A guide to finding the perfect prom dress, courtesy of Hannah Black

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The “mermaid” style is flattering on many body shapes.

Hannah Black, Staff Reporter

With prom 2017 approaching quickly, the time for finding your perfect prom dress is now. You want to find a dress that suits your personality and flatters your form.
Long dresses are most common for the prom season, and for homecoming most go with the shorter styles. If you’re not one for following the trends, switch it up and be different.
If you’re not sure about what length dress you are interested in, consider a “high-low” style. A “high-low” dress is high in the front and shorter in the back, showing off your lower shins and your heels.
No matter your height or shape, there is a dress that will fit you flawlessly, and remember to keep the options of alterations in the back of your mind.
My personal favorite style of prom dress is the “mermaid” style. The dress is tight fitted until it reaches your knees, then it flows out. The “mermaid” style flatters your body, and you will surely stand out in any crowd.
Another popular style is the “ball gown”. This style is tight at the corset and flares at the hemline. The dress forms an “A” shape as it fits your body from top to bottom.
Aside from the fitting of your dress, the color and detailing is the most important asset. Be sure to choose a color that compliments you. The best way to know what shades flatter you is to try them on at your local prom shop.
Consider classic colors such as white or black if you are not one for standing out in a crowd. This year, floral patterns are very popular and look impeccable paired with a simple pair of heels.
The most popular prom dress brand is Sherri Hill. However these dresses can be pricey, so if you are looking for a cheaper yet still high quality dress, consider other popular brands such as Alyce Paris or Jovani.
The only way you will find a dress that fits your body and personal style, is to try them on. Gather a few of your friends and go to your local boutique; be sure to have fun and give each other your opinions. Check out Barbie’s formals in Milton, or Rosetree Boutique, located in the Huntington Mall for the hottest trending prom dresses this season.