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It’s Prom Time

Here are some top tips to consider when thinking about your prom dress.

First of all, always have an idea on budget and how much you are willing to spend, if planning on buying from a high street store always remember you are likely to incur added alteration costs on top of the cost of the dress so try and keep this in mind when looking.

Be wary of buying online from abroad, I always hear horror stories of dresses arriving late, not fitting properly and not looking anything like the picture, you are also likely to have import charges.

Alternatively you might want to consider having a bespoke dress made especially for you - you will get to choose your own unique colour and fabric combinations along with the style that you always wanted - there are no restrictions or limitations.

Although most stores will keep a record of what dresses they have sold in what area, having a bespoke dress made is the only way of being sure you will be the only person at prom with that dress.

Always choose a style that is right for your figure and that you feel 100% comfortable in.

A corset style bodice will nip you in at the waist especially if it has a lace up back - giving you a perfectly pulled in fit. If you are wider around your middle any kind of pleating or rouching detail around the waist will hide your tummy and give the illusion of a shapely figure.

Empire line is a flattering style on any figure. It Is fitted and falls from under the bust so doesn’t cling to your lower body, it is most popular in a floaty chiffon fabric.

Low back dresses - although these look amazing be aware of the following:

- you will not be able to wear a bra

- backless impacts the fit of the dress on the bust

- they are often more figure hugging styles

- you will almost definitely need to use body tape

If you are more comfortable wearing a bra look for a style that allows you to wear one under your dress that is not visible.

Details on your dress are indeed pretty but take a lot of extra time and therefore will be reflected in the price of the dress so you will need a reasonable budget.

Sometimes less is more - look for a simpler style in luxurious fabric if you are on a tighter budget.

Traditionally prom dresses have been long gowns, however shorter cocktail style dresses are becoming more popular. Short vintage skater style dresses with netting are a fun and popular choice.

We are also seeing more dresses that are short at the front and longer at the back (high-low dress)

If you are buying off the peg always go slightly bigger in size so that it can be altered to fit you perfectly. Always be aware the cost of specialist alterations on these dresses can mount up so you need to budget for that also.

If you are having your gown made for you there will be no hidden extra costs on top as it will be made to measure and fit your body perfectly.

It is the only way of truly guaranteeing that nobody else there will be wearing the same dress as you.

We recommend at least 6-8 months for the made to measure process to allow for fabrics to be ordered and fittings to take place and therefore suggest if your prom is in June you look to order October/November the year before.


Silver/gold with bling are the most popular choice for shoes and bag as they tone with all colours and who doesn’t love a bit of bling?

Think about how you are going to have your hair - do you need a super stylish crystal hair comb/grip to complete your look or are you more of a tiara girl?

And lastly for your boys...........

Traditionally it was up to the boys to present their prom date with a gift, usually a flower corsage but we are now in the 21st century - what better way to surprise your date than with a matching bowtie or if his style is more ‘stand out from the crowd’ choose one of our more quirky designs from


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