I’m starting to get prom dress emails! And I know that a lot of college students have spring formals for sororities and balls for graduations coming up as well. (Oh and wedding season is almost here, too.)
If there’s one piece of advice that I have for prom dress shopping, it’s to think ahead. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of one night, but this is a great opportunity to invest in a dress that you can wear for years to come, regardless of your budget! If you’re going to buy a dress, why not buy one that will work for formals in college, too? I always suggest bringing at least one formal dress to college anyway, so you have something ready to go when an event pops up.
With that in mind, I’d go for a simple and classic gown. I know, I know… it’s prom, and you want to wear something fun! You definitely can (I did!), but I wish I had picked a nice dress that would work for events in college and beyond.
One option that I wish had been around when I was in high school is renting a dress! You can pick out an amazing dress for a fraction of the cost to wear for the night. Obviously, a downside is that you don’t keep it in the long run, but if you want something special and you’re on a budget, this is a good option.