There may not be a more wonderful compliment for young women than to hear how “slender” or “slim” they look in their homecoming dress. Alright, it’s easy to appeal to a young girls’ insecurities, but looking slender and elegant is something that can be accomplished by proper shopping and a bit of time and energy.
We recommend avoiding bridal shops, because you are in high school and not about to become a teenage bride (well, at least the majority of you are not). For starters, you should shop in a store that is dedicated to high school aged formal girls’ wear – this means a focus on Homecoming and Prom, which are two of the biggest social events in high school. The first thing to do is find a reputable prom and homecoming dress shop, such as Peaches Boutique. If you’re unable to visit their impressive store in Chicago, Illinois, shopping online is the next best thing since you can shop 24/7 and take your time without your mother or companion breathing down your neck to “finish up” or lament how they are “ready to go.” See their dress collections at: https://www.peachesboutique.com/dresses/occasion/homecoming
In 2010, New York Times Best-Selling writer Charla Krupp, wrote “How to Never Look Fat Again” and she has some great advice that will translate perfectly well into the quest for your Homecoming dress.
• Well Shod
If you have the stamina, strong feet and experience, wear “skinny heels with pointy toes” with your prom gown. Your legs will be instantly slenderized and sexy because the “slim toe and thin heel” work to lengthen the slim shape of calves. Your legs will look bulky if you choose square-toed shoes and chunky heels.
• Exposed (But In A Good Way)
A deep V-neck (a hot trend for Prom 2017, by the way) dress makes your body look longer and slimmer. It also brings the focus of your dress to the top and will make your proportions not only look proper, but thinner. V-necks can “visually balance broad hips and thighs,” notes InStyle Magazine.
“Spanx” has become part of the common vernacular now, but you don’t need to buy pieces of the popular, but pricey brand. Just consider good support garments, which are now more commonly called “Shapewear.” Shapewear pieces can feature extra-firm belly control, they can lift your bottom, smooth and lift your breasts and just make you look better from “the inside out.”
Faux tans are popular in Hollywood for a reason – if a starlet isn’t laying out in the sun (protected by sun screen that allows for some tanning), she’s having it air brushed on—why? Because it makes her look more slender. Or, she may opt for a do-it-yourself kit in which you rub the self-tanner into your skin like lotion and you instantly develop a tan. If you have any kind of skin blemish on your body, your exposed arms and legs will look smooth and even.
Yes, that’s a play on “mano-y-mano,” and what we mean is monochromatic coloring. Choosing a single color to wear from top to bottom (and if for Homecoming you’re wearing a short dress, this trick applies too) will create a vertical line. You’ll instantly appear thinner and taller. If you draw attention with a contrasting color to your bodice or waist area, that’s where eyes will be drawn – and it cuts you in half (or thirds…).
• Other “Lengthening” Tips
- Choose a shoe color to match your skin
- Wear jewelry that is long or vertical, rather than horizontal
- Wear your hair off of your face and high up on your head
- Pick a simple ensemble without a lot of distractions throughout the fabric
- Choose “slenderizing” fabrics – this means flat. Since formals are often velvet, brocade, damask, taffeta, tulle, satin, boucle, etc., use care in deciding.
Take note of all those tips and you’re sure to look stunning on homecoming night!