Prom Shopping On A Budget

Prom is an exciting event, but it can become expensive quickly. These tips will help you get everything you need while staying within your budget.

Prom night is right around the corner, and you still have a lot of shopping to do.You still need to buy a dress, shoes, an evening bag, hosiery, hair accessories, and make up.All these things are adding up to a lot of money, but you want the night to be perfect.

Rather than spending more money than you should and possibly regretting it later, try some of these money saving tips.

You may be able to borrow a gown or host a dress swap with your friends.Alternatively, if you know someone that is a seamstress, you may be able to have a dress custom made for less than it would cost to purchase one.


There are also shops that rent formal wear if you prefer not to spend a lot of money on a dress that you will probably only wear one time.Bridal shops rent out formal dresses and even make alterations.You can also pick up satin shoes and have them dyed at most bridal shops.

Do not turn your nose up at thrift stores and consignment shops.These are some of the best places to purchase inexpensive formal gowns.Many consignment shops are fairly upscale and only offer designer clothing that has been "gently used."Prom gowns usually fall into that category, since they are frequently worn only once. Always try on dresses before purchasing.Have the dress professionally cleaned and no one need be the wiser.

You may also be able to find a great evening bag or wrap to go with your dress for far less than you would pay at a retail shop or boutique.While most people prefer not to purchase shoes from second hand stores, it is wise to at least take a look.Some shops purchase clearance items from retail stores and offer new items at highly discounted rates.

Do not forget clearance racks at major department stores.There is nothing wrong with purchasing a dress on clearance.It is just as beautiful as it was when it was selling for twice the price.Just make sure there are no defects, which led to the discount.Examine zippers, closures, hemlines, trim or beading, and the lining carefully. It is best to look at clearance items well in advance of prom.During prom season, good deals may be scarcer.

It is also a good idea to start shopping for shoes and a bag sooner than later.Retailers know what time of year people start shopping for prom, so discounted items will be harder to find in some cases.This is also generally true of make up and perfume counters.Free samples or trial sizes may not be as readily available during a peak shopping season.

Another good idea is to purchase certain items at regular stores instead of pricey establishments.Hosiery, certain make up items, even decorative barrettes, hair clips, and costume jewelry all come in several attractive varieties and can be purchased for much less than you would pay at a boutique.

You can look beautiful and have an enchanting prom night without going over budget.

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