At one of your favorite shops, you find a designer dress: you are instantly enamored. Alas, so expensive! Try shopping online – you may find it at a discount!

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A girl can dream, right? Although award season has come and gone, the parade of beautiful actresses walking the red carpet provided plenty of sartorial inspiration for teen girls across the country, who dream of that most iconic of parties, the prom.

But let’s face it; the average American high school student will not be able to afford that coveted Versace, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Elie Saab, Valentino or Badgley Mischka gown worn by their favorite actress. Luckily, there are online shops like Peaches Boutique (peachesboutique.com), which offer a large selection of beautiful, red-carpet worthy dresses. Online shops can offer any number of services – like customization and variety and range of sizes – than their brick-and-mortar counterparts cannot.

Without question, doing research to find a prom dress is a given. It is a rare gal who has no interest in the selection of her prom dress. Frankly, it’s more likely that there will be a good deal of rumination and thought, and many opinions sought. Those teens are likely thrilled with the prospect of being able to exchange URLs and photos through e-mail, or the even quicker route of SMS messaging or Facebook Messenger.

Go Shopping

Finding online discount shopping on the World Wide Web takes only a rudimentary search, and once you find an actual site, it’s a snap to search. You can do a general search (“dresses”), and from there, you can get even more specific. However, there are a few steps to make online discount prom dress shopping not only easy, but successful.

Even before you begin an Internet search, go to an actual shop and try on a variety of dress styles. Most teens don’t have an arsenal of bridesmaid dresses at their disposal, as they will in 10 to 15 years. (Many women can simply revisit the dresses to determine which style is most flattering.) As a teen you may have no idea what style really looks best on your girlish figure – and there’s no reason you should know…yet. That’s why trying on dresses is a critical step; you need to get an idea of what looks best to you – what kind of neckline? What about the bodice – does a fitted waist flatter you? The length of the dress is notable as each variation can make your legs look long, but moreover, the level of formality you’re hoping to achieve. You can also see how certain colors look on you, too.

Consider popular formal dress silhouettes: strapless or sleeveless, sweetheart or crew or deep V necklines, and, critically, length – teen queens will be able to choose from mini to knee-length to mid-calf/cocktail to maxi and even a dress with short train. Comfort may not be your first priority (at least, not for another 20 to 30 years), but for an event at which you’ll be dining, dancing and delighting, it isn’t an aspect you should wholly forgo.

Which is more important to you? Your hairstyle or your dress? We ask, because coordination will be necessary. Since we’re here about the dress, let’s say that is your main priority, and you want to build your prom wardrobe around said dress. You’ve thought about the silhouette, sleeves and length. Now, let’s consider color. Today’s trends, if the red carpet is to be believed, includes white, white and black, nude and pale pink, and a much bolder red or navy. A cache of pastel colors could also be an option. For the shy, let your jewelry choices be the guide: consider, if you will, the statement necklace, which was worn to the recent Oscar ceremony by Cate Blanchett and Margo Robbie.

Once you have made a checklist of what you’re looking for in a prom dress, you can begin your online search. And, if you’re like most young women who are turning to the Internet, you’re not only likely to find a close approximation of your dream dress, but you’re also very likely to find the gown at a discount. Don’t discount online shopping, because it could very well likely be the key to your dream dress.

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