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Choosing a Prom Dress

As many of you know I love trying new things, and jetting off abroad to discover new food, cultures and ways of life is something I think I’ll never grow tired of. Lately though I’ve been thinking about how many traditions from abroad have started creeping into the UK over recent years and found a home. Black Friday used to be something you only saw on Youtube when videos came out showing Americans climbing over each other for cut priced TVs, now it’s not only well established it’s taken on its own life here – lasting almost two weeks as we go mad for sales leading up to Christmas. Chinese New Year is getting bigger, and I’m slowly starting to hear of more and more friends going to Thanksgiving dinners each year. Another big tradition that seems to have come from abroad and stuck is the prom.
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Proms are something you used to see in movies like American Pie – it was a big night with an even bigger buildup. You had to carefully consider who to ask to the prom and whether they already had a date, what dress you were going to wear, and whether you could sneak out some alcohol from your parents cupboard to try on your last night with your friends before you all departed for different colleges. In real life there’s much less pressure and drama, as they’re usually held as you progress up from one school to another with the same friends. However choosing what to wear is still a big deal, and for a lot of teenagers finding the right prom dress is the equivalent of an adult having to choose their wedding dress. Having been through the drama of choosing a wedding dress I would have really appreciated a practice run by choosing a prom dress!
I know I have quite a few young readers, so I want to do my best to give them a few tips on how to choose the right dress for their big night. Let’s go for it!

Start Looking Early

My biggest piece of advice when starting to find your prom dress is to give yourself enough time! I cannot overstate how important this is. There’s a lot of dresses out there and you need enough time to figure out what works for you and to have any adjustments made if necessary. You don’t want to end up panic buying or having to settle for a dress that you’re not that keen on just because time got away from you, so start shopping early and nail it with weeks to spare.
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Ignore Trends

This is a tough one, but when choosing a dress go with what suits you over what’s hot right now. Your hair, body type and own personal style should dictate your dress, not the other way around. You want to this to look effortless, so if you buy a dress that’s bang on trend but doesn’t match you then you’re going to put in some serious time and cost to make it work, and then you run the risk of it looking that way. Also when you look back on your photos in the future you don’t cringe up if whatever was in at the time is now very much out.

Match Your Date

Got a prom date? Lucky you! Ask him what he’s wearing. If you’re arriving together, dancing together and having your photo taken together you’ll want to make sure what you’re wearing doesn’t clash horribly or look too similar. Your outfits should compliment one another, so plan them together if you can.
Are you heading to a prom this summer or have a daughter who might be? Hop onto Twitter and share your dress buying tips or photos.
Happy shopping!
*This post is sponsored by the lovely people at promdressfinder.co.uk

Fashion

Emily Hearts Mens Gift Guide 2014

Skull and Bones Boys Club SABBC have been dropping some bombs this year, making them a go-to brand for Christmas gear for men. I’ve picked out their wooden comb and noose chain items which would make great stocking fillers. chain comb Comb http://www.skullandbonesboysclub.com/product/combs/ Gentleman Noose Chain http://www.skullandbonesboysclub.com/product/gentleman-noose-chain-3/ Noose and Monkey  Noose and Monkey have had an amazing year, going from a small brand with a modest line of jackets and shirts to being picked up by Topman and collaborating with Hype. I’ve picked out some of their finest autumn/winter pieces, so dive in and help sharpen your fella’s wardrobe. shoes cufflinks shirt Stud Toe Cap Dress Slippers http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4519956 Cufflinks with Diamante Skull http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3938492 Shirt With Collar Bar And Tipped Placket http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4368286 Abandon Ship Gamesmaster T-Shirt Abandon Ship are an unapologetic Scottish brand offering a range of colourful and often downright obnoxious designs. I’ve picked out their Gamesmaster t-shirt, a genuine banger. Grab it and listen to him tell you about that time the batteries ran out on the last level of Super Mario Land. gameboy http://www.abandonshipapparel.com/product/games-master-tshirt/ Video Games Guys love it when girls buy them video games, so pick up one of these and reap the rewards. Just have a flick through his collection first and make sure you’re avoiding getting a duplicate. games FIFA http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-M3OESSELE11237-FIFA-Xbox/dp/B00KHJLDQE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416759830&sr=8-1&keywords=fifa+15 Call of Duty Advanced Warfare http://www.amazon.co.uk/Call-Duty-Advanced-Warfare-Xbox/dp/B00MO6ZFIA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416759737&sr=8-1&keywords=call+of+duty+advanced+warfare Far Cry 4 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Far-Cry-4-Xbox-One/dp/B00I9WUXB2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1416759756&sr=8-2&keywords=far+cry+4 Destiny http://www.amazon.co.uk/ACTIVISION-P4REFPACT12441-Destiny-PS4/dp/B00BF6D52S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416760043&sr=8-1&keywords=destiny Uppercut Deluxe Wash Kit Uppercut Deluxe are an Australian brand who bring classic barber products to a modern world. I’ve picked out their essential wash kit, which includes face wash, shaving products and a wonderful wooden tooth brush. Unknown http://www.uppercutdeluxe.com/uk/filled-wash-bag.html Bellroy Slim Sleeve Bellroy are on a mission to eliminate chunky wallets, offering wallets designed to slim down the cards and notes that a guy carries around day to day. I’ve picked out their classic Slim Sleeve wallet, which is a great gift if your man carries a brick around in his back pocket all day. 1_bellroy-wssb-black-texture-bellroywebsite-01.1401262751 http://bellroy.com/wallets/slim-sleeve-wallet