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Finding Budget Friendly Prom Dresses

Aug 17, 2007
Prom dresses have become as much of a status symbol among today's youth as cars were in generations before. The prom dresses have become more and more elaborate and as their designs escalate so do their price tags. It's often quite difficult to tell your daughter that you can't buy the designer prom dress that many of her friends and rivals will be wearing but there are things you can do to provide a prom dress that will still turn heads and make it a night to remember for your daughter and her date.

Choosing a simple dress and the perfect accessories can sometimes be much more fascinating and stunning than having the most elaborate dress at the ball. Accessories make the dress and less is often so much more when it comes to style and fashion. The right hair, jewelry, shoes, and cosmetics can do so much to enhance your daughter's beauty than a simple or even highly complicated dress can provide.

Don't get caught up on designer labels. Chances are the guy your daughter is going with won't know one designer from another nor will he care. He's going with your daughter because he likes her company and it is important that you remind her of that fact as well. She is going to the prom in order to build her memories not to impress others with a high dollar dress that is probably not nearly as lovely or comfortable as the one your daughter will be wearing.

If you want to make your daughter feel great about her spending power and that she is getting the most prom dress for her bargaining buck, you can allow her a budget and offer guidance but allow her the final selection. This helps her decide which is more important, spending more on the dress and using shoes and jewelry that she already has or can borrow. Choices like this turn shopping for prom dresses into learning experiences about the realities of life while still empowering your daughter to make wise decisions.

Ultimately you can check out online auctions such as Ebay in order to find lower prices on prom dresses, this only really works however if you or someone you know is willing to and/or capable of making the necessary alterations before the final moment, or checking out local or not so local thrift or consignment stores. You can find some amazing bargains at consignment stores on dresses that aren't necessarily out of season at all. In fact, there are many consignment stores that specialize in prom and pageant types of dresses so those are ideal places to shop for the perfect prom dresses.

If you or someone you knows is skilled with a sewing machine, consider purchasing fabric and designing your own prom dresses rather than wearing the same dresses that everyone else is wearing you'll have a truly unique one of a kind designer dress. This also gives you some degree of bragging rights that are all your own. No matter how you slice it, budgeting those special moments can be a difficult thing in this day and age. Use every break you can get in order to create wonderful prom memories that last much longer than prom dresses for your daughter.
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