Since selecting a cheap prom dress is hard work, it's wise that you shop a few months in advance. Also, it is important to be flexible with the color and style to give you more choices. For instance, if you are set on a specific hue, such as yellow, it might add difficulty to the process and trigger stress in the end. If you have more colors to select from, you also now have lots of stores to explore.
You can also find cheap prom dresses on the clearance rack at many dress stores or bridal outlets. When a particular style of dress has been less than a big seller, the remainder of the dresses of that style ends up on a clearance rack. You can plan on saving thirty percent or more on dresses that are less popular, even though they may be just as beautiful as a regularly priced dress.
Many girls wear their prom dress only once, and for just a few hours at that. Once the big night is over, the dress typically has a number of fates. It can end up in the back of the closet in the dry cleaner's bag, as a hand-me-down to a younger sister or friend, or in a consignment shop. Cheap prom dresses in consignment shops are usually discounted by as much as 75% off the original retail, meaning that a dress with very little mileage can be purchased for very little cash.