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Even Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge believes in renew and refresh, when it comes to her wardrobe. Taking a cue from the late Princess Diana, who would’ve her mother-in-law, she’s recycled many outfits. The Duchess was photographed more twice in a full-length, long-sleeved ivory Roland Mouret gown, and three times at three different high-profile events in a teal Jenny Packam. She’s had favourite wedding-guest dresses (a Katherine Hooker coat dress, for example) she’s worn for several years. That’s making the best of an investment, a philosophy anyone shopping for formals should adopt. Consider this: Prince William’s wife and someday-queen knows she will be much photographed whenever out in public. This means, she wouldn’t don a dress that looks worn-out.

You don’t need ladies-in-waiting to tend to your wardrobe. The answer is simple: Take excellent care of it. Your prom dress needs minimal care before and after prom to remain in wearable condition.

Of all the many shops you might try whilst looking for your prom dress, you should try the largest store which specializes in prom gowns, Peaches Boutique has a large collection of dresses for various events. It comes in different styles, colours and sizes. You surely won’t run out of options.

Always remember that your Prom dress is the highlight of the event. It is your responsibility to take care of the dress. You have invested money on it that is why taking it for granted is like wasting your money.

Even if your prom dress is brand new, hang it outside or next to an open window (without the plastic bag) to air it out before the big event (make sure no rain is expected!). Fresh air is a good thing and any minor wrinkles will disappear, thus making you look fab at your party. In keeping with the theme of taking care of your prom dress, make sure you’ve hung it securely – the last thing you need is for it to fall into the mud, grass or wet pavement.

Once you’ve chosen your dress, you want to be sure it fits you in the most flattering way possible, the way celebs – and Kate Middleton’s dresses fit them. Even if your dress is your size, you may need some minor alterations so the fit is ideal. A “perfect” fit can make your dress appear as haute couture.

It’s important you try on your dress about a week before the big event, especially if you purchased your dress more than a month before prom. Try your dress on with the support garments and shoes you plan to wear that night, too. This last minute check is a great opportunity to see if you need any tiny adjustments – inserts for shoes, or comfortable bra solution and any other additions.

Unless you’re very confident in your ironing skills, have your dress professionally ironed at least two or more days before.

In your pocketbook, in addition to your lipstick, powder, and cell phone, bring along some emergency supplies, including a couple of safety pins, Hollywood Tap and a stain-remover pen.

After the prom, you want your dress to look as beautiful as it did that night, so don’t just toss it on the ground, but hang it up and take it to the dry cleaner as soon as possible.  Peruse your dress carefully so if there are any stains, you can show your cleaner. Your dress will look just as beautiful as when you bought it.