Prom night is one of the biggest nights of your daughter’s teenage years. For years, young adults have made prom a focal point of their high-school careers. Prom can be very expensive with the average dress alone costing $300. To most girls, the gown is the prime focus when it comes to prom. It’s crucial that you guide her in making the right choice that’s both stylish and affordable. Here are some tips on how you can make the best out of the dress shopping experience and find a great prom dress.
Planning far in advance is difficult, especially, if your daughter doesn’t have a steady boyfriend. However, the sooner you have all the details about the event the easier it will be to establish a budget and plan. Research the average cost of dresses sold at stores locally. January and February are the best times to start looking for prom dresses as this is when stores have the most selection.
Be Firm with Your Budget
Young girls are likely to get overly excited about shopping for their perfect dress, and they don’t always see dollar signs. Before you start your quest for the ideal gown, sit your teenager down and explain to them the maximum amount allowed for the dress. Doing so will prevent embarrassing arguments in the middle of the department store. If your daughter is insistent on a particular dress that is over budget, ask them to contribute towards the balance. It’s the opportunity to give them a sense of responsibility and appreciation for the dress even more.
Look for Deals Online
Online stores carry more variety of prom dresses that you can usually find for lower prices. Online shops have a diverse selection of sizes, shapes, and colors, with virtual coupons and promotional deals offered. Most people can find designer replicas for a lower price than in stores.
Ask About School Dress Codes
This is probably the most important step to take before shopping for a prom dress. Many schools require their students follow a dress code, especially, for prom to prevent inappropriate dress. It’s a good idea to call the school and ask if they have any requirements before you shop for a dress. There’s nothing worse than spending a lot of money on a dress to have your daughter kicked out of prom.
If your daughter is set on a specific piece of jewelry, purse, or accessory, it’s important to plan your prom dress around it. It will be easier to base the color of the dress and style off of those chosen pieces. Big necklaces typically look great with any color, and simple black dresses can be elevated with the right jewelry. Whether it’s a bag, earrings, bracelet, or shoes, it’s critical that the dress compliment the accessories. If your daughter chose a dress with embellishments, make sure those tones pair well with the tones of the jewelry and the color of the dress. Don’t forget to take the pieces with you when you go out dress hunting.