Soon you will be spending your last days at your university or college. Besides final tests and thoughts about your future perspectives, it means a memorable party! Are you excited about the day when everyone can forget about assignments and devote attention to choosing dresses for the graduation ceremony? All the seniors impatiently wait for this major event. Staying in trend might be difficult in everyday life, but when it comes to graduation, it’s even harder. So, what shall you wear to look fabulous? Continue reading
Summer is coming to an end and it is time to go Back to School. That means Homecoming is just around the corner. Homecoming is the weekend where former alumni visit their High School or University. There is a big sporting event against the local rival school, tailgating activities, and a DANCE! It is the first big event of the school year, and really the only event that alumni participate in.
High School Homecoming dances tend to be semi-formal and far more casual that Prom. Meaning dresses that have a short or half length skirt. Fabrics can be more casual, and simple jewelry. Guys can wear dress slacks and a nice shirt, possibly with a tie.
College and University Homecoming dances may be formal attire, full length (long) dresses are worn. Guys will definitely wear suits and possibly a tuxedo (at some posh schools). Last year’s Prom dress can be a great option for this year’s college Homecoming formal.
One way to save money on a Homecoming dress is to buy a gown previously worn. Short Prom dresses are very popular, and perfect for Homecoming! There are still many Prom dresses on eBay from last season, or borrow from a friend or family member (if that is an option).
If this is your first big dance, here are a few shopping tips. Stores start stocking Homecoming and Holiday dresses 2-3 months before the event. Some stores (like Nordstrom) run big summer sales, and you can score a dress on sale. Retailers are so desperate for summer shoppers, dresses and clothes are often less expensive during summer. Then stores raise the prices in October, which is right when most Homecoming events are held.
Buying a dress is very different than shopping for jeans. This may be the first time shopping in Misses or Missy department, which is not the same sizing as Juniors. Hold up the garment to make sure it is close to the right size, then take a couple sizes into the dressing room.
Remember you will probably eat before the dance, so make sure you can comfortably sit and eat in your dress. If this is your first dance, consider flats or low heels – your feet will thank you. Most importantly, have fun!
There are many reasons to keep your wedding dress, preserved or displayed, you may want to hand it down to your daughter to wear on her big day, re-purpose as Christening Gown, or upcycle the gown into another outfit or accessories. Or, for totally different reasons you may want to “cash in” the value of your wedding dress and sell it.
Selling your Wedding Dress is similar to selling your Prom Dress, without the Prom season limitations. It is always wedding season somewhere!
Set a realistic price: Few brides will pay retail for a Wedding Gown purchased outside a Bridal boutique, even if the tags are still on the dress. The original receipt is really helpful to show when you purchased and total sales price.
Check same brand and styles on eBay, quick online search with the brand and style of your dress, or local resale shops for pricing suggestions.
If the dress is in perfect condition with tags, you might get close to 20% of the original retail price. Used dresses in excellent condition may sell for as high as 30-50% off original retail price.
Prom season is here! Check out these helpful hints for buying your Prom Dress.
After Prom, you may consider selling your Prom dress while the style is still current and to make room in your closet for other things. Or, you may just not want to part with your beautiful frock – so Upcycle it! You can repurpose your dress into another fabulous outfit.
A former client loved her Prom dress enough that she upcycled it into her wedding gown! Try different fabric spray paints (continuous spray are better than pump) or dyes for a totally different color or pattern.
A hem transforms a long dress into a semi-formal cocktail dress or skirt, like this example from New Dress a Day.
Keep the skirt and ditch the top, another New Dress a Day example with instructions here.
Or, maybe you are just not ready to drastically alter your dress – accessorize it for other events!
Get a little inspiration from your favorite store for layering options. Lace tops over strapless dresses offer a more casual look. Or, try a sheer tee shirt over your dress. Switch up the top from your favorite full skirt!
Add a jacket or cardigan sweater. Try your dress with various belts or a coordinating scarf.
Experiment with different items in your closet. It is amazing how many different ways your Prom dress, or any special occasion dress, can be worn!
Tis the season for knit!
Thread the loop through a large eye needle and pull back into the inside.