These are the best spots to get prom dresses

PICKING THE PERFECT DRESS. As prom nears, last-minute dresses can still be found to help you achieve the best possible experience on your prom night. Stores at the mall such as Windsor, Suit Up and Macy’s offer lots of options for those searching for dresses for the evening of May 7. While getting ready for prom can be stressful, going to stores such as this to find your best possible prom outfit can be a good way to take the stress of the event off your shoulders.

Photo and Article by Alice Brookston

Santa Rosa High School is holding prom on May 7 this year, and if you’ve fallen behind on prom shopping, don’t worry, there’s still time left to find the perfect prom attire for you. Prepping for prom can be undoubtedly stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way. To ease the stress, and make the experience overall more enjoyable, try shopping with friends so you can have fun while you shop!

For those searching for a dress, making appointments may be difficult for some places, but there are still many options available. Starlet Bridal currently offers a prom pop-up shop in Montgomery Village, and appointments can be made by calling ahead. Additionally, the mall offers plenty of great options including Macy’s and Windsor, which can house many more affordable options. Princess Boutique & Bridal offers many prom dress options. Most of these locations will also sell shoes and heels to accompany their dresses.

Additionally, while it’s not inherently going to find you your perfect prom dress, around this time of year many local thrift stores will lay out vintage prom dresses. Some may need slight alterations, but they can be a cheap alternative, especially if you’ve fallen behind on your prom shopping.

For those searching for suits or tuxes, Men’s Warehouse, Macy’s, The Tuxedo Gallery and Moonlight Tuxedo & Apparel are all great options in Santa Rosa to find the perfect outfit for you. 

Since prom will likely have some sort of mask policy in place, it may be a good idea to find a mask that matches your prom outfit. Etsy has loads of options for decorative masks and it’s sure to spice up your final look. 

While renting a limo for prom is not realistic for the average student, taking a nicer car to prom isn’t quite as out of the question. It’s common for most students to drive older cars, so if students want to drive a nicer car for a change, they could consider asking parents or other family members to borrow their car for the night.

For those looking to get fancy prom nails, this one is less difficult to accomplish on short notice. If you don’t have the time or money to go to a salon, brands such as Kiss and imPress (sold at stores such as Target and Walgreens) sell press-on or glue-on nails that shouldn’t take more than 15-30 minutes to apply. They’re perfect in a pinch for prom and should help ease the stress of prom prepping so that you have one less task to worry about.

While prom preparation can be stressful, just because you did not get a head start, does not mean you can achieve the best prom experience possible for yourself.

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