How to Find the Perfect Prom Dress

Prom dresses are what every high school girl dreams of. You scan every shop you come across and even browse online looking for that perfect prom dress. You want to dazzle everyone and be the prom queen. Well, I’ve written the ultimate guide to help you do just that.

See also: How to Style a Strapless Dress

How to Find the Perfect Prom Dress

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In this guide, I’ll talk about dres styles that are perfect for your body type. I’ll even talk about which colors you should choose that will complement your skin tone.

See also: How to Wear a Cocktail Party Dress

Let’s start with body types. It is important to know your body type before you can select clothing styles that flatter your dress. Find out about your body type here. Then come back to see which prom dress is right for you.

Body Types

There are four common body types and below we listed the dress style that will work best for each.

Hourglass Figure:

You need to make sure that the dress you wear creates a defined waistline and makes your bust and hips look well balanced. The ideal styles for you are:

  • Wrap style prom dress
  • Mermaid style prom dress
  • Belted waistlines


  • A-line

Sleeve Length

  • Strapless
  • Spaghetti strap styles
Charming A-Line Strapless Sweetheart Knee-Length Prom Dress
How to Find the Perfect Prom Dress

New Style And Silk Hollow Out Mermaid V Neck Sleeveless Bridesmaid Party Dress

Pear Figure:

You need to balance a smaller torso and a larger bottom. You can do this by wearing necklines with plenty of detailing and design. A flared skirt will help to create an even silhouette. The perfect dresses for you are:

  • Strapless ball gowns
  • A-line dresses
  • Off-the-shoulder necklines


  • Drop waist
  • A-line
  • Empire
  • Surplus bodice


  • Sleeveless
  • Spaghetti strap
  • Strapless


  • Column dresses
  • Straight skirts

Gorgeous Tulle Sweetheart Neckline Floor-length A-line Convertible Bridesmaid Dresses

Elegant Strapless Floor -Length A-Line Bridesmaid Dress

Apple Figure

Your objective is to create a slimmer waistline. You can achieve this by wearing:

  • Empire waistline dresses
  • Baby doll dresses


  • Drop waist
  • A-line
  • Empire


  • Cap sleeve

Elegant Blue A-Line Knee-Length Bridesmaid Dress

Rectangle figure:

You have minimal definition, so you need to try and create curves. The best dresses to do that are:

  • Sheath dresses
  • A-line skirt dresses


  • A-line
  • Empire
  • Trumpet skirt


  • Cap sleeve
  • Wide straps

Elegant Floor-Length A-Line Bridesmaid Dress

Other Body Types


You need to create a fuller silhouette. To do this you can wear:

  • Ballgowns


  • Off-the- shoulder
  • Strapless necklines

Glamour A-Line Floor-Length One-Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress

Large bust:

  • Strapless dresses
  • Neckline that goes straight across the front


  • Halter neck
  • Criss-cross neck line




  • Strapless
  • Off-shouldered
  • Ball gowns with very bare necklines and a nipped-in waist


  • Column dresses
  • Dresses with sleeves

Sweetheart Ruched Sashes/Ribbons Knee-Length Zipper-up Homecoming/Bridesmaid Dress

You need to create a long uninterrupted line. This way you create the illusion of extra inches and an overall tall figure. The dresses that will help you do this are:

  • Straight sheath
  • A-lineskirt
  • Strapless
  • Off-the- shoulder
  • 3/4-length sleeves


  • Ball gowns

A-line Sweetheart Pleats Short Bridesmaid Dress

You need to make sure that you do not over emphasize your height. Any dress style looks great on you from A-line skirts to voluminous ball gowns.The best dress types for you are:

  • Fitted bodice
  • Open neckline


  • Long sleeves

Attractive Straps Red A-Line Floor-Length Bridesmaid Dress

Dress Length and Neckline


Length: Tea length

Neckline: V-neck, Sweetheart, Scoop


Length: Tea length

Neckline: Scoop neckline


Length: Full length, Cocktail length

Neckline: One shoulder, Square neckline


Length: Full length, Cocktail length

Neckline: Sweetheart neckline, V-neck

That brings us to the end of the style guide. You should be able to pick out your dream prom dress in no time.

Wardrobe malfunctions are very common during proms. The most common one being stains. One minute you are dancing and having a good time then the next you spill your drink by mistake and get  large stain on your gorgeous dress! Well don’t worry, you don’t have to panic. Here are some handy stain disaster control tips.

1) Stain Type: Eye Shadow, Lipstick, Mascara, Concealer, Cream/Liquid foundation, Lip liner and Eyeliner.

Remedy: Carry a tiny amount of liquid detergent in a container. Dampen the stain with warm water and rub directly into the stain until its outline is gone.

2)Stain Type: Nail polish

Remedy: This may be impossible to remove depending on the fabric and nail polish type. However, you could try nail polish remover.

3) Stain Type: Ink

Remedy: Try a pen eraser or rubbing alcohol.

4) Stain Type: Coffee/Tea

Remedy: Immediately run cold water over the fresh stain.

5) Stain Type: Chocolate/cocoa

Remedy: Use a blunt knife to scrape it off of  clothing.

6) Stain Type: Grease/Oil

Remedy: Dab hot water on the stain.

7) Stain Type: Paint

Remedy: Turpentine works best.

8) Stain Type: Mud

Remedy: Allow mud to dry, and scrape off as much as possible.

9) Stain Type: Perspiration

Remedy: Rub a moistened bar of soap directly on stained area.

10) Stain Type: Fruit/Berry

Remedy: Sponge the spot promptly with cool water, or soak the material in cool water overnight.

There you have it, the complete guide to prom dresses. If you have any questions, be sure to ask me in the comments below. If you liked the dresses from, you can browse through their entire collection at Prom Dresses Auckland


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