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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Prom and Formal: The Look for Less

Every girl spends years dreaming about her high school prom. This one night represents so many expectations that it has to be perfect to avoid being a disaster.  The same is true to college formals: these formals represent a last chance to feel that youthful excitement and glow of dressing up. After college, there really is no opportunity other than one's wedding to have an excuse to dress like a princess and feel beautiful.  There are hundreds of possible things that can go wrong with prom and formal; there are last minute sicknesses/cancellations, and breakouts of malicious pre-prom acne.  One thing, however, that should never ruin these occasions, is a constricted budget.  This post is about how to find that perfect dress - and then find it for less.  My post today is about three very similar dresses-for very different pocketbooks. Enjoy!

Fantasy: 
This evening gown has it all: it is elegant, glitzy, and it exudes Hollywood glamour and style.  Unfortunately, even at 60% off at The Outnet, this Marchesa piece of art still costs the sadly unattainable $2,324. A Marchesa evening gown is really a bargain at only a couple of thousand dollars, but for some of us, it's still far too much. If you are in love with this look, but not the price, read on. 

Feasible: 


This Laila gown captures the spirit of the Marchesa gown, but without having to take out a mortgage.  This Laila is light and airy; it elegantly flows down to the ground and the empire waist slims the whole body.  This dress is marked as 49% off, marked down to the much more feasible $229.65.  If your tight budget still can't swallow this dress, read on.  

Frugal:

Vera Wang creates some of the most flattering dresses to the female form that have ever existed.  This Vera Wang is no exception: the tight top slims, the flowy bottom forgives and the beautiful blushing color captures the blush of youth on all complexions.  Plus, strapless shows off a girl's delicate collarbones and makes her look like a porcelain doll.  The best part? This dress is 62% off and it only costs $99.00 on Gilt Group; act fast because Gilt Group sells out quickly.  

Happy Shopping :)

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