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How To Shop For Prom Dresses at the Last Minute

How To Shop For Prom Dresses at the Last Minute

Prom night is fast approaching. So, have you grabbed the perfect gown to make it a night to remember? No? Well, worry not, fashionistas, while it’s best to shop for your dress early on, you can still find what you’re looking for, even if time is short.

How? This guide is the answer to all your questions. From where to buy outfits to the kind of dresses you should buy, we've covered everything you need to know about last-minute prom dress shopping.

Where to Buy Prom Dresses?

Before coming on to our topic in hand, let’s talk a little about the right time to start shopping.
It’s best to start looking for an outfit early, ideally sometime in January. That’s because this is right after the new prom dress collections have been released for the year.

When you shop ahead of time, you’ll have a wider selection of dresses to choose from before everyone buys all the hot styles. So, make sure you give yourself at least two months to explore all the dresses. This is just in case you need to order your dress in a size that isn’t in stock.

Shopping early is also a good idea because an attire you love might need special alterations. Or maybe you bought an outfit and decided you no longer liked it. Prom dress shopping months before the event gives you plenty of time to return a style you’re not in love with.

While these benefits may sound great, life doesn’t always happen that way. Whether you’re a huge procrastinator, too busy, or got a late promposal, it’s okay to shop at the last minute. Many of our authorized retailers stock up just before prom, so you can still find your perfect dress.

When To Buy Prom Dresses?

There are many places to buy outfits for prom. For example, online boutiques and shops sell gorgeous prom gowns.

But if you prefer to shop for an outfit in person, there are likely many prom and bridal stores in your area that have what you’re looking for. You can also use our Find a Store locator to discover shops in your area that sell Amarra prom dresses.
Now, if you’ve waited until the last minute to find your dress, then shopping in-store is, in fact, a better idea. That way, you don’t have to wait for shipping or worry about potential shipping delays.

But just keep in mind that if you need your dress altered or customized to your shape, you may have to go back and pick it up at a later date. So, shopping in person doesn’t always guarantee you’ll walk away with a dress on the same day.

However, it’s definitely less time-consuming than online shopping. If the size you bought online doesn't fit you, you’ll have to go through the long exchange process, and if you’re purchasing your dress at the last moment, there are chances that you won’t receive the dress on D-day.

What Type of Prom Dress Should You Wear?

Chances are, if you’ve waited until the last minute to start shopping, you don’t have a lot of time to search through all the different styles. But we’re here to help you make a decision and save you time.

We have a huge selection of outfits, with many coming in different shapes, cuts, and styles. These include A-line styles, fitted dresses, ball gowns, and mermaid attires.

When it comes to choosing the right attire, make sure you know your body type. Why? Because choosing a dress that complements your silhouette makes for the perfect fit.
For example, hourglass shapes look stunning in fitted dresses, while pear body types look great in A-line or fit-and-flare styles. However, when looking for an outfit that flatters your figure, it’s possible to get too hung up on body type. So, when in doubt, just find what makes you feel beautiful.

What Prom Dress Color Should You Wear?

Other than the style and fit, the color of your outfit should also play a role in your choice. Prom outfits come in a variety of colors, from soft neutrals to vibrant hues. White, black, beige, gray, royal blue and other neutrals go well with just about anything. With bright colors like electric yellow, neon pink, or lime green, you’ll have to put more thought into styling your prom night look. So, keep these factors in mind when choosing a dress color.


When it comes to dress shopping, it’s always best to shop early. This ensures you get your dress on time (if you’re ordering online), have enough time to return it and have access to a wider range of dresses before they sell out.

However, just because you don’t shop for your dress ahead of time doesn’t mean you have no chance of finding the perfect gown. Grab your last-minute dress at one of our authorized retailers near you today, and get ready to make a dazzling appearance at your prom.

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