8 Designer Prom Dresses Under $100

Let’s face it: Between the ticket, transportation, formalwear and some extras, prom expenses add up fast. And for fashionistas who hate being a repeat-outfit offender, it can feel a little crazy to splurge on designer prom dresses that you wear once, maybe twice over time. If the idea of dropping a few hundred on just a dress alone has you clutching your wallet with white knuckles, it’s time to look into some convenient alternatives.


When you start thinking outside the typical prom box, you open up your outfitting to all sorts of options. For starters, who says you have to buy? If you love rocking big name labels, smart start-ups like Rent The Runway can save you some extra cash while creating your prom princess moment. These designer frocks bring red carpet style to campuses everywhere for a much more affordable fee for four to eight days. Prom goers can get a free backup size to find their best fit and return shipping is always free. We say it’s genius!

Here are prom princess picks we love, tailored to your style.

For the Glamazon Prom Princess, $80

Forest Gown by Badly Mischka, $80, Renttherunway.com

Sparkle from head to toe in full sequins with an embellished, curve-hugging stunner.

For the Boho Babe, $70

Spices of Morocco Maxi by Marchea Voyage, $70, Renttherunway.com

If you’re still feeling those Coachella vibes, a patchwork maxi lets you channel your inner festival queen.

For the Minimalist, $80

Straight To The Point Gown by Calvin Klein Collection, $80, Renttherunway.com

Get your supermodel on in a slinky slip style from fashion favorite Calvin Klein.

For the Romantic Princess, $80

Apricot Breeze Gown by Slate & Willow, $80, Renttherunway.com

Girly and glitzy, this sweet pink cotton candy number is made for the modern romantic.

For the Retro Lover

Orleans Gown by Jill Jill Stuart, $80, Renttherunway.com

If you’ve got a love for the ’70s and ’80s, this vintage-inspired style is the way to go.

For the Statement Maker

Wintergreen Garden by Parker, $70, Renttherunway.com

You’ll steal the scene in this gown — the printed and flirty tiered strapless is unlike anything else we’ve seen.

For the Traditionalist

Madison Gown by Marchesa Notte, $75, Renttherunway.com

If the classic ball gown style is all you’ve dreamed up, this Marchesa Notte gives you a fresh spin.

For the Indecisive

Hydrangea Dream Maxi by nha khanh, $70, Renttherunway.com

It’s the best of both worlds with this mini dress and print chiffon train. High and low in one means you don’t have to decide between sexy and sophisticated.


Melissa is creative communication professional with 9+ years of experience writing for the beauty and fashion industries.