Prom Dresses are delicate and often expensive items of clothing so once you’ve bought yours you’ll want to do everything you can to take care of it. There are a number of tips and tricks to ensure that your prom gown is kept in the best possible condition. So with just a little forethought and effort you can take the best care of your prom dress before, during and after your prom.

Before your prom

Before your prom you need to take steps to prevent any creases or damage occurring to your gown. Most reputable prom dress retailers will provide complimentary garment bags with their prom dresses. Failing that you can purchase garment bags from supermarkets and many online retailers.

First, hang your dress inside a garment bag. You will need to hang it somewhere high enough so that the skirt isn’t touching the floor (or is only just touching). The place you hang it needs to ideally be a closed space such as a wardrobe. You should make sure that the place you choose to hang your prom dress isn’t damp and doesn’t get exposed to smells (e.g cooking smells).

You may be tempted to try your dress on a few times but try to resist for two reasons. Firstly, prom dresses are very delicate items and the more you take them on and off, the greater the risk that beading will become lose and even fall of. Secondly, the longer you have your dress out of its garment bag, the greater the chance is that it will become damaged by a tear or spill. By all means do a trial run with all your shoes and accessories, just don’t sit/walk around in your dress afterward! Thirdly, if you’ve worn your dress too many times then by the time prom comes around it won’t feel as special.

Should your prom dress become creased before your prom, you can always seek the advice of a professional dry cleaner.

When you’re getting ready

When it comes to prom night, if you put your dress on first you risk accidentally marking your dress with product. Apply your make up and style your hair before you put your dress on. You should be especially careful with body lotions and temporary bronzers as these can transfer from your skin and cause marks to appear on prom dresses.

If you’re wearing perfume then exercise caution. Many of the beads and crystals on prom dresses could be tarnished if they get perfume on them. As such, perfume should be applied when you’re still in your underwear. Spray two squirts in front of you at chest height and then walk through it.

Put your prom dress on at the last possible moment (leaving enough time to have photos taken before you leave). Princess style prom dresses take a little extra care to put on and you will need a helping hand. The best way to put this kind of gown on is to unzip or unlace it and then put it on from above. You should stand with your arms in the air while a friend lifts it over your arms and head.

Importantly, always wash your hands before touching your gown.

During your prom

It’s worth bearing in mind that a prom dress is actually quite a delicate piece of clothing. There is an increasing trend to arrive at prom in the wackiest way possible, but you should be careful to consider whether your arrival method risks damaging your prom dress. Prom dresses are made for sitting, standing and talking and not much else! So be careful to not do anything too athletic in yours.

Should anything be spilled on your gown during prom then don’t panic! Remove any excess but don’t try and remove/rub the stain as you will only make it worse. Dry cleaners have a much better chance of removing stains from prom dresses if no-one else has tried first. Most importantly don’t worry about it, it’s not worth letting a stain on your prom gown spoil your evening!

After your prom

The big event is over and you now have memories for a lifetime! you’ll want to take a moment and assess the condition of your gown as soon as possible. Check for missing or loose beads, hooks/clasps loose, rips or snags, stains, or odors, etc., and call us to arrange to have these things taken care of immediately. Fixing any mishaps to your beautiful gown should be the first priority, after which you will want to have your prom gown cleaned. There are multiple stains/odors that may not be apparent at first glance, such as sweat, deodorant, tanning product , food or drinks, ect. If these stains are allowed to sit for any length of time they can discolor your gown, and be harder to remove once they are ‘set’ into the fabric. You will want to keep your gown in its best condition to help keep its value and resell-ability. If you purchased your gown from us or are consigning it with us, we, at 2nd 2 None can clean your gown at a discounted rate vs a regular dry cleaner.

Once your gown has been cleaned, be sure to store it in a clear plastic bag or garment bag until it’s time to bring it in to consign it again for the next prom season. Our prom season runs from Nov 1- April 30 each year.

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