Guide To Preparing For Your High School Dance In Philadelphia

October 8, 2013 4:39 PM

Though only a month has passed since school started, for high school students around the area, it’s time to shop for homecoming and winter dance season. A dress for the semi-formal occasion tops the list of things needed, but teens shouldn’t overlook the other essentials, from shoes to food. Before shopping, teens should always discuss their budget (including the price of tickets to get in the door at the dance) to make sure there are no hard feelings along the way.

Jan’s Boutique
406 Marlton Pike E.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(856) 428-8181

Whether a teen’s budget is as low as $99 or as high as $4,000, Jan’s Boutique has a selection of more than 5,000 dresses in sizes 00-32, including petite. If a dress from the rack isn’t perfect, the store does have seamstresses for alterations and can also special order dresses. For the best service, customers are recommended to make an appointment and bring in pictures (no stock numbers) of preferred dresses. The best part? Shopping in the Garden State means there’s no sales tax added on to the most expensive purchase for the occasion, and Jan’s will pay the bridge toll for any Pennsylvania girl who makes a purchase.

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South Philly Style Shoes
2116 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 462-0965

For the best selection of affordable shoes, visit South Philly Style Shoes. The amount of shoes can be overwhelming, but sales associates are trained to help customers find the perfect pair. The store even carries special occasion shoes that are comfortable enough to dance all night long. If the right color isn’t available, the store has a huge variety of dye-able shoes to create right look.

Lacquer Lounge
501 Fitzwater St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 987-3656

A girl can’t get dressed up and go out with bare fingernails. Lacquer Lounge is here to help, with manicure prices that start at just $10. The salon also features Glam Shop packages with extras like makeup application and airbrush tan for a special night out, like the dance. Customers can be reassured that the salon makes cleanliness its top priority, exceeding state requirements on procedures.

Ovations Salon And Spa
539 N. Orianna St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 923-4747

For teens who want a relaxing atmosphere to get out any jitters or prepare for the drama bound to happen at the dance, Ovations will provide that, along with an amazing hairstyle. The Northern Liberties salon provides a welcoming environment with a knowledgeable staff. A formal style or up-do starts at $65. The salon also has specials available for first-timers. If a little more relaxation is needed, there is a spa on the second level.

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700 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 223-5663

Any favorite fast-food restaurant is going to clash with that dress, and it really isn’t possible to pull off the Ferris Bueller method of fine dining in real life. While the dress at Jones is casual, the restaurant is sophisticated enough so teens won’t feel out of place in their dressy attire. The menu features a variety of familiar food at affordable prices. The restaurant is also good for groups, although since reservations are not accepted, arriving early is smart to make sure the party gets to the dance before the queen is crowned.

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Samantha Sinclair is a freelance writer who lives in South Jersey. She has two boys who love “adventuring.” Her work can be found at