Prom season is here, and that means the struggle of finding the perfect dress. There are still plenty of options available if you or your daughter are looking for a spectacular dress, but are on a budget. Here are a few ways you can find the perfect, unique dress without breaking the bank.
1) Vintage – It has been awhile since I went to prom, but I scored my designer prom dress for next to nothing at my local vintage clothing store. These days you can find some amazing vintage dresses online. Don’t worry, you can order them and try them on, and return the ones you don’t like.
2) Nordstrom’s personal shopper – You may not believe it, but you can find some great dresses in Nordstrom’s for under $100, and if you book a shopping assistant, you can even get personalized help at no extra cost. Don’t worry about shopping on a budget with a personal shopper, just let them know your constraints and they will work with you.
3) David’s Bridal – I know, you aren’t getting married, but don’t let that stop you from shopping at this store for a great prom dress. And no, they aren’t just snazzy bridesmaid dresses, David’s Bridal also specializes in prom dresses. You can also expect stellar service as the employees are used to supporting picky brides. You cannot beat the mirrors at this shop to make sure your dress fits great at every angle.
4) Ebay – Chances are you will only wear your prom dress once or twice. That’s why it is a great item to shop for on eBay. You can find a lot of pre-worn prom dresses, but since they have only been worn a handful of times, they are practically as good as new. The only drawback with buying your dress this way is that it can be difficult to return if the dress does not fit the way you want it to.
5) Make your own – If you have an interest in design and a sewing machine, why not make your own dress. Find a pattern you like and spend your budget on fabric. If you are uncertain if you can get the dress to look just the way you want, get support from a local tailor. You can ask at your local drycleaners, they often have a tailor on staff or one they work with to mend and hem. You can often find a pretty decent deal and may still get in under $100.