While Prom is often advertised as the biggest night in a teen girl’s life, it is almost a rite of passage and you don’t want to wear a dress that sends mixed messages. Your mom understands that and wants you to look beautiful so bring her along with you as you look for prom dresses and listen to her advice.
Tips for Finding a Prom Dress That You and Your Mom Love
Prom dresses have changed since the poufy skirts and short sleeve dresses that your mom wore in the 1980s or 1990s, but it doesn’t mean that you should totally dismiss her opinions either. After all, she’s more than likely the one footing the bill.
In addition, many modern dresses show lots of skin so you want to find quality prom dresses for 2016 that is a balance of what’s appropriate to show at a school dance versus what appears as trashy. If you are unsure, use these tips as a guide.
- Begin by checking your school’s dress code. Schools are becoming stricter and may be even harder to please than your mom. If you’re clear on what the school regulations are, it becomes easier to negotiate with your mom when you see the dress of your dreams.
For instance, is your high school super strict on skin showing and won’t allow back-less prom dresses or deep-plunging necklines or are they more lenient as long as key body parts are covered up.
- Consider selecting a few prom dresses that you really like and ask your mom to choose a few that she thinks would look flattering on you. Once you have a selection of five or six dresses, try them on and see which cuts and styles look flattering on you and that you both like.
- Decide what kind of statement you want to make. If you want a different kind of prom dress, consider looking at the huge selection of Quinceanera dresses by Peaches Boutique that feature high-low designs because you’ll have the traditional long dress with a trendier shorter skirt in front to give definition to your legs. You may also opt to choose a dress with small cut-outs or a partial open back with a mesh covering. Choose if you want a bolder, sexier color like a fire engine red or a soft romantic pink if that’s more your style.
- Check that your prom dress covers key body parts, most importantly your breasts and your bottom, as you don’t want to be pulling and tugging on either end of the dress throughout the dance. Do the finger-tip test, where you check that the length of your skirt is longer than your fingertips, which is usually at least 17 inches from the waistline.
- Find a compromise. If your dress features a deep plunging neckline, wear a sheer shawl over it. Likewise, if your dress is super short, consider wearing patterned tights as one of your accessories and finish the look with open-toe sandals.
Remember that as you choose your prom dress, not only will your mom see your dress, but your dad as well, and the entire rest of your family as the photos are gushed over. You do want to wear something they’ll be proud to gush over, right?