A lot of us have been there before. The prom approaches, and it’s only natural to feel a little nervous about how you’re going to look. After all, everyone’s going to be putting in the effort to make a whole new impression. If your daughter, or another female relative, is worried about how they’re going to look, a little guidance from you can go a long way.
Make sure you know the school dress code
Before you start scouring the local stores, you should make sure that you check to see if there are any dress codes that your daughter needs to follow. A lot of schools can be strict about these when it’s at the prom. Whether it’s about the length of the dress, the shoulder straps, skirt length, or even the color, you should jot down any restrictions so that you can make sure that you find a beautiful dress that fits the occasion.
Know where to find prom dresses
The thing about prom dresses is that they’re not always labeled specifically as that. What you’re looking for are smart, formal, but comfortable dresses. Some would recommend looking at stores that sell bridesmaid dresses, as these can often work just fine for the prom, as well. Try to stick to the modest prom dresses side of things, as well. You want to remember to keep up with those school codes as mentioned and although she may look gorgeous, you want to keep in mind that this is a social event with all of her peers your daughter is going to, not a date.
After the dress comes the accessories
Don’t let the shoes and the accessories of the outfit be a last-minute decision. You should take the time to browse the local stores, finding those that match the dress as well as those that help your daughter feel confident. If you’re looking at high heels, ensure that she can dance in them. When it comes to accessorizing with jewelry, try to stay to a theme or just keep it simple and let the dress do the talking with something like an elegant pair of earrings and a bracelet.
Get a third opinion
You and your daughter are going to be in the thick of shopping, so your idea of how she will actually look on the night can get a little twisted in that retail rush. As such, if you can, get an opinion from another person after you have brought home the outfit. A dad can provide a male’s outlook, and might spot some things you two might not notice, but an aunt or family friend might work just as well. You want to make sure your daughter isn’t embarrassed by your choices, after all.
Helping your daughter look her best at the prom can be a really fun time and help to bring you two even closer, showing that you will always be there for her. Of course, she doesn’t have to know where you got your tips from, you can take all the credit.
How have you helped your daughter get ready for prom? Let me know in the comments below!