ARCHIVE: 4 March 2011

So here we go! The first prom post! As some of you may know, I had a prom dress picked out in December- I bought it in Maui for $42. It’s plain, but quite lovely. Then I realized I wanted something sparkly. So I decided to get a new one. It’s rather expensive, but I love it and I’m going to work my butt off to pay for it.

This is my dress! Yay! I just adore it. It’s all golden and I don’t think you can really see it in the picture, but it has a slit down the front starting right above the knee. The only difference between this one and mine is the bodice- mine is a sweetheart neckline. If you don’t know what that means, click here.

This post is all about eleven favorite prom dress picks from a site called Rent the Runway. You need to be a member to look at the dresses, but membership is free and you’re not obliged to buy anything. If you do sign up, I’d love it if you used my referral link! For those of you who don’t know what this site is- it’s a site where you can rent designer dresses and accessories for cheap prices! They have $1,000 dresses that you can rent for a few nights for only $100. I was going to use this site for my prom dress, but the date I needed it wasn’t available. Whenever I mention this to my friends, they always ask, “What if I spill on it…” Don’t worry if you get anything on the dress, etc. They have a protection plan for only $5 that will cover any minor problem. All of the dresses I’m talking about will be linked through the name/designer of the dress.

Black/Silver/Brown Dresses
This dress is called “Gypsy Glam Gown” by Haute Hippie is originally a $1,295 dress. The rental price is $200. I really love the simplicity of this dress. It still is elegant with the sparkles, but not overbearing. My favorite part is the shrug-like top, paired with a beaded belt. This will really compliment any shape and it’s a fantastic dress for someone who wants to get a classy, but modern look.
This lovely dress is the Chain Detail Maxi Dress by Mark & James- which is a collection from Badgley Mischka. There isn’t really much to say about this- it’s obviously gorgeous and yet again, another classy, but modern look. The chain really makes the dress and the light look of the dress brings out your own beauty. It is a $380 dress, with a rent price of $75. I realize this dress may be in your price range from prom dresses, so I looked for the actual dress online. I wasn’t able to find this exact dress, but a variation of it, still by Badgley Mischka. The dress is $219 and can be purchased here.
This is a $2,750 dress. When I saw the price, I jumped back in my chair a bit, not gonna lie to you. It is called the “Knock Em Dead” Gown by Carlos Miele. This rental is a bit more expensive- $320. I am totally in love with this dress. The neckline is gorgeous and the details on it are just amazing. You really just need to check the dress out in detail to see more because this small picture doesn’t do it justice. Click on the link for a picture where you can see the back and a zoomed-in view.
Here is another affordable rental dress! It’s only a $75 rental, with an original price of $430. It’s the “Dazzling Decko” Gown by Twelfth Street- which is a collection from Cynthia Vincent. My absolute favorite part of this dress is the bodice. It has an amazing design. I love where the black lines meet the others- it fits the dress so well. The rest of the dress is in a lovely, light, brown color. Again, I figured this may be in the price range for some of you, but I was unable to find the dress online. I apologize! If you are interested in buying a dress that looks similar to this, you can @tweet me (couturetweeting) or, preferably, send me a message on here and I’ll see what I can find!

Girly Dresses
The first one is not something I would wear, but I know a lot of people love this style. I really am not a fan of the color peach on myself- but on many others it looks great! In fact, I think one of my best friends, Maggie, looks super in the color! I do love the beading on the top. This dress is the “Crowned Jewel” Gown by Carlos Miele. Originally a $2,500 dress, you can rent it for $300. Just something to think about… this dress will show all of your curves. That’s always a good thing to keep in mind when shopping- how much do you want to show and how tight do you want the dress to be? It is very important to think this through because your night isn’t going well if you don’t feel comfortable in your dress.
I really, really love this dress! I like the one shoulder, the belt, the material, and especially the color. Everything about this dress screams beauty and youth and just feels very positive. This dress is called the “Romantic Goddess” Embellished Gown by Tibi. A great rental price- $100- with an original price of $595. I really love this gown and I think it’s a great look for a high school girl, while the other gowns are beautiful, but a bit more mature.
I’m going to straight up tell you that not everyone will like this dress. For some reason I don’t know, some people don’t like nude, beige, etc. colors. I think the fact that this dress is so well made and such a beautiful design just shows that it doesn’t need a burst of color to look fantastic. I love the bodice, with a play on the sweetheart neckline, by bringing a bit of the fabric roughly up the top of the neckline. This is a very pretty dress and will look good on so many different body types. If you’ve never worn a color like this before in a dress and you want to get this one, I’d suggest first going out and just trying on a dress in the same color. Some people make look a bit washed-out and I’m sure that’s not the look you’re going for. This is a $350 rental, but is a $3,500 dress. (I think my eyes just glazed over after seeing the original price…) It is the “Princess Sweetheart” Gown by Bibhu Mohapatra. Opinion time- I hate the name. “Princess Sweetheart” sounds like the name a three-year-old would pick out when her parents asked her what to name the new kitten. Just keep the name on the DL, and you’ll be good.
This dress will look beautiful on tan brunettes. Of course, anyone can wear it, but tan brunettes will rock this dress! First off, I love the slit in the bodice. It’s similar to my homecoming dress. You can’t really see it well in this picture, but there are light white-silvery sparkles throughout the dress which really add a lot to it. It’s a $100 rental with an original price of $630. This dress has a gorgeous name- “Keyhole Goddess” Gown by Nicole Miller.

Greens/Blues
Now, these three dresses are fairly simple, except the first one, so I’m going to put pictures, names, pricing, and links.
“Romantic Sage” Gown by Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti.Rental: $250. Retail: $1,895.
“Decadent Marie” Gown by Badgley Mischka. Rent: $125. Retail: $795.
“Emerald City” Gown by Temperley London. Rent: $250. Retail: $1,995

Thanks a bunch for reading guys. If you liked my blog, let your friends know! If this post gets too far down on the homepage and you need to find it, it will be filed under the “Prom” section at the top. Just click there and it will bring you to all the prom-related posts.

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