Style & BeautyA Guide to Helping Your Daughter Find the Perfect Prom Dress

A Guide to Helping Your Daughter Find the Perfect Prom Dress

When it comes time to find the perfect prom dress it can seem like the biggest decision that you’ve ever made, and in many way it is. You’re probably getting helpful tips from everyone; your friends, your parents, your grandmother, and even the lady who delivers your mail all seem to have an opinion on the dress that you should wear for your big night.

perfect prom dressEverything from the length to the style comes to mind when you’re faced with this decision but probably the biggest hurdle you’ll have to overcome is choosing the color. This is where things become very, very difficult. The color of your prom dress says a lot about who you are as a person, and other people might not remember anything else about your overall look on prom night but the color of your ensemble.

So how do you decide?

If you’re in a quandary about selecting the right hue for your prom dress you can relax now. We’ve got it covered. Here are some tips that can help you make the perfect choice, and have an incredibly memorable prom look that will go down in your school’s history.

Skin Tone and Hair Color

While it’s moderately important to choose a color that flatters the tone of your skin and hair, this shouldn’t be your only criteria. That being said, if you’re a redhead with pale skin you might want to steer clear of a cherry red dress. A deep purple, however, would look amazing on you.

Blondes with medium skin tones look wonderful in pale colors like ice blue or pink, and girls with dark skin and hair can pull off jewel tones with ease. Considering your own coloring can be helpful when choosing a prom dress, but it’s more important to choose a color that you like and that you feel good in.

Dress Style  

When it comes to matching color and dress style, things can get a little bit tricky. Do you choose the style first and then the color or vice versa? The trick here is to keep an open mind regarding both aspects of this portion of the dress selection process.

If you’re fond of bright colors or even neon hues, the best idea is to go for a short dress. Short prom dresses are considered to be more like statement pieces, so when you combine a short and flirty style with a lime green or shocking pink color, then you’re making a double impact.

perfect prom dress

Long prom dresses tend to give off a more elegant feel, so it’s better to stick with traditional colors. Jet black, deep blue, and stunning shades of green make a floor length dress look clean and classy. Try to avoid a dress that’s heavy on the embellishments if you plan to wear other accessories. Sequins and stones on your dress can detract from the color and can clash with any jewelry that you might want to wear.


Some people might think it’s strange to choose your accessories before you choose your prom dress, but if you have a piece of jewelry that you love or a stunning antique clutch that you adore then don’t worry. You can absolutely choose the color of dress based on your accessories, and you may even find your choice to be that much easier. Just be sure to bring those pieces when you go shopping.

A big, bold necklace will look stunning with any color, but consider contrast while you’re shopping. Do you want the focus to be on your dress or on your jewelry? While a black or silver dress might seem plain, when it’s combined with your jewelry the overall effect can become exceptional.

The same goes for any other accessory that you’re planning to use. Whether it’s a bracelet, earrings, or a bag, making sure that the dress complements your piece is crucial. If the dress is embellished be sure that those tones not only complement the color of the dress but also the tones of your accessories. Again, be certain to have your accessory with you when you shop, and you’re likely to find the perfect dress in the perfect color in no time.

Prom is one of the most exciting times of your high school career and you want to make it the best that it can possibly be. When you choose the color of your dress make sure that it’s a color that you like, that it’s something that flatters you, and that it blends seamlessly with any accessories you choose. With those tasks in the bag your night is sure to go down in history.


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