How To Re-Wear Your Prom Dress

Posted March 1, 2012 by in Shopping

Prom is just around the corner and Broke & Chic has teamed up with designer Clari Farkash. Clari is here to teach you what to look for during the shopping process so you can have a beautiful gown that can be worn again and again.

I still have my prom dress from 14 years ago.  Seriously, I followed a couple of rules when I bought it and to this day it can still be pulled out of the back of the closet for a fancy evening.  Talk about getting my money’s worth.  Here are a few things to consider if you’re going to spend money on a prom dress and don’t want it to end up in a thrift store:

• Depending upon the fabric, shorter dresses are often easier to alter for occasions.  Full-length with sequins: no. Mini with sequins: yes.  Throw a short-fitted jean-jacket over a sequined mini-dress with mid-calf boots and you’re good to go.

• Full-skirts are another thing you’ll want to stay away from if you’re looking to repurpose (unless they’re short and funky).  So, beware of tulle unless it’s taking on a tutu kind of shape.

• Extremely loud colors can also be difficult to re-wear, lime-green comes to mind…  You certainly don’t have to get a boring old black mini-dress for prom, but a full-length, lime-green sequins up top and a hoop-skirt of tulle is a one-time affair kind of dress.

• Large sections of rhinestones are difficult to explain after prom.

• Go for somewhat mature. What if you wanted to wear this dress to the opera?  What about another night out to a formal event when you go off to college? You can’t change tacky once you have it.  Shoot for something tasteful and it will last, if someone 5 years older than you could pull it off then you can probably pull if off in 5 years.

Keep these things in mind and pick out something you can wear for several years.  Choose a style that can be changed with different shoes, jewelry and jacket/shrug/wrap options and you’ll get to sparkle in that dress for more than just one night on the town.