Guide To Preparing For Your High School Dance In Washington DC

November 1, 2013 8:00 AM

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Freaking out about finding a date for your upcoming high school dance? Where will you find the perfect dress? Worried about how much a limo may cost for the event, or whether you can find a good salon to guarantee the perfect up-do for the occasion? Between all of the logistics, as well as coordinating with friends and their dates, the details can suck the fun out of what is supposed to be an amazing time to dance and socialize with your friends and classmates. Don’t fret! We pulled together a guide with five of the best places in Washington, DC to address all of your pre-dance needs. From finding the perfect dress or tuxedo to arriving at your dance well fed and traveling in style, we’ve covered all the bases for you. Check out our suggestions below and remember the point of a dance is to have fun.

Urban Chic
1626 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-5398

Arguably one of the most important details of any dance or formal is finding the perfect dress, and selecting that perfect dress can be exhausting and time consuming. Urban Chic, nestled in the Georgetown neighborhood, is a smart, contemporary clothing boutique where finding the perfect dress won’t be the difficult part – picking which dress to leave the store with will be. Urban Chic is reasonably priced, with gowns ranging from $120 and up, coming in a variety of styles and lengths. The boutique also carries a variety of well-known brands, and the staff is readily available to help you track down the perfect dress without having to break the bank.

Geoffrey Lewis
1433 H St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 638-6088

You’ve asked out your date with the reply of yes, and now comes the reality: you need a tuxedo. For most, renting a tuxedo will be the best option, since a well-tailored tuxedo can be quite pricey. One of the best places to find amazing tuxedo and suit options in Washington, DC is Geoffrey Lewis. One of the most recognized tailors the Washington D.C area, Geoffrey Lewis has been providing Washingtonians with the finest selection in custom and ready-made formal wear for over 35 years. Most would expect a high price tag, but a tuxedo rental at Geoffrey’s will normally only cost around $160, which will include all pieces except for the shoes, which you can also rent for an additional price.

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Bang Salon
601 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-2264

Bang Salon is known for its full hair and spa services, and if you are looking for that perfect haircut, color or Hollywood-ready up-do, make sure to book an appointment at Bang. Recently voted “Best Hair Salon in DC” by the Washington City Paper for four consecutive years and routinely recognized as one of the best full-service salons in the city, both boys and girls can rest assured knowing they will be leaving Bang completely ready for their Kodak moment. While getting your hair curled, cut or pinned to perfection, you can also sit easy knowing that Bang is an avid supporter of various charities and philanthropic causes, having donated more than $30,000 over the last three years to various breast cancer and research organizations. If that doesn’t convince you to book your appointment now, its prices most certainly will, with a standard cut running at around $35 to $60.

District Commons
2200 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 587-8277

District Commons, located in Washington Circle, is the perfect restaurant for either a group or just you and your date to dine before heading to the dance. The menu showcases a variety of American classics, ranging from a classic burger to brick-pressed chicken, with all entrees falling under $30.

Chariots For Hire
21915 Shaw Road
Sterling, VA 20164
(202) 722-4661

Boasting one of the largest fleets in the DMV area, Chariots for Hire offers the full range of vehicle options: sedans, limousines, stretch SUVs and vans. For larger groups, it also offers limo buses, so no matter the size of your group, you can still arrive in style.

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Matthew Scott is a freelance writer covering all things Washington DC. His work can be found on

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