5 Things To Remember When Purchasing a School Ball Gown

The year 12 school formal or ball is a big deal for all graduating students. It is a night of absolute fun, dancing, and friendship. But shopping for a formal outfit can get pretty hectic, especially for those who wish to wear their best gown to the party.

The luxury goods market in Australia is enormous, with clothing taking up over $2.9B worth of market value. A significant part of that number results from the regular sales of gowns for school formals and balls.

However, many students cannot afford to buy pricey outfits. But everyone wants to look good, and rightfully so.

With the five tips listed below, one can surely buy a gown that appeals to them and fits their budget.

Set a Budget

This goes without saying – always set a budget. It is tempting to start buying immediately without one. But avoid that mistake. 

This is a one-time-only event. It is best not to spend a lot of money unnecessarily. However, have a substantial budget. But always remember to stick to it.

Having a specific budget can help ensure that you do not become distracted by all available possibilities, some in a pretty high price range.

Start Early and Don’t Rush.

The key is to look through fashion magazines and websites 3-4 months before the event. This provides adequate time for alterations to get the ideal fit. 

It is also a great way to keep an eye out for sales and discounts between seasons. Moreover, this allows one the time to go thrifting as well. Thrift stores often have cheap but exquisite options, as long as one is willing to look through the racks intently.

Pick the Right Style

Determining one’s body type is an excellent place to start. It helps to quicken selecting a dress that fits well, is comfortable to move in, and flattering to one’s shape. 

An excellent place to start is with a favourite dress already in the closet — choosing a similar style is a fantastic option.

Nevertheless, try on a few different options in-store and see what looks and feels best. Moreover, look for something that can be re-worn for several events or upcycled into a different outfit.

Look for Gowns Online

With online shopping becoming more prevalent, finding the right dress might be as simple as a few clicks of the mouse. Shopping for gowns on the internet could also allow you to score a good deal saving you tons of money.

Yet, the best thing is that online stores provide significantly larger selections at a fraction of the cost of a traditional store. 

Add to that; some stores also offer free alterations and customisations based on the buyer’s preferences.

Accessorise Aplenty

Accessories are important. Therefore, if it is a fancier gown with many lace and frills, keep 

the jewellery modest and classy. Choose simple necklaces and stud earrings. 

Alternatively, if the dress is basic and clean, play with bolder, brighter accessories.

Footwear is also an essential component of the ensemble. Choose heels that are comfortable to wear for an extended period. Or, one could even opt for a shorter dress and a pair of their favourite sneakers. They’re all the rage right now!

The tips above are an excellent way to minimise expenditure and find a suitable gown among a sea of gowns. They narrow down possibilities, but it is also a great way not to be side-tracked by the plethora of available options.

However, remember to enjoy the process and stick to what feels good. The rest will sort itself out.

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