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Score your dream prom dress for less

Have your eye on a seemingly perfect spring formal gown? Those dresses can get a little pricey—but don’t let the cost stop you from getting what you want. We’ve matched all those dreamy dresses with simple beauties for your under-$50 budget. You’ll be sure to get the look you love, for less! 

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    Babydoll beauty

    A color-blocked babydoll dress is the way to go for your dance. A fun and flowy skirt means it’ll be flattering on every body type. Want more sparkle? Add a sequined belt.

    Ta-ra-ra Bustier! Black and Peach, $38,

    Short Strapless Sweetheart A-Line Dress, $139,

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    Totally tie-dyed

    Watercolor print maxis are def trending this spring. Wear your hair in a low, messy bun to show off your dress and frame your face. Oh hi, boho beauty.

    Hi-Lo Strapless Dress, $50,

    Laundry by Shelli Segal Print Chiffon Gown, $325,

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    Flower child

    Go floral! We love a springy print and flirty style for every prom look. Dress it up with some major earrings and sparkly pumps to really brighten up the room. A fitted waistband flatters all.


    Dance With Me Ruffled Dress, $47,

    Inga Silk One Shoulder Dress, $448,

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    Cool criss-crosses

    These super sweet backs are a subtle yet sleek way to really show off your sense of style. It keeps your getup looking unique without going overboard. Add mega jewelry to make a statement from the front.


    Dee Elle Cross Back Skater Dress, $50,

    Elizabeth and James Rosalia Cross-Back Dress, $395,

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    Back in black

    We love embellished dresses to hide a bitty tummy or hips while still highlighting your figure. A simple necklace and some loose curls are the perfect way to dress up this look for your spring formal.


    Black/Gold Cap Sleeve Mini, $29 (on sale!),

    Betsy & Adam Embellished Sweetheart Mesh Gown, $198,
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BY LINDSAY HURWITZ ON 4/23/2013 1:00:00 PM

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