There's no doubt that prom is a pretty big deal for a lot of high schoolers, but there's no need to go broke finding the perfect dress. Whether you like minis or floor-sweeping gowns, flashy sequins or sophisticated black cocktail frocks, there is an affordable party choice for you. And trust me on this one…no matter what you pick, you'll still look back in a few years and say "What was I thinking!"
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This flowy satin halter style has such a glam, old-Hollywood feel to it that you're bound to seem like a movie star when you wear it. Just dress it up with a chic up-do and some pink lip gloss (and elbow-length gloves if you're feeling totally diva), and you'll be ready to hit the red carpet!
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Sequins are back, sugar, so get ready to party the night away in this silver sliver of fun! Just strut your way to the center of the dance floor and pretend to be your school's own little glittery disco ball!
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So simple and chic, this shimmery one-shouldered knit dress comes with a belt (not shown) that you can wear to highlight your waistline! You could also use it as a headband for a different look.
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I have no idea how to dance the Charleston, but I bet no matter how you boogie the little feathers on this dress will look amazing. And the best part is that there's a touch of stretch to the fabric so you can move freely all night!
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The website Gojane.com has so many incredible prom dress options that it was hard to choose just one! I think that the details on this frock (a keyhole cut-out, ruching at the sides, and a tie-back halter) make it look so much more expensive than it is.
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Betsey Johnson is the queen of 80's rocker-chic prom looks, and this kicky blue number just makes me wanna bop around singing Cyndi Lauper tunes! Just skip the fingerless lace gloves, ok?
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As adorable as it gets, this silky mini is the perfect shape for hiding any hint of a tummy, so you don't have to worry about eating a big dinner beforehand! Plus it's such a versatile style that you'll undoubtedly be able to wear it again.
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A gorgeous pastel if there ever was, this lavender look has a fully pleated skirt that's simply perfect for pear-shaped girls.
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Looking to make an entrance? This sultry cut-out gown will have jaws dropping all over the place. It even has a slightly padded bust so you don't have to worry about finding the perfect bra to wear with it!
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Completely girlie but still pulled-together, this sweeping style has a pretty stone-studded detail for added pizzazz. It'll look fabulous with silver strappy stilettos and dangly earrings!