By Laura Horton
Updated 08/02/17••• JuliaK / Getty Images
When you're in high school, getting all dressed up for a school dance is one of the most exciting events of the year. Prom and homecoming dances mean beautiful dresses, fancy hairstyles, stretch limos, picture parties and lots of memories.
Shopping for your prom or homecoming dress can be almost as much fun as the dance itself. Be advised that while browsing online for prom dress styles you like is a great idea, it's better to go to a bridal boutique or formal wear shop in person. Too many brides-to-be and prom sweethearts have been ripped off by faux designer dresses online, and there's little recourse if you don't get what you paid for.
If you're in the Atlanta area and you're in need of a prom dress or other formal wear, there is no shortage of shops to choose from. Check out these Atlanta shops to find your perfect dress.01 of 07 Bravura
Bravura is specialty dress shop packed with fun, sparkly dresses. They have all of the big brands, with a limited selection to try in stores and a huge catalog of options to order. Be sure to leave enough time before the big dance for your dress to arrive. From short dresses to evening gowns, they carry it all. This shop is also popular for pageant dresses, bridesmaids outfits, and wedding gowns.
Bravura has locations in Cumming and Marietta.02 of 07 Bridals by Lori ••• Prom selection at Bridals by Lori. Photo by Michael A. Schwarz
Did you know the popular Atlanta shop for wedding dresses also carries a selection of prom dresses? Bridals by Lori, located in Sandy Springs, is a great option for from prom dress designers like Jovani and Sherri Hill. They have everything from fun and funky styles to classic, elegant looks. This is another shop where you may need to order your gown, so start the process as early as possible.03 of 07 Fit for a Queen
This all-purpose shop established in 2016 offers both custom-made and designer gowns for proms and other formal occasions. Fit for a Queen also has accessories like jewelry, undergarments, and shoes. Its "mobile glam squad" provides hair and makeup.04 of 07 La Raine's Bridal Boutique
Although this boutique housed in a turn-of-the-century mansion is primarily focused on wedding gowns, it's also an option for prom or other formal dresses.05 of 07
Girli Girl Boutique
This shop in Buford has dresses for all sizes and offers accessories and shoes to go with the perfect gown. Girli Girl also has an extensive collection of formal wear for beauty pageants and other occasions.06 of 07
CCs of Rome
Although this shop is located about an hour and a half outside of Atlanta in Rome, CC's is stocked with the latest styles and hottest new designers. It also has a "megastore" location in Kenesaw, if you're up for an even longer road trip. Their online showcase lets you browse before you buy.07 of 07
With eight locations in the Atlanta area, Savvi offers a wide selection of cutting-edge styles by designers from all over the world. They also offer a "sure-fit" guarantee, to provide peace of mind that the dress you buy will be the perfect match.