A Smart Girl’s Guide To An Inexpensive Prom

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With Prom season upon us, the wallets of high school girls everywhere have been taking a big hit.  The idea of a stress-free Prom is something girls have dreamed of for ages, but it can be hard to have that if you spend the time worrying about the cost.  The dress, the hair, the shoes, it all winds up costing a lot if you don’t watch out.


But then again, what if you do watch out?


There’s a way to have your Prom, and be able to afford an amazing summer too.



Let’s start with the dress. The most important part, the main attraction. It can get expensive to find a dress that not only makes you feel like the amazing girl you already are, but that makes your wallet feel good as well. With so many options, it’s best to have some idea of what you want.

Have that in mind? Good. Now to buy the dress. Sure, you can go the big department stores, the big dress shops that make you feel like you’re drowning in sequins and lace, but, in my opinion, you can find the best dresses at secondhand stores (although I might just think that because I once got a dress that was originally $178 for $9.) Check your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or small secondhand stores. These stores offer up the prospect of being able to find something forgotten, something that nobody else will have.

Another strategy is to raid your mother’s closet, or your aunt’s, any female relative that might have something leftover from their high school years. If all else fails, brave the department stores or dress shops and look for sales.

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The same things from above go for the accessories. The jewelry, the shoes, whatever additional things that you want to wear. For shoes, stores like Payless often have good sales going on.



Your hair is the icing on top, but you don’t have to hire a fancy, and expensive, stylist to do your hair for you. I’m a bit spoiled in this aspect, because I’m lucky enough to naturally curly hair that can be Prom ready at a moment’s notice. If you like your natural hair enough, just wear it as is, perhaps styling it in a special way so that once the night is over you can touch your head and not have to worry about having to forcefully remove your hand from your hair. But for those who aren’t that lucky, curling irons are a very good thing. If you want to do something special, be sure to check out online tutorials, which can be found in in a myriad of places when it comes to the internet.

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If the hair is the icing, then the make-up and nails are the sprinkles.

When it comes to affordable makeup, it doesn’t get much better than e.l.f, which can be found at drug stores, Walgreens, Target, etc.

Makeup tutorials are yet another thing you can find on the internet for a dime a dozen.

For nails, it wouldn’t break the bank to get them done by a professional. But, then again, Kiss and imPRESS have fantastic collections of press on nails that not only look great, but that you can also take off when the night is over. If fake nails aren’t for you though, use the nail polish you already and try some great  nail art.




Go to Prom. Take a ton of pictures. Have the time of your life.


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Faith Gravemann

Faith Gravemann is an editorial intern at Smart Girls Group. She attends University of Missouri- Columbia (Mizzou) and is majoring in journalism. She enjoys reading, writing, watching NASCAR, spoiling her cat and independent bookstores.