Being a prom store, Proms Pageants and Pretty Things at the Brides House has heard it all!! It’s time to set the record straight about the 3 craziest myths we have heard from girls who come through our door looking for a prom dress.
1: We need to travel out of town so no one else has our gown
False. I am not sure where this myth started but, all of the dress shops and boutiques shop for their inventory at the same place. If you find a Jovani gown 3 hours from home, I can get the same one, and might have sold it to someone at your school already. If you buy your dress from a chain store or buy it out of town you actually have a better chance of seeing it on someone else. So what can you do to lessen the chances?
Start by researching designers. They have a store finder on their websites. If you go to the store finder and there are 10 stores in the area that carry that brand the likelihood that dress is at your prom goes up. If you go to the store finder and there is only one store in your area there is going to be less of a chance that someone else will have that dress. Also, ask your local store if they register dresses. That way you know once you have the dress they won’t resell it to someone else at your school in the same color or style.
2: Ordering Online Saves You Money
I am not going to tell you that there aren’t success stores out there of a girl buying and dress and having it come in just like the picture, but I will tell you that there are more stores that end with, it didn’t show up in time, it wasn’t anything like the picture or worse, it was just fabric and beads for me to put together. Because prom dresses are sized so differently and fit so differently we don’t really recommend ordering online but, if you are going to, here are some helpful hints to make sure you are dealing with a reputable company:
Make sure they have a US address. If the contact information is overseas the chances you are dealing with an off brand hacker is much more likely.
Check how many colors the dress comes in. If it comes in a long list of colors, you aren’t dealing with a dress that is coming from a real dress designer. Most dresses come in 2 or 3 colors, but few come in more than 5 or 6 colors. If it’s a long list of colors, find another site.
If they want you to send them measurements so the dress can be made specifically for you run and hide! Real designer brands are not available in custom sizing, especially at those low prices.
If there is a mixture of pictures; some look like they were taken professionally and some like it’s just a selfie than chances are they aren’t a reputable manufacturer.
Remember if it seems like it’s too good to be true it probably is. In the long run you will likely end up spending more to replace a dress that doesn’t show up on time or that isn’t like the picture, not to mention the stress of shopping 2 days before prom to find a replacement gown.
3: I can find my perfect dress on Pinterest
Pinterest is a great tool to help you get some ideas of what styles you like, the colors for the seasons and what you think you might want to wear. However, we recommend that you use this just to get ideas. Please keep an open mind when shopping. While you may like a style on the model in the picture, the dress might not look the same on you as it does her. The same advice goes for color. You might think you want yellow but it might not be the best color for your skin tone or hair color. Try it on but try on other colors too. If you go shopping looking for only the dress you have pinned on your board you might find yourself shopping for a long time and still not finding something that meets your mental picture.
When all else fails, ask your consultant to pick out a few styles they think will work on your body type. They have seen every style on and have a pretty good idea of what might look good on you. After all, dresses never look the same on as they do on the hanger.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!