For a more affordable dress, the local vintage shops are the first places you should scour. These places generally sell items that are more affordable than the department stores. It is cool to find a strapless A-line dress that girls used to wear in the 60’s. You will not only save your money for this dress but also have a different appearance.
Before heading to the department stores, it would be better to check the closets of your older sisters, your cousins or even your mom. They probably still have cute prom dresses that you can borrow. You can also check your aunts’ closet if you want to present the vintage look.
Check some shops that offer discounts. At first, you are probably afraid to buy discounted items since their quality is sometimes below the standard level. However, it is not always necessarily the case. There are some shops that sell affordable dresses with good quality level. You can also search for a discounted dress online. There are many online stores offer affordable cute prom dresses that you can’t find on the local shops.
Design and make your own prom dress. To find a model that fits your taste, do some research on department stores, magazines or websites. Then, buy the materials needed to make the dress. You can have the tailor sew it if you can sew one yourself.
Another good idea is to check an auction site like eBay. This site sells various new and vintage prom dresses at lower price. To get the best item, check the sellers’ feedback rating and obtain clear description about it.