Perfect Prom Dress

With so many styles, colors, and silhouettes to choose from, finding the perfect dress is often the hardest part of planning for prom. But with expert guidance from the stylists at Jovani, you’ll be able to narrow down your search to dresses that accentuate your unique features, such as body type, skin tone, and face shape.

Best Dress Styles For Every Body Type

If you’re slender and petite, look for long gowns that create an illusion of stature and shimmery colors like silver and gold that bring the eyes upward and adds volume. Other styles that look great on this body type are bold patterns, short cocktail dresses, and mermaid gowns that show off your curves in a sexy hourglass shape. For curvy figures, the best looks are form-fitting gowns in solid colors. The monochromatic shades create a vertical line that has a slimming effect for a sleek and elegant style. Jeweled embellishments are also flattering and add a dash of classic Hollywood glam.

For busty figures, the sheath dress is perfect for giving your look a sleek shape while showing off your curves. Stay away from bright patterns and look for monochromatic shades and understated colors like nude and shades of pink. The little black dress is also an ideal choice for its simple elegance and tailored sheath cut. If you’re full-figured, look for dresses that accentuate lovely décolletage and bring the eyes upward, such as a plunging V-neck or striking sweetheart or off-the-shoulder necklines. Other styles that work well are classic ball gowns with full skirts and solid colors in neutral, understated shades. If your body type is more boyish, go big with ruffles, embellishments, and shimmery metallic fabrics for extra sparkle.

Best Colors For Your Skin Tone

If you have fair skin, shades with light pink and blue undertones work well, such as jewel-toned shades of sapphire and ruby. Other colors that compliment this skin tone are bright pastels, like blues and greens as well as classic shades of white and black. Subtle colors like silver and violet also pair beautifully with the pale, soft undertones. For medium skin, the peach and pink undertones and light colored eyes go perfectly with gowns in soft pastels like lavender, plum, and eggshell blue. If your skin is earthy and peach toned, the best colors to look for are bold patterned prints, striking red and green monochromatic shades, and metallic gold. If your skin is dark with golden or reddish tones, look for gowns in ivory, champagne, and shimmery gold. Other colors that look fabulous with this skin tone are bright orange, red, and yellow shades.

Best Hairstyles For Your Face Shape

Now that you’ve decided on color and silhouette, consider your face shape when styling your hair. If your face is oval, your perfectly proportioned bone structure goes great with nearly any hairstyle. If your face is heart-shaped, the best hairstyles to compliment a small, defined chin and wider top half of the face are mid-length curls, soft waves at the cheekbone, and long, flowing waves with side swept bangs. If you have a full-cheeked, round face, choose an up-do or mid-length waves to take the focus away from prominent cheeks. If you have a square face with a wide jaw and well-defined chin, the best hairstyles are long or mid-length with textured layers and bob cuts with relaxed waves.

When it comes to fashion, a designer gown is more than a dress; it is a work of art that can transform your everyday look into a stunning ensemble that will take you away to a world of glamour and romance. Just like your own personal stylist, use this guide to find the perfect shade, silhouette, and detailing for the prom gown of your dreams.


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