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How To Save Money on Your Prom Outfit (Without Looking Cheap)

Getting ready for prom will cost you a lot of money.

It will be the prom outfit that will take the most of your prom budget. Here’s the thing though – you don’t have to spend a fortune to look beautiful.

In fact, you can save considerable amounts of cash using less conventional ways.

By using one of our tips below, you can have a stunning dress at only a fraction of the amount you would spend on buying your prom dress at a shop or department store.

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Here they are:

1.) Buy your outfit many months in advance

When prom season hits, prom dresses and outfits for guys reach their highest price point because of the big demand.

If you buy your outfit on the last minute, chances are, you will pay more for it and it may even get out of stock and you’ll left with little alternative choices on what to finally wear.

A good way to save money is to buy your outfit off-season and multiple months in advance, especially months where sales and offers hit like Christmas holiday season, black Friday, January, March, and end of July/August.

2.) Buy a used prom dress/outfit

Many former students put their used dresses and outfits for sale or auction every year, sometimes at even 80% less than the original price they paid. And most of these outfits are in excellent condition as they have only be worn once.

If you want to check out some used prom dresses, click here to see our collection.

There is usually a good variety of designs, sizes, and prices to find the one that fits your taste and budget.

This is a very popular option for getting an outfit as you don’t have to worry about returning it back and you can wear it again with no problem.

3.) Rent a dress/outfit

Fortunately, there are many places both online and offline topically where you can rent an outfit for a special occasion like Prom.

Some places will even rent you accessories like belts, bags, and jewellery so you don’t have to worry about these as well.

Typically the prices range anywhere from 20 to 100 bucks per rental day, depending of course on the original cost and designer or manufacturer of the outfit. So if you are lucky enough, you might land a designer looking piece at less than 50 bucks!

The only thing to watch out for is that it’s best that you rent your outfit offline in a place where you can try out and see if it fits as you don’t want’t to risk ordering online something that will not fit you and that you’ll have to swap at the last minute.

4.) Borrow a dress from an older friend or a relative

If you have friends and/or relatives that are a few years older than you and wear the same size as you, ask them if they have a prom dress or outfit to give you–they will surely have something in mind. Just make sure that you ask them at least a few weeks in advance and try on the outfit to see if it fits you, so you have the time to make the necessary alterations or choose something else if it’s not a good match.

Also double check to make sure that there are no stains, tears, seams, or any other signs of obvious wear showing through.

5.)Don’t over-accessorize your outfit

In some cases, all accessories in total (belts, bags, earrings, necklaces, shoes) amount to a price that almost reaches the price of the outfit itself. Sure, you want to spice up and compliment your outfit but there is no reason to buy a $300 necklace or shoes that you will only wear once.

If you are not allergic to nickel and plastic materials, try some inexpensive faux bijoux to glam up your outfit.

For shoes, go for a classic inexpensive option that matches other formal outfits as well and doesn’t over-shadow your whole outfit

6.) Make your outfit yourself

If you, your mum, or a friend or relative have good sewing skills, designing and making your own dress/outfit is a great idea. There is of course a bit of risk if you make it yourself as it may not turn out as expected, but it will look unique for sure.

If you have a proper design in mind but you aren’t sure of the material or how to make it, it’s best to hire a professional seamstress to do it and handle all the little details you can’t do.

Take on this project at least one month in advance from your prom night as most seamstresses get incredibly busy around the Prom season.

So there you go, 6 ways that will save you some cash so you don’t have to spend a fortune on your outfit.

And all without having to buy something cheap and low quality that will ruin your whole look.