De-Stress that Prom Dress: How to Make Homecoming Dress Shopping Quick and Easy

When it comes to shopping for prom night, many young ladies will find the entire experience to be fraught with stress, heartache, and self-image issues.

A dress may not fit their body properly or at all, be too far out of their budgeted price range, be inappropriate or it may be already hanging in the closet of a friend or “frenemy”. The list could go on and on, and for whatever reason the whole debacle could wind up turning daughter against mother, and cause a little turmoil in the family home.

But fret not, lady friends; I have a solution. While planning may seem like a serendipity killer, do you think you can afford to let one of the most important nights of your life go to chance?

I didn’t think so.

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Here are some of the most common sense ways to ensure that your homecoming prom dress shopping experience is a thoughtful and successful one.

  1. Budget in Advance

A lot of young ladies will wait until the weather starts to cool down for autumn before they give their homecoming dress much thought, and that isn’t such an abnormal thing. Most girls don’t want to obsess over their dress like some sort of weirdo who plans months in advance. Many prefer to leave these things to fate. But consider for a moment that fate has nothing to do with dresses, and there is little poeticism in dress shopping.

A smart lady will plan ahead. In order to achieve peak potential for a successful dress hunt, just ask yourself the following questions and do not leave anything to chance or assumption.

  • Who is paying for the dress? A girl cannot assume mom and dad will cover this expenditure.
  • How much will you have to spend?
  • Will I buy a dress off a rack, or will it be made custom?

There are undoubtedly more questions to ask oneself, but these are the top three to consider somewhere around the beginning of the school year.

  • If you’re paying for your own dress, get an early start on budgeting for it.
  • If you’re going custom you my require a deposit, and it may take time to figure out the look you would like to go for –with custom dresses the only limit is your imagination.
  1. What is your Body Type?

Many girls will try to squeeze into dresses that don’t fit them initially, and if they don’t succeed quick enough, they run into a whole slew of self-image issues. Dropping a couple pounds over the course of a school year is much more attainable yet unnecessary if you’re already at a healthy weight –there is a big difference between healthy and stupid.

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The truth of the matter is that any dress which matches your body type will look better than any dress that doesn’t. And if losing a whole bunch of weight is your smartest plan, think again.

Weight is distributed over our bodies in mysterious ways, and when we lose weight, we can never predict how it will be distributed in the end. What if you lose weight in some areas and not in others? Or you lose all of your curves in places you wish you didn’t?

Instead, focus on being healthy and proud –and select a dress that suits your body type. A well-fitting dress will look much more a part of you than a squishy, uncomfortable mess.

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Everyone has a unique body type, although you can generally find that you will fit into one of these categories or somewhere in between. Search around on the web or a good prom dresses website for good visual examples so you know what you’re talking about when you approach your dress maker or retail outlet.

  • Petite
  • Pear
  • Hourglass
  • Slender
  • Apple
  • Busty

By understanding where you fall with these categories, you’ll make your life and the job of your dress people a lot easier (and much more predictable). Being predictable saves time and reduces stress.

Wrapping it up

To wrap it all up, keep it simple. Stick with classic looks that you are familiar with and feel comfortable in. Don’t expect to pull off any miracles in terms of body shape or self-image. Love your body and dress it up accordingly.

Don’t put too much pressure on your folks; you never know what they’re dealing with. Adults are complicated creatures. If they can’t pay for your dress, you’ll feel a whole lot better working for it yourself, anyway. It’s yours.

At the end of the day, homecoming is about tasting independence.

Less Stress For Homecoming Dress Shopping

This post is contributed by Mediabuzzer.

Lindsay Ginn

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