It’s a question we find ourselves asking every prom season... Why do girls bring boys shopping? Does bringing that boy make your shopping experience easier or just that much harder? Their opinions are vague and coded, their faces glazed over and bored, and yet when a girl walks out in her first beautiful dress we find the moment to be the make or break of the day.
There is nothing worse than seeing a girl fall in love with a gown, walk out to greet her date only to see the look of horror on his face. Once he sees the disappointment in her eyes the backtracking begins and a whole mess of emotions are brought to the prom shopping experience. That being said, there is nothing better than seeing a girl come out in a beautiful gown to be greeted by her supportive boyfriend who would adore her no matter what she wore. His words are kind and loving. He embraces the experience if for no one else than the girl.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BROTHER(S)?
For me I think this is the best person to bring if you really want your date to like your dress but don’t want to bring him and be disappointed and angered by his responses (or lack thereof). I can’t lie I have two brothers of my own and for big occasions such as prom I will ask for their help and opinions in picking a gown. If you do so choose to bring a brother along be aware that he is still a man and it will only take a matter of minutes before his eyes are glazed as well.
I always ask for help when I have my options narrowed down. Have him (them) come look at your top three picks and describe what they like and don’t like about the gowns. Since for the most part men think alike ;) this will give you more insight on making an informed decision on what the right dress for you and your date is.
The best part of bringing along a brother….they aren’t afraid to tell you their honest opinions. Just be sure that is what you are seeking before you bring them.
AND THE FATHER(S)?
Oh the fathers…these are some of our favorite men to see in the store but they can also be the worst. Let’s be honest, no father wants his little girl to grow up. He would prefer to see her wear a turtle neck under the dresses regardless if it cuts low or not. This can be an emotional day for the father and sometimes frustrating. These men are generally the most supportive of the bunch. They will tell you, you look beautiful in anything you try and when you ask them to pick his favorite (if it’s not the turtle neck ball gown) he will tell you he loves them all.
In the end only you can decide whether or not it is worth bringing a boy dress shopping with you. We understand the want to have your date love your gown we just ask that you remember this is as much your day as it is his. Buy a gown YOU absolutely love and don’t compromise just because the boy doesn’t show an over abundance of excitement. To be honest if it weren’t for the pictures most boys would forget what you wore a month after anyway.