Prom season and spring and summer weddings are fast approaching. Whether you're new to shopping for gowns or simply looking for inspiration, here is a condensed list of tips and tricks for gown shopping, for the beginner and the pro alike.
Determine Your Style
Are you going to a black tie event? A beach wedding? Or prom? The event you're attending will help you decide which style gown to choose. A black tie event warrants a sophisticated gown or a statement piece; a beach wedding allows for a more romantic, flowing, or simpler gown; prom invites a youthful or playful gown. Once you determine what kind of gown you want for the event you'll be attending, get more specific: do you like intricate details, like beading or lace? Do you want to accentuate your sculpted legs with a leg slit? Is there a specific type of material that excites you, like silk or chiffon? It's always helpful to have more specific ideas in mind when searching for the perfect gown.
Understand Your Body Type
Knowing your body type will help you choose a gown that fits your body perfectly. This chart sums up different body types and gown types that compliment those body types. Having these styles in mind is helpful for gown shopping, especially if you can't try the gown on or are shopping online.
Shop In Person (if possible)
Trying on a gown is a magical experience. Not only does it make you feel beautiful, but it also gives you an insight into what fits well and can help you choose the right gown if you're considering a few options. If you're going in person, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you get a sense of what the gown will look like as a final product:
Bring shapewear: If you're planning on wearing shapewear with your gown, having shapewear on in the dressing room can help you see exactly how the gown will look when wearing the proper undergarments. Sometimes it's hard to visualize how much shapewear impacts the way a gown looks.
Bring shoes or ask to try on a pair: Heels literally change your posture and gait, so it's important to see this difference!
Wear a strapless bra or bra with removable straps in case you try on something strapless.
Don't let gown shopping become an overwhelming task! Remember to have fun with the process. Choose the gown that speaks to you, that excites you, and that you feel confident in. Happy gown shopping!