The end of the school year is quickly approaching, which can only mean one thing for the sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds in your life: prom season is on its way! While the guys have it easy with simply renting a tux, girls have the fit, style, and color of their prom dress to worry about. Whether you or your daughter are trying to update a hand-me-down prom dress, or just want to make a new off-the-rack dress extra special, there are a lot of alterations you can take advantage of to make her dress stand out in a good way.
As a dry cleaner and tailor, questions related to prom dress alterations in Cape May County are something we encounter on a daily basis around this time of year. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that you or your loved one will look and feel great on that special night.
- Know sizes for online stores: These days, we see more and more girls turn to the Internet for prom dresses, as it often provides more options and better prices. However, every store does its sizes a bit differently, so you should make sure you have accurate measurements and use the store’s online sizing chart for your benefit. If you’re unsure of how to get your own measurements, stop by your local tailor shop for assistance.
- Bigger is better than smaller: As any professional tailor will tell you, it’s easier to bring a garment in than to let it out, especially if there’s a lack of excess fabric to work with. If you’re in between sizes or hoping to lose a bit of weight before prom, it’s always a smart idea to get the bigger size and let your tailor fit it to your exact size. No matter what size you are, you’ll look your best in a dress that fits you well.
- Plus-size works for height, too: If you’re particularly tall, you might find it hard to get a prom dress that is the length you desire. A trick to fixing this is to buy a plus-size dress, even if you aren’t otherwise a plus-size woman, as these dresses are often longer as well as wider. Then bring it in to a tailor well known for prom dress alterations in Cape May County for a perfect fit.
- Know your materials: If you’re planning on having your dressed significantly altered but don’t have a huge budget, try to find a dress in a simple style and made from simple materials. Luxury materials like silk and taffeta make alterations more expensive, and a dress with multiple layers will also boost the alteration price.
- Be the early bird: Tailors and alterations specialists can work wonders, but often they need to be allowed plenty of time to do so. Planning in advance and purchasing your dress at least a month before your prom will give you and your tailor enough time to figure out all your alterations. Then you’ll be free to enjoy your prom!
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