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Prom Expert

Prom season is quickly approaching. Who better to help you than Kym, our very own Accessories Expert. She will keep you updating on new prom fashions and answer all your questions. You want an important night like this to be perfect, so let Kym help!

Spotting a Higher Quality Dress

So now you've done some preliminary shopping, and you are ready to start making decisions. Reminder -- don't buy anything yet!

You have a few dresses in mind, and you're trying to make a choice. Here's one determining factor -- quality. Quality in a dress can make the difference between looking like a halloween costume or a prom princess. Here's some things to check for.

1. Look at the material. Does it look too shiny? Does it have pulls, marks, or loose strands?

2. Look underneath the dress. If it is a "puffy dress," it should have at least two layers of a slip -- at least one being a crinolin (a stiff netting material).

3. Is the dress lined? If it is, you've found a better quality dress that will look great all night.

4. Check the seams of the dress. Are they finished nicely? Do they allow enough material on either side of the seam?

5. Hold the dress up to the light. If you put your hand under one layer of the dress, can you see it? If you can, don't buy this dress -- it's too thin to lay flat.

With these few checkpoints, you can assure yourself that you are spending you hard-earned cash on a dress that will withstand the test of time-- and look great all night!

Next week we'll talk about purchasing your dress.

Your friend in fashion,


Questions? Email Kym at

Check these other great articles from our Prom Expert:

Proms are HERE and NOW!5/2/01
Tips for a Fab Face5/1/01
Prom Hair: PART II4/12/01
Prom Hair: PART I4/9/01
More Cheap Accessories: Tiaras4/6/01
More Cheap Accessories: Shawls4/5/01
More Cheap Accessories: Bracelets4/4/01
More Cheap Accessories: Necklaces4/3/01
More Cheap Accessories: Gloves4/2/01
Cheap Hair Accessories!4/1/01
The Perfect Prom Accessories!3/30/01
Fancy Formal Frocks3/29/01
Some tips for prom buying (a sidenote to my other articles)3/23/01
Buying the Dress3/22/01
Spotting a Higher Quality Dress3/20/01
Are You Prepared to Shop?3/12/01
It's Coming...Are You Ready?3/1/01

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