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Old 04-09-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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Budget prom dress site?

Are there any legit sites out there with reasonably priced prom dresses? Dd is going for the first time and the ones she likes are SO expensive!! She wouldn't mind used, but we haven't seen any she liked that were being sold much cheaper than new.

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Their clearance pages are great, savings are really good, and it's a reputable shop. MY DD plans on getting her dress from them for her prom next year, ahs been going to local stores to try on and select which style/designer she likes.
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Is long gowns or shorter dresses more in style?

I have 2 boys, so just wondering what the girls are likely.
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Have you tried Goodwill?
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:23 PM   #5
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Renttherunway.com. Might be worth a try. My friends DD used them a few times

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Shopping used is hit or miss, there may be nothing, or there may be the perfect dress in the wrong size. On the upside, most of the formal gowns are in better shape than the majority of items at the thrift stores and it's a LOT of fun to laugh at the horrid late 80s-mid 90s styles that we found. - we've been shopping also and checked 4 Goodwill stores, 2 DAV stores, some local consignment stores and Platos Closet. We found a handful altogether and did end up buying one at Plato's Closet. The (2) Khols near us did not get any in store according to the sales associate - but we found several in the clearance racks in the Junior department. Some we found several sizes, which doesn't make sense if they didn't get any in store. Khols does have many online. Dillards has lot so of options, but most are pricey. An acquaintance's daughter found hers at JC Penny.

Locally we also have a new consignment store that deals only in formal dresses. They don't have a store front (yet?) It's a great resource -

If you don't have anything like this local, it would be a great business opportunity! The lady who co-owns it is so nice and I really think she's hit on something. We also bought a dress from here. So for $37 total investment my daughter has two suitable dresses.
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My DD15 is going to prom since her boyfriend is a junior. Lucky for me she wanted a short dress and hates sparkles/sequins. A simple dress was easy to find and very affordable. She found hers at Nordstrom. Her shoes cost more than the dress.


It seems like the younger girls like short dresses while the seniors go for the drama of floor length. I have two senior nieces who live in different states and they are both wearing long this year. Both your short until this year.

I'm always a fan of setting a budget and then letting them shop it.

In my experience, second hand is a good option only if you have lots of time. It can take many stores and lots of time to stumble upon something they like in the correct size.
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In my area, long is the norm, although there may be half a dozen girls who wear short. The junior prom is more the classic princess style dress, the senior ball is more the slinky style. YMMV
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If you can actually go to the store, they have a HUGE selection! I got a homecoming dress there once that was "Last Season" and it cost me $15, brand new!

I also agree that goodwill has many choices.

David's bridal is another good one. In addition to bridesmaid dresses, they have an actual prom section. There are some decently priced gowns there.

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I was just at burlington coat factory today and they had some pretty dresses(prom and spring kinds) I seen one(ok DD seen and wanted one) and it was $30 and it was pretty
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Have you considered using rent the runway.com alot of military wives use it for the ball each year. You rent for a fraction of the cost of buying and they are designer label.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:49 PM   #13
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I would try consignment shops. The girls here wear short to Homecoming, but long to prom.
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Ebay or cragslist is a good place to find used prom/ bridesmaid dresses. I'd probably start with ebay and consignment shops though because Craigslisters can be uber creepy.
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Check at the local mall for the prom project (or something similar ) where people donate used dresses. The first couple weekends the dresses are free but need based but after that they sell the rest for like $30! Anyone can shop after the first couple weekends. Friends say they have nice dresses but sizes can be hit or miss.
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