'Tis the season for prom dress shopping!!! It's much like shopping for a wedding dress, both exciting yet stressful, as well as a little daunting, if you don't know what to look for, that's where I come in! Many of you have been reaching out to me for assistance in finding the perfect and memorable dress. I've shared with some of you how my senior prom dress has me so embarrassed; I literally looked like Big Bird! It was all yellow and my hair was in a high pony tail with a clip in piece and I made Eddie dress like a pimp! I had no idea at the time that it's how he really did look, until we started to go through some photos years later. Oh babe, I'm so sorry, lol! I definitely went through an awkward style faze, which consisted of a lot of statement pieces and while they did make a statement, I don't think they made the kind I was hoping for, haha!
Anyway, I want to spare you all from the regret and the "what was I thinking" part of prom, at least when it comes to the dress! I'm leaving finding the right prom date up to you; I'm trusting you here! If you're going with a guy, he better treat you as royal or else I will have a big problem! If you have yet to find a date, just form a group with your girls and go together, chances are you'll have less regrets down the road that way anyway ;)
So here are my top prom dress picks for your body shape! All dresses are under $300, the most common max budget I've received when working with some of you.
Since you're more curvy in the bottom portion of your body, your goal in selecting the perfect dress is to look for one that has an interesting top portion. This will help visually balance out the eye and won't have your bottom area appearing dramatically wide in proportion to your upper body. Two of my favorite necklines for this shape are the sweetheart and strapless. The reason is that they allows for all of your chest and shoulder to be exposed, essentially causing the eye to focus across, which balances out the width of your hips.
Your goal is the opposite of that of the pear shape and that's you want to create some sort of interest to the lower portion of your body to balance out your voluptuous and wider upper body. The way to successfully do this with a dress, is to select a style that either have some interest to the lower skirt portion of the dress or opt for an empire waist. Most of the dresses you'll see in the set below have this detail and it looks exceptional on your figure especially. What it does is that it creates the illusion of a shorter torso, essentially concealing a larger midsection, while helping to tame your bust, preventing them from appearing too large in proportion to your frame. You'll also notice that many of them are v-neck, which helps the back and chest appear less wide.
When it comes to selecting the perfect dress for your shape, it all comes down to dimension and volume. You want to make sure that you're selecting a dress that will prevent you from appearing too boxy, which many styles can do. You'll notice that majority, if not all, of the dresses I've selected for you place an emphasis on your waistline, which helps to re-establish and define it.
Since your figure is proportionate overall, I included a mixture of dresses that have either an embellished or defined top or bottom, or even both! In your case, the fit has to be just right because if it's not, it'll be very noticeable, since your shape is so symmetrical. You may compromise on the price you pay for the dress, but you shouldn't compromise on the fit!
I hope you all found this post helpful and please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions! As always, don't forget to stay beautiful, confident, and true to your beautiful self!
With lots of love,