How can you describe a prom dress in detail for an essay?

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Some of the things you can consider include:

Imagery : Basically, the five senses. Most people default to sight, and describe the shape of the dress, but you could easily work in touch, smell and sound too. Taste might be a bit difficult! For example, you might say something like,...

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Some of the things you can consider include:

Imagery: Basically, the five senses. Most people default to sight, and describe the shape of the dress, but you could easily work in touch, smell and sound too. Taste might be a bit difficult! For example, you might say something like, "The sequins, embedded in the dress and overlapping like fish scales, scintillated their reflections across the room, but they scraped against each other with an unpleasant crackling sound like fingernails being trimmed." You could also choose a less prosaic approach, and say something more like, "The dress was advertised as "sky blue", but in fact was much more pastel and faded. It sat comfortably at ankle height and was, quite frankly, unremarkable as prom dresses go."

Emotion: What is the impact of the dress? Does it have some sentimental value or attachment? The specifics of the dress itself may be unimportant if it represents something greater.

Cultural Significance: Prom dresses are regularly criticized for being too short, revealing or otherwise sexual, depending upon their design and the standards of the community. How does the dress match or defy the cultural standards? Does it make the wearer beautiful or does it represent conformity?

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