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30 Of The Best Places To Buy Prom Dresses Online

Options in every shape, size, color, style, and price range so you can look like a star on your prom night with just a few clicks. Happy shopping!

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1. Nordstrom carries classy prom dresses from many different designers for a look that’s red carpet–ready.


Why it’s great: With free shipping and returns you don’t have to worry about wasting money if you end up not liking the dress and wanting to return it.

Dresses we love: Xcape shimmer fit and flare dress for $228 (sizes 0–16, four colors), Lace & Beads sequin mini dress for $185 (sizes XS–M), Jenny Yoo Alanna open-back chiffon gown for $285 (sizes 2–18, five colors), and Sequin Hearts Chemical lace two-piece halter gown for $129 (sizes 3–13)


Sizes: 00–20 or 2XS–3XL

Shipping: free shipping and returns

Get the Katie May Legacy crepe body-con gown for $295 (sizes 0–16, five colors) or the Morgan & Co. embellished cutout gown for $219 (sizes 3/4–11/12).

2. Boohoo offers party-ready looks at prices that won’t require you to spend every last penny you make at your after school job.


Why it’s great: Boohoo drops more than 100 new products daily! You can choose from show-stopping floor-length gowns, stylish mini dresses perfect for dancing the night away, or midi dresses which are totally in this prom season!

Dresses we love: Ria cutout color blocked dress for $34.80 (sizes 2–8), Kate off-the-shoulder ruched midi dress for $20.40 (sizes 2–10), Tiai sequin maxi dress for $51.60 (sizes 2–12), and Erica pleated off the shoulder dress for $22.80 (sizes 12–20, six colors)


Sizes: 0–24 or XS–XL

Shipping: Free shipping on orders over $30 or $5.99 for flat rate shipping

Get the Elizabeth plunge ruffle dress for $20.40 (sizes 4–10, three colors) or the halter ruffle maxi dress for $57.60 (sizes 4–10, two colors)

3. Torrid is a plus-size brand that sells glamorous dresses that’ll totally make a statement., Torrid

Why it’s great: You can choose either a regular or short inseam on many dresses so you’ll be less likely to have to take your dress to a tailor or teeter around on too-high heels to keep it from dragging on the floor.

Dresses we love: Betty Boop keyhole dress for $56.17 (sizes 10–30), floral chiffon dress for $96.67 (sizes 10–30), pink sateen skater dress for $74.14 (sizes 10–30), and black floral high low chiffon dress for $59.17 (sizes 00–6)


Sizes: 10–30

Shipping: $6 for flat rate shipping

Get the red velvet cutout gown for $32.48 (sizes 10–24) or the black lace midi dress for $96.67 (sizes 10–30).

4. ModCloth offers quirky and vintage-inspired dresses that speak to your unique style and personality.


Why it’s great: ModCloth’s dresses are available in inclusive sizes up to 26 so it’s easier to find a beautiful dress to stand out in!

Dresses we love: Adrianna Papell metallic pleated dress for $119.99 (sizes 4–12), peachy queen maxi dress for $125 (sizes XS–4XL), folklore embroidered long sleeve dress for $149 (sizes XS–4XL), and brave new whirl maxi dress for $99 (2XS–4XL)


Sizes: 0–26 or 2XS–4XL

Shipping: $5.99 for flat rate shipping or free shipping for orders over $75

Get the retro sequin dress with cape sleeves for $149 (sizes XS–4XL) or the Chi Chi London rein or shine lace dress for $149 (sizes 2–26).

5. Rent the Runway — because most people never wear their prom dresses again why not rent one and save yourself some money? Plus, you could get a fancy designer dress you wouldn’t be able to afford buying!

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Why it’s great: Get stunning designer dresses at a fraction of their retail prices. If you happen to live by one of their five retail locations you can go and try on a bunch of dresses to pick your favorite one and find the right size for you. When your event comes they will send you your size and a free back up size just in case! You can rent an item for either four or eight days. Don’t worry about cleaning it. Just ship it back and they handle the dry cleaning. What could be better?

Dresses we love: Marchesa Notte falling rose gown for $130 (sizes 0–12), Slate and Willow green Gabi dress for $35 (sizes 0–16), and Jill by Jill Stuart Lovely Duo gown for $100 (sizes 0–14)

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Preparing for prom or your school-leavers ball is a big deal and often a costly affair once you factor in the costs.

But if you’re a prom queen on a tight budget, there are plenty of nifty ways to save on your dream dress from scouring the sale sections of your favourite stores to looking for discount codes.

Read on for handy hints and tips on how to make your money stretch further, so you can look like a million dollars on your special day.

Read more:Met Gala inspired prom dresses you’ll want to wear on your big night

How to get the best savings?

1. Shop the summer sales

Right now high street fashion retailers and department stores including Dorothy PerkinsHouse of Fraser and Debenhams are offering big discounts on selected occasionwear and dresses.

If you’ve been eyeing up a beautiful dress the chances are that it is now half price.

It’s also worth checking year-round warehouse and outlet sites for the likes of ASOSTopshop and River Island for some brilliantly cheap and stylish finds.

2. Keep your eye peeled for discount codes

Look out for seasonal promo codes where you can get slashed prices on top brands.

Discount sites like: Savoo , Voucherbox , Voucher Codes and HotUKDeals are a great place to look first.

Also remember to stay up to date by signing up for store newsletter’s and following your favourite stores via social media.

3. Take advantage of cashback deals

Cashback sites like TopCashback and Quidco are a great way to earn as you spend.

All you have to do is sign up for free, shop as normal at your favourite high street shops via the cashback tracked links and then wait to receive cashback against any purchases.

You can then either save the extra cash in your cashback account or transfer it back to your bank account.

Read more:4 hacks to help you save on your ASOS online shop

Read more:5 easy ways to save big at Topshop this summer


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The hottest summer dress trends

Off the shoulder dresses

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Give them the cold shoulder like Alicia Vikander (Image: Rex)

Show some skin… but in the right places and tease with a demure off the shoulder gown for your big day.

Where to look?MissguidedPretty Little Thing

Get the look:Bardot maxi dress red, £35, Missguided


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Singer Ciara dripping in silver and showing you how to rock metallics this summer (Image: Getty)

We have seen this trend all over the Billboard and Met Gala red carpets recently so take a leaf out of Ciara’s book and find a gown that will make you look like you’ve been dipped in silver (minus the side-boob).

Where to look?ASOSButterfly by Matthew Williams at Debenhams

Get the look:Vintage maxi cami dress, £45, ASOS

Lingerie inspired slip dresses

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Thandie, Ferne and Gigi wearing the 90s slip dress trend (Image: Getty/Barcroft/Rex)

Dressing up this season means you should look slightly undressed… the slip is making a come back. Throw on a chocker and some denim or leather and relive the 90s glory days.

Where to look?TopshopDorothy Perkins

Get the look: Taupe Slip Dress, £30, Dorothy Perkins

10 best prom dresses under £150

She will go to the ball, without breaking the bank. We find gorgeous gowns and cocktail frocks for the end-of-term party

The dresses of dreams don’t have to give cash-strapped parents nightmares. We asked some would-be prom queens to try out some of the high street’s best bargains and got their verdict on uality, style and wow-factor.

1. Satin Belted Dress: £59,


We liked the unusual fawn colour of this shorter dress (which is also available in a gorgeous dusky rose pink an up to a size 22). The sash belt is removable if you’d prefer to add your own and the shot-silk style fabric felt very good quality. Note this style is sold online only, so she can’t try on in store.

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2. Gracie Embellished Maxi Dress: £45,


This one was a winner for testers who weren’t too keen on other super-girly prom frocks. They agreed that the heavy beading and sequins make this dress look more expensive than it is and a higher neckline gets a parental seal of approval too. Though most of our panel went for pretty pastels, navy was seen as a sophisticated choice.

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3. Mina Dress: £64.99,


Our testers loved the floral look of the bodice and the swishy softness of the double-layer skirt. ‘I feel like a princess’ and ‘it’s the prettiest dress I’ve ever worn’ were just a couple of the comments. It will particularly suits taller girls as some of the prom-goers found the floral straps were on the long side.

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4. Premium Collection Mia Maxi Dress: £130,


This was the dress that got the most reaction from our panel, so not for wallflowers. Some thought it completely OTT, but those who loved it fell hard. The vintage styling of the beads was popular, as was the fitted-to-the-knee silhouette, flaring out with its long chiffon skirt. It’s machine washable too.

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5. Coco Melody Short Party Gown: £55,


The brilliant thing about this short and sweet prom frock is that it comes in a choice of 18 colours, so everyone can find something to suit. Although fastening with a side zip, there’s a faux lace-up corset at the back and a large bow which detaches, as does the flower corsage on the bodice.

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6. Embroidered Waist Maxi Dress: £68,


The combination of cool mint green pleated chiffon and black lace detail proved a hit with our testers as it was a ‘really different’ colour combination. Not everyone is willing to suffer to be beautiful and the elasticated back and front boning made this the most comfortable dress on trial.

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7. Crop Top Placed Scuba Maxi Dress: £120,


The first thing our testers commented on was the feel and weight of the stretch ‘scuba’ fabric, which feels heavy and luxurious. The hand-painted style florals were a hit, as was the fold-over bodice top. This dress hangs beautifully and gives a flattering, slim silhouette thanks to box pleating at the waist.

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8. Jolie Moi Audrey Lace Dress: £75,


Probably the least ‘showy’ of our choices, our testers thought this pretty lace number should still make the grade as it is a great foundation piece for accessorising and adding personal touches like belts or boleros. It comes in choice of four pastel colours – pink, lavender, blue and white.

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9. Embellished Waist Chiffon Dress: £40,


Plunging necklines, backless styles and hiked hemlines have seen schools ban some styles for prom, but this dress is just the right side of daring, with its cut-out panels at the waist. Available in coral, nude and aqua colours, we decided this strong coral shade looked best on everyone.

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10. Floral Asymmetric Peplum Dress: £60, Jane Norman


We’re told not every prom princess wants a long and froufrou frock.  At least one of our testers wanted to slink her way into the school hall and this floral peplum number from Jane Norman got the universal thumbs-up. We’re not sure there will be much energetic dancing in this, though.

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The Little Mistress mint green dress was a popular choice – it was just one of many we could have chosen from their fantastic website, packed with prom possibilities. But for a really special occasion dress, the ASOS floral floor-length made our party-goers ooh and aah.

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