Preparing for your prom night can be a daunting task, especially when you’re not yet sure about the type of look you want to capture. But rest assured ladies! By giving yourself ample time for all the planning and prep work needed for the perfect prom look, you’ll surely stand out from the crowd at your party. And January is the ideal time to get your complete checklist, beauty/fitness to-dos and most importantly, prom dress shopping dates in order! Before you know it, time is just going to fly by and you’ll soon find yourself days away from one of the most important moments of your life. There’s a lot to consider now. But let’s zero in on one area that for many ladies, can be the most important of them all: Finding the Right Prom Dress. With all the fashion posts and articles about what’s trending for 2014, you can be swayed into thinking that there’s only a handful of fashion styles deemed acceptable for the upcoming season. And although there’s nothing wrong with wearing a cute and trendy piece, you should see if it’s the right fit for your personal style, taste and importantly, body type. The right dress can certainly highlight and accentuate the best features of your shape. So here we’ve created a helpful guide towards finding the most flattering and complementing dress tailored especially for you:
First off, it’s important to take some time to determine your body type (that is, if you haven’t done so already). Here’s a great article to find out in 5 easy ways.
Pear shaped. Dresses with bottom portions that are more free-flowing will camouflage your lower body, especially if you want to give more attention by highlighting your slender torso. A-line prom dresses and long evening gowns with an empire waist that follows down into a dramatically flowing skirt are perfect options! For the neckline, opt for a look that showcases your shoulders and arms, like a strapless dress or halter. Here’s some great looks that work well with this body type, Chiffon Beaded Plunge Dress and Two-Tone Dress with Beaded Bodice.
Large bust. The ideal dress for those with a large bust should include a bodice with added support. The best fashion looks for this body type include dresses with wide shoulder straps to support your bra, while masking undergarments. One-shoulder prom dresses are another great option, especially when combined with the right one-shoulder bra (here). Avoid dresses with spaghetti thin straps and anything with very high necklines, which will give the illusion of an even larger bust. Try a look with an A-line or flowing high-low dress silhouette that keeps your torso looking smaller, while giving more attention to the dramatic bottom portion. Check out these looks, Chiffon One-Shoulder Beaded Dress and Grecian High-Low Dress.
Thin. Although considered one of the most enviable body types, this shape is considered to be one of the most challenging, especially when the goal is to augment or give the illusion of more curves. To start, it’s important to give most attention to the most narrow area of your body: the waistline. Then, find a look that has more volume to the areas above or below your waist. A two-piece prom dress with full skirt, as well as dresses with mermaid or trumpet skirt shapes are great choices as they will give you a curvier figure. Try these top trends that work wonders on a thin body frame, Venetian Lace Two-Piece Dress, Lace Trumpet Dress and Two-Piece Illusion Dress.
Petite. Petite girls are in luck when it comes to finding an amazing prom dress. Thankfully, with the blessed style creation known as the platform stiletto heel, shorter ladies can add more height to their frame. The best option will be to go for a long, floor-sweeping dress with platform heels (making sure that the dress covers the entire shoe). This way, you can increase your height to 4, 5 or even 6 inches, depending how daring you are. But if want something a little more creative at the hemline, the high-low dress gives a lovely illusion of being longer at the back, while showing some classy legwork at the front. Take a peek at these great style options, Chiffon and Lace Strapless Dress, Grecian Strapless Dress and Strapless High-Low Dress.
Apple shaped. Opt for prom dress styles to draw attention away from your mid-section and highlight other toned areas of your frame like your shoulders, arms and legs. Those with this body shape will look gorgeous with a body-doll style dress both long and short. The key is to keep the mid-section free-flowing without constricting these area with tightly-fitted look. Some great styles to consider include, Strapless Long Dress With Beaded Empire Waist, Mesh One-Shoulder Dress and Strapless Beaded Short Dress.
Hour-glass shaped. Although considered another great body type, finding the right dress may also seem a bit tricky as some looks could make you look heavier than you actually are. Depending on the material and overall fit, a tightly-fitted dress from head-to-toe can sometimes look distasteful and unflattering. But with the fabric and elegant silhouette, your blessed curves will surely be showcased in the most lovely light. Opt for body-skimming with trumpet skirts and those with a lean, slinky looks like these, Long Sequin V-neck Dress, Tulle and Lace Dress with Trumpet Skirt and Illusion Halter Dress.
And if these suggested looks aren’t your style cup of tea, there are MANY, MANY other styles that fit beautifully for your body type. Check out all the latest looks in the Prom Dresses 2014 Collection.
Best wishes and happy shopping, lovelies!