Finding the perfect dress might feel like a daunting challenge, but finding a dress that makes you look and feel confident will help you enjoy your big night.
Step 1: Consider personal style Consider your personal style -- whether you're romantic, edgy, classic, or retro. If you're not sure, flip through fashion magazines and cut out pictures of the styles that catch your eye before you go shopping.
TIP: Start shopping early. Four to six weeks in advance means you'll have time for alterations and to buy accessories.
Step 2: Bring a friend Bring along a friend whose style you admire. Their opinion can give you a different perspective.
Step 3: Wear hair and makeup Wear your hair and makeup similar to the style you're planning to wear to the prom, when trying on dresses.
Step 4: Accentuate your figure Accentuate your figure. Choose a dress that flatters your figure and suits your personality. If you hate your arms, choose a sexy, backless dress with capped sleeves.
TIP: Search small boutiques, online stores, and resale shops for a unique selection of gowns in addition to hitting the big department stores.
Step 5: Get great color Get a dress in a color that you love. Brights or pastels, there are no hard and fast color rules, as long as you feel good in it.
Step 6: Choose a clutch Choose a coordinating clutch purse to hold all your stuff on your special night.
FACT: Molly Ringwald's character Andie famously wears a home-sewn prom dress in the 1980s classic Pretty in Pink.