It’s possible to get a gorgeous designer gown for less than $200--if you know where to look.
- Step 1: Check out the website "eDressMe.com":http://eDressMe.com . They knock off the dresses you see on the red carpet, and sell them for a couple of hundred dollars.
- Step 2: If you live in or near a big city, see if there is a formal wear or bridal shop that rents gowns.
- Step 3: Go to "findmypromdress.com":http://www.findmypromdress.com . They guarantee the lowest prices for designer prom dresses with their price matching guarantee. They’ll even help you track down a designer gown you’ve got your heart set on if you don’t see it on their site.
- FACT: Halle Berry was prom queen of Bedford High School in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1984.
- Step 4: Go to bridal shops and ask to see the bridesmaid leftovers from previous seasons, which are sold for far less than the current styles. And, honestly, who can tell the difference?
- Step 5: See if you can make a deal with a local boutique to give you and your friends a discount on designer gowns if you all buy your prom dresses there.
- Step 6: Hire a seamstress to copy a designer gown for you; all she needs is a photo.
- TIP: Seamstresses generally work on hourly rates, so pick a simple design.
- Step 7: Go to a consignment shop in the swankiest city close by. You’ll find beautiful gowns that only have been worn once. They’re apt to have some great vintage gowns, too.
- Step 8: Sign up with websites that alert you to sample sales, both online and brick-and-mortar.
- Step 9: Buy your gown online from one of the many websites that offer deep discounts on designer apparel, like "bluefly.com":http://bluefly.com. Check out their clearance sections for really great buys.