You want to look your best on your big day and a large part of that is the dress, whether it is for prom or for your wedding. Shopping alone can be intimidating, so it never hurts to have a second opinion. Who you want to have with you depends on which of the following events you are shopping for.
It can be a good idea to shop for prom dresses in two stages:
Go on a scouting mission with your most trusted besties. You want the girls who are not going to grab your favorite dress from under your nose. Select a few styles and make sure you aren’t all in love with the same prom dress (unless that’s a plan you have). Take pictures with your phone so you can think about the possibilities.
Now that you have an idea of what you want, take your mom with you to the store. It’s likely that she’s picking up the tab (which means she will want a say). Prom dress shopping is also a great time to reach out to her and show her how important her opinion is. By asking your mom to help you choose between three or four dresses you like, you will end up with something you like no matter what.
Remember when prom was the biggest night of your life? The stakes are even higher with a wedding and for some brides that can be stressful. Fear not! Your wedding day truly is the biggest day of your life and if you’re lucky, you are surrounded by friends and family who want to help. Here are the two people to bring with you:
Your wedding is a big day for you. It is also a milestone for your mom. You’ll score big points if you include her in some of the important decisions. You’ll also benefit from her years of wisdom. Listen to her carefully before you make the dress decision.
This is likely the same person, but sometimes distance is an issue. This should be a girlfriend that you trust to give you an honest opinion in a kind way. She knows that you hate the way your (insert body part here) looks and she will help you camouflage it. Better yet, she knows you have a fabulous (insert body part here) and can help you find ways to highlight it! Ask her to take pictures so you can consider the dresses over a few days.
David’s Bridal stocks a wide variety of prom dresses and wedding dresses in a range of sizes designed to flatter all types of figures.
You spend enormous amounts of time picking out your prom dress and getting ready, so you should be sure to immortalize your effort in photographs. Your prom pictures are a lifelong reminder of one of the most exciting nights of your life. To ensure that your pictures look as great as you do, here are some quick tips.
It’s normal to be nervous when you are having your picture taken, but the best pictures are ones where you look natural. Have someone tell a joke or try to remember a funny story while pictures are being taken. You will look more relaxed and your smile will be genuine.
Being photographed straight on makes you appear larger than you are. This can be great for guys, but it is not typically a flattering pose for girls. Standing at a slight angle will make you appear narrower, and is also a great way to show off a bit of the luxe back detailing on your fab dress.
Updos are a great way to do something different with your hair, but complicated styles may be difficult to achieve on your own. To ensure that your hair looks great and stays in place, have a professional style your hair for prom, or save your money and check out DIY video tips. Gently remind your date that a fresh haircut would look sharp with his tux.
You’ll want your makeup to last throughout prom, so use waterproof mascara, durable foundation and crease-resistant eye shadow. Remember that primer can help all those gorgeous colors stay where they belong. If you happen to be selected for prom royalty, have a compact ready for a quick fix before pics.
Your prom dress should fit well and be as comfortable as possible. While prom attire will never be as cozy as your pajamas, you don’t want something you can’t move in. David’s Bridal offers lots of short prom dresses and super-danceable jersey options. Additionally, a few minor alterations can help you achieve the perfect fit.
Happy Trendy Thursday DB Readers! Since many proms are right around the corner, if you are still scrambling for a dress- here are some great options that are under $100! Three of our dresses were recently featured on PennyChic.com- an awesome website that keeps up with the latest fashion trends!
Billboard Latin Music Awards Red Carpet Looks for Less
By Carmen Ordonez
The stars brought the heat to the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which took place last week in sunny Miami, Florida. From bright bold colors such as Kika Rocha’s purple organza dress to America Sierra’s fuchsia strapless number – there were many favorites on my list. Luckily for us, we can mimic their style without breaking the bank with these budget-friendly alternatives from David’s Bridal.
America Sierra looked stunning in this tiered fuschia dress. Get a similar look with this strapless sequined bodice gown from David’s Bridal. The empire sash waist creates a flattering silhouette, while the sequined bodice adds the perfect amount of glam. This dress would be perfect for prom or even a black-tie wedding.
Venezuelan model, Natasha Dominguez, turned heads on the red carpet with this sequined long dress. You can easily recreate her look with this one-shouldered glitter mesh dress from David’s Bridal. It’s the perfect mix of feminine and sexy with the sweetheart neckline and side slit. Take a cue from the gorgeous model and keep your accessories to a minimum. You don’t want them to overpower your dress.
Kika Rocha flaunted her figure on the red carpet in this purple mermaid dress. Accentuate your own curves with this striking organza dress for just under $200. Finish off your look with this intricate beaded satin sash from David’s Bridal for only $39.
When 17-year-old Jessica Barr of National Park was browsing online for the perfect prom dress, she had no idea her search would lead her to a second place spot in the David’s Bridal Prom Style Stars contest.
“I’ve always loved David’s Bridal,” Barr said. “The dresses, the accessories, the styles are great.”
While on the bridal shop’s website, she clicked on the Prom Style Stars contest link and thought it would be fun to enter.
“I had to enter a five-minute video on prom tips,” she said. “I’ve never done anything like that before, but it was really fun.”
Noelle Landolt, online marketing manager for David’s Bridal, said once all the submissions were approved, the videos went online for viewers to vote for their favorites.
“There were a wide range of videos from prom planning to getting the perfect prom look,” Landolt said.
After the public-vote period, a panel of David’s Bridal judges chose their top-10 favorites from the 20 highest vote-getters.
“The top 10 videos were selected based on quality of the video and originality,” Landolt said.
Aside from Barr’s ability to create a quality video which presented the content in a creative way, Landolt said she offered practical advice and presented it in a helpful way that teenage girls can relate to.
“And we loved her original and empowering message that beauty comes from within,” she said.
Barr, who is a senior at Gloucester County Institute of Technology where she is studying cosmetology, has been interested in makeup since she was just a toddler.
“When I was 2 years old, I went into my grandmom’s bathroom and got into her makeup,” Barr said. “When I walked out, everyone said I looked just like Grandmom.”
After she decided to enter the David’s Bridal contest, she partnered with her cousin, Emily Pitts of Mickleton, who shot the video with her own video camera.
“I loved doing the tutorials and to see the comments from people really meant a lot, so I thought, ‘Maybe I should do this more,’” Barr said.
Landolt said after Barr’s and the other nine videos were named the Top 10 Finalists, each finalist was required to send in two more videos and three blog entries about prom preparation.
These additional videos and written submissions will be judged to pick the grand prize winner which will be announced on April 29.
“This time there is no fan voting, and the winner will get $10,000,” Landolt said.
Barr’s initial video features tips about makeup, hair, choosing a dress and having fun.
“First things first, you’ll look pretty no matter what,” Barr said about choosing a dress. “If you do have a strapless dress, make sure you use invisible straps. You don’t want to go through the whole entire night lifting up your dress and fixing it all night. That’s just a pain in the butt. And if you do end up using a short dress, keep it classy. You don’t want to go around flashing people.”
After giving more tips about choosing a date and being confident, Barr gives her final tip, telling viewers to always remember, “you’re beautiful no matter what.”
To see Barr’s videos, read her blog entries and find out if she wins the grand prize on April 29, visit www.davidsprom.com.
Good Morning DB Readers and Happy Trendy Tuesday! For the prom girls who are still in search for the perfect dress, David’s Bridal has a dress for YOU no matter your style, budget, or favorite color! Yesterday on KTLA in Los Angeles, Alison Deyette featured quite a few David’s Bridal dresses that are perfect for the fashionista!!
Good Morning DB Readers, Happy Monday Monday! Prom season is right around the corner, and we are so excited for all of the girls who have found their dream dresses for their big night! Even if you’re still looking, David’s Bridal is a great place for inspiration if you’re looking for the perfect dress, or you can find a great dress with us! This weekend we were featured in a New York Times story about Prom girls looking to celebrities for inspiration on what to wear to their prom! Read the story below, or read it here!
“I’ve got girls whipping out their iPhones,” Stacey Rywelski, the manager of David’s Bridal in Long Island City, said the other day. “They’ll say, ‘What do you guys have that looks like this?’ ”
Jennifer Lawrence, named as best actress, in a Dior gown at the Oscars in February. The dress has prom potential.
Ms. Rywelski was describing the annual shopping frenzy that takes place in America shortly before that hallowed high-school ritual, prom, customarily in May or June. And this year, she and others say, the Academy Awards in February, quickly digested by style commentators, have been a particularly fertile source of ideas for young shoppers and the designers who cater to them.
“Every girl is taking red-carpet inspiration,” said Katherine Vargas, 16, a senior at Robert F. Kennedy Community High School in Flushing who watched the Oscars intently, zooming in on Jennifer Lawrence, who won best actress in a Dior couture gown. “I loved her in ‘The Hunger Games’ and on every red carpet, she stuns me. She inspired me to look for a blush dress.”
So Ms. Vargas took to Google, searching for “blush prom dress” and found a strapless fit and flare dress with cut-glass beads from David’s Bridal.
Alexi Buliavac’s choice, which she bought for $378 from Unique Vintage, is a simple Night Moves by Allure blue dress with sparkles on the waistline and a sweetheart neckline. “I got the color from the Oscars,” said Ms. Buliavac, 17, a senior at John Burroughs High School who lives in Burbank, Calif. “I liked the silver and blue dresses like Amy Adams’s dress and Penélope Cruz’s. I wanted that for prom.”
The Oscar ceremony is broadcast when prom issues of teen magazines hit the newsstands, many dresses are already in stores and girls are planning their looks. This year’s crop of red-carpet trends (neutral colors, strapless necklines, beading and sequins) had a sweetness that seemed particularly prom-friendly. “A great return to feminine beauty, with sweetheart necklines and the emphasis on hourglass silhouettes,” said Zoey Washington, the owner of Littlebird, a lifestyle company for teenagers on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
In his column for Slate, the Barneys creative ambassador Simon Doonan was somewhat more acidic. “Is it fashion? No.” he wrote of the styles that prevailed at this year’s Oscars. “Is it a parade of conventional prom dresses? Yes, I am rather afraid it is.”
But as Mr. Doonan said in a recent phone interview, “when a girl goes to the prom, she wants a silver-screen, old-school moment of glamour.”
“It’s not got a lot to do with high fashion,” he noted.
Hollywood has long figured in the dreams (and nightmares) of prom-bound teenage girls: The daisy-adorned dress worn by Elizabeth Taylor in “A Place in the Sun” reverberated through junior departments for years; less so the homemade ones of “Carrie” and “Pretty in Pink.” But only in recent years, with the rise of stylists and endless Internet images, has the focus been on the red carpet, which, like prom, is “a highly crafted theatrical moment that is pure drama,” said Ann Shoket, the editor in chief of Seventeen magazine.
The Oscar ceremony is far from the only event to influence decisions. By February, Carter Rutherfurd, 17, had already bought two possible dresses for her prom at T. C. Roberson High School in Asheville, N.C.: a tangerine Nicole Miller dress and a dark green dress from J. Crew inspired by a Vera Wang gown that Mila Kunis wore to the Golden Globes in 2011.
But then she saw Jessica Chastain’s copper Armani Privé Oscars gown. “It took my breath away,” Ms. Rutherfurd said. “It was simple, classy and so elegant. I love the color, and the sparkle on it made it stand out.” Using Pinterest and Rent the Runway and with a budget of $250, she said, “I am looking for a dress similar to that for my own.”
Some girls are looking at photos of after-parties and even to broadcasters for inspiration. Natalie Steele, 17, loved the black Tony Ward couture dress that Giuliana Rancic wore as a red-carpet correspondent. “It was simple and classy, it’s what I want when I go to prom,” said Ms. Steele, who is a senior at Santa Susana High School and lives in Simi Valley, Calif. With $150 to spend, she found a black strapless dress from David’s Bridal that was form fitting and flared out at the bottom. “The dressing rooms don’t have mirrors,” she said. “I walked out and my mom and I saw it at the same time. I knew this was the one.”
Others like Ms. Buliavac find inspiration merely in the color, or detail, of an Oscars dress. Samantha Parrish, 17, who attends Garrison Forest School and lives in Randallstown, Md., is planning on sewing her own prom dress à la Molly Ringwald’s character in “Pretty in Pink”— though arguably with a more sophisticated influence. “I liked Adele’s dress,” said Ms. Parrish, referring to the “Skyfall” singer. “I’m thinking of that design with sleeves and a long dress, maybe in sheer navy.”
“I’m making sure we’re right there with the Oscar look, so that when somebody wants to buy a dress, they don’t have to wait till next year,” Ms. Durocher said, since it takes from 6 to 12 months for a dress to go from her sketchbook to retail.
Having dresses in stores that reflect Oscars trends is partly luck, said Lisa DiBello, prom and adult-occasion buyer for David’s Bridal. “We carry so many looks from the minimal to the heavily embellished that we’re bound to have something that is similar to what is on the red carpet,” she said. “If we saw a great dress this year, we could do it for 2014.”
The crystal ball can also be helpful. “We had forecast beads and sequins would be hot like what we saw on Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jessica Chastain and Amanda Seyfried,” said Omid Moradi, the chief executive for the line Faviana. “Gold is very hot right now over silver. We have a dress in our collection similar to Renée Zellweger’s.”
“Similar” has become a key word, rather than “knockoff.”
“Girls are less in interested in ‘ripped from the red carpet’ than looking to these celebs as icons,” Ms. Shoket said. “It’s about channeling the energy. You want Jennifer Lawrence’s girliness, or Rihanna’s flirty sex appeal or Taylor Swift’s sweet glamour rather than being a one for one.”
As when Kate Middleton married and designers rushed to copy her Alexander McQueen gown, replicas of famous Oscars dresses are available from some companies online, but they’re generally sold only showing a photo of the original dress, so quality, design and detail are somewhat up to chance. (Though Mr. Doonan noted: “You’re going to drink and fall around and sweat, so a couture dress would inhibit you, and you wouldn’t have such a good time. It’s better to have a copy of a copy of a copy.”) ABS Allen Schwartz is a dressmaking company once known for outright copies of red-carpet wear, but no more, said the designer Allen Schwartz. “I didn’t like the publicity, “ he said. “It kind of takes away from the creativity.”
But “you’d see all of those Oscars trends represented in our evening line,” he said. “We have the blush pinks, we have long black gowns with studding.” Mr. Schwartz agreed that this Oscars season is particularly open to translation into prom looks. “Especially today with all the young starlets, the Jennifer Lawrences, they’re much more contemporary than the Hollywood of 10 years ago,” he said.
Not too contemporary, however.
“One thing we’re particularly attuned to this year is a new level of modesty,” Ms. Shoket said. “It’s not about shocking people with crazy cutouts or incredibly sexy dresses or things that make parents go bonkers.”
Good Afternoon DB Readers and Happy FRIDAY! WOOHOO! Prom season is RIGHT around the corner, if you haven’t already had yours! If you’ve found the perfect dress you are in great shape, and if you haven’t, our stores across the country still have an amazing assortment of dresses and gowns for any girl no matter her style or budget!! Looking to accessorize for the perfect prom look on your big night? Check out 5 of our favorite shoes that you’ll want to dance the night away in from David’s Bridal!