Last-Minute Prom Dress Shopping Tips

Still haven’t found a prom dress? Whether you just recently decided to go to prom, or you simply haven’t found a dress you like yet, we can help! Here are some of our best tips for last-minute prom dress shopping, and a few of our favorite dresses this season to help you start finding the dress of your dreams.

1. Go in-person.
While it’s tempting to spend hours browsing the thousands of prom dresses you can find online, there are two complications with online shopping when you begin to run out of time. One, it can be a time-suck. If you have 200 pages of prom dresses to choose from, how do you decide? Two, if you order your prom dress online last-minute, you run the risk of the dress not shipping on time, or not liking the dress when it does arrive. At this point in the game, it’s a better idea to head to your nearest prom store instead.

We love the simplicity of this feminine gown by Jovani.

We love the simplicity of this feminine gown by Jovani.

2. Bring a trusted advisor.
Whether it’s your mom, you aunt, your sister or your best friend, bring someone you trust with you when you shop for a dress. A second opinion can make committing to a big purchase easier.

You can't go wrong with a streamlined black dress, like this Faviana gown, combined with statement jewelry.

You can’t go wrong with a streamlined black dress, like this Faviana gown, combined with statement jewelry.

3. Set a budget.
To help narrow down your choices, set a budget and only look at dresses that fall within it. This will instantly streamline your selection and make the decision process easier.

This sophisticated dress by Sherri Hill is under $300.

This sophisticated dress by Sherri Hill is under $300.

4. Have fun.
If you’ve been looking at prom dresses for months and just can’t seem to settle on “the one,” it’s time to re-think how you’re going about your dress shopping. You’re looking for a dress to wear to a big, fun party, so take the pressure off of choosing the perfect dress, and know that there are dozens of options that would probably look gorgeous on you, but at the end of the day you can only wear one of them. Pick a dress that’s flattering, comfortable, and that suits your style, and then go enjoy yourself!

This La Femme gown is one of our favorite styles this season.

This La Femme gown is one of our favorite styles this season.

prom prep

Are You Ready For Prom?

Okay girls, prom is less than a few weeks away, (or maybe even sooner for some of you) so to make sure you’re 100% ready for the big day, we’ve given you a last minute prom checklist. Whether you were born ready or need a few gentle reminders, here are the things you need to have all set before you walk out the door:

1. Is your hair appointment all set?
Even if you booked your hair appointment months in advance, call the salon and double check that your appointment is all set. It’s also a great idea to ask your hair dresser if you can do anything beforehand, i.e. a lot of times your hair dresser will prefer that you don’t wash your hair the day before you go in so as to have your natural oils set in. It’s also a good idea to wear something loose, that way once your hair is done you don’t have to worry about fitting a turtleneck over your head and messing up your hair.

2. Do you have the right undergarments?
Whether it’s a strapless bra or no-show panties, make sure that you’ve tried your undergarments on with your dress so you know it fits right and nothing will be showing in pictures. 

3. Do you have the right tape and pins to keep your dress in place?
If you’re planning on not wearing a bra because you have a low cut dress, make sure you have some double stick tape to keep your gown in place.

4. Have you broken in your shoes?
We can’t stress this one enough! There’s nothing worse than being in pain on prom night because it’s the first time you’ve worn your heels since getting them. We suggest wearing them around the house for half an hour a night the week before prom to break them in and have them shape to your feet.

5. Have you tried to pack your purse?
You’re going to want to do a purse test run a few days before prom to make sure you can fit all of your essentials in. Make sure your have a spare lipstick, concealer, wallet, and your phone before you leave the house.

6. Have you ordered the boutonniere?
Don’t forget your dates boutonniere. Make sure you order it in advance so you’re not stuck on prom night without one to give to your date.

7. Have you bought tickets?
This one might seem a bit obvious, but don’t forget about the tickets. With all of your prom prep, tickets might be the last thing on your mind, but make sure you get them in advance (and don’t forget to pack them in your bag) so you can get in without a hitch.