Dressin’ on a Budget

Jordan Garrett, Vivian Nguyen, Alyssa McCoy, Leah Stewart  

Don’t have $400 to spend on an outfit for prom? You don’t need it, here are some awesome alternatives to look your best without breaking your wallet:

Fashion Nova:

Reliable and affordable, fashion nova offers a multitude of chique, glamorous outfits for all sizes. The prices range between $40 to $80. If you’re looking for a feminine style Fashion Nova is a smart choice. Worried about it not arriving on time? Shipping usually takes around 2-3 business days and for an extra $10 it could arrive at your door the next day!


if you’re worried about buying the same outfit as someone else, Ross typically carries specific items in specific sizes, so who knows? You may win the lottery. While this may not seem like a conventional store but they have a wide selection dedicated to formal wear. These dresses typically start at $10 or lower.

Plato’s Closet:

If you don’t mind wearing a second hand prom dress, Plato’s Closet is a local shop that offers a wide selection of outfits suitable for any style. While the store sells second hand clothing, they selectively choose the clothes donated to them by brand, ensuring that their fashion is recycled and also high end. Plato’s Closet is efficient, extremely affordable, and they also have an instagram page where you can check out some of their items before checking it out in person .

Your Mom’s Closet:

Were your parents stylish in their younger years? Perhaps they have some vintage clothing waiting to be found and worn again. Get creative and try some vintage dresses or suits! The only expenses left to pay could be shoes and/or accessories or maybe you’ll even score a whole outfit for no cost at all. While finding new clothes is always fun, making more memories in something old can be even better.

Pretty Little Thing:

This online store has a wide variety of simple, unique, and elegant prom dresses, most of them being short. Their dresses range between $30 to $50. If you’re worried about what the dress will look like in person, we have ordered from this website before and can confirm that you’re not being scammed. Shipping usually takes about a week or less.


Want designer clothing at a discount? Need a one-stop-shop? Dressbarn is the perfect place for you! From special occasions to casual wear, Dressbarn has a dress for you. Their dresses typically range from $30 to $55. Although their store is in Santa Cruz, their website offers an online checkout. Worried about your dress getting to you on time? Dressbarn offers next day shipping, 2-3 day shipping, and 3-7 shipping to make sure that you will get your dress on time so you will have your outfit on the say that you need it.

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