Before you rush out to buy a Formal Dress, there are a few things you should consider before making a big purchase. Because dresses are designed for different purposes and come in a wide range of styles and prices, it’s important to assess your situation before you head out shopping. Here at Forever Bridal and Formal we feel there a few guidelines you should walk yourself through before buying a dress that may or may or not necessarily be appropriate for you.
Firstly, it’s important to consider what you’re going to be using the dress for. If you’re going to a prom for instance, you’d want to ensure that the dress you choose is going to be comfortable for dancing in all night long. However, if you’re simply going to be standing work function, you can afford to pick something that may not have as much air flow through it to keep you cool. Deciding what the dress will be used for will help you choose the length, style, and material for your formal dress.
When buying from an accredited formal dress store, you probably won’t have to worry too much about the quality of the material. What you will need to consider is how well the dress fits you and if any alterations are going to need to be made. Alterations are difficult to make on a dress of poor quality, which is why if you decide to go with a cheaper, lesser quality dress, you’ll want to ensure that it not only fits properly before you buy it, but also if you do need to make any alterations, that you have enough time and someone skilled enough to alter the dress however you need.
Last, and probably not least, is the price of the dress. Not everyone can afford to drop a few thousand dollars on a dress, especially if the dress is only going to be worn for a night or two at a prom or work function. While it may not be for everyone, a good rule of thumb to use when shopping for a formal dress is, “would my parents approve of the price?” If the answer is “no,” chances are the dress is too expensive. It’s easy to go overboard when buying a wow dress, but it will more than likely end up sitting in your closet longer than you’ll actually be wearing it.