7 Tips for Getting a Great Prom Dress on the Cheap

Prom season is coming, and it’s time to start thinking about buying a dress. Buying a prom dress is a rite of passage almost everyone has to go through and you’re probably already getting excited about it. However, it can be a very stressful time as well, especially if you’re on a limited budget. But that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on quality; there are plenty of ways that you can get a prom dress on the cheap. Here are a few ways that you can save on your prom dress.

Look for Sample Dresses

One way that you could save money on your gown is to go for a sample dress. Sample dress are dresses that you will find on the floor, but they’re usually sold at the fraction of the price. In some cases, shops will sell these samples through sample sales, but in other cases, all you have to do is ask if they have any samples available.

They might also have some dresses available that may have some imperfections. These are usually sold at a discount as well. If the imperfections are minor and you feel you could fix them yourself or have them fixed, you can still save money, so consider this option as well.

Check for Almost Perfect Sizes

Don’t throw away a dress simply because it’s the wrong size. In some cases, you could buy a dress that doesn’t fit correctly and have it tailored to fit you better. Most shops will already have a tailoring service on hand, but you could go with your own tailor as well. But, before you hand over your dress to a tailor, make sure you do your research on them first. Try to find a tailor that is both affordable or talented. You could go online for reviews and get recommendations from close friends as well.

Consider Renting

If you’re only going to wear that dress once, why don’t you consider renting it? Renting a dress is a great way to get a better dress for the cheap and there are tons of options available nowadays. Many shops online and offline will allow you to rent dresses and some bridal shops will offer rentals on bridesmaid dresses, which can also work as prom dresses.

Make your Own Dress

While this option isn’t for everyone, you could always consider making the dress on your own or with the help of someone you know. However, you have to have basic experience with a sewing machine and be armed with a solid dose of patience.

One of the pros of making the dress yourself is that you can customize it all you want and really let your imagination run wild. However, don’t expect to get a couture level dress if that’s your first time sewing anything. And you also need to be reasonable when choosing materials. However, if you feel that’s within your scope of expertise, you can check for patterns online that are relatively easy to do on your own.

Customize an Older Dress

If you aren’t 100% solid on your sewing skills, this is another option you could consider. You could pick up an older dress of yours and make it over. You could add accessories, add new fabric, or have it shortened or lengthened.

Do a Dress Swap

Do the rounds and ask your friends if they or someone in their family might have a prom dress they aren’t using anymore. A lot of people keep old prom dresses and won’t mind doing a swap with you or simply giving it away if they have one that is collecting dust.

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Buy it Online

One of the easiest ways to get a huge discount on cheap prom dresses is to go online. But before you do so, there are some things you have to know to make sure that you’re satisfied with your experience. First of all, make sure that you double check their return warranty. You have to pick a shop that will allow you to return or exchange a dress.

Also, make sure that you have your measurements professionally taken by a tailor. This is critical. Some sites will give you instructions on how to do it yourself, but there still is some margin for error. So, make sure you have a tailor do it for you to get the best result.

You should also consider which type of shoes you’re going to wear with the gown, as it will make a huge difference on which dress you pick. Depending on whether you are going to wear high heels or flats, you might need to adjust the length of the dress accordingly. Also, make sure you consider indie retailers, but only if they have a verifiable reputation.


These few tips should allow you to get a great prom dress on a budget. Make sure that you take your time and consider the options at your disposal, so you can make the best deal possible.


Best Dress Colours to Wear For Prom Night



Choosing the right colour for your skin tone and individual style are important for pulling off a great look for prom. It really comes down to what fits you best and what shade you ultimately feel most comfortable in.

To get an idea of the variety of shades in the market, check the dresses at Peaches Boutique. There you will find a mixture of styles that come in various colours, so when you find one you love, you can try it out in a different shade!

Once you have done your research and discovered somewhere that supplies the dress you want, it’s time to decide on the colour! Ideally, you want to slip into a dress and know instantly it is the right shade for you.

Peaches Boutique is now a renowned supplier of exquisite prom dresses with designer and couture ranges. There has been much growth happening for the popular prom dress seller, and you can find out more about their humble beginnings by clicking the link.

This article will discuss some great tips for getting to know what colour works on you perfectly.


First, it’s best to consider your skins undertones.

We all have a different undertone below the surface of our main skin tone. This is the shade we want to ensure the potential prom dress matches with. The skin undertones can be split up into three main groups which are:

  • Cool (reddish undertones)
  • Warm (peachy or gold undertones)
  • Neutral (a combination of both)

Now, you have determined your skins undertone it’s time to choose the best shade for you! It is widely accepted that warm undertones tend to suit red, orange, yellow and cream dresses. If you are cool then blues, deeper greens and purples will look like they were made for you. Alternatively, if you are a combination of the two then you have some flexibility to alternate between the two.


That being said, let’s check out some of the best colour gowns in for 2016:

  • White/neutral shades: white is no longer the typical wedding dress colour (well not for prom at least). For 2016 white prom dresses have been popular for the more bohemian and free-flowing look. It’s simple and it’s chic!
  • Bold reds: red prom dresses have always been a head-turner and are definitely one of the most stand-out colours. If you want to create an impact and embrace your sexy side, then a red prom dress will help!
  • Gold/silver/black combinations: this timeless, yet elegant colour combination is beautiful for two-pieces which are really big this year. Not only that but for A-line and mermaid gowns this seems to be a really great choice for a glamorous prom look.

Those are the tips I can suggest to you. Take note of these tips whenever you’re searching for a prom dress so you can be certain that you’ll be wearing a dress that looks great on you.

Shopping Tips for Homecoming Dresses

Homecoming is only two months away. Have you selected your dress yet?

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Within another month, teen girls everywhere will be rushing to boutiques looking to find the ideal Homecoming dress. Traditionally, the Homecoming dance ends the celebration of week-long events. For this reason, dresses are often sparkly and shorter than Prom dresses are in the spring, we know looking at formal dresses can be stressful so consider using some of these tips as you look for your 2016 Homecoming dress:


  • Do some research. Know the dress code for your school as in what length is too short and if cut-outs are allowed. Once you know that, you can peruse different styles and colors to see what you like the best.



  • Choose a dress by your body type. Petite girls can rock out in short, flared dresses because those elongate them and make them look taller. However, remember to check the dress code as most schools require the skirt to be at least 17 inches long. If you have a pear-shaped body, try opting for a gown with lots of beading on the bodice or an edgy one-shoulder gown, which will keep eyes up top and not your unwanted curves.


  • Select a Homecoming dress that you’ll feel comfortable in for several hours. Generally, you’ll be mingling and on the dance floor dancing the night away so you want a dress you move around in easily. This is often why teens lean towards the short flared options. If you choose a bandage dress, check that if overs your entire rear end when you’re bent over. Consider choosing a breathable fabric, such as jersey, which is comfortable and skirts your curves easily.


  • Pay attention to 2016 Homecoming dress trends. This year, two-piece gowns are still popular. Sherri Hill and Faviana both include several two-piece gowns in their line. Ombre sequins and other sparkling beads really add to details and Homecoming is all about bling. Both Mori Lee Sticks and Stones and Blush carry several sparkly dresses in their 2016 line. Floral splash prints remain trendy as well. I love the Sherri Hill black dress and the A-line Jovani floral dress.

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  • Come prepared if you buy your dress in-store. This means wearing or bringing the correct undergarments, bra, and shape wear with you so you can consider how a dress lies over your curves.  If you’ve purchased them, bring along your preferred shows because this will play into the length of your dress and alterations.


  • Get other opinions whether you purchase your dress online or in-store. After you’ve bookmarked a few on your computer, show them to your mom and your best friend. Ask them which styles they prefer. If you try some in store, ask their opinion, on which one flatters your body type the most or highlights your hair color and skin tone the best.


These are only a few important tips to adhere to when shopping for your Homecoming dress. If you try these, you’ll have a shot of becoming Homecoming Queen.