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    37 Gorgeous Prom Dresses You Can Afford With A Student's Budget

    Look great without emptying your college savings for a dress.

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    1. A glittery maxi dress pretty much made for twirling in.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased this dress for prom because I wanted an inexpensive but elegant-looking dress for attending the dance as a sophomore. The dress was very easy to get into and fit me almost perfectly! The dress has a structured top that can easily be worn without a bra and the dress flowed beautifully with the three layers of tulle that made it just the right volume." —Jamie S.

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and seven colors).

    2. A lacy frock so cute you won't even mind how many pictures your parents take.

    us.boohoo.com

    Get it from Boohoo for $34.80 (available in plus sizes 12–20 and three colors).

    3. A chiffon gown with gold applique for looking like you recently robbed the duds from a François Boucher painting.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Gorgeous dress. I wore it to my senior prom, I was on prom court and wanted something fancy but classy. I got tons of compliments all night — the dress is the perfect combo of sexy and classy." —Livifish

    Get it from Amazon for $39.90+ (available in sizes 2–26 and 43 styles).

    4. A Jessica Rabbit–inspired number that will have everyone going "awooga!"

    awin1.com

    Get it from Pretty Little Thing for $28 (available in plus sizes 14–20).

    5. A bedazzled cocktail dress with a chiffon skirt that's a real gem.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Very well-made dress: low price but high quality! I bought a dark purple for my daughter's dance in September. She loves it very much! There is a built-in bra, and some corset bones in the top part. At first it looked a little big, but with an invisible bra, it fit just perfect! The beading are shines under the sunshine." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.34+ (available in sizes 0–24 and 20 colors).

    6. A backless mini dress for people who believe in bows before 'hose.

    us.asos.com

    Get it from Asos for $34 (available in sizes 0–14; also available in tall sizes).

    7. A Jacquard fit and flare with pockets to keep your prom tickets in.

    modcloth.com

    Get it from Modcloth for $49.97 (available in sizes XXS–4XL).

    8. A black gown for people looking for Versace on a budget.

    awin1.com

    Get it from Pretty Little Thing for $38 (available in sizes 0–12 and three colors).

    9. A two-piece maxi dress, because sometimes more is more.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was very concerned about the quality because the price is so low compared to every place we've shopped, but it's amazing quality! My daughter wore it to her prom this weekend and got so many compliments." —Melissa Sorensen

    Get it from Amazon for $30.10 (available in sizes 0–16 and 15 colors).

    10. A backless floral number with a mesh skirt to show off your stems.

    awin1.com

    Get it from Pretty Little Thing for $48 (available in sizes 2–8).

    11. A glitzy halter dress to grace your school's gym in.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and five styles).

    12. A ruffly off-the-shoulder dress for leaving a lasting memory once you leave for college.

    awin1.com

    Get it from Pretty Little Thing for $30 (available in plus sizes 14–20 and two colors).

    13. A darling midi dress with a bow in the back because your presence is a gift to everyone.

    us.boohoo.com

    Get it from Boohoo for $29.40 (available in sizes 2–12).

    14. A ruffly, tiered hi-low frock to ensure you really feel like royalty.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I got the dress in the mail today. I was kind of afraid (because the dress costs so little) that it was going to be one of those online fail things. But it wasn't!!! The dress looks just like the picture and is made with the right material. It's beautiful!!! I highly recommend this company. Thank you so much!!! I am disabled and live on a very low income, so I didn't think I could afford such a beautiful dress for my daughter to go to prom with her boyfriend." —Deanna DiPietrantonio

    Get it from Amazon for $36.90+ (available in sizes 2–16 and 37 styles).

    15. A fun cocktail dress with plenty of room for doing the Cha-Cha Slide in.

    forever21.com

    Get it from Forever 21 for $48 (available in sizes S–L and two colors).

    16. A mermaid dress dripping in glitter for anyone who wants to be swimming in compliments.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am typically very, very meticulous about where I buy my items and the quality of the material. Last prom I spent waaaaayyyy too much, so this year I’m budgeting. I decided to take a chance on this dress and I was definitely pleasantly surprised." —Simone Anderson

    Get it from Amazon for $49.90+ (available in sizes 0–20 and 18 colors).

    17. A black midi dress with surprise trumpet sleeves worth singing about.

    ashleystewart.com

    Get it from Ashley Stewart for $29.70 (available in plus sizes 12–36).

    18. A cap-sleeved gown for feeling like a princess, even if your ride isn't a horse-drawn pumpkin.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "The dress is BEAUTIFUL. I love it. It fits perfectly, the color is exact (I bought navy blue), and it is just perfect. I'm planning on wearing it to prom this Thursday and I am very glad I ordered this dress. It was worth every cent." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in sizes S–3XL and five colors).

    19. A slinky bodycon with a crochet overlay to make grandma proud.

    rainbowshops.com

    Get it from Rainbow for $19.97 (available in sizes S–L and four colors).

    20. A glitter-topped cocktail dress for taking serious style inspiration from the disco ball.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I needed this item for prom and the seller made sure I got it in time. The dress is beautiful and exactly what I expected." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90+ (available in sizes 2–16 and 26 styles).

    21. A strappy red dazzler to show off the tan you already got started on.

    awin1.com

    Get it from Pretty Little Thing for $45 (available in sizes 0–12 and two colors).

    22. A mesh skater dress that starts the party before you even get into the limo.

    us.asos.com

    Get it from Asos for $47.50 (available in plus sizes 12, 14, and 22).

    23. A sequined stunner perfect for prom, or a fancy shindig in West Egg.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Feel like the prom queen! Even prettier than the picture. Sizing was accurate and fit well. I knew it would be too long because I am short, but I'll have it shortened and it's perfect for the occasions I bought it for. I am very pleased with the purchase; it even arrived a month ahead of time!" —Debra-Diane McDonnell

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and four colors).

    24. A spaghetti strap gown you'll have so much fun swishing around when "Uptown Funk" comes on.

    us.boohoo.com

    Get it from Boohoo for $29.40 (available in sizes 4–12 and two colors).

    25. A lacy chevron midi dress for a style that zigs when everyone thinks you'll zag.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review:"Looks exactly like the pictures: It fits perfectly and it's amazing! I got a lot of compliments and looks great paired with some nice earrings and shoes." —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $35+ (available in sizes XS–XL and three colors).

    26. A sophisticated LBD with cut-out shoulders and mesh sleeves.

    ashleystewart.com

    Get it from Ashley Stewart for $29.70 (available in plus sizes 12–36).

    27. A floral mini dress you can actually wear more than once.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love how it looks, and it fits perfect! Great material, and the sewing is very strong. I got tons of compliments on this dress. Definitely planning to buy the other colors." —Liliana

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 10 colors).

    28. A mesh-inset maxi for a simple but trendy look that's nothing to ~mesh~ with.

    shop.nordstrom.com

    Get it from Nordstrom for $48 (available in sizes XS–L).

    29. A V-necked embroidered dress with a floral design that will put your corsage to shame.

    rainbowshops.com

    Get it from Rainbow for $39.97 (available in sizes S–XL and two colors).

    30. A velvet maxi as luxurious as the red carpets you should be walking on.

    tobi.com

    Get it from Tobi for $35 (available in sizes XS–L and three colors).

    31. A dramatic, belted shirt dress you'll be required to walk in slow motion while wearing.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Loved it! It is thin material and silky looking. It was very comfortable and fit perfectly. It's very, very long. I got the stick on push-up bra to wear under it and used double-sided clothing tape to make sure my breast were not exposed. The waist is elastic so it stretches." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $31.22+ (available in sizes XS–L and two colors).

    32. A crochet frock for a crafty new look that will separate you from the pack.

    savedbythedress.com

    Get it from Saved by the Dress for $48 (available in sizes S–L).

    33. A retro swing to wear when you're planning on hitting up the malt shop after prom.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this very affordable dress to wear to a wedding. I also purchased a crinoline to wear under it. I really like this dress. There is a good amount of stretch to the fabric and the dress hugs in the best places." —Taura Kilroy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 25 colors).

    34. A backless maxi we think you'll look ~berry~ cute in.

    forever21.com

    Get it from Forever 21 for $48 (available in sizes S–L and two colors).

    35. A spangly, flapper-approved cocktail dress that works with almost any style.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this dress more than I expected to! It's pretty much exactly as pictured. It's super comfortable, and I think I'll be able to make this work with my style." —Carolyn MW

    Get it from Amazon for $44.20 (available in sizes M–XL).

    36. A cold-shoulder tulle dress, to ensure no one will give you the cold shoulder on prom night.

    us.asos.com

    Get it from Asos for $34 (available in sizes 0–14; a similar dress is available in plus sizes).

    37. A mythically beautiful dress featuring Venus, the goddess of love and beauty (aka YOU).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I ordered and returned this dress due to size issues, but I can confirm it's just as cute IRL.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL).

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides here!

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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