For many teenage girls, the thought of trying on prom dresses in a busy changing room area is more than a little daunting. The lighting is terrible, the cubicles are cramped, and you have to spend ages sifting through the rails to try and find the right size, in the right color, of the right gown. It can all get a little frustrating.
So why not take the angst out of shopping for your prom dress by ordering it online? Get together with your girlfriends for a few hours and browse through hundreds of prom dress styles and colors online. The best part is that once you have found your ideal dress, you are guaranteed that it will be available in your size, because it can be made to measure!
However, with an average of 80% of women wearing the wrong size bra, getting your own measurements correct may be a little tricky. To start with, follow the instructions on how to measure for bust, waist and hip measurements to get a clear idea of your general size. To get the most accurate measurement, you may want to get a friend to help measure you.
The standard bust measurement should be taken around the fullest part of your bust. Make sure the tape runs straight across your back and does not dip down, as this will give you a measurement that is too large.
While it is tempting to breathe in while taking this measurement, don’t! You want to be comfortable in your gown, so take the measurement from around the smallest part of your waist just below your ribcage, while you are relaxed and holding your stomach naturally.
Take this measurement at the widest part of your hips. For most women, this will be on or just below your hip bones. Make sure the tape is resting lightly on your body, and not pulled too tight.
Next, check your measurements against the standard size chart. If your measurements are very different from any of the sizes listed, you will need to order your gown as made-to-measure. This is a free service from PromDress4Less and ensures that your prom dress will fit you nicely, no matter how unique your figure is.
To make sure your prom dress fits perfectly, you will need to go ahead and take the rest of the measurements listed in the chart. Pay particular attention to where to place the measuring tape for each measurement, following the diagrams carefully. Alterations are also available at no charge but can take up to two weeks, so it is better to make sure you get your measurements right the first time.
You should also try to take your measurements while wearing shoes of the same height as you intend to wear to prom, as this will mean that your posture and height will be the same as the big night, and will help to make sure that the dress drapes the way that it should.
So if you are frustrated by trying on dresses that would fit “if only it was just a little looser here, or a little larger there”, then grab your measuring tape and start browsing our site!