It’s never too early to find the perfect prom dress for you. There are a number of things to consider when you shop for the right prom dress. Among these factors are dress shape, color and price.

Here is how to choose a prom dress for the dance.

Consider your body shape. The first thing you’ll want to do when shopping for a prom dress is to choose a formal gown that flatters your body shape.

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The basic guideline is that if you’re slender you’ll want to go with a dress that draws attention your small frame and slim waist. If you’re pear shaped a-line skirts would be your best bet for a flattery look. If you’ve got an apple shape, choose an empire waist and create a flowy feel that takes away attention from your middle. You’ll feel comfortable dancing and look great. These are just a few examples of choosing a formal gown on body shape that we’ll later discuss on this site.

Choose a prom dress in the right color. The color of the prom gown should reflect your tastes and also complement your skin tone. For example, a warmer skin tone does well with earth tone prom dresses. Cool skin tones look best with jewel tone dresses. Select a formal gown in a color you look good wearing, not just because it might be your favorite color in general. Your makeup should also coordinate with your gown so you’ll be right on track when you put together your prom look.

Choose a prom dress at the right price. Price is an important factor when you’re shopping for a formal gown. Prices can range from less than $100 to more than $1,000 for a formal gown. If you have a gown custom made for you, it’ll cost more due to labor costs and fittings. Some bridal and formal gown shops will offer sales and discounts on certain dresses so shop around. Only you, or your parents, can decide what price works best for your budget.

Now that you’ve read these shopping tips you’re ready to start shopping for your perfect formal outfit.