When you think of a prom dress you think of extravagance and being over the top. What happened to those chic styles with minimalist elegance? Most young girls get a few opportunities to wear evening dresses. Choosing the right prom dress is a big deal. It’s an important time for creating amazing memories. The ideal dress for you is one chosen specifically for yourself, rather than one that seems popular at the time.

This is the dress you will remember as making you feel beautiful, grown up and truly special on your big day. Here are 5 tips to help you do just that.

1. Show Your Personality

the perfect prom dress - everything 5 poundsEmbellished Waist Bandeau Prom Dress | Diamanté Cross Over Strappy Heels

Choose a dress that expresses your personality and individual style so that it is the ideal complement, rather than you getting lost in the garment. Look for a dress that sends the appropriate message not just for the event, but also makes a style statement. A sweetheart evening dress says something different about the girl than a sheer evening dress does.

2. Think Simplicity

the perfect prom dress - everything 5 pounds 2Frill Waist Belted Pencil Dress | Suedette Diamanté Wedge Sandals

Buying a prom dress can be a little daunting sometimes. Maybe you’re a girl who likes the simpler things in life, such as this elegant number above. Style this smart pencil dress with some stunning wedges and a metallic silver clutch. You’ll definitely get that wow factor. Avoid dresses that will make you feel self-conscious so you can relax and focus on enjoying your prom.

3. Keep It Elegant

the perfect prom dress - everything 5 pounds 3Contrast Elastic Strap Evening Dress | Scale Print Multi Strap Heel

Proms these days occur throughout the year. Your dress should reflect the season. This is not just about the weather, but also the essence of the season itself. A floral dress is appropriate for spring and summer months even if the weather is still chilly. It does not make a good choice for the winter, no matter how warm. Similarly, wearing a velvet dress is not appropriate for the spring months, even when the weather is nice outside.

4. Use Pops of Colour

the perfect prom dress - everything 5 pounds 4Black Sleeveless Pencil Dress | Embellished Strap Sandal Heels

The colour you wear says nearly as much about you as the design of the evening gown itself. Colour trends vary seasonally, unlike fabrics. Wearing a pop of colour in the winter is not traditional, but when paired with the right fabrics and silhouette, the effect is a fresh and lovely departure from the darker shades commonly worn during these months. Choose a colour that complements your skin tone and hair colour.

5. Make a Style Statement

the perfect prom dress - everything 5 pounds 5Embellished Cut Out Neck Maxi Dress | Diamanté Encrusted Flower Sandals

Your prom dress should flatter your body without crossing the line to look too mature for your age. Look at prom dresses designed with more youthful flair and fresher details. We love this cut-out neck shape. Consider this vintage-inspired swing dress. It gives us that roaring 20s look. This style is fun, flattering and wearable for many evening events that might take place. Select a style that flatters the natural shape of your body and you can’t go wrong.

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