You've been looking forward to this night for weeks, if not months. And after all that time, you deserve a prom dress that's going to make you feel amazing. But with so many choices out there, how do you know which one is right? Here are some tips on how to pick the perfect prom dress:

Base it on your skin tone.

Choosing a color that complements your skin tone is the easiest way to find a dress that looks great on you.

You can also choose a color that contrasts with your skin tone, or even one that is neutral.

If you're unsure of what colors work best with your skin tone, ask friends or family for advice.

Look at the colors you wear most.

  • Look at the colors you wear most. If you're a fan of wearing red and orange, then maybe those are the colors that should be reflected in your dress!

  • Look at the colors that look good on you. Certain shades will make certain people appear warmer or cooler. If you have a cool skin tone, go for some shades of blue or purple—but if you're warm-toned (i.e., olive) and want to avoid looking washed out, choose something with more yellow or gold undertones instead!

  • Choose a color that is flattering for your body type: dark tones are great for hiding flaws; light ones can show off curves beautifully!

Decide how formal you want to look.

So you want to look formal, but how do you determine whether an event is formal or semi-formal? A quick Google search will tell you that there are no hard and fast rules for this. Instead, it's a combination of factors that determine what level of formality the event has:

  • The setting (a ballroom vs. a restaurant)

  • The people who attend (your grandmother vs your high school friends)

  • What time of day the event is taking place (dinner service vs cocktail hour)

Consult with your friends and family.

When it comes to choosing the perfect dress for prom, your friends and family can be a great resource. The people who know you best will have plenty of insights into what looks good on you and which styles are flattering. If you're having trouble deciding between two dresses, ask them which one they think would look best on you.

Pick a dress that goes with your body type.

The second thing to consider is your body type. If you're tall, look for a dress with a long skirt so that the line of the hem falls below your knees. If you're short, go with something on the shorter side—a full-length gown will swallow up even the tallest girls! Another option if you're petite: find a dress with a fitted bodice and full skirt; this will make it easier to disguise any extra pounds around your waistline.

If you have curves to fill out your prom dress, look for one with an empire waistline (this means that instead of falling straight down at all times, it rises over your belly button). This will help balance out any excess weight around your lower half while also highlighting those lovely curves in all their glory!

Decide what kind of mood you want to set for the evening.

Think about what kind of mood you want to set for the evening. Do you want to look sexy? Elegant? How about classy or fun? Maybe even like a princess, or a rock star? Deciding on an overall vibe will help narrow down your options when it comes time to start shopping for dresses.

Consider the budget.

When it comes to prom, there are some things you should never skimp on. For example, cost is not one of them. If you're going to spend money on something, then do it right! This means getting a dress that's in style and fits your body type perfectly. It also means having fun with accessories like shoes, hair accessories and jewelry. As for the price tag? The good news is that there are plenty of options available for all budgets. With this guide at your side (and perhaps a little help from your friends), finding that perfect prom dress won't cost an arm and leg after all!

You don't need to spend $400 on your prom dress to look amazing.

You don't need to spend $400 on your prom dress to look amazing. In fact, you can get a prom dress for under $100! And if you're lucky enough to find one in the bargain bin at your local mall, it could be yours for as little as five dollars. But even if you have less than that—or no money at all—you can still find dresses for around $50 or less online.

A prom outfit doesn't have to cost a fortune; there are plenty of affordable options out there that will make sure everyone knows who's got the best style at their school's big dance this spring!


Prom is a great time to show off your style, so don’t be afraid to go bold with your dress choice. The best way to find the perfect prom dress is by taking into consideration what colors you wear most often, how formal you want to look and what kind of body type best suits yours. By doing this research ahead of time, it will make shopping for the perfect gown that much easier!

Shirin Khanova