Finding an Inexpensive Plus Size Prom Dress

March 6, 2009

A teen in a prom dress.I'm a size 30 and a little short on cash. I need a prom dress in a reasonable range. Does anyone have any suggestions? Please help!

Ashleigh from Richmond, VA



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Try going to your thrift stores like goodwill or even consignment shops. They will have very pretty dress you can choose from very low priced. You can even alter one by taking off sleeves, cutting it shorter etc. Ebay is a good place too to look. Advertize on your local radio station (if they have a morning program as ours does) that you want to buy the size you need.

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You will laugh, but find a pattern & fabric & make it yourself or take it to a seamstress. If the shopping for it is too overwhelming, ask for help in the store or take a friend along who would know about these things. We have a lady in town who makes bridesmaid dresses all the time. My granddaughter spent her own money for her prom dress last year - cost $300 - Crazy ! This year she shopped much earlier & got a good deal on one - lesson learned. Her friend had one made - probably because she is the youngest of 5 daughters & they don't spend $ like that - it was lovely.


Back in the "olden" days (60's & 70's) we made our own. The Dollar Store (yes Dollar store !) in my hometown has a back room full of prom, wedding & bridesmaid dresses. They come crammed in big boxes & the help fluffs them up with a hand steamer after they are unpacked. They aren't a Dollar but they cost much less than from the Mall. There are options.

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When you do search on ebay don't necessarily search just for prom dress. you can find lots of dress that are very pretty in other categories on ebay. Most prom dresses now are of all makes in design not just full tailed or long. some are short, cocktail type etc. so when you search ebay put in your size and it will bring up clothes then pick womens clothing then plus size then plus size dresses then to the left side column you will see types of dresses and colors you can pick from after you get that far then drop down the box at the top that says lowest price first. your bound to see lots of dresses in the size you need. our town this year started a program that they advertised on the radio that you can buy a prom dress for $10. A group got together and collected all types used prom dresses all sizes and set up a local day where any dress is just $10 so no one will be without a prom dress because of low income or hard times, because ever girl should get to go to her prom.


and believe it or not start going to yard sales and the flea markets to search for them because others who know that time of year is near will put out the dresses they no longer need from previous proms to sell. not sure of your price range but here are 3 in the size you mentioned on ebay. Also here is a web site that sells large size paaterns that are very simple to make and very pretty, if you choose to make it or have it made

Here are some at very reasonable prices the red one comes with a shrug which is very in now for proms.

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March 6, 2009

I need to find a really cheap prom dress that is under $50, that is a Plus size because I'm a big girl. If you have any suggestion please let me know.

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