But here lies the problem... I am ridiculously picky; no stiff satin, big gems/diamante encrusted, meringue dresses etc. Quickly filtering down the choices to a handful of dresses which actually exist. Not to mention every dress I pick out costs a small fortune! - I blame my mum for my expensive tastes.
So here are my very expensive yet gorgeous picks:
|Halston Hertiage at Net-a-porter|
I cannot get over how much I have fallen in love with this dress. The colour, the style, the length; it's all perfect... apart from the £545 price tag.
Money no object, this would be my dress in an instant! I prefer longer dresses for an occasion like prom just because where else can you wear a long formal dress?
Worn with long neon earrings, strappy heels and a nicely styled up do, I would be all set.
|Leather and Chiffon gown, Metallic lace gown both from Harvey Nichols|
An unusual colour choice for me but nothing stops these dresses being so edgy and elegant with pleats, lace and metallic!
I think both dresses would look best with black or gold accessories. This would keep the outfit looking sophisticated, rather than wearing bold accessories which would detract the view from the dress.
Natural tones for make-up such as browns, pale pinks and nude colours will compliment the dress well.
|Long Catherine Dress by Alice Temperley|
Black to prom may not be to everyone's tastes and I wouldn't usually choose it either. Although you have to admit with this dress is the exception! What I love most about this dress (apart from having my name) is the lace trim sleeves and detail. You wouldn't need too many accessories because the lace detail is the focus, but perhaps a small silver bracelet, worn with some bright red lipstick will add a little touch to the outfit.
Whilst looking on the Internet, I found a couple of websites for more affordable dresses which have a variety of colours and styles to choose from. A good rental site I found was Wish Want Wear, specialising in designer dresses at hire prices. Angel Dress and high street shops such as ASOS have some pretty prom dresses too. The best thing is to look in your local area for independent bridal/dress shops, they will have loads to choose from with the benefit of trying on before you buy. Plus, its likely no one else will have the same dress, compared to if you bought it from a high street shop.
Still on the hunt...