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What to Know When Buying Your Prom Dress

What to Know When Buying Your Prom Dress

Prom season will be here before you know it. Shopping for your prom dress earlier in the season means no crowds, no rush, and endless beautiful gowns to choose from.

Prom is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, so you want to feel amazing and make an impression. No matter your height, body type, or taste, there’s sure to be a prom dress out there just for you.

Here’s what you need to know about finding your perfect gown.

Be mindful of the theme

Most proms have a prom theme. If your school has a theme, you ideally want to choose a dress that fits the occasion. Knowing the theme makes it much easier to narrow down your options so that you can pick a dress that fits the event without blending in too much.

You also want to be mindful of any dress code restrictions. Dresses with high slits, spaghetti straps, or open backs may not be allowed. This varies by school, so check to be sure the prom dress you choose is in line with any restrictions.

Find a style you love

There are endless styles of prom dresses to choose from, which means you can get the look you want while also feeling confident. Do you want all eyes on you? A ballgown is a great option for anyone who wants to be the life of the occasion. Ballgowns are dramatic and flowy and look great on the dance floor and in photos.

Choose from a traditional full-length ballgown or a slim, body-hugging design that is more modern. You’ll know when you find the one!

Or maybe you don’t want a full-length dress and are looking to show off some leg. There are plenty of beautiful short dresses that are great for prom. You can’t go wrong with a classic little black dress. Pair with heels and you’ll feel and look 100% chic.

If you’re looking for a bit more wow factor, consider a brightly colored or metallic dress. Fun details like ruching or a high neckline are sure to look great.

Consider your body type

On prom night, you should feel nothing short of flawless. Buy a dress that is perfect for your body shape as well as your skin tone. When shopping, bring someone with you who can give you an honest opinion on whether a dress looks good (or not!).

Pastel colors are great for lighter skin tones while warm, jewel-tone colors work great for darker tones. If you’re petite, choose a fuller dress that elongates your body. Curvy girls want a style that accentuates and balances their curves. Thin body styles look great in full-length, sleek designs.


You’re going to be in your prom dress for hours dancing, talking, and having endless fun. Not only do you want to feel amazing, you also want a dress that is comfortable. There’s nothing worse than wearing a dress that doesn’t fit right or requires constant adjusting throughout the night.

Before choosing a dress, be sure that it’s comfortable. Wear it around the house. This way you can have peace of mind that you’ll be good to go on prom night.

Set a price tag

Prom dresses can range anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. Before you start browsing the racks and searching online, set a budget. There’s nothing worse than finding a dress that you love, only to find that its way out of your price range. Luckily there are many high quality and affordable dresses available.

By shopping early, there will be more dresses to choose from, which means you can more easily find one that fits your budget.

Final thoughts

Whether you want to be the center of attention on prom night or if you’re more of the type to blend in, you want a dress that looks and feels great. By considering all of the important details, you can find a dress that fits your body type as well as your budget.

At Amarra, we offer a huge inventory of beautiful prom dresses. Whether you want a sparkly form-fitting dress or a ballgown that makes you feel like a princess, we’re sure to have the perfect gown.

Browse our prom dress collection today!

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