How to Shop Prom Dresses by Style
Since there are so many types of dress styles to explore, shopping prom dresses by style is all about narrowing your options to what’s most important to you. Do you need a certain dress length for your event or have an absolute favorite dress shape or feature? Knowing what you need and love in a prom dress makes it even easier. Not sure where to start? Check out some of the style options that you could shop by below.
Shop by Length: A lot of times, your event will require a certain dress length, so that’s an easy way to narrow down the types of prom dresses you’re looking through. Junior proms often call for shorter styles, so you could choose short or knee-length dresses to start. Senior proms are typically more formal, so check out high-low or long dresses to find just the right length for the occasion.
Shop by Silhouette: A silhouette is like the outline or shape of a dress. The most universally flattering shapes for all body types is a-line, fit-and-flare, or ball gown. Mermaid and sheath dresses will show off your curves, while shift dresses flow loosely.
Shop by Fabric: Narrow your options when you shop by the most popular fabric types. Lace and embroidered fabric offer a feminine appeal, while illusion, sequined, or metallic glitter fabrics tend to have an alluring, edgy vibe.
Shop by Features: If you are looking for a dress with a specific design element, then you’ll want to shop by that chosen feature. There are back designs to consider, like a lace-up corset, open back, or statement back. You could also exclusively shop by dresses with cut outs, empire waistlines, pastel colors, pockets, prints, sleeves, or two-piece designs.
Shop by Necklines: If you are looking for a dress to draw the eye to your neckline or offer a certain level of support, be sure to check out halter, v-neck or low v-neck, off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder, strapless, or sweetheart styles.
Shop by Type: When shopping by style, you could also go by the type of dress, such as babydoll, casual, sexy and sleek, classic prom, cocktail, little black dress, mother-of-the-bride/groom, or even a dress-alternative: jumpsuits.
Did some of those fancy fashion terms for prom dress styles throw you for a loop? Not to worry! Check out PromGirl’s Prom Guide Glossary to get some specific details of these style terms and more.