It is that time of year again OTPers! It’s prom season. Seems like every year it comes earlier and earlier, but regardless if your school has an early or late prom date, you want to be on top of the prom dress frenzy.
Whether you plan to spend $500 or $50 on the perfect dress, finding the right one for you is always an endeavor. Where do I go? How do I make sure no one else has my dress? These are all important questions you must ask yourself to have the most pleasant shopping experience.
Okay so where do you start shopping? First, start out just browsing department stores. Places like Macy’s and Dillard’s are going to have great options at more affordable prices than bridal stores or boutiques.If you aren’t finding what you like there, then go look at places such as David’s Bridal or other bridal stores near you.
Still can’t find a dress you love? Check some boutiques. I see this as more of a last resort simply because of the higher price tags, but most girls are heading straight to these highly-thought-of dress stores to find their one-of-a-kind dress. These boutiques are few and far between, but there are some OTP.
Cinderella’s Closet in Lilburn is a great place to find one, as well as Burvura in the East Cobb Avenues. If you are in Kennesaw you could try Impression Bridal or CC’s of Rome, which are located right off Barrett Parkway. These stores are known to treat you as if you were a princess and help you find the perfect dress for the biggest event in your high school career. RSVP Prom and Pageant is located in two OTP cities: Lawrenceville and Johns Creek. Get your dress, shoes, and fashion accessories all in one stop!
As a high schooler, I have been prom dress shopping before; I hated it. There were WAY too many dresses to choose from and everything seemed overpriced. With this bad experience behind me, I decided to take the risk and buy online. Now this can be a risky move, because these dresses can be sized strangely and you may never know what you are going to get. One very important tip is to measure, measure, measure. Even if you don’t think you are the size your measurements coincide with, that is the size you should go with.
A huge advantage to online prom dresses is you are almost guaranteed to be the only one in your school with that dress because there are so many different options online. On the downside, however, return policies can be a pain. Make sure to read your return policy carefully before placing your order. You can be risky like me and order from somewhere like Etsy or Lulu’s, or look at the online exclusives found on department store websites.
Update to this article Feb 2017: One of the newest crazes to hit the dress circuit is renting! You can Rent the Runway. Here are some popular question and answers for first-time users. Also, don’t forget to search yard sale sites that specialize in dress trading. Honestly, most of these dresses were worn once and maybe at a school different that yours, so it’s a great chance to get a deal!
Update: We came across this made to order dress shop, Dress Culture, so check it out.
Good luck, and more importantly, have fun!
You may also enjoy reading store reviews such as Spirited Boutique.
Megan is an upcoming senior. She started to think about what to do for her senior project, and decided to do something a little out of her comfort zone and see where it would lead. So here she is writing, but writing about things 100% in her comfort zone. As a retail employee, she is obsessed with all the new trends in fashion, and as a typical high schooler, she is always looking for something to do. So she decided to write about her findings and share the Scoop on being a senior
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