going up the middle. I know this type of dress would never pass PA inspection, but I just had to make sure that people would avoid that dress at all costs. 

Before we move onto what should be worn, let’s quickly recap what shouldn’t be worn: short dress, rainbow dresses, sheer dresses, and swimsuit dresses. 

A style that is very popular this year, thanks to the movie The Great Gatsby and the TV show Downton Abbey, is the 20s style dress. With a drop waist and a loose silhouette, these dresses breathe elegance and are right on with the trends. As always, the princess gowns are largely popular, as well as mermaid and trumpet gowns. When choosing a silhouette, choose one that fits your body type the best, and make sure that you’re comfortable. 

Now, when wearing jewelry you must be judicious. If your dress is strapless, choose to either wear earrings or a necklace, not both. Wearing both a necklace and earrings can make the outfit look heavy and cluttered.  If you are wearing a dress with straps, again choose either a necklace or earrings, but if you do wear a necklace, make sure the weight of the necklace contrasts with the weight of your straps.  
 At the end of the day, everyone will look like a princess and the night will be one to remember. Just be sure not to trip up any stairs while you’re walking.