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Going to prom -- and looking great -- doesn’t have to mean spending a small fortune. There are numerous options that are both stylish and affordable. If you're looking for something great on a budget, we sourced some fashionable finds all for under $100.
Show off your floral side with this adorable (and affordable) strapless dress covered in beautiful blooms (modcloth.com, $50). A slightly padded bust adds shape and light ruching at the waist creates a slim, flattering silhouette. Simply add some brushed or antique gold accessories and a pair of patent pumps and you’re ready to get noticed on prom night.
We couldn’t resist this feminine, flirty strapless eyelet dress in on-trend summer white (revolveclothing.com, $83). The waist is cinched with a contrasting black belt and the lacy eyelet overlay comes down slightly below the dress lining for a subtle peek-a-boo effect. Add black pumps and a black, beaded clutch to complete the look.
Fun with ruffles
Sometimes the simplest dresses are the most flattering. Case in point: this royal blue scoop neck shift dress with an oversize ruffle down the side (mango.com, $60). Because the design is so simple, you can get away with some bling. Add some shoes and accessories that have a heavy dose of sparkle.
Lovely in lace
Go girly for prom in this pretty frock featuring a floral lace and bead-embellished top with a deep V-neckline and plunging V-back (asos.com, $78). The high-waisted, skater-style skirt adds some playfulness to this otherwise elegant and feminine dress. Pair with silver accessories and strappy heels.
Make it a maxi
Opt for bright, summer-ready color in this strapless maxi dress in a vibrant shade of coral (piperlime.com, $59). The cascading ruffle at the chest and shirred fitted bodice add interest to an otherwise understated dress. Create even more of a statement with sky high heels and a beaded statement necklace.
While it may be a little unconventional for prom, we were still mighty intrigued by this vintage-inspired cocktail dress in houndstooth jacquard (americanapparel.com, $84). We love the edgy, menswear-inspired twist on the classic cocktail dress and think this could really be a great prom outfit with the right accessories. Add a belt, bright red peep toe heels and a matching clutch to complete the look.
Watch: Prom for All!
The cost of going to prom can really add up... tickets, limo ride, flowers, and of course, the dress. Donate your gently worn formal dresses so that everyone can have an awesome prom. Hayden Panettiere is donating hers!