It’s prom season! Before you run out the door to spend hundreds on a dress, it’s important to make a plan. Here are a few tips to help with that search for the perfect dress:
- Take your time. Do some research ahead of time. Learn your body type and the styles of dresses that work best for you. When you’re in store give yourself time to look over the racks and don’t be afraid to try on some dresses you’re unsure about. Sometimes a dress looks terrible on the hanger but great on you. Sometimes in your research you may have locked onto one style of dress and another may surprise you.
- Bring a friend. You need someone else to help with an honest opinion and with managing hangers in the dressing room. Make sure you plan to bring someone along who is willing to do both. Besides, shopping is more fun with company.
- Dress the part. When you go to the store, make sure you are prepared with the same undergarments and accessories you plant on wear on the night of. You want to know exactly how the dress is going to fit with what you already have. If your slip is showing in the dressing room you don’t want to find yourself stuck adjusting it all night long.
- Save money where you can. Don’t be afraid to give consignment shops or the clearance rack a try. Sometimes a simple alteration or a good cleaning by Zikers can bring an old dress back to life. When everyone else is chasing the latest trend, you can look just as stylish in a dress from last year. If you bring your dress to us after the event for a cleaning you may even be able to resale it—or donate it to our annual Princess for a Night prom dress giveaway.
Ziker Cleaners and The Junior League of South Bend will be holding our 14th Annual Princess for a Night prom dress give away at the Century Center in South Bend on April 1. Last year we gave away over 400 dresses to young women who might otherwise have not been able to afford one. To accomplish this feat we need donated dresses. Dresses will be collected at all 10 Ziker Cleaner locations through March 25th.
- Use caution with online shops. There are lots of great deals on the internet but there are also lots of shops that really are too good to be true. If you’re dying to get a dress off an online store, ask around to see if it’s one anyone else has used before and listen to their experience. You do not want to be waiting a month to get your dress, only to discover the fabric is cheap and wrinkled. If you have any doubts about the site, play it safe and leave it alone or order several months ahead of time. If you’re running low on time, choose an in-person option.
No matter what you wear, have fun and be safe!