How much are you willing to spend on a prom dress?


Emily O'Brien

Prom dress shopping can be a daunting task, as there are often so many to choose from!

Emily O'Brien, Staff Writer

On Friday, May 26, 2017, HB’s senior prom will be held at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford. It will start around 6 p.m. and go until about 11 p.m. The prom is an event many students look forward to: boys get to rent their suit and tie, but the girls usually have to buy their dresses. But how much are they really willing to spend? Or is the cost just a number?


For senior Olivia Cleghorn, what she is willing to spend “would depend if I was paying for it myself, or if my parents were. If my parents were paying for it, I would spend a couple hundred, but if I was paying for it myself, I’d spend $100 tops.” Other students also agreed with Olivia, saying that they were comfortable with spending up to $100 if they were paying for the dress themselves.


However, others said they’d spend more. Senior Kaylee Hillard, who has already bought her dress, said, “I spent nearly $400 on my prom dress, but I loved it so much the price didn’t matter.” A lot of students, like Kaylee, said that the dress itself was more important than the cost. They thought it was better to have a dress they felt comfortable in, rather than settling for a dress because of the price tag.


However, before these girls can buy the dress they love, they have to find the dress they love. But between all the stores, boutiques and even online stores, what is the most effective way to find the perfect dress? Tamerah Lyles ‘17 said, “I would want to go into the actual store, so I can try different styles of dresses on, and see what I like the best. Online, you never know what you’re going to get.” Many other girls agreed that they’d want to try on the dress before they bought it, so they could get a feel for the material, how it would look on them, and make sure they didn’t spend money on a dress they’d want to return after they bought it.
Prom is only two months away, and the dresses are already being purchased. So get out there and start looking for the perfect dress! For a memorable night, a comfortable dress that looks great will be much needed. After all, prom is one unforgettable night.