By Paige Sheldrake and Emma Twigg
With prom season approaching faster than we realize, the struggle of finding a perfect dress can be daunting. Style, size, color; so many options! It can be overwhelming to try and figure out where to even begin, but with a little guidance, finding your dress can be a breeze.
Many people choose to shop in stores, whether it be department stores or boutiques. If you plan on going to a department store, head to the mall. There are thousands of options available and if you do not find the right one in a department store, there is the option of a boutique. There are multiple boutiques throughout Maryland and within a reasonable distance from Glenelg that dress buyers can go to find their dream dress. Dejavu, Synchronicity, Lux and Royal Bliss are just a few of the popular places. Staff can be helpful in picking out what would be the best fit and give advice on colors and styles. Many Junior and Senior girls claim that in-store shopping is better than online and can make the prom dress experience much less stressful. Shopping in a store allows you to try on and see how the dress actually looks on before purchasing it. Katie Grimm, a Senior at Glenelg says “online shopping is so hard because you don’t know what size you may be based on the different designers”. Another issue is seeing how the dress looks in person. Emma Moog, another Senior at Glenelg, says “It’s better to try it on before you buy it”. Shopping in a store can save you the issue of alterations or buying a dress that you do not love.
An alternative to buying in-store is to buy online. Although it can have its drawbacks, online shopping is not all bad. It can save time and money. Instead of finding time to go out to a store, you can shop from the comfort of your house without the hassle of lines and dressing rooms. Many online sites may be cheaper than shopping in-store, with various online deals. There are many reliable sites that you can go to in order to find your dress. Promgirl and Lulus are the top two sites for ordering a prom dress. Promgirl has extremely quick shipping and Lulus is very reliable when it comes to material quality and size. Senior, Bailey Arenberg, says that “I look at department stores, but I also like Lulus”. Whether you choose to shop online or in stores, there are plenty of options from which to choose.
Overall, it is up to you on where you wish to shop when looking for prom. Do some research and figure out whether you would prefer online or in-store. In order to figure out which way you want to go when shopping you can ask friends and family. Either way, you’re sure to look great!