Prom season is in full effect, but you don’t need to spend all of your savings from your part-time, after-school job or take out a loan from your parents so that you can dress beautifully for prom. Cheap prom girl dresses are not as elusive as you’d think and you can put together an affordable prom look without scrimping on quality or style.
You also don’t need to be Molly Ringwald from Pretty in Pink, cutting and sewing two totally disparate prom dresses together to create your own Frankenstein prom creation. Unless, of course, that is what you are going for; you can see her epic cutting and sewing below. Even the most DIY-challenged can make it to prom without spending a bajillion bucks on a dress you’ll wear once.
There are lots of options for affordable prom frocks online and there are also methods you can employ to seek out a stylish, gently worn option. There’s no shame in grabbing a used dress, as long as it’s been dry-cleaned. Retro-chic is totally in, and getting a legit dress from the past is even cooler. Plus, hitting up your favorite vintage store ensures you’ll find a piece no one else will have — at a fraction of the cost of what most of your peers will pay.
If you aren’t a thrifting fiend, there are plenty of under-$100 prom dresses out there that look just as legit as the pricier options. That’ll leave you more cash to spend on cool shoes and accessories — after all, you’re more likely to be able to reuse them than a big, sparkly gown, but their lacy frocks are perfect for the big dance.