Prom season: How to rock trends on a budget

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As prom season will finally creep to an end this week at New Berlin West, it’s hard not to pick up on the variety of trends that have been dominating the dance floors all around America.

This year’s trends

“We’ve been seeing a high demand for printed gowns and two piece looks.” said a representative from Windsor, a popular store for prom dresses with various locations across America including our very own Brookfield Square Mall. This proved to be true at Eisenhower’s prom, which was held last Friday at the Harley Davidson Museum. There was also a large trend in florals, scattering dresses with bold prints. Paired with jewelled halter tops, the floral prints looks beautiful. Perhaps what was more noticeable was the absence of past trends. The poofy, cupcake dresses that usually make a widespread appearance were nearly obsolete. Bright colors were replaced by classic black and white gowns, and shades of deep green and red.

Save money next year

As anyone who attends prom knows, it’s not a cheap event.  From tanning to nail appointments to shoes, there’s hardly a budget left for a dress. Nevertheless, girls spend, on average, “$100-$500” on a dress, according to Windsor. While some people are willing to shell out a few hundred for a dress, there’s other options if you’re looking to go the cheaper route. And cheaper never means less beautiful! Start searching for your dress at local thrift shops, boutiques, and even your mom’s closet. Getting creative can keep your budget in control, and also make for an even more special occasion.

Prom Hotspots

If you’re looking to alleviate some of the stress of prom, it might help to check out some of The Onlion’s top 10 “hotspots” for prom preparation. These spots were curated to fit everyone’s prom related needs!

  1. THE DRESS: Windsor, Peaches Boutique, Dressed in Time, Bliss Bridal
  2. THE SHOES: DSW, Target, Aldo, Boston Store
  3. NAILS: LyLy Salon and Spa, CQ Nails
  4. TANNING: Sun Tan City, Lanai Beach Tan
  5. ALTERATIONS: Seams B Fitting, Influence Apparel, AJ Stitch & Alterations
  6. FLOWERS: Twins Flowers, Barb’s, Sendik’s
  7. TUXEDOS AND SUITS: Men’s Warehouse, Jos. A. Bank
  8. HAIR STYLING: Vici Capilli, Aveda Beauty School
  9. MAKEUP: Boston Store, Hair and Body Solutions
  10. JEWELRY: Windsor, Icing, Claire’s


Whether you still have another prom to attend or are already looking forward to next year, keep these trends and tricks in mind so that you can avoid stress!

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