Finding The Perfect Prom Dress
With schools going back next week, I cannot help but envy all of the girls going into their last year of high school because of one thing: prom. To think that they have all of the shopping for dresses, shoes, clutches and jewellery ahead of them makes me jealous as I wish I could relive the experience right now! It is quite sad when I look back and remember how many years I had been planning my prom dress; picturing a long, red, preferably Valentino ball gown, and scrolling down my phone to see the amount of screenshots I had taken of haute couture dresses from awards seasons and the runway. It is safe to say I was a little obsessed with getting the perfect dress, and the one thing I knew for certain was that I wanted red – because of my paleness and refusal to wear fake tan.
Thus, as I began my proper prom dress shop in October, I went in with a quite a vivid idea of what dress I wanted to find, only to stumble upon something completely different which I fell in love with immediately. It was a Ted Baker long floral black dress, and as soon as I put it on I knew that it was the perfect dress for me. I understand that most people are not lucky enough to choose the second dress they try on (normally I am not either), and I did try on 10 other dresses after that however my mind was already made up.
So, what I would say is while it is good to have an idea of what colour or style you would like, people should always go in with an open mind because you might fall in love with something completely different like I did. There is nothing wrong with being prepared and starting to shop early if you are excited, because it does take the pressure off, but always make sure you are one hundred percent sure it is the right dress for you. For me, I knew it was perfect because it reflects my style in a way I could not have dreamt of, it was feminine and classic ( important for me because I have a fear of looking back at my prom photos with deep regret and saying : “what was I thinking?!”), yet different, and it didn’t hurt that I am a huge fan of Ted Baker anyway!
Going to prom, I was worried about what others might think of my dress, if people wouldn’t think it was pretty or they may have thought it was boring, but now I know that it doesn’t matter. Other people are always going to have opinions and style is so subjective that people like different things, so remember that the only person that has to be happy with what you are wearing is you, because looking back you are the one who is going to love the dress you wore, no one else is important. In saying that, always listen to your mum’s opinion because if she is anything like mine then she does normally know best!
I am once again feeling the prom blues while writing this, but hopefully if you have it ahead of you then this has made you even more excited! My top tips would be to try on a lot of different styles and colours to find out what you suit, have an open mind, don’t leave shopping to the last minute, if you can, buy your dress when there is a sale on like Black Friday, which is what I did because it saves a lot of money, and last but of course not least, stop worrying what others might think of your dress and wear what you like! I believe that what you wear should always reflect your personality slightly, and so don’t think you have to shock people with something they wouldn’t expect; always wear what makes you happy! Everyone my age was fake tanning for prom, and I got many looks of shock when I told people I wasn’t getting a spray tan, but I didn’t let that pressure me into following the crowd. If you want to be tanned then go for it, but if you like being pale then embrace it! And for anyone who does look back on their prom and wonder what they were doing, remember you are not alone, it happens to all of us.