Prom Dress Guide

When shopping for prom dresses choosing the perfect prom dress is an important decision! Do you go short or long? What color should you choose? Strapless, halter or strappy? So many decisions when sorting through all of those prom dresses!

Is this dress appropriate for my school? Does the color of this prom dress look good with my skin tone? Does the shape of this prom dress work with my body type? Is this prom dress affordable? Image Map

Is this prom dress appropriate for my school?

When shopping for your prom dress, consider if your choice would be appropriate for your school. At Unique Vintage, we offer gorgeous, flattering prom dresses that are still appropriate for a prom. Movie stars walking the red carpet do not need to show a lot of skin to look sexy and stunning.

Does the color of this prom dress look good with my skin tone?
Skin tones can be divided into "seasons" depending on some key characteristics.

"Winter" complexions have blue or pink undertones. Skin can be pale white, yellowish-olive, or dark. Winter people are generally brunettes, with deeply colored eyes. Many Asians and African Americans fall into this category. Winters should try prom dresses whose colors are sharp, stark and clear. White, black, navy blue, red and shocking pink all go well with winter complexions. For lighter colors, wear icy tones rather than pastels. Avoid subdued tones like beige, orange and gold. Try these Unique Vintage options:

2014 Prom Dresses - Navy Jersey & Beaded Cut Out One Shoulder Gown
Black & Red Knoxville Mermaid Gown

"Summer" complexions, like winter complexions, have blue or pink undertones. Skin is pale and pink. Summers are often natural blondes or brunettes with pale eyes. Summers should choose prom dresses that are pastels and soft neutrals with rose and blue undertones. Lavender, plum, rose-brown and soft blue suit summers well while black and orange do not. Take a look at these Unique Vintage options:

Lilac Chiffon Strapless Sweetheart Gown
Aqua Tulle & Paisley Embellished Strapless Gown

"Autumn" complexions have golden undertones. Many redheads and brunettes with golden brown eyes fall into this category. Autumns should try prom dresses whose colors have golden undertones, like camel, beige, orange, gold and dark brown. Avoid colors with blue tones, like navy. Try these Unique Vintage Options:

Champagne Chiffon & Beaded Illusion Strapless Sweetheart Gown
Flirt by Maggie Sottero 2014 Prom Dresses - Coral Chiffon Dress with Lace Bodice

"Spring" complexions have golden undertones and are usually creamy white or peach. Spring people generally have straw-colored or strawberry red hair, freckles, rosy cheeks, and blue or green eyes. Springs can try prom dresses with warm colors like camel, peach, golden yellow and golden brown. Avoid dark, dull colors. Try these Unique Vintage options:

Mac Duggal 2013 Prom Dresses - Strapless Nude & Gold Sequin Gown
Peach Chiffon Beaded Sweetheart One Shoulder Gown

Does the shape of this prom dress work with my body type?

Everyone has things that they don't like about their body. When shopping for prom dresses, keep in mind that the right dress can hide flaws. Keep your particular body type in mind when shopping. You can accentuate the positive and downplay the areas that you don't like. Whatever type of body you have, you can find a flattering dress to fit your shape.

When looking at prom dresses, think about what your body type is:

*Triangle Body Shape: Triangle body types are categorized by a wider waist and smaller shoulders. Triangle body types also generally have a full lower half of their body. Flattering this body type is easy following a few simple rules. Flattering any body type is done by focusing on emphasizing the positive and by minimizing the negative. The trick is to draw attention away from imperfections by the way you dress.

Try wearing light colors on top, dark colors on bottom. Simply put, dark colors hide, while light colors magnify. Select prom dresses with sleeves to draw the eye outward, making shoulders appear wider, and balances out the larger hips.

Wear a prom dress that fits. Prom dresses that are too big look sloppy and unfinished, and doesn't disguise narrow shoulders. Prom dresses that fits the shoulders exactly and simply draw the attention elsewhere looks polished and attractive. Find a good tailor. This especially applies to large busted triangle body types. In order to get a prom dress to fit properly, it is sometimes necessary to have it properly altered. Other styles of prom dresses that are not flattering on a triangle body shape include boat necks, anything without collars and scoop neck shirts.

*Apple Body Shape: Women with apple body types tend to have an average to large bust, a wide waist and thin legs. Flat rear ends, narrow hips and wide shoulders are also key characteristics of an apple. Focusing on the positive--the arms, legs, and bust; while camouflaging the negative--the waist in particular; is the key to flattering an apple body type.

Choose prom dresses that have tops with details such a ruching on the sides, knotting, pleating or ruching. These details will draw less attention to the tummy area, which is an apple body type's trouble area.

Wear v-neck or scooped neckline shirts. They accentuate the bust, which is a key feature. Any shirt that has an interesting neckline works well for an apple body type.

Dress in monochromatic prom dresses or add just one more color. Keeping the number of colors down creates an illusion of length, which draws attention away from the waist.

Wear dark-colored on the lower half of the prom dress. To draw attention from the waist and flatter the apple body type, dress in a lighter colored top.

Wear prom dresses that hit right above the knee. Flattering the legs, the best characteristic of an apple body type, is easy in a mid-length skirt. Beware, though—prom dresses that are too long, that hit below the knee mid-calf, for example, will not accentuate the legs, but draw negative attention to the stomach.

*Hourglass Body Shape: An hourglass body type has moderate to large bust and hips, and a small waist—generally 10 inches smaller than the bust and hips. The hourglass is the most highly desired body type for women due to its femininity. Dressing to flatter the hourglass body type focuses on proportion, since the top and bottom half balance out so well.

Choose prom dresses with tops that define your small waist. Wrap tops, tie waist tops or belted tops are great examples of this.

Show off a great bust. Scoop necks tops and V-neck tops are examples of tops that accomplish this for an hourglass body type.

Avoid necklines that hit high on the neck like turtlenecks. They draw attention away from the waist—the main asset of the hourglass.

Is this prom dress affordable?

Unique Vintage prides itself on offering a large variety of prom dresses, sure to fit all budgets. Look at our section of prom dresses all priced under $150 HERE.

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