Help Your Daughter Pick The Perfect Prom Dress

Help Your Daughter Pick The Perfect Prom Dress 1

Want to be involved in your daughter’s prom shopping? Here’s how to help her pick the perfect dress.


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When it comes to finding the perfect prom dress for your daughter, it can feel like a daunting decision. Everyone’s probably trying to give you tips and even the mail man has an opinion on what to wear for the big night.

So how do you decide?

If you’re confused about choosing the right color, it’s time to relax. We’ve put together some handy tips to help you make the perfect choice. And if you don’t know where to start shopping, visit us online at

Hair Color and Skin Tone

It is pretty important to choose a dress color that flatters your daughter’s tone of skin and hair color. But don’t let it be your only criteria. That said, if she is a redhead with pale skin, you’re going to want to stay away from those perfect red prom dresses for ladies But a deep purple is guaranteed to look amazing.

Blonde girls with a medium skin tone look incredible in pale hues like pink or ice blue. Darker skin and hair girls can pull of gorgeous jewel tones.

Dress Style

When it comes to pairing dress style and color, things can get a bit trickier. Should you pick the color first then the style, or the other way around? The key is to keep an open mind about both aspects of this part of the selection process.

If you want your daughter to wear brighter colors or even neon shades, it’s better to opt for a shorter dress. Short prom outfits are considered statement pieces so you can combine a shorter style with, say, shocking pink or lime green and get away with making a massive impact.

Long prom dresses are far more elegant so it’s better to stick to traditional colors like deep blues, jet black, and beautiful shades of green to make the dress look classy and clean.


While it may seem strange to help your daughter pick out accessories before choosing the prom dress, if she has a piece of jewelry she loves or you have a stunning antique clutch for her, it helps to have those pieces on which to base the color of the dress. It might even make shopping for the dress a whole lot easier.

Big, bold necklaces look amazing with any color, but do think about contrast when you’re shopping. Do you want the focus to be the dress or the jewels? While a silver or black dress may seem plain, combined with the right jewelry, the overall effect can be astounding.

This also goes for other accessories she is planning to use. Whether it’s earrings, a bracelet, or even a bag, ensuring that the dress complements the piece is critical. If her dress is embellished, make sure that those tones complement the color of the dress and also the accessories’ tones. Be sure to take those accessories with you when you start shopping so you can find the perfect dress in the perfect shade much quicker.

Bottom Line

Prom is probably one of the most exciting times of your daughter’s high school career and no doubt you both want to make the best of it. When picking the color of the dress, make sure it is a color she will love and one that flatters her while also blending seamlessly with any accessories she chooses. All that sorted, her night will be a dream come true.

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