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Thursday, January 22, 2015

black tie & anything but basic

With sorority formals and prom quickly approaching the race is on to fit the perfect dress. After buying for 2 proms and 2 semi formals along with 4 homecomings and 1 sorority formal I have finally mastered the art of finding affordable and flattering dresses. My secret is simple- you just have to know where to look!

Another important part of prom season is to keep an open mind. I know that might sound pretty basic and like common sense but trust me it's the most useful thing you can do. My junior year I was convinced I would never have an open back dress, or a white prom dress, or a printed prom dress. And then I ended up getting all 3 in combination.. after paying for a few over priced dresses I've finally come to terms with the fact that if you dont want to break the bank for your formal event online shopping is your best bet.

I've pulled some of my top picks for this formal/prom season. All the dresses are sorted by price range most ranging from $50-150 and none topping $250. There's no reason to spend more than $250 on a dress you'll wear once!

This is my go to site for just about anything. While they don't carry prom dresses they do carry formal maxi dresses aka prom/formal dresses in disguise.

My top pick is this stunning printed dress. At $179 it's affordable and versatile enough that you could rewear it on a fancy beach date or to a summer wedding. the cutout back and chiffon-like material makes it dressy enough yet still chic and trendy! Pair this with simple gold earrings, a pink lip, & nude pumps for a complete look.

Next up is this amazing lace maxi! At just $69 this dress is a great option. **only M & L available
Pair with simple pearls or black earrings and nude or black pumps for a complete look.  

Want some color this prom/formal season?? This gorgeous yellow dress is a perfect match for you! At $49 it's a steal! Pair with turquoise earrings and gold pumps for a complete look.

If you're looking for something extremely versatile and guaranteed to be reworn this dress was made for you. With approximately FOUR different ways to be retied and worn and SIX different color options this dress is a home run. Especially at just $68!!! And ALL FIVE STAR REVIEWS! Sizes and quantities are limited so scoop this while you can! Pair this with just about anything you want- the solid colors make it your canvas!

If you want to opt for a neutral look go with this stunning blush lace/metallic dress! At $47 this dress will wow the crowd! Pair this with simple pearl earrings and nude or burgundy pumps for a complete look. 

Last but definitely not least by any means is this pretty coral lace gown! At $137 it doesn't break the bank and adds a pop of color! Only sizes 4 & 6 available** Pair this with turquoise earrings and nude or gold pumps for the perfect look. 

Heart Swoon Boutique 

My top pick is this electric blue stunning gown at just $79! Only medium size available** Pair this with nude/gold pumps and simple earrings for the perfect look.

First up is this killer lace gray cutout gown! At just $59 it's a great deal! Pair this with blush/pink pumps and simple gold earrings for the perfect look. 

Want to be different and stun everyone with a killer short dress? This off the shoulder sequin option is sure to do the trick at $99. Pair with metallic/nude heels, a burgundy lip, beaded clutch, & gold hoops for the perfect look. 

Be a stunner in this twisted high neck burgundy dress for just $42.90! Complete the look with light pink lips, simple gold statement earrings, and black pumps.

Want a more subtle look? Go for this pretty blush sweetheart neckline dress for just $149! Keep it simple with a simple gold clutch, pearl drop earrings, & nude heels. 

Wow the crowd with this amazing high neck lace navy dress for $130! Accessorize with pearl studs, a low sweeping bun, & nude heels.

Turn up the heat in this plunging black sequin dress for only $79! Add a pop of color with red heels, a red lip, & soft curls!

Dainty hooligan

Keep it simple without dulling your sparkle in this gold dress for just $70! Add a pop of color with red drop earrings and nude heels. 

Spice things up with this red cutout formal dress for $53!! Stay simple and let the dress be the focus by pairing it with simple black pumps and gold pave drop earrings. 

Step up your glam factor with this sparkly backless stunner for $130! Complete the look with a simple black clutch, strappy black heels, and along with a red lip.

I hope you enjoyed these dresses and looks I put together! You definitely don't have to spend a fortune for a stunning look or a stunning dress. 


Just for fun here are my junior and senior prom dresses along with links to look a likes if you fall head over heels with mine! 

I absolutely loved my floral Dave & Johnny prom dress. I used to hate printed dresses but this one changed my mind. I think white prom dresses are so crisp and chic. Find a similar dress here for $199! (PS I'm actually obsessed with this dress I liked to!)

My senior year I went with a blue high neck detailed jersey knit dress. It was this MOST comfortable dress I've ever worn and I loved it! Find the exact dress here and a similar one here

Best of luck on your search for the perfect prom/formal dress! Email me for help finding a dress in your price range or for help completing your look. I'm always happy to help!