Buying a prom dress online can be tricky. Designer dresses can be a big investment and with so many styles, designers, and different versions of the same size, finding the one that fits you perfectly is a big enough challenge in the store, much less without trying it on.
A reputable online formal and evening wear merchant will allow you to exchange a dress with the tags still on for a different size, and some will simply allow you to return a new dress for any reason. Mac Duggal dresses, for example, all come with a friendly return policy, as long as the dress is still new.
But there are several advantages to buying designer prom dresses online.
· Perhaps the biggest benefit is the wide range of choices you have to pick from, making it possible to find the perfect dress for you.
· If you live in an area with limited options for stores that carry a good selection of formalwear, you’re in danger of showing up to prom in the same dress as another girl.
· You can actually save a lot of time by purchasing a prom dress online. Trying on dresses can take several weekends.
· Prom is a night to remember forever, and part of the event is creating a memorable outfit that perfectly exhibits your own personal style.
Here are some tips for buying a prom dress online and for making your purchase part of a night to remember.
Plan ahead. This one is tough because many girls aren’t sure that they’ll be going to prom until the last minute. If you don’t have a steady boyfriend who you’re expecting to take you, you may be thrown through a loop when the guy you’ve had a crush on all year asks you two weeks beforehand and you have no dress and no chance of finding a good one in time.
If you’re hoping to go to prom this year, start looking for a dress as far in advance as possible, but don’t make any purchases. While the local stores will start running out of the best designs as prom draws closer, you’ll be buying a dress online, so you don’t have to worry about your dress being out of stock.
Window shop online. You’ll immediately find that there are hundreds of prom dress designers to choose from. Yikes! Wouldn’t it be easier to shop at the local department store, which will narrow your choices for you?
Not necessarily. What if none of the three designers the local store carries make dresses that fit your body type, and even if they do, they may not have the right size in stock. Each designer has its own unique style and size chart. By beginning your search online, you can discover the designers you like that make dresses in your size and price range.
Try different styles and designers on at the store. Visit your local formalwear shops and department stores to see if you can try on some of the dresses you liked online. It’s unlikely that they’ll have very many of the same ones, so you should ask the sales clerk to help you find dresses by the designers you liked so you can see how their dresses fit you. Your main goal is to find the size the fits you best by the designers you like the most.
Find the dress of your dreams online. Now that you’ve narrowed your choices down to one or two designers that fit your body and budget, it’s time to find the perfect style of dress at an online boutique.