Dear Fashion Girl,
I usually wear little black dresses, but I wore one to Winter Formal and I kind of want to wear a different color. I could really use your help! I'm short, petite, and tan. If you could help me find something cool and affordable I would totally be grateful! Thanks!!!!
Well, darling, of course I can help you find something! Let's start with color - a white dress would look absolutely stunning against your tan skin or you can go for something brilliant, like orange, blue, yellow, or pink (look for brights, not pastels), which will also be gorgeous. As far as silhouette, look for something short (above the knee) to give the illusion of longer legs.
This Raspberry Bubble Dress w/ Tie-Back from Windsor (left) is perfect for your body type because a) the V-neckline adds the illusion of length so you'll look a wee bit taller, b) it has a tie-back sash so you can make it as snug as you need to fit your frame, and c) the slightly drape-y silhouette is super-flattering for petite figures. Plus the vibrant pink hue will look sensational with your skin tone and it's only $55!
An empire waist is a celebrity style secret that petite stars use to make themselves look taller when they're on the red carpet. This Ruby Rox Sweetheart Tube Dress (above right) is a winning combo of fabulous cobalt color and a height-yielding empire waist with a mini hemline. It's just $68!
Here's another dress that's perfect for your frame and your budget. The Teeze Me Satin Bubble Dress (right) is a mere $68 and it's got everything you need to look amazing: a drape-y silhouette to flatter your petite figure, gorgeous color (it also comes in yellow!), mini hemline to give you some height, and a tie-back to make it as tight as you need it.
This cream Tier Satin Dress from Forever 21 (left) is just to die for - looks like the slinky Herve Leger version seen on everyone from Alica Keys to V. Beckham! It's got a deep V-neckline and a short hemline, which will elongate your frame and the color will be flawless against your tan skin. Plus, it's only $28!!!
Have an awesome Prom! --Angel