Preparing for prom or your school-leavers ball is a big deal and often a costly affair once you factor in the costs.
But if you’re a prom queen on a tight budget, there are plenty of nifty ways to save on your dream dress from scouring the sale sections of your favourite stores to looking for discount codes.
Read on for handy hints and tips on how to make your money stretch further, so you can look like a million dollars on your special day.
How to get the best savings?
1. Shop the summer sales
If you’ve been eyeing up a beautiful dress the chances are that it is now half price.
2. Keep your eye peeled for discount codes
Look out for seasonal promo codes where you can get slashed prices on top brands.
Also remember to stay up to date by signing up for store newsletter’s and following your favourite stores via social media.
3. Take advantage of cashback deals
All you have to do is sign up for free, shop as normal at your favourite high street shops via the cashback tracked links and then wait to receive cashback against any purchases.
You can then either save the extra cash in your cashback account or transfer it back to your bank account.
The hottest summer dress trends
Off the shoulder dresses
Give them the cold shoulder like Alicia Vikander
Show some skin… but in the right places and tease with a demure off the shoulder gown for your big day.
Get the look: Bardot maxi dress red, £35, Missguided
Singer Ciara dripping in silver and showing you how to rock metallics this summer
We have seen this trend all over the Billboard and Met Gala red carpets recently so take a leaf out of Ciara’s book and find a gown that will make you look like you’ve been dipped in silver (minus the side-boob).
Get the look: Vintage maxi cami dress, £45, ASOS
Lingerie inspired slip dresses
Thandie, Ferne and Gigi wearing the 90s slip dress trend
Dressing up this season means you should look slightly undressed… the slip is making a come back. Throw on a chocker and some denim or leather and relive the 90s glory days.
Get the look: Taupe Slip Dress, £30, Dorothy Perkins
Alesha Dixon glowing in this floral inspired gown
Look blooming marvellous for the big event with a bright floral number. One of summer’s most feminine trends.
Get the look: Chelsea floral skater dress, £65, Oasis
Bold block colour
Kym Marsh opts for a show-stopping red dress at the 2016 British Soap Awards 2016
If you’re looking to turn heads but want to keep things simple, opt for a dramatic, bold colour a la Kym Marsh at the recent Soap Awards ceremony.
Get the look: Jess dress, £68, Chi Chi London