Shopping for a pageant dress can be an overwhelming process. Being a pageant store, Proms Pageants and Pretty Things sees girls struggle with the process and come unprepared but it’s no wonder why. With so many options, opinions and suggestions out there it can be hard to know which way to turn. But, by following these 3 basic pageant dress commandments, you will find the process less daunting and perhaps a lot more fun!
Know Thy Pageant
When you meet with a Proms Pageants and Pretty Things consultant, one of the first questions we will ask you is what system are you competing in? This helps us to help you because we know that different systems have different requirements. For example, we know that the Miss USA pageant is going to be a more fashion forward gown and a Miss America system gown will be more conservative.
Before you go shopping learn about the system that you are competing in. What age group are you competing in? What is the system looking for in a title holder? What is the director looking for in a title holder? Just because you look great in a strapless gown or a gown with a slit doesn’t mean that is what the system or director is looking for in their new queen. Sometimes different rules apply for different age groups. Do they want a ballgown? Are slits a no-no for your age group? These are important questions you need answers to before you start your search. Not sure what the answer is? No problem. Contact your director and they will be happy to give you direction.
Know Thy Stage
Pageants are sometimes held in hotel ballrooms with dim lighting and your presentation to the judges is up close and personal. Sometimes a pageant is held in a large theatre with stage lighting and the judges are in a balcony or down in the audience. Before you start shopping for your gown you need to know the specifics of where you will be competing. It will help you in your search and help your consultants narrow your choices as well. Why is this important? Simple, some gowns are designed to be 5 foot gowns, others are 20 foot gowns would work for both. Some look great up close but from a distant aren’t that eye catching and some are great under stage lights from 20 feet away but up close can be overwhelming on you. You can spend all the money in the world on a beautiful gown but, if you are competing it the wrong setting, it won’t go over well and can really hurt your evening gown score. Know where you are competing, what the lighting is and how you will be presenting to the judges.
Know Thy Self
You have a lot of great people in your life that support you and want what is best for you and that is especially true when you are getting ready for a pageant. Friends, family, directors, coaches, consultants, the list goes on and on. Each one of them has an opinion, usually conflicting with someone elses. So how do you know which one is right and which dress is going to perform the best for you? Know your style, do you want to portray sexy, sassy, elegant? Because, at the end of the day your dress selection does matter and there is one person that must be 100% sold on the gown, and that is you, the contestant. If you don’t love it, feel like a queen in it, and see yourself getting crowned in it, then you will not be able to sell that gown to the judges and it is not your gown. Don’t let your consultant or anyone else talk you into something you don’t want. That is why the pageant consultants at Proms Pageants and Pretty Things are trained to listen to the contestant’s feedback and not push you into something you don’t want.
Do your research before you start looking. If you understand the system, know the setting you are competing in and are in love with your gown you will set yourself apart from your competitors and be setting yourself up to be the best you that you can be. Proms Pageants and Pretty Things would love to help you find your perfect gown. Please let us know how we can help!
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