How To Wear a Short Dress to the Prom

Today most girls prefer to wear short dresses to the prom, rather than long gowns, which were the rage sometime back. Short dresses were usually not considered ‘formal’ attire, especially for events such as proms, weddings, gala dinners, balls and the like. However, fashion rules have become more relaxed in the last few decades, and today, the “little black dress” (LBD) for formal and social occasions, is a must-have in any girl or woman’s wardrobe! However, even though short prom dresses are in, it is important to remember that not everyone can carry off the look. Some tips on wearing a short dress on prom night are listed below:

  1. Not all girls are built identical and there is no standard “short” dress that will fit all and look good!
  2. The factors which need to be considered are height, weight, body shape and type, plus proportions such as bust to waist, waist to hips, upper body to lower body, etc.
  3. Girls with an hourglass figure can wear any styles and get away with it, given that this is considered to be the ‘ideal’ feminine shape. However, halter-style dresses are the best option if you have an hourglass figure.
  4. If you have an athletic build or a naturally skinny frame with long legs, you can never go wrong with any kind of short dress, sleeveless or spaghetti strap dresses are a good choice.
  5. Pear-shaped maidens will look best in A-line or baby doll dresses – fitted at the top and flowing below the waistline.
  6. Black is the universal popular choice and one can never go wrong with an LBD. Otherwise, choose your short prom dress in colors which flatter your skin tone
  7. Hemlines are just as important – tall girls with athletic builds can carry off dresses with hemlines above the knees, but if you are height-challenged or have short, stubby legs, an above-the-knee hemline will do you no good.
  8. Soft fabrics such as satin or silk are ideal for short dresses, but you can also experiment with airy fabrics such as chiffons in pastel shades.
  9. Accessorize your short dress with the right shoes, makeup, jewelry and handbags. You should feel and look comfortable in what you’re wearing, so skip the stilettos or high heels if you cannot manage walking in them.
  10. Avoid short dresses with too many embellishments such as sequins, beads, etc. and if you must have frills and ruffles, keep them short and to the bare minimum. Ruffles are a no-no if you are plus-sized or have a heavy upper body or short, stubby legs.
  11. Plan and pick your prom dress well in advance, as last minute rushes mean you may end up making the wrong choices or the dress you were yearning for is no longer available!
  12. Seek expert advice from store personnel or close family and friends who will never steer you wrong!
  13. If you have the time, money and patience, get your short dress made to order, or make it yourself if you’re talented with a sewing machine.

Just follow the tips listed above and your prom preparations will flow smoothly without any hiccups!


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