14 alternative prom dress ideas that won't have you dipping into your college funds.

14 Alternative Prom Dresses That Won’t Dip Into Your College Fund

Susie G
14 Alternative Prom Dresses That Won’t Dip Into Your College Fund
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Prom season is here, which mostly means one thing: the hunt for the perfect prom dress is on like Donkey Kong. And while you may have already had a few months to plan what you’re going to wear on that big day (from spending hours scouring online to traveling to specialty boutiques in the State next door), finding that ideal prom dress really can take a lot longer than you would expect.

Instead of going down the same route and doing the same thing that everyone else is doing, what not take a different approach to your prom dress hunt? To get you on the right foot, we’ve put together 14 alternative prom dress suggestions that will hopefully give you some new ideas on how to find your dream dress.

Plus, there will also be a very good chance that if you follow our tips, you’re pretty much guaranteed that no one else on prom night will be rocking the same duds as you. Now, what fashionista doesn’t love that?!

Click through the slideshow above to see all of our tips, and let us know what your going to be wearing on the big day by dropping a line below!

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TIP #1: GO VINTAGE

Want to have a one-of-a-kind prom dress without asking your parents to borrow some of that college tuition money they've saved up for you? Then go vintage! Whether it's hitting up your local thrift store or digging around your Grandma's attic, just searching for that perfect vintage dress will be just as fun as wearing it. And if you find a dress that might just be a bit too big, don't forget that you can take it to the tailor!

Vintage 50s Dress, $198, at Etsy

TIP #1: GO VINTAGE

50s Party Dress, $55, at Etsy

TIP #1: GO VINTAGE

Vintage 80s Glam Black Sequins & Lace Puff Sleeve Ruffled Cocktail Prom Dress, $54, at Ebay

TIP #1: GO VINTAGE

1960s Vintage Prom Dress Sunshine Yellow, $125, at Etsy

TIP #1: GO VINTAGE

Vintage 60s Molly Parnis Lime Green Draped Dress, $199.99, at Ebay

TIP #2: DO DIY

Check out the 2011 Winner of Duck Brand's Stuck at Prom competition. This dress used 57 rolls of duck tape and took 95 hours to complete. You could say the style definitely sticks with 'ya, eh?

TIP #2: DO DIY

Andie Walsh (a.k.a. Molly Ringwald) took what she liked from two hand-me-down dresses and sewed them together to make her "Pretty in Pink" prom dress. So start digging through your eclectic Aunt's closet, pronto.

TIP #2: DO DIY

Consider making a dress out of coffee filters, like this one from Intimate Weddings. And you can get extra creative by dipping the dress in your favorite color of dye to create a cool dip-dye effect!

TIP #2: DO DIY

Try making a dress out of neckties, or buy this one for $250 at Etsy. If you can, we'd suggest floral print ties, or a bold designer print (think 90s Gianni Versace) to keep things on trend.

TIP #3: RENT-A-DRESS

Instead of splurging on a designer dress straight off the runway, why not rent a dress for the big day? Our go-to rental website is Rent The Runway, but you might want to hit up your local dress shop and see if they do rentals as well.

Diane Von Furstenberg Clarice Gold Sequin Gown, $175, at Rent The Runway

TIP #3: RENT-A-DRESS

Mark & James by Badgley Mischka Dancing Til Daylight Dress, $75, at Rent The Runway

TIP #3: RENT-A-DRESS

Carlos Miele Deep Sea Storm Gown, $175, at Rent The Runway

TIP #3: RENT-A-DRESS

Viktor & Rolf Cutting Edge Gown, $275, at Rent The Runway

TIP #3: RENT-A-DRESS

Robert Rodriguez Black Label Avril Dress, $125, at Rent The Runway

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