Oscars 2017 : Trends on the red carpet

The Academy Awards is the biggest night in Hollywood. The world’s largest celebrities gather to support the films and walk the red carpet in the latest fashions. The whole world is  looking at the best dressed celebrities to see what trends will be for the rest of the year. Here are some tips for you to look just as fabulous at your 2017 prom as the A-list celebrities.

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Beaded ivory dresses were a huge trend on the red carpet. Take inspiration from Felicity Jones, Isabelle Huppert and Hailee Steinfeld. Achieve this look for prom:

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Style 51046 / Style 50374 / Style 4481

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Talk about true Hollywood glamour! Nobody can go wrong with a classic black evening gown. We are totally in love with the looks of Alicia Vikander, Brie Larson and Kristen Durst. Achieve this look for prom:

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Style 1903 / Style 65803 / Style 25279

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There is no way to talk about dresses at the Oscars without mentioning this year’s winner Emma Stone. She looked totally amazing in a fringed dress and you can follow this style with our fully fringe dress Style 80716. Shake it!

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When the carpet isn’t red, you can easily rock the volcanic color. At the Vanity Fair after party it was the bold color that stole the spotlight. Achieve this look for prom:

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Style 66127 / Style 77144 / Style 25354

See more on www.macduggal.com

Prom Trend : Two Piece Dresses

It’s always hard to decide what to wear, especially for your prom night. This year let’s try a two piece dress!

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Our two piece dresses are very unique. It will make you feel sexy while staying very comfortable. You can choose a two piece with a halter neck, boat neck, or an over-the-shoulder top to flatter your bust. And the best part is that two piece dresses are easy to wear after your prom night.
You can wear your top with just a pair of jeans, or wear the skirt with a simple white t-shirt. Possibilities are endless, so be creative!

7 Creative Way to Reuse your Prom Dress 

See more on www.macduggal.com

Prom Trend : Red Jersey Dress

You will fall in love with these Mac Duggal red dresses! The color red will always make you look radiant, from blondes to brunettes, everyone can rock Red. With valentine’s day right around the corner, we are obsessing over the color. So, we hand selected the best red jersey dresses for your prom night.

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  1.  Style 77240  2. Style 66070  3. Style 77136

You can wear it long or short, with a V-neck or boat neck, one or two piece, the options are endless! Add a modern edge by accessorizing your prom dress with some gold or silver jewelry and a black clutch bag.

And we all know there’s always a good reason to wear a red dress, even after prom. For a wedding, charity event, or a romantic date on Valentine’s day, your red dress won’t be hiding in your closet. For more ways to repurpose your prom dress check out this blog: 7 Creative Ways to Reuse Your Prom Dress.

More red dresses at www.macduggal.com/Prom-Dresses/Red-Prom-Dresses

UnapologeticallyPaola : Interview with Mac Duggal

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Republished with permission of Unapologetically Paula

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I was first introduced to Mac Duggal when his first ever Plus Size “This Is Why I’m Fabulous” Campaign and model search was launched. The man behind the brand, Manmohan Duggal, is someone who is passionate about fashion and wants to innovate the prom market and break barriers with his designs catered to plus size women, “rather than simply upsizing a dress suited for a smaller frame.” The line will be available for sizes 14W-30W and will include hot prints, fully beaded, two piece, high slits and other on trend designs that other designers steer away from.

I had the opportunity to chat with Mac and speak more in-depth on what inspired him to create a line exclusively for plus size teens and women who often go unrepresented in the fashion industry, as well as what makes this campaign special.

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your brand?

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My given name is Manmohan Duggal but my friends have always called me Mac. I was born in New Delhi, India in 1960.

About the Brand
The Mac Duggal brand is positioned at the high end of the women’s special occasion dress market and includes eleven different collections driven by Designer Mac Duggal’s artistic, modern and luxurious design with couture-inspired fit and sizing. Today, Mac presents a collection of classic designs curated with a youthful sophistication that both marks the moment and redefines tomorrow.

Mac Duggal opened the first design house just over 30 years ago in Chicago, Illinois. It is Mac Duggal’s one-of-a-kind styles, sophisticated and contemporary aesthetic and influential designs that have made them a staple in Couture wear spanning the globe in over 5 continents and 32 countries. From fashion editor to celebrity stylist, movie star to headline entertainer, pageant winner to prom queen – Mac Duggal’s designs are spotlighted, worn and coveted around the globe.

Mac Duggals first collection, Creative Creations, was a line of dazzling gowns blending Indian beauty and elegance with Western styling. Proud of his heritage, Mac Duggal has always designed using glorious fabrics and colors that are hot and spicy like the fashion and cuisine of his homeland. Today, Mac Duggal continues to provide fresh inspiration and set trends in silhouette, color, and designs.

Why did you choose fashion as your creative outlet?

It came from within; I just wanted to just go and create something on my own. I didn’t even know what I was going to create. I was just going to carve my own path and make my mark. I had this energy inside of me. I could work twenty-two hours and not even feel the need to sleep, get up, and do it all over again. I felt unstoppable. I was just going to do it. If I failed I was going to keep on going and create something new. I always knew I wanted to be a successful entrepreneur and I could never resist the “smell” of rhinestones, sparkle and glitter.

What do you love most about being a designer?

I believe there are two dresses every woman in America remembers: her prom gown; and her wedding gown. In the last three decades, my gowns have contributed to these women’s unforgettable experiences. I am thrilled that thousands of people have made me a part of their important milestones. All during their lives, when they look back at pictures or reflect on those precious moments, Mac Duggal will be the one helping to put a smile on their faces.
What changes do you most want to see in the fashion industry?

Fashion is a fast changing industry. It changes before you can blink, and it keeps you on your toes. I needed to work with a lot of integrity and a clear vision. When we started, I was known for my embellishments, my flamboyant styles, and I have changed with the times. I always had a great love and passion for style all of my life. I get my inspiration from women themselves. Knowing your clientele is so important and if you love fashion as I do you can transform these beautiful women through fashion. I am inspired by the challenge of changing trends and keeping the designs fashion forward. From sleek and streamlined silhouettes to intricate drapings and body conscious shapes that garner attention to more jeweled, beaded, embroidered and embellished styles – each present an early indicator to the upcoming season’s trends with an exquisite attention to detail that are the hallmark of an authentic Mac Duggal design.

What exactly will be This Is Why I’m Fabulous and what inspired you to launch such a campaign?

Over the course of the last two years a revolution has emerged in the plus size market, however, this revolution has not reached the teen age market. We are launching this campaign [This Is Why I’m Fabulous] to find everyday, real plus size models; no matter height or size breaking the barriers of what a “true” plus size model should be in the fashion industry. Plus size is not a size 8 or 10 like so many of the plus size super models. We are looking for two or three models who can serve as ambassadors to the program.

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Do you think you will receive criticism for promoting plus-sized fashion?

We must believe in ourselves and do everything through our heart. If we want to succeed we must focus on our passion and give it all we have. I believe some door or somebody’s door will open up somewhere and show us the light and guide us on our own beautiful path. From what I have seen, no two people in the world take the same journey. Remember everybody has this energy, just listen to it carefully. This voice will always guide you on the right path. I believe a loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice even if it is a whisper. Just relax, sit back, and let the journey unfold.

What do you think is the most special part about designing for plus size women?

I have found that more teen girls than ever are buying plus size gowns for prom. This comes from a teenage customers desire to be able to buy the same clothing as their friends, plus size or not. Today’s young consumers know what they want and won’t settle for less. Our customer wants to feel on trend. This may includes ruffles, off the shoulder tops and yes, even the crop top, which might surprise some plus size skeptics.
In my plus size collection “Fabulouss” we design to encourage self love. We are about body positivity. I love to hear that girls have come out of a retailer’s dressing room and start to cry because they finally have clothing that fits them and makes them feel good.

 

You can follow Mac Duggal on social media as @macduggal and see what’s new at www.macduggal.com. If you’re interested in becoming a positive and strong role models for young girls and apply to their camping, visit macduggalblog.com/this-is-why-im-fabulous. The submission deadline is January 27, 2017.

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Get the Golden Globes Looks

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Emma Stone was obviously THE girl of the night. We absolutely love the beaded applique pattern on the dress that accentuates the deep V neckline. Our Style number 4433D is a great choice if you want to emulate Emma’s look and be THE star of your prom night!

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Brie Larson looked glamourus in this dress with gathered bodice, strapless red dress, and who could blame her ? You can’t be wrong with red. To get Brie’s look try Style #55102i

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Jessica Chastain looks completely gorgeous in this blue floral dress. Showing some flowers for the spring season is just perfect and why not be original with this light blue. For a similar look to Jessica’s try Style #25507.

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Lily Collins looked stunning in this pink, floral applique dress. What’s not to love with the floral lace, and the tulle skirt. You can be sure that you’ll look like a princess. Get Lily’s look with Style #50374D

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Mandy Moore looked very classy for the Golden Globes with this black dress with a cape. And if you’re worrying about the cleavage, we have just the perfect dress for you Style #25007i

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Sienna Miller totally rocked this cut out dress on the red carpet. Let’s be simple and classy by choosing this amazing dress with the long sleeves Style #25536i.

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For the full prom collection visit macduggal.com 

5 Dresses to Rock Your Prom Night

We know you want to look flawless on prom night. In order to assist you in the search for the perfect dress, we’ve chosen 5 of our favorites dresses that are certain to make you look gorgeous.

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Because we all know that girls love flowers, so why not wear them on your prom dress? With this strapless mermaid dress, you can be sure that you will have all the attention that you deserve. This floral dress will fit perfectly your curves and makes you feel sexy and confident.

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Why not try a two-piece dress for prom? It’s the new fashion trend that will make you look like a movie star on the red carpet. You will show just enough skin to be sexy and classy at the same time, and the best thing is that whatever size you are, we know you will look amazing and feel confident! The dress is decorated by thousands of sequins and beads to make you shine all night long.

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This dress is by far our favorite! It’s the perfect match with its mixed prints of black & white and pink. The diagonal stripes and strapless bodice with bring attention to your collar bones, and accentuate your waist to make you look like a modern princess.

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Who said fully sequined dresses were just for New Year’s Eve? This long dress will make you look like a movie star, and help you exude confidence. With the cutout on the leg and the open back you will feel like the sexiest girl on the room. Who will be able to resist you in this dress?

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If you’re not sure if you want to go with a long dress or a short romper, this is the perfect dress for you! The long Aztec printed overskirt will bring the attention to your top. You can change your look anytime of the night by taking off the over skirt and rocking the romper underneath.

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Mac Duggal’s Spring 2015 Collection Has Arrived

When it comes to Mac Duggal, there always seems to be a timelessness in his designs. Whether it’s a vintage-inspired lace or a classic silhouette, Mac Duggal dresses are the epitome of grace and elegance.

But when designing the new collection of 2015 Spring fashionsMac Duggal Style 93512C, he drew inspiration from changing trends and contemporary culture. Each Mac Duggal dress incorporates fabrics from all over the world to showcase the very best of embossed chiffons, colorful florals, and intricate back detailing.

From front to back, designs such as Mac Duggal Style 93512C features an elegance and sophisticated quality. Open backs with embellishments that trim the edges, this kind of attention to detail is what sets Mac Duggal apart from the rest.

Continuing his lifetime goal to transform beautiful women through fashion, each prom collection Mac Duggal Style 85434Mfeatures a variety of embellished patterns and wonderful spring hues.

The latest trend in prom is the two-piece dress or crop-top style. In a variety of forms, like simple jersey material and edgy leopard print skirts, two-piece dresses are a major style statement this year!

 Mac Duggal Prom, Ball Gowns, Flash, and Cassandra Stone is where you will find your perfect prom dress. And don’t forget about Mac Duggal’s plus-size prom dress line, Fabulouss!

But it wasn’t just the prom lines that were given a new look. Two new collections, After Five and Evenings, were also added this season. Mac Duggal Style 30007

Check out this gorgeous new style from After Five, Mac Duggal Style 30007. This two piece dress is perfect for spring with a two piece top and high-low skirt. The bow around the waistline looks absolutely darling.

These fresh new styles perfectly compliment the already existing Evening Collections of Twelve, Black White Red, and Couture.

Mac Duggal has also added new styles and designs to the two pageant crossover collection. Royalty, featuring prom court or pageant dresses, and Sugar, the little girls pageant line, are two standout collections for Spring 2015!

In every collection, Mac Duggal features a modern touch with artistic elegance. By creating silhouettes that are timeless and flattering, Mac Duggal delivers a wide-ranging spectrum of fashion and style that continues to set trends for the season.

Described as “the best Mac Duggal yet,” this 2015 Spring Collection truly inspires confidence and beauty in women.

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Black is the New Black

Mary Kate and Ashley wear it. Johnny Cash swore by it. And so many women head straight to the color black as their go to fashion. Any why not? With so many people swearing by the everlasting color of black, it’s no surprise that Black Prom Dresses are the current trend.

The interest in black prom dresses increased dramatically in 2014, according to our Mac Duggal Web Views and Sales. During the previous year, red was far and away the most popular color. There were twice as many views of red prom dress last year as there were of black ones. In 2013, there were 50,886 views of red prom dress and only 20,836 views of black prom dress. This year though, black caught up with red as the most popular color. The web view results of 2014 showed that there were 70,647 views of red prom dresses and 70,397 views for black prom dresses. The number of shoppers looking at black prom dresses doubled this year and was essentially equal to that of red. And sales increased in line with this increase in interest. Our best selling prom dress, as well as 3 out of our top ten, were black prom dresses.

Does that suggest that black may be the top selling prom dress color in 2014-2015? Well, we will have to wait and see, but if this year’s upward trend continues into next year, it is well within the realm of possibilities.

From head-to-toe black is the easiest, chicest way to look runway ready. . . and it’s actually cool to wear. The little black dress has been making a style statement for years, but now black prom dresses are starting to make a serious mark on the way we look at prom.

Why We Love Black Prom Dresses. . .

It Flatters Every Skin Tone & Figure Friendly.

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Mac Duggal Style 82019M will flatter every skin tone and gives you that fabulous hourglass silhouette.

 

You Can Go Wild With Accessories.

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You can dress this fabulous high-low black prom dress up with a variety of accessories.

 

It works for every season.

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Spring, summer, fall, and winter, Mac Duggal Style 1903M is perfect for every season’s special occasion.

 

It always looks dressed up.

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Although simply embellished along the neckline, Mac Duggal Style 64632M is a beautiful dress that will dress up every moment.

 

It never goes out of style.

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From the highly embellished lace neckline to the taffeta long skirt, Mac Duggal Style 82066M is sure to last throughout the years.

 

So what do you think? Will black prom dresses be the next big trend of Prom 2015?

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4 Ways to Choose the Right Jewelry for Prom

This is a guest post by stylist, blogger, and publisher of 4 Fashion Advice, Cathie Hehman. This fabulous blog gives fashion and style advice for women of all ages.

What to Consider When Choosing Jewelry for Your Prom Dress

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The style, neckline and color of your prom dress and your hair color go into the decision making when choosing jewelry to go with your prom dress. Also you do not have to wear matching earrings and necklaces. You can mix it up. Plan ahead and try some different types of jewelry with your prom dress, shoes and purse and do a mirror test before you decide on jewelry.

Pearl or metal jewelry (gold or silver) and sparkly (quality rhinestone or diamond) jewelry go with every color prom dress. Silver jewelry looks especially good with cool colors such as blues, violets and greens. Gold jewelry looks nice with warm colors like pinks, corals, yellows and reds. However there are no rules that say you can’t wear gold jewelry with cool colors or vice versa. Dresses that are very fancy look better with simple style jewelry. Prom dresses that are simple in design can be worn with one piece of statement jewelry. One shoulder prom dresses or gowns that have trim around the neckline or decorative busts (sequined, beaded, etc.) usually look better without necklaces.

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Aspen is Wearing Mac Duggal Style 82028M, a one sleeve prom dress with an embellished neckline and bodice. She wears minimal jewelry with just a simple pair of earrings.

Simple style strapless dresses look fabulous with or without necklaces. If you are wearing both earrings and a necklace one piece can be more elaborate than the other. For example classic stud earrings with a statement necklace or statement earrings and a simple style necklace.

Neutral color prom dresses like white, beige or black might be OK with colorful jewelry. A little trial and error is necessary before you decide what jewelry to wear.

Dozens of Colors Means One Fake Prom Dress

This post has been updated. The current version is at https://www.macduggal.com/dozens-of-colors-means-one-fake-prom-dress/

Everyone has heard of scammers selling fake handbags and electronics. But parents and high school teens have to look out for another scam. . . counterfeit prom dresses. So be warned, getting scammed by a knock-off or counterfeit dress website can be a costly mistake that can damage much more than just your wallet.

It’s surprisingly easy to be lured onto one of the fake prom dress sites. It all begins as you search and search for the perfect dress. It starts with looking at the latest fashion magazines and red carpet interviews. Then you begin your search online. . .

Looking for the best deal and the dress of your dreams, you come to a store that offers more than 60% off your selection. While managing to pick out the perfect style and the best deal, you find that, even better, it comes in more than 20 colors. It’s a dream come true! Now you can look great in the dress you’ve always wanted and in the color that perfectly matches your skin tone.

The truth is, you’ve just seen the biggest dead giveaway that your dress won’t be quite what you are expecting. It’s time to hit the back button if something like this pops up on the page where the photographed dress is featured:

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The above selection box is similar to what is shown on most websites that offers discount and “cheap” special occasion dresses. And it’s not something to get excited about.

The idea is appealing. You love this gown but it is green, and you hate green. But look at all of the available colors! Hooray!

There’s a reason that these sites offer dresses in every color of the rainbow, while the designer’s sites only show the dress available in just a few hues. According to Mac Duggal,  “The fact is you’ll never know which color you are going to get when you see so many colors. Counterfeiters use damaged, leftover material that they can get cheaply to offer such low prices. These materials often fall apart, rip easily, or even give young girls hives and rashes.”

What do we mean when we say you never know which color you’ll get? Well, for example, if you wanted a white dress and walked into a store, you would know exactly which shade of white you envisioned. The store would do everything to find you that perfect white tint you desired. However, when you choose the color white from an online counterfeiter you could be getting white, off-white, bone, or even ivory. It makes an even bigger difference when you order bright colors. Mac Duggal warns that, “you could choose the color ‘Pink,’ but what you could really get is a neon pink or light pink. It really comes down to which materials are left over, and sometimes you may even get two different color sewn together on a dress.”

Girls look forward to the idea of getting a dress in so many colors, but in reality it’s more of a curse than a blessing. When you look at a dress in your local prom retailer, you know what color you are going to get. Legitimate prom retailers are going to be there for you every step of the way. If you are deciding between a store or a counterfeit online deal, Mac Duggal asks you to remember this one thing, “These stores and honest designers are willing to fight for you and get you the dress of your dreams. Counterfeiters NEVER have your best interests at heart. There is no such thing as returns with prom dress counterfeiters.”

If you happen to stumble across a site that offers steeply discounted dresses in a wide range of colors, think twice before you click “Buy.”

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We purchased a counterfeit copy of a Mac Duggal prom dress. This comparison shows the difference between Mac Duggal Style 3434 and its Counterfeit Copy from Modern Bridals.

Overseas counterfeit websites (many of them China-based) target teenage girls by stealing images from top designers. They then claim to make the exact dress in multiple colors at a discounted rate, and millions of girls fall for their scam.

But when your dress is delivered, it’s hardly like the dress in the photograph. If you even get a dress, you are shipped a cheap knock-off with problems in the stitching, beading, and fit. Some girls only get pieces of the dress and are expected to sew it together!

Jan Ferracuti from popular prom dress store Bridal Elegance knows first hand the experience that mothers and teens go through when accidentally ordering a counterfeit prom dress. “During prom season, we have mothers and daughters frantically searching for a prom dress at the last minute because they ordered their prom dress online from a random website and it either didn’t come in or it doesn’t look like what they ordered. They will show us a picture of what they thought they were ordering and the dress that they received.  It’s very sad- not only does the girl not have her dress, her mom is out the money she spent for the counterfeit dress.”

Featured on the Today Show, one young high school girl, Alexandra Marschall, had high hopes when she found that perfect dress online for a discounted rate. However, when she received the dress it was in pieces and the beading was actually left in a separate bag!

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Alexandra was expected to sew her own prom dress together. . . just two weeks before the prom. So if you’re not into a DIY prom dress and don’t want a cheap knock-off, then stay away from scammer prom dress sites.

What Mac Duggal is Doing to Stop Counterfeit Prom Dress Scams

On a daily basis, Mac Duggal sends Google requests to remove links to the webpages of counterfeiters that use copyright infringing photos of our dresses. Within the industry we are the leader in Google takedown requests.  During the past year, our efforts have led to the removal of over 15,000 webpages from Google’s index. These webpages were on found on over 500 websites that have copied Mac Duggal photography with the intent of scamming consumers.  One of Mac Duggal’s top priorities is to protect the women and young girls who assume they are buying a designer Mac Duggal dress from getting ripped off.  We’ve also created a Counterfeit Prom Dress Nightmares page to increase awareness of how frequently teenage girls are being victimized.

What You Can Do to Avoid the Scam

You can take proactive steps to avoid being scammed by counterfeit prom dresses websites. Beware that if you view a counterfeit prom dress site, their advertising will pop up on your browser in the future.

It’s important to protect yourself and your prom dress purchase. Avoid getting ripped off by one of these fraudulent websites by watching out for the following:

Price: If it’s too good to be true, then it’s probably too good to be true
Website: Check the FAQ and About page. Make sure it’s a professional site
Return Policy: Reputable dress sellers will spell it out for you
Location of Website: Beware of websites based in and shipping from China. Mac Duggal has zero retailers located in China
Knock-off Prom List: If you still aren’t sure, check the Knock-off Prom List.

And if you see a website that offers a multitude of colors, run don’t walk.