How To Choose A Prom Dress
You want it to be perfect. You want it to be unforgettable. And let’s be honest, you want to look perfectly unforgettable, too.
In an interview with Arizona Bridal owner-Jim Butler who gave azTeen the lowdown on this year’s stunning prom dress line, Butler said, “When you look back at all of your pictures, you want to remember that you got the dress you wanted.”
So, we’ve teamed up with Arizona Bridal to give you a recipe for success to help you find your perfect prom 2010 dress.
But there are so many dresses. So many textures, styles and looks. What’s a girl to do? How are you supposed to find that dream-of-a-dress?
For starters, attitude is everything, ladies. When you set out on your quest for the perfect dress, try to be open-minded and remember that this is a journey that is meant to be enjoyed.
If you’re looking for a celebrity-inspired dress, you’re in luck with Arizona Bridal’s new prom dress line, as a lot of the designs reflect the fashion trends seen on the red carpet at this year’s Grammys, VMA’s and Golden Globe award shows.
Now, let’s face it. As much as we might like to, we do not, I repeat do not, all have Beyonce’s smokin’ bod. The key is to embrace the figure you have and accentuate what you makes you look and feel beautiful. Because that’s exactly what you are and exactly how you should feel. What looks good on Beyonce might not look good on you, but by bringing in a picture to a store like Arizona Bridal with such a huge selection, you should be able to find similar elements, and find the most flattering cut for you.
According to Butler, whose wife actually designs all of the gorgeous gowns and prom dresses at Arizona Bridal, there are actually only four different cuts or dress style variations. Finding the right design and cut for you is essential—it will minimize what you want to hide and maximize what you want to show.
The first style, which is one of the most popular styles for prom, is the ball gown. It is a two-piece dress with a definitive waistline. There are four different types of waistlines on a ball gown dress, the most popular being the drop waistline. Ball gowns with a Basque-waist come to a point at the waistline and create a visually-slimming effect.
Next is the sheath-gown, which is a form fitting dress that follows the outline of your figure. This style is as equally engaging as the ball gown style today. If you have more of an hourglass figure, this dress is probably perfect for you. Not only will it allow you to show off your curves, but it will also be tasteful and classy.
The remaining two dress styles Butler describes are the princess-cut and the empire-waist. Princess-cut dresses have an A-shaped skirt and are meant to be perfect for almost every figure. The empire waist has a horizontal seam under the bust line and the gown flows down to the floor.
If you are wanting something extra flirty and fun for prom this year, short dresses have become increasingly popular, too. But, it’s prom, so why not go big?!
The color of your dress is also accounts for a major part of the whole look. Vibrant colors will be the most popular for prom, but don’t overlook the soft pastels or deep blues and purples that might be exactly what you’re looking for to personify your personality and style.
“Different fabrics create different looks and accentuate different things,” Butler said.
Right now, the most popular fabrics are tulle, charmeuse, satin, and taffeta. Print fabrics, such as floral, animal print, beaded and polka dots, and elaborate detail on the back of the dress are trends that we will definitely see more of this year, Butler added.
Now, there’s always that awkward moment at high school proms all over the country where two girls at the same prom realize they are wearing the exact same dress.
Heaven forbid this should happen to you, but rest assured, there is indeed a way to prevent this nightmare. If you purchase your dress from Arizona Bridal, you can sleep soundly knowing that your dress will be registered, which means that no other outlet in the state will be able to sell it.
So plan ahead, shop early, allow for alteration time, don’t settle and remember to have fun.
Ultimately, it will be your night to shine.
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