Looking for a fashionable prom dress that will not cause you sticker shock? Want a dress that is stylish, but whose cost will leave room for acquiring some snazzy accessories? Then, you will love these 6 Places to Find Cheap Prom Dresses.
Consignment Stores-Much like wedding dresses, prom dresses are something that most people wear only one time. You can often find “like new” dresses at these stores for a fraction of their original prices. Consignment stores that focus on formal wear and those located near wealthy sections of town will often have a significant selection of gowns from which to select.
Department Stores-Many major department stores carry a selection of formal wear. You can often find cheap prom dresses by paying careful attention to clearance racks, store coupon offers, and discount days. Examples of stores who carry a variety of prom dresses include Belk, Bon-Ton, Burlington, Dillards, JCPenney, Macy’s, and Sears.
Discount/Off-Price Retailers-Stores such as Marshalls, Ross, Stein Mart, and T.J. Maxx offer a ever rotating selection of brand name dresses for discounted prices. It is worth checking out what they have to offer in-store, as well as, with Stein Mart and T.J. Maxx online. These stores are also great places to look for jewelry, purses, shoes, and any other prom accessories.
Online Consignment and Auction Sites-Do a little surfing on the net and you can find all sorts of these marketplaces. You may find both never worn and gently used prom dresses at these sites. As with any online service, be sure and do your research and check independent ratings/reviews and Better Business Bureau information whenever possible before making purchases. Also, familiarize yourself with merchandise return and customer service policies BEFORE you make a purchase.
Two sites that you may want to start with are eBay and thredUP.
Online Retailers-A variety of online retailers offer stylish, cheap prom dresses. It goes without saying that anytime that you purchase a prom dress online, you are going to want to leave yourself time for dress exchange if needed. The online world can be a great place to find bargains on prom accessories, as well. Online retailers to consider include Amazon (especially handy for the two-day shipping if you have a prime membership), PromGirl, and Simply Dresses. All three of these sites offer you options to sort by price.
I highly recommend sorting by price as you begin your search, so that you do not look at dresses that are out of your price range. That way you do not fall in love with a prom dress that you can not afford or did not budget to buy.
A Rental Service-A service such as Rent The Runway can provide you with the opportunity to wear a high-end gown at a reasonable price by renting it. Definitely something to consider given, as mentioned before, prom dresses are usually a one wear.
Just remember when shopping that bargain prices, do not have to mean shabbily made. Keep your focus on finding a quality dress at an affordable price.
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