Prom season is here, and you're probably wondering how to buy prom dress online. Well, buying a prom dress online can be great if you do it right. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your shopping experience:

Start looking as early as possible.

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want your prom dress to be. If you’re buying a dress for yourself, be sure to measure yourself and write down the size of each part of your body so that when you do go shopping, you know exactly what size dress will fit best. If it's a gift for someone else, ask them first if they have any preferences in terms of style or color.

Once you've figured out exactly what kind of dress will work best for your body type, it's time to start looking online at different styles that might appeal to your taste. This can get overwhelming quickly though—there are so many dresses available on sites like ASOS or Nordstrom! To narrow down the field some more, try narrowing down your search by price range or style type (e.g., "high-low" vs "mermaid").

Know your budget and shop according to it.

First things first: know your budget. Knowing how much money you have to spend will help you narrow down your search and avoid impulse buys. It will also help you avoid buyer’s remorse, which can be especially common with dresses as expensive as prom gowns.

You may find yourself tempted by insanely priced gowns that seem like an investment because they come from a name brand or designer label, but these days it’s possible to find an equally beautiful dress for much less—or even for free! Here are some ways to save money on prom dresses:

Think about what you like.

Now that you know what type of dress you're looking for, it's time to think about what style you like. It's important to remember that the prom dress styles change every year and they run the gamut from short and flirty to long and elegant.

Next, consider your body shape. If you are petite or curvy, try on dresses in a style that complements those attributes. For example, if you have a fuller figure then look for a dress with ruching at the waistline or anything else that will help balance out your silhouette. Smaller girls can try layers over one another for added volume without adding weight—a great way to get more length without making the dress too bulky!

Finally, think about what colors look best on YOU! Everyone has their own favorite shade but here are some suggestions based on skin tone: fair/light-skinned people should wear light pinks; medium hued faces work well with blush pink tones; olive complexions look stunning in browns and greens (but avoid yellow); dark complexions look lovely with violet shades such as lavender blue or soft purple (but avoid orange).

Check out boutique websites, like, that have curated collections and cheap but high quality dresses.

If you’re looking to buy a prom dress online, there are some things to consider. The first thing to do is check out boutique websites like that have curated collections and cheap but high quality dresses. They have thousands of dresses for every body type and style preference and you can find a whole new look with their vast selection of styles from A-line to mermaid silhouettes.

Check out more well-known retailers, like Nordstrom, that will give you the exact dress they show you on their website in the correct size and quality.

Be sure to research the retailer's return policy. If they don't accept returns or charge a restocking fee, you could be stuck with a dress that doesn't fit.

Look at the quality of photos on their website before placing an order. They should be clear and accurate representations of what you'll get in the mail—a blurry photo is not good enough!

Find out if your shipping costs are included in the price of your dress or if there will be any other fees for delivery services like FedEx and UPS. The last thing you want is to pay extra money when you thought everything was covered by one simple purchase!

When in doubt, go to the Mall of America or some other big mall and try on different styles of dresses at stores you're familiar with so you can see what fits best and feels most comfortable on your body shape.

  • Go to the Mall of America or some other big mall and try on different styles of dresses at stores you're familiar with so you can see what fits best and feels most comfortable on your body shape.

  • Make sure the dress is well-fitting and comfortable.

  • Make sure the dress has a good fit for your body shape, otherwise it may not look as flattering as it could have been if you had found a better style for yourself.

  • Try on different colors of the same style to see which one looks best on you, even if they are not necessarily similar shades!

Use a tape measure when ordering online to check your bust, waist and hips for accuracy. Follow the sizing charts closely for the designer you're buying from.

You can also check the designer's sizing chart for accuracy. If you're buying from a well-known designer, their size charts tend to be fairly accurate. You can find an image of the dress with its measurements displayed on their website or in the product description section of their store page.

To measure your bust, place one end of the tape measure under your armpit and wrap it around your torso at its widest point. Then, subtract half an inch from that measurement to get your actual size (for example: if you have a 37" bust measurement, use 36" when ordering). To measure your waist and hips, wrap the tape measure around those areas—you'll need someone else's help for this one! For example: if you have 35-inch hips and 25-inch waist measurements, order according to sizes 34/26 or 36/26 depending on which would fit best (if both work out perfectly). If neither size works well for your figure then consider finding another option elsewhere—you might still be able to find something similar!

Make sure you know your school's dress code so you can save yourself the awkward conversation with your date's father when he picks you up to go to prom and then waits outside the movie theater while you change out of spaghetti straps into a shirt that covers your collarbone.

  • Know the dress code.

  • Follow it.

  • Be polite and respectful of others.

  • Don't let your date's parents wait outside a movie theater while you change clothes.

  • Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

Plan ahead, stay within budget and make sure prom dress follows school dress code guidelines

As with any other purchase, you should start looking for your prom dress as early as possible. The earlier you begin shopping for a prom dress, the more options and deals will be available to you. Remember: it's not just about getting yourself that perfect dress—you need to find something that works within budget!

If you're working with a smaller budget or if your school has strict guidelines regarding what can be worn at official events like dances and graduations (and who wouldn't?), then boutique websites like are great resources because they offer both curated collections by designers like David Tutera and Monique Lhuillier as well as discount prices on designer labels such as Vera Wang and Oscar De La Renta - all of which can help keep costs down.


We hope you found this post helpful! If you have any more questions about buying prom dresses online or how to pick out a dress for prom, feel free to reach out. We're always happy to help.

Shirin Khanova