PROM SHOPPING TIPS!
Updated: Feb 3, 2019
After helping thousands of girls find their dream dress, our stylists have gathered these prom shopping tips:
TIP 1: Shop Early!
We receive most of our inventory November through mid-February. The earlier you shop, the wider selection you have to choose from. We recommend shopping 10-12 weeks in advance of your event. This allows time for alterations so your dress fits perfectly. In addition, you get the benefit of finding and registering your gown in our high school dress registry to help ensure you have first dibs on your dress.
TIP 2: If you have an idea of what you are looking for, let us know.
We love when customers bring photos of prom dress styles they love. If you don't know what style you like, that's okay too! In fact, our prom specialists are trained to chat with you about your personal style, modesty specifications and budget which will help us find you that perfect gown. If it is your first time shopping, we may encourage you to try a few different styles to get a feel for what you like and what beautifully compliments your body type.
TIP 3: Don't judge a dress by the hanger.
What we mean is this: If you like a feature of a dress you see, but are unsure about the rest... try it on! Most gowns don't show their shape and full potential while on a hanger, so you might be pleasantly surprised.
TIP 4: Shop during the week or early on the weekends.
If you can make a shopping trip during the week, or early morning on weekends, when prom traffic is typically slower, we think you'll find the experience more relaxing. In addition, it may allow you a little more time to work one-on-one with our staff and a little more time in the dressing room. We will be opening at 9 AM on Saturdays and 10 AM on Sundays in February and March. We have comfy seating for moms and dads - a perfect time & place for them to relax with a cup of coffee while we help you shop! Again, the boutique gets crowded on Sunday and Saturday afternoons during prom season... and there is often a wait for a dressing room. Often, on weekends, the wait for a fitting room exceeds an hour.
TIP 5: Don't drag along a big group of friends.
While shopping with all of your friends for prom dresses sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon, it's not ideal for prom dress shopping especially when it is peak prom dress shopping season. Bring one or two friends or family members whose opinions you trust.
TIP 6: Think about the complete look.
Ladies, wearing the proper undergarments makes all the difference when shopping for the perfect dress. It's important for you to be able to visualize your total look, so don't try on dresses after volleyball or basketball practice (sports bras do not work well with most prom dresses). Also, if you have already decided on your shoes for the event, bring them with to try on with our dresses.
TIP 7: Establish a budget.
Before you head out shopping for your prom dress, be sure to think about and discuss your prom dress budget. Don't forget that most prom dresses will need alterations and proper undergarments which are an additional expense.