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Prom’s Check List

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Looking picture perfect for a special event or for any day of the matter, may seem as if it was so easy for only a selected few in this world. The reality is, we can all look our best everyday with the right amount of effort. Effort being the key. To make it easier for you, here’s a checklist to use as a reference to getting everything done.

For a special occasion, after choosing the obvious (dress, hair, and make-up), you may not realize the underlying work that creates the overall flawless look in particularly you. Know that it’s ok to seek a bit of help in customizing your dress and outfits to your body since it’s impossible that every size 6 dress off the rack will fit each size 6 girl like a glove. That’s why there’s such a service called alterations. You pick the dress with the best measurements for you and pay a few dollars to make it look like a million bucks. So simple.

The price estimate often pushes people away before they can consider its  true value. This happens all the time with alterations since our mission as seamstress and tailors is to deliver the finished work looking as if it was never touched. Something to keep in mind with alterations is that the most amount of effort is done behind all that seems like effortless work. 

In order to get the complete flawless look, it takes services, garments, and accessories. To better afford what you need, set a budget and estimate the cost of everything needed from the checklist below. I always keep alterations as a priority because, you can have everything else on the list, but if the dress is too long, too big or too heavy, it devalues your overall investment in your appearance.  Compared to if all you can afford goes into alterations, you can simplify the rest of checklist and still look elegant.

Once the budget is determined, here’s a list of items to take care of before and on the big day to create a flawless look.

  • Alterations – Check: hem length, side seam, straps
  • Undergarments – girdle, bra, underwear, nylons, spanx, wardrobe tape (this should come hand in hand with alterations.)
  • Hair – color, cut, extensions, style
  • Nails – acrylic, gel, basic nail polish or simply file
  • Shoes – keep in mind the location of the event, color, dress, tolerable height, add-on show comfort
  • Jewelry – take into consideration what embellishments are already on the dress, the hair style for that day and the color
  • Skin – shave, wax, tan, facial, make-up, eye lashes, scent (perfume)
  • Handbag, extra pins, phone, lip gloss, make- up, wallet, hairspray, mints


When you finally build up the courage to seek the services of a seamstress, (since it my take some self convincing if you’ve never visited one before). Be sure to ask for previous work or references. The work on the hem can go drastically wrong if they don’t know what they are doing. Don’t forget to bring with you any under garments, and shoes for a more accurate fix.

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8 thoughts on “Prom’s Check List

  1. Wow, I’ve never had anything altered. I’ll have to look into this for the next big thing! For confidence, have you ever heard/seen the TED talk that suggests you hold your arms and legs in an”X” shape for two minutes and you get an immediate confidence boost. Try it!:)

  2. Once you have had the pleasure of wearing a garment that had been altered to bring out the best in you, it’s sure hard to just go into a store and pull any old thing off the racks.

    1. Yes it is. At the same time it’s eye opening to be able to go into that store and see so many more possibilities because if an item in a loveable print doesn’t fit, you can still consider altering instead of opting for something less likeable

  3. These are great tips!! The tips would be awesome for any event that we need to be glammed up! I’ll keep these in mind for the next time I’ve got an event to go to. Thank you!!

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