The expense of a prom can get out of hand. Some young women will spend hundreds of dollars on a prom dress they’ll never wear again. You could buy a beautiful brand new dress but you can save your wallet and the environment at the same time. Consider a vintage dress. Consignment shops are a good source for gently used formal wear. A friend of mine bought a gorgeous red gown for $7.00. You can also try your hand at sewing your own (I did) or finding a seamstress to sew your gown. Once you’ve worn your dress, donate it to an organization to pass along to a less fortunate but just as fashionable female. Contact the following organizations for donations:
- donatemydress.org – According to their website, donatemydress.org is the first national campaign designed to encourage girls around the country to donate their prom and special occasion dresses to those who cannot afford to finance the costly experience of going to their prom, sweet 16, quinceañera or formal on their own. Drop-off centers are organized by state and include Becca’s Closet and The Glass Slipper Project located around the country. The site also lists organizations that accept donated prom dresses by mail.
- Fairy Godmothers – Fairy Godmothers, Inc. mission is to help provide a special high school prom experience for qualified high school girls whose financial situations are such as otherwise would preclude their ability to attend their prom by providing them prom gowns, shoes, and similar accessories which have been donated to the organization.
Use eHow’s guidelines on How to Donate Prom Dresses.