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Jun 03,2020 | Jennifer Oliver

  1. Think about the topic of the event, if there is one.

The prom with a certain theme offers a great opportunity to have fun with colors and can allow you to deviate from the standard. For example:

  • If you choose a Luau, bright, tropical colors fit the theme perfectly.
  • When you go to a formal dance with a heavenly theme, a metallic dress will remind you - maybe even one with sequins! - people to the stars, the moon or the sun.


  1. Decide what message your dress should send.

Some colors convey symbolic meaning. If you want to subtly convey a message to your date, your host, or someone you know you will see at the event, color may be the way to go. Some colors can even cause physical reactions in the viewer! For example:

  • Red conveys emotional intensity and passion. It can indicate sexuality and desire and is also very effective in attracting attention.
  • Orange conveys enthusiasm and creativity. It is also visually stimulating and indicates warmth.
  • Yellow conveys joy and energy and also attracts attention. However, be careful not to overdo it. Too much yellow can be overwhelming and may not flatter you.
  • Green conveys nature, growth, and fertility. This can make people feel safe and stable. It is also the color of money.
  • Blue is associated with calm and loyalty. Combine blue with warm colors like red or yellow for a better effect.
  • Purple is historically associated with kings. So wearing purple conveys power, wealth, and luxury. It is also associated with magic.
  • White is most often associated with purity. It conveys innocence and perfection - as long as you can keep it clean! Tip: If you are not the bride, do not wear a white dress for a wedding.
  • Black conveys strength and trust. It's hard to get more elegant than a black dress with a perfect fit.


  1. Remember that not all colors are suitable for all events.

Make sure you follow all dress code information associated with the event you will be attending. When you wear a neon green mini dress to an event with a black tie, you look dirty - and may be kicked out.


  1. Take your body shape into account when choosing the color.

Different colors can change the way your body looks due to the way the eye picks it up. There are many tricks you can use to draw attention to certain body parts or attributes.

  • Wear darker colors in places where you want to look smaller. For example, if you are aware of your hips, a dark skirt will make them slimmer.
  • Wear light or light colors in places that you want to emphasize. For example, if you want to draw attention to your chest, choose a dress with bright colors around the chest line. This can also help to distract attention from areas you don't like.
  • Wear a solid color dress under an open jacket of a different color. This creates a “split” effect that can help hide a larger middle section. You can also use a well-placed scarf or scarf.
  • Draw attention to your face by wearing flattering, lighter colors as accents near your face. Colors that match or complement your eyes and brighten your face are particularly effective


  1. Think about the length.

Depending on the event, some lengths may be considered appropriate. When you go to an official event, you are generally expected to wear a longer dress (slits are generally fine as long as they are tasty). At a more casual event or semi-formal event that requires a cocktail or party dress, shorter skirts are acceptable again as long as they are tasteful.


  1. Consider the cut and your body type.

Women come in all shapes and sizes, and each shape looks best in something else. The key to choosing a dress that looks fabulous for you is knowing your body type and finding dresses that work with it. You don't do yourself a favor if you insist on wearing your "dream" dress, although it doesn't flatter you.