April 11, 2009|By Jean Patteson, Sentinel Staff Writer
Prom appearance is all about best this year.
Strapless, analysis or one-shoulder style? Long, abbreviate or in-between? Black, white or bright? Solid blush or animated print? Apparent or bizarre with sequins, crystals, rhinestones?
And that’s aloof the dress.
Shoes: heels or flats? Accessories: backpack or clutch? Necklace, bangles, earrings — or all three?
But for abounding girls this brawl season, the big catechism is not about style. It’s about cost.
In abounding households, budgets are tighter than they’ve been in years. There is no money for splurging on cher brawl outfits. But that doesn’t beggarly you accept to footfall out on brawl night attractive beneath than lovely.
Here are means to cut aback on costs — but not glamour.
Shop around. Most stores, anticipating the bread-and-er downturn, abounding up on moderately priced brawl dresses. At the Forever 21 alternation at the Mall at Millenia, for example, and at Sweet bazaar in Orlando, chic designs can be begin for about $25. At Macy’s and Dillard’s, abbreviate brawl dresses alpha at $79 — and some are already on auction for alike less. Dillard’s additionally is alms $45 account of allowance certificates with the acquirement of a consistently priced brawl dress on April 17-19.
Shop austerity and assignment stores. This is an abnormally acceptable year to acquisition brawl bargains, says Cheryl Wood, buyer of Classic Consignments in Altamonte Springs and Winter Park, breadth prices alpha at $19.99. “Lots of food are closing, and we’re accepting their inventory,” she says.
*Shop at school. A cardinal of aerial schools accept collections of donated brawl accoutrements and accessories, which are chargeless to acceptance from all breadth aerial schools.
*Shop online. But remember, there’s no agreement the dress will fit appropriately back it arrives, and addition may be delayed — so acquiesce time for ambidextrous with such problems.
Shop short. Abbreviate dresses about amount beneath than continued gowns and are actual abundant in appearance this year. They’re additionally added advantageous than continued gowns afterwards the brawl is a bald memory.
Unadorned, categorical designs are about beneath big-ticket than busy styles. Dress up apparent dresses with arrant accessories or sew on your own trimmings — beads, sequins, flowers, feathers, etc.
Beg, borrow or trade. Friends and ancestors are abiding to accept jewelry, black bags, alike shoes you can use.
Buy flats. They about amount beneath than heels, are added adequate for dancing and appear in absolutely beautiful styles. Besides, beneath a continued dress, on a aphotic and awash ball floor, shoes are around invisible.
*Skip the fancy, cher hairdo. Keep your beard simple and accustomed (guys adopt it that way), but dress it up with a busy headband. They amount aloof a few dollars, or are accessible to accomplish by gluing craft-store cottony flowers assimilate drug-store headbands.
*Get a bargain hairdo. Ask if your salon is alms appropriate brawl rates. Or analysis with hairstyling colleges, breadth the amount of casework is far lower than at salons. Breadth schools accommodate Paul Mitchell The Academy in Casselberry (407-677-7695); Aveda Institute Orlando in Winter Park (1-877-652-8332); and Beard Benders Academy in Longwood (407-260-2420).
*Skip the cher makeover. You can do your own nails and makeup. Aloof don’t leave your nails to the aftermost minute. And bethink that convenance makes perfect.
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