Top Online Resources for Prom Dresses

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If you hail from a small town hours away from the closest dress boutique, don't fret. The internet is overflowing with formal dresses, especially around this time of the year.

Because each and every dress has a unique fit, the first thing to look for when logging onto a website is their return policy. Do not even click ​on a website that doesn’t allow full-refund returns – you don’t want to risk falling in love with a non-refundable dress!

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One of the most comprehensive dress shops online. Not only does eDressMe have a wide selection of typical prom dresses, but they carry many red carpet-worthy evening wear designers like BCBG, Betsy Johnson, Anna Sui, and Rebecca Taylor.

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With free shipping and free returns, Nordies customer service simply can't ​be beaten. Their prom dresses aren't too shabby, either. You can find fabulous options under $70 alongside designer dresses from labels like Nicole Miller and BCBG.

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An untapped resource when it comes to formalwear, you never know what you might find on eBay. The site has an impressive collection of vintage dresses and designer gowns, but be patient - a lot of "digging" is necessary to find your perfect frock.

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Don't feel limited to the typical prom dress route. If you want something unconventional, take a peek at Shopbop's vast selection of cocktail dresses. Not only will you save a little cash (designer shoes, anyone?), but you can wear the versatile number for years to come.

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Narrow it down by size, then browse through page after page of discount designer dresses. Most of the gowns are from seasons' passed but don't fret. Formalwear is much less trendy than your usual everyday threads, so you'll look like a star in dresses up to five seasons' old.

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Look through these gorgeous prom frocks by price point, body type, color, designer, or event. If you don't discover your dream dress, take advantage of's unique "design your own dress" feature that let's your concoct your own creation.

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Jessica McClintock

A dependable name in the prom industry, Jessica McClintock designs gorgeous prom queen-worthy gowns. With a Cinderella vibe throughout, there are classic poufy-skirted, corset-topped dresses in every color and pattern imaginable.