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Prom 2011: Long vs. Short Dresses

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Posted on February 02 2011

High school is so much more than worrying about that next Shakespeare test. It’s also about making memories with your closest friends, and there’s no better time to do that then at the prom. It’s one of the most important times in a girl’s life, and it all starts with getting the perfect dress. But how do you know what length is right for you?
The traditional prom dress is long, and there’s nothing wrong with that! There are tons of long dresses out there to suit just every body type and style. We like this strapless long dress by La Femme because it’s classy and elegant.  It features a slit, which gives it just a hint of sexiness, and will have you set to stun. With long dresses, you also have a variety of silhouettes to choose from. Go for a princess look in this gorgeous beaded ball gown from Joli, or get your hips into it with this mermaid dress from Allure
There are cons to getting a long dress, too, such as alterations costs. If you’re not super tall, you will have to get the dress hemmed so you won’t be tripping as you walk in, or even worse, step on your own dress and ruin it!  If you plan on hitting the dance floor as soon as the music begins and dancing the night away, then you may feel a little uncomfortable in a long dress.
Enter the short dress option. In addition to freedom to dance, dance, dance, shorter dresses will always make a petite girl look taller. They show more leg, and paired with some glamorous high heels, a short dress can make it seem like you grew three inches the night before the prom. Plus, you can save money by not having to hem it. Another pro to getting a shorter dress is they’re usually much more versatile, if you don’t want that “prom-esque” look. This dress from BG Haute is very versatile, and we won’t tell if you wear it to another event.
Take the venue into account, too. If your prom will be held at a fancy place instead of your gym, then consider a long dress, which usually tends to be more formal. Also, be aware of any school dress codes! Some schools won’t allow someone to come in wearing a dress that’s too short.  After all planning you made for the big night, you don’t want to spend the night at home.  
Overall, just make sure that no matter what length you choose, the dress reflects your style and makes you feel fabulous all night long.  

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