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Dress Shopping: What to Expect

December 17, 2007 at 9:00 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments

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What is a princess without a gown? Your dress is easily the most important detail of your quinceañera. It reflects your personality and style. But no pressure, seriously! Shopping for your dress is going to be a lot of fun. Pretend you’re putting on a fashion show — try on several styles, even if you don’t like one at first. You should choose your dress at least six months in advance to allow time to make alterations and find the perfect shoes, accessories, and undergarments.

When you find the dress you love (your heart will jump when you look in the mirror!), buy it and stop looking. Trust me, after a while all the dresses you see will start looking alike. You don’t want to lose the one that felt special. Now that you have your dress, you can start thinking about your damas.

Damas are to a quinceañera what maids are to a bride. Although the quince girl may have as many as she wishes, tradition calls for 14 damas. They all dress alike. I know what you’re thinking: Each girl is a different shape and has a different style — fashion disaster waiting to happen! But it’s not!

It is possible to please everyone. Choose the fabric and color, and then let each dama pick the dress style that flatters her figure (whether it’s V-neck, halter top, empire waist, strapless, etc.). This way, she’ll feel comfortable and everyone’s unique styles match. You may also pick a simple dress design and let each dama choose a color from choices you offer. Rainbow quinceañeras are a smart idea, because they give you more options when coordinating other details, like the centerpieces and flowers.

Do you have your dress already? How did you know your dress was “the one”?

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Dubbed "The Fairy Godmother of Quinceañeras" by the Latin media, Isabella is the leading expert on quinceañeras.


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