TBF Community Question: Where to Find Prom Dresses on a Budget?

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Hear that? It’s the sound of millions of girls in a prom-preparation frenzy. Being that many of them will be operating on a budget, they’ll need a little direction. We don’t always want to be the ones doing the talking—sure, we can tell you what sources we like for prom dresses on a budget (eDressMe.com’s dresses under $99, great sales at Macy’s) but we think you probably have some great tips too. So help the girls out—what are your picks for best source for a fabulous prom dress on the cheap?

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  • When looking for a prom dress dont’ forget to check out the Goodwill & Salvation Army.

  • There is an amazing website called Unique Vintage (http//www.UniqueVintage.com) that carries literally thousands of prom dresses for amazing prices. Faviana, Night Moves, Blush, Mori Lee, Mignon, Riva, Terani, definitely check it out!

  • When I went on a hunt for a prom dress for my cousins, many recommended searching at consignment stores or even at a local wedding dress store for used bridesmaid dresses. It’s cheaper to have a used dress dry-cleaned than to buy a new one and most often they are in mint condition worn only once.

    Just put the money you’ll pay for a new prom dress into buying that iphone/laptop/other tech gadget you’ve been salivating this whole time.

  • Alli

    There is a new formal consignment boutique called ReDress that resells prom dresses, and they will ship to you. Their website is http://www.redressboutique.com and they put pictures of a lot of their dresses online, so if you see a dress you like you can email them about it. It’s a good affordable option for an almost-new dress without having to dig through a thrift store.

  • I second the eBay vote – especially if you can score something vintage because no one will be wearing that same dress.

    (I bought my wedding dress brand new on eBay for $100, and it was perfect. The seller was a bridal store owner who had recently closed shop and was selling her remaining stock.)

    Good luck and have fun!

  • semer

    I’ll say it again: David’s Bridal.  They’ve got some great affordable dresses AND a great range of sizes.

    Also, if you’re brave, thrift stores.  🙂

  • Carolyn

    I have to agree with Semer, When I was in high school I got my prom dress from David’s Bridal. It was origanally 250 dollars and I got it on clearance for $40!! It was beautiful and fit me perfectly so I didn’t need any tailoring.