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Dress issues dress issues! Here's a few of the advice requests we've answered on things from styling to pricing. Enjoy.


Question:
Help!!!! Its my senior prom and I am not prepared yet. I want something that will make me look older....i have brown eyes..dark brown hair and am really short (5'0)....i also want a long dress, pink or baby blue if possible or a light color but not white. i want to wear my hair up and maybe put some flowers in it...any suggestions!!!

Answer:
Hi Mary, let's see what I can do. First, you should know that pink or light blue will make you look younger-- they're beautiful colors, but they're more for "girls" than "women," if you know what I mean. Mauves, purples, darker colors in general, with or without beadwork, are what will make you look older. Ivory, on the other hand, is a light color that makes you look older/sophisticated-- consider it, particularly because it would go beautifully with brown eyes and dark brown hair. Also, wear your hair up in a fancy do. This makes you look more formal (aside from putting an extra few inches on you), and the more formal you look, the older you also appear. Don't put flowers in your hair. Instead, wear a tiara, or some crystals or pearls strewn through your hair; again, this is more sophisticated, more formal. Finally, if you wear a body hugging dress, make sure it's floor length with a simple slit on the side (not the back). This will let you wear pumps up to three inches high if you want, and will look great with that type of dress (between these and the updo you should gain a respectable 5 or 6 inches). A tan would also help because it tends to make us look older. Careful, though, that you do not look burnt or red, because that would make you seem inexperienced-- always go for the sophisticated "I know what I'm doing" look-- that is to say, perfection.



Question:
i want to wear a white strapless gown to my boyfriends senior prom, but thats the color they wear to graduatate and is kind of "weddingy" (weve also been together for 1 1/2 years so people might joke) but what do you think, is pure white ok for prom??

Answer:
Hi Amanda. Yes, pure white is just fine for a prom, so don't worry. You won't be the only one in white. As long as the gown doesn't have sleeves or a lot of beading on the bodice and nowhere else, or one of those huge sweep trains, it won't be confused with a wedding-type gown. If some of your friends want to joke-- well, let them. You just go ahead and look your best and have yourself a ball.



Question:
I am graduating this year and I was wondering whether I should buy my dress or get it made. Also whether I should order from USA or stay Canadian. If I do Choose to buy Canadian do you know of any sites to good PROM dress cataloges.

Answer:
Hi Alisa, you can either buy, or have it made; it's up to you and what you can afford. Usually, a tailor-made dress is more expensive than the ready-mades. But the good thing about it is that you get to choose everything from fabric to on-the-spot styling. If, however, you intend to bring in a picture of the sort of dress you want the seamstress to make, then don't bother having the seamstress make it. Simply buy the dress (or a similar one) that you see in the picture. Once you have the dress you can always add a few extras, from a scarf to applications, as well as having it altered to give it the finishing touches. As for where you should get the dress, I definitely recommend Canada. Their dresses tend to be of an overall better quality for the price, from fabric to design, to the making. As for Canadian sites for prom dresses, wait until the new Calito line comes out this Fall. I've seen some previews, and they will have some very promising dresses. There's also Loriann, another Montreal company, who make some very nice dresses. Those two should set you well on your way.



Question:
What is the latest fashion trend with hairstyles for prom??? What would look best with a strapless dress that is blue?? Thank You,

Answer:
Hi Cynthia. There are no really latest fashion trends for hairstyles because so much depends on the type of dress you wear, the type and length of hair you have, and on the shape of your face. As for a strapless dress, this can take the hair either up or down (unlike those with busy necklines, which require the hair to be put up). Whether you wear the hair up or down depends on the effect you want to have on those around you. Hair up is the most formal and elegant way to go. However, it may also make those around you see you as distant, "haughty," "formal," etc. If you wear it down (just remember to keep your forehead free of hair!), this is just as elegant, but less formal, and people will see you as "freer," more easygoing and fun. If your dress has an A-line skirt with a lot of flare so that it isn't stiff but flows when you walk, then I recommend you keep the hair down (if it's longer). This way, the movement of your skirt will be complemented by the movement of your hair and you will be perfectly in balance. If, on the other hand, the skirt is A-line but stiff (like a ballgown), then I recommend the hair up. If your dress is straight, then up or down is fine-- depending on how you want others to perceive you.



Question:
I have short hair should i wear it up of down ? and what kind of dress should i have short, long, no sleeves, or sleeves???? please help !!

Answer:
Hi Patty. First, your dress. Of course you can wear just about anything you want, and ballgown style dresses are really popular this year. However, it should always be floorlength-- remember, you are going to a formal affair in the evening, and in the evening, you must wear long. As for sleeves and necklines, sleeveless is sexier and more formal, also less bridesmaidsy. And if it's sleeveless, spaghetti strapped or low cut, then you can also wear your hair down. If, on the other hand, you get a dress with sleeves, or a busy neckline full of frills, furls, feathers, or some other strange thing, then you're stuck wearing your hair up. Whatever style of hair you decide on, though, just remember to keep the hair away from your forehead-- it's more formal and elegant that way. For lots of ideas on hair, visit Hairboutique.com. You can find the prom hair styles by clicking here.



Question:
I'm looking for a prom dress, but I don't want one of those fancy, frilly, lacey, just like everyone else's dress. I want a more casual/alternative style dress. Can you tell me where I can find something to suit my style? Thanks,

Answer:
Hi Holli. For the non-frilly types, you can try almost any of the major designers. I particularly recommend Calito and Alyce Designs because they have beautfiul dresses which are good for more than one occasion. You can begin your search for these manufacturers' styles, or the 20-25 or so other manufacturers, by running a search on your favorite engine, or by going to the Calito page we have on The Prom Site. You can jump from there right into their website. Once you've seen something you like, use their store locator to find the stores near you that carry their dresses. Then just go down there and try them on. Or if there's no store nearby, give one of the listed stores a call and place your order.



Question:
I'm having troble finding a prom dress and was wondering how quickly the dress would come if you ordered it off the internet. Also, is it alot more expensive?

Answer:
Hi Niki. Prices for dresses over the internet are not any cheaper than buying from a bridal boutique. The good thing about ordering this way, on the other hand, is that it increases your range of choices. Most stores don't carry everything. They only have a small selection from a few manufacturers, not always the best manufacturers. By doing it online, you increase your choices. Still, in terms of speed, even shopping online doesn't mean you will get your dress any quicker. The reason is that whether you shop online or not, the place you buy from still has to order the dress from the manufacturer before they can send it to you. The best thing to do, then, is to call a few stores that carry the dress company whose dress you're interested in, and ask them how long delivery takes. If the delivery time meets your needs, then just order the dress over the phone. To find the stores that carry a company's dresses, just look at the store locator on that company's website.
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