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Thursday, 8 February 2018

How to Find the Perfect Prom Dress

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Prom - it's such an American event, but it's undoubtedly one that's gained a firm foothold here in the UK.

Bloggers such as myself are often asked to write about dressing for special occasions like weddings, but how often do you see bloggers posting about proms? It may not be a particularly big event in the grand scheme of things, but when you're a teenager about to finish school and head off into the big wide world, your school prom is a way of saying goodbye and finishing that chapter of your life before moving onto the next one. It's easy to forget just how scary leaving school can be, but it's something that we have all been through and everyone experiences at some point in their lives.

So, even if you think that proms are just an unnecessary waste of money, perhaps it's time to see things from a different perspective.

When I was at school I attended two proms - one after I finished my GCSEs; the other after I finished my A levels, before I left school for good. Our proms were themed (chosen by the prom committee) and we each had to purchase tickets and prepare ourselves for the occasion - it was the talk of the year for a good few months before the big day arrived, despite the looming threat of exams and deadlines on the horizon.

While there are a number of things you need to sort out before your prom, for girls, one of the most important decisions you will make surrounds your choice of dress. A prom dress should be comfortable yet stylish, displaying your personality and helping you to look amazing. Many girls see it as a precursor to choosing their wedding dress later in life - after all, how often do you get to really dress up and make believe that you are a real-life princess?

For my first prom, I went all out. I'm not usually a girly girl, but I must have been taken over by some kind of prom mania because I elected a floor-length, silky pink dress with a hoop skirt and hand-stitched detailing on the bodice. It was elaborate and extravagant, but wearing it, I felt like a princess rather than a socially-awkward teenage girl. My dress was second-hand yet still not exactly cheap; made even more expensive by the fact that I needed to get it altered and taken up to ensure it fitted me right. Still, it was worth it - for one night only I lived that dream and became my very own real-life princess.

Prom number two was a much more laid-back affair. We dispensed with the fancy cars and extravagance, opting for simplicity and budget-friendly options in stark opposition to the no-holds-barred approach to the first prom. My dress for this occasion was a short, strapless, royal blue number with glitter detailing and a ruched, ruffled skirt. It sounds lavish when described here, but when you compare it to my first prom dress, the two couldn't be more different.

At the end of the day, the perfect prom dress is all about your personal tastes and individual style. Just like choosing any other outfit or addition to your wardrobe, this dress should suit the occasion while displaying your individuality - who wants to blend in at their prom?

If you do know someone who is currently preparing for their prom, the key is to get organised and make sure that you are prepared with plenty of time to spare. Rushing around last minute never works well, especially when you have exams to be revising for - something which should definitely take precedence over outfit choices! Make sure to do plenty of research on colours, designs and trends, as you never know when something might catch your eye. If you are still struggling or looking for further inspiration, you can always search specifically in order to find a prom dress to suit you. Dress to suit your body, add a splash of colour and personality, and you're guaranteed to feel much more happy, confident and comfortable when prom night arrives.

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Have you ever been to a prom? How did you find your perfect dress? Let me know in the comments below!

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