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Where to Find a Prom Dress on a Budget
by Ashley Sinatra
Prom means a time of dressing up like a princess or a sexy celebrity. While this night is supposed to be special, it should not put anyone in debt. Here are just a few ways that you can save a lot of money on your prom dress.
1. Borrow It
Try to get in contact with many recently graduated student or other friends you know. It is a guarantee that many of them still have their prom dresses hanging up in their closet after only one night of wearing them. Find someone close to your size. Many times the friend or alumni would be happy to lend it out for free, considering they have no more use for it. However, do not be afraid to offer some extra cash for it. They are giving you a great deal either way.
2. Ebay.com and Craigslist.org
Ebay.com can sometime strike the “used and dirty” chord in some people’s minds. Surprisingly, Ebay.com offers many different styles of dresses, sizes, and even brand new ones with tags. Ebay is sure to fit any tight budget. Just watch out for shipping charges. Another site to check out is craigslist.org. Just choose the cities you live near and type “prom dress” or “formal dress” in the for sale section. You might be able to find some great listings on dresses. The best thing is that they are nearby, so that you can try them on and save on shipping costs!
3. Look for Sales
To get a really great deal on a prom dress, some planning may be in order. If you have more than a year until your next prom, wait until June to go prom dress shopping. Most proms occur in April and May. Therefore, prices should decrease on fancy dresses by more than 30%! A couple of years ago, I was looking at dresses in June. I had no intention of buying myself a prom dress until I found a gorgeous, beaded full length ball gown. The best part was that the original price tag of $150 was slashed down to $53!
4. Make It
Making your prom dress is an idea for those who are either experienced in clothes sewing or have a lot of time to learn. This is probably the most difficult approach to getting a cheap dress, but it can also be the most rewarding. If you make your own prom dress, you will have full control of the style, colors, and fit. Remember to buy the fabric and patterns on sale. Also, give yourself plenty of time to make the dress.
Finding an affordable yet gorgeous prom dress does not have to be a never ending scavenger hunt. All you have to do is look in the right places and be wise in planning. The sure way to spend more on a prom dress is if you wait until the last minute!