Choosing the Right Dress Length: What You Need to Know

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When planning for a formal event like the prom, there is a lot to take onboard and one important aspect of dress selection is length. Of course, you could go short, midi or long. In order to help you with that, here are a few things to bear in mind.

What Do You Feel Comfortable With?

Perhaps below the knee is right for your personality, or you have great legs and show them off whenever you can. It really depends on how you feel about yourself and what you want to highlight. Browse some online designer dress boutiques for ideas. The price tags on some sites won’t out of reach for the average person, so you won’t have to worry about the prices. There are many designers out there, all with stunning creations. Choose a dress that stands out and holds your attention.

It’s All About Legs

If you have shapely legs, why not let them be admired? Or maybe you’d prefer a full-length mermaid or ball gown. If you do go short, think about silk stockings. If you want to stand out, go for a LBD or try some gorgeous white prom gowns from top designers, with prices that are affordable.

Vertical Proportions

One aspect of long hemlines is that they make you look taller, which is great if you have short legs. If you can’t decide which dress you like by simply viewing photos of them, then you need to try on a few dresses and look in the mirror. At the end of the day, it is you who must feel good about what you’re wearing.

5 Main Categories

When looking at dress or skirt lengths, the following apply:

  • Mini
  • Knee length
  • Midi
  • Maxi
  • Floor length

Aside from your personal preferences, dress code might also need to be factored into your dress choice, which might rule out the mini. Once you have a good idea what you want in terms of the prom dress, search online for a designer dress boutique. On their website, you can search by price, dress length, style, or even by designer.

Where To Buy a Designer Dress

If you live near a shopping mall with a floor of boutiques, you can spend the day trying on a range of designer creations, but failing that, an online boutique will have you covered and you’ll save 15-20% on the recommended retail price. Browse in the comfort of your own home and with online shopping, you can really take your time and even create a list of garments. You won’t find designer gowns at lower prices and once the garment arrives, you can visit your local seamstress to get it properly fitted, and remember to take your shoes with you. About 99 times out of 100, a dress needs altering and that is a small job for a seamstress and would only cost a few dollars.

It is worth noting that certain formal events have more rigid dress codes, so do check in advance, which would save you from major embarrassment.


Image Credits: Inga Seliverstova

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