Early spring is high-prom shopping season, and there are sparkly and elegant dresses in nearly every store window. But, here’s a secret: if you shop during the off-season, you’ll find a ton of inexpensive prom dresses that are every bit as gorgeous.
Check out these tips on how to shop for cheap prom dresses.
Gear up to shop during these prime sale times:
1. Memorial Day WeekendMemorial Day Weekend is right after major prom-shopping season, so there are still fresh dresses from the current season on the racks. Almost every major department store has a sale, as do designer boutiques and websites. It’s like Christmas for bargain hunters. If your prom is in June, you may want to wait until this three-day shopping extravaganza to find inexpensive prom dresses. And if your prom is still a year away, you might want to scoop one up anyway.
2. End-of-the-Summer SalesEven though it’s still hot in August, stores start clearing their inventory to make way for fall fashions. Department stores, boutiques and websites will be desperate to get rid of dresses that didn’t sell during spring and summer, so they mark them down. Way down. If you know you’ll be attending prom next spring, shop ahead. You’ll still be able to find bright and colorful dresses during this time
3. Black FridayOk, most people don’t associate the day after Thanksgiving with prom shopping, but you might want to give it a shot. Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, and every store pulls out all the stops. Bright and pastel-colored dresses will be hard to find, but if you want a black or darker-colored dress, you’re sure to find one.
4. After-Christmas SalesThe week after Christmas is notorious for bargains, markdowns and steals. A lot of holiday dresses will be on sale, and even though prom is still a few months away, you can still find a prom dress. Be on the lookout for silk, satin and lightweight fabrics in black, red and festive patterns.