My daughter, who is 9, is going to be participating in the IL National American Miss pageant in early September. We need a floor-length gown! She's pretty tall and is wearing girl's size 14-16, so she's on the verge of moving up to junior/miss sizes. This will be her first-ever pageant and we are both super excited! A month ago, I never would have imagined her wanting to do something like this. Looking forward to the mommy daughter times this will bring. We are trying to find lesser expensive options, as she'll likely just wear it one time. It needs to have straps and be a solid color (can have beading). The style I really like is halter strap on top with a higher waist. A little poofy in the skirt but not too extreme, as it doesn't need to be glitzy. I think this style will flatter her the most. I went to 6 stores in my hometown this morning and had NO luck. I live about 100 miles from STL. I found some cute ones @ JC Penney for $20 today but I don't think any of them will work as most are strapless. Please let me know of any great places to go for reasonably priced formals, whether it be resale or retail stores. Thank you!!!