Prom season is upon us yet again, meaning it is time for the girls to get out and shop for dresses. Of course, as a young lady, you must choose the colour and style of your dress while keeping the gown within some sort of reasonable budget that you do not send your parents into sticker shock! We understand that prom dress shopping can be a challenge, so we would like to give you some good information before you head out to the shops. In this article, we will be discussing purple prom dresses.

Purple is an all-around regal looking colour with many shades. If you have a short purple prom dress in mind, it will be important for you to distinguish an actual shade of the colour that you are looking for. Do you prefer light or dark purple? Are you looking for periwinkle, lavender, grape, or wine? You may find it helpful to be familiar with a list of common shades of purple:

  • Amethyst
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Fuchsia
  • Heliotrope
  • Hibiscus
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Magenta
  • Mauve
  • Mulberry
  • Orchid
  • Periwinkle
  • Plum
  • Royal
  • Violet

Before shopping, you may want to do a little colour research to determine what shades catch your eye. Being sure of the shades you like will make your shopping experience simpler. Any notable prom dress shop will be able to point you in the right direction if you say, “I am looking for a dress that is Mauve or Royal Purple.”

As far as materials go, long purple prom dresses are no different than any other types of prom gowns. Purple is beautiful when used in silk or taffeta, but all types of fabrics are used. Purple prom gowns may include lace, tulle, ribbons, and rhinestone along with the type of fabric chosen.

Purple is a colour that speaks of royalty. In this sense, all shades of purple are more conducive to elegant, floor-length gowns. Whether full in the skirt or slimming and sleek, purple is a stunning colour on any dress. It does not have the same burst in a short dress as do bright colours light pink, orange, or light blue.

If you are after a short purple dress, you will not be forced to choose another direction, as plenty of this style and colour are made. Darker shades of purple may be more challenging to find in a short dress, but it really depends on the store and the popular styles of the season. If you are having trouble finding any style in purple, whether long or short, a bridal shop is likely to have a wider range of options in their bridal party department.

2010 is bringing in a slew of dark purple prom dresses known for their glitz, glam, and tulle. The shorter styles are full of fun with full, short skirts made from tulle or bunched fabric and covered in various shades of purple fabric, ribbons, or flowers. Styles with full skirts are commonly seen with tulle while the straight, long gowns are figure-hugging with a neckline or bustline embellishment.

As far as accessories go, purple dresses leave a lot of room for options. Should you not be able to find matching shoes, a shawl, or a purse, there will be no trouble. A purple prom gown can be easily combined with black, white, or silver depending on the shade. Rhinestones and silver jewels or simple white pearls are the perfect jewelry combination for a purple dress.

Purple can be an overwhelming colour for it is so diverse. If you are certain that you want purple but unsure of where to go from there, you might try gathering paint samples of purple shades to aid in colour selection, and if you already have accessories, you should bring those along to match the dress. These small tips will give you a better idea of what looks good and what does not. Above all, try on any dress you might like, because “you never know until you try!”

When shopping for a prom dress, whether purple or another colour, determine essentials before entering the shop. Have some idea of the colours, shades, and styles you are interested in and know for certain your budget. Basic knowledge will help eliminate much of the difficulty when shopping.


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