Prom Dress to Impress

By Bailey Marshall

The date is set. April 27th, 2019 is the night. There is a lot of preparation that goes into prom. The flowers, the car, the dinner, the hair, the shoes, and most importantly the dress.

For starters, where can you buy the perfect dress? Living in Botetourt at least twenty minutes from the nearest mall does not leave the consumer with many local choices, but there are a few. Patinas is a prom dress shop located towards the Cave Spring area. They carry high-end brands like Sherri Hill, Jovani, and Ellie Wilde. If you are looking for more economical options, there are more options at department stores like Belk, JCPenney, and Macy’s. Additionally, girls who have been to prom before oftentimes take to social media to sell their dresses from past years.

If you are willing to drive a little bit to find the dress you want, the pool of opportunity widens.

Amanda’s Touch in Waynesboro, Virginia offers an experience similar to Patina’s but with a twist. Not only do they carry popular brands, but they also serve as an independent brand that designs their own dresses. This guarantees that your dress will be unique. While most prom dress stores register their dresses so no one can buy the same dress from the same school, if you purchase an Amanda’s Touch gown, you know that no other store could sell it to anyone from your school either.

Another dress shop that JRHS girls find success at is Becky’s in Buena Vista.

From personal experience, I can attest that the owner of the store goes to bridal shows in order to keep up with the latest trends. She also has many sales at the end of homecoming and prom season if you are looking to plan for future formal occasions. Becky’s also has a variety of colors, brands, and styles.

Although where you get the dress from is something to consider, it is more important to pick what style and color suits you the best and makes you happy.

As for style, let’s start with the shape. Mermaid dresses, or dresses that are more form fitting, look best on girls who have curves they want to accentuate. Or, if you don’t have a curvy shape but you want to make it seem like you do, you can also try this type of gown. Dresses that are more loose fitting or ball gown style are well suited for girls that do not feel comfortable having something cling to their midsection. Ball gowns also compliment girls that have long legs that they want to seem less long.

Once you find a style that fits your preferences and body, it is time to pick a color. Color can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be. However, you can not deny the universe’s laws of color aesthetics. If you have warm toned skin, you will probably look best in oranges, reds, yellows, maroons, etc. On the contrary, blues, purples, greens, and pinks look best on those with cool toned skin. Fairly complected girls should steer clear from bright yellows or light neutrals and try dark colors that contrast their skin. Girls that have deeper complections look gorgeous in metallics, bright neons, and white. You will most likely be drawn to colors that look good on you, but still exercise your best judgment in order to make a good color selection.

Another aspect of your prom ensemble that coincides with the dress is the hair. If your dress has a high neckline or is super busy on the top, consider wearing your hair up so that you can create a balanced look. In turn, if your gown is strapless or plain on top, your hair would compliment your dress best if you wore it down.

The most important thing to remember when you are considering about what style, color, and hair to choose is to do what you want. Regardless of the general rules mentioned above, do what makes you happy. The best part about picking your dress is that you have freedom to pick however you want. Do not let what other people think influence what you love.