Forget your date - everyone knows that the most important element of any teenager's prom is her dress; which makes it all the more heartbreaking to see someone receive their prom gown in the mail, only to find it looks absolutely nothing like the online picture.
Many disappointed shoppers have taken to Twitter to expose the struggle of ordering a prom dress online, posting comparison images showing the gowns they thought they ordered versus the ones that arrived in the mail.
In all cases, the glamorous gowns pictured online arrived looking cheap, wrinkled, misshapen, and even missing pieces.
Overall, none of the gowns wowed or flattered as their online pictures indicated.
'Don't order your prom dress online...' wrote one Twitter user. 'I promise you will regret it.' Numerous other tweets reflect the exact same sentiment: 'PSA: Don't order your prom dress online!'
The uniting trend among these bad ballgowns seems to be the fact that they were ordered from discount clothing websites based in Asia that are known for their absurdly low prices, appealing marketing, and yes - their misleading product pictures.
It's not abnormal to order clothes online - in 2014, the Census Bureau reported that clothing and accessories were the two most profitable e-commerce categories.
Thus, it's not surprising that busy high-school students opted to shop online for this year's prom fashions. Where many would-be fashionista's mistakes arose was in their choice to shop on one of the many notorious scam clothing sites, many of which are based in Asia.
Companies like SheIn, Shop In Dress, and Sweetheart Girl are just a few of the many online shopping destinations that have sprung up in recent years and have been linked to repeated claims of misleading product pictures and non-existent return policies.
近年来，网络上出现了许许多多的购物网站，比如：SheIn、Shop In Dress和Sweetheart Girl，这些公司常常遭到投诉，因为他们发布虚假图片和根本不存在的退货政策。
Complaints against shops like IziDressBuy indicate that the company and its peers are unlikely to respond to refund requests. One unhappy customer said the company allegedly suggested she 'keep the dress and maybe gift (it as) a gift to someone.'
A quick glance at their sites reveals striking similarities: impossibly low-prices, product pictures from many different sources, and little to no information about the company itself.
Still, it's easy to see why teenagers would be attracted to the affordable price point and wealth of stylish prom dress options on these sites.
Unfortunately, many have proven to be scams, whose actual products look nothing like what is advertised. Complicated or non-existent return policies ensure the ripped-off shoppers are not likely to get their cash back.
While it's unfortunate enough for those who ordered a mangled t-shirt or ill-fitting pair of pants - these prom dress disasters are downright tragic.
True, the differences in these dresses are humorous - but likely devastating for a high school student who is aiming to look their best for the big night.
Source: 魏千菡 & Yaning from language.chinadaily.com.cn