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Your Go-To Guide For Prom Dress Shopping With Your Daughter

Apr 2 2014 - 2:41pm

April may mean wedding season for adults [1], but for the teen crowd, this month marks the beginning of prom season. While TV shows depict this as a joyous occasion, it can cause some serious stress — especially when it's time to find the perfect dress. Sure, searching through a sea of sequins and tulle starts off as a fun mother-daughter bonding activity. But by the 10th "not-quite-right" gown, you and your daughter are butting heads. To keep the fights to a minimum and to help your daughter find her perfect dress, we have a few tips for finding something that works with her shape. We've even included a few suggestions that may make the process even easier.

Scroll down to see our dress suggestions for every body shape!

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Pear

The fitted bodice of this Aidan Mattox gown [9] ($395) accentuates your daughter's tiny torso as well as her amazing curves.

Pear

The flared bottom on Caché's black piece [10] ($258) is ideal for pear-shaped girls who don't want a tight dress.

Pear

Who says gowns have to be a solid color? JS Boutique's floral frock [11] ($228) will have your girl standing out in the best way.

Apple

The subtle high-low hem gives Jill Stuart's pale yellow gown [12] ($428) a teen twist. Pair with simple heels and some colorful accessories for the perfect prom outfit.

Apple

Your little girl will look like quite the lady when she wears Luxe by Lisa Vogel's lacy dress [13] ($225).

Apple

No need for a fancy necklace! Betsy & Adam's full-length frock [14] ($229) has jeweled straps that will make your daughter sparkle. It's available in five colors, so you're sure to find one that works with any skin tone.

Petite

The gold detail and sheer bodice on this Dorothy Perkins piece [15] ($59, originally $99) makes the little black dress extraspecial.

Petite

Girls with a whimsical style will love this ModCloth dress [16] ($110), which is covered in heart-shaped bows.

Petite

The flared bottom adds a little youth to ASOS's sophisticated dress [17] ($75, originally $179).

Tall

The use of colorblocking on this Mignon gown [18] ($328) breaks up your daughter's frame, making her appear a bit shorter.

Tall

ModCloth's traditional gown [19] ($98) gets a modern twist thanks to beaded shoulder appliqués.

Tall

Your daughter's long legs and torso will help show off the spiral pattern on Caché's mint-colored gown [20] ($198).

Slim

No need for cutlets! This Aidan Mattox gown [21] ($153, originally $440) includes a high waistband, which creates the appearance of a fuller chest.

Slim

The pleating on JS Boutique's pink gown [22] ($218) gives your daughter's slender body a few curves.

Slim

Thanks to the bedazzled belt, this maroon ASOS gown [23] ($38, originally $103) will give your daughter some shape rather than hang loosely on her body.

Hourglass

A slip underlay keeps ASOS's lightweight gown [24] ($51, originally $85) from violating any dress codes. Complete the look with a statement necklace.

Hourglass

The torso embellishment on Shelli Segal's jersey gown [25] ($295) accentuates your daughter's figure while adding a little something to an otherwise simple dress.

Hourglass

ModCloth's teal dress [26] ($330) is billowy enough for your daughter to bust a move but not so loose that it looks like a sack.


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