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‘Tis the Season for… Prom!

By Sierra Goldberg



How Do You Find a Low-Cost Modest Prom Dress?
Christmas is over, Valentines Day is fast approaching and already high school girls are thinking about prom. Or more accurately, they are thinking about what they’ll wear to prom. While color, style, and modesty are important, probably one of the most important considerations is cost. Where do you get a great modest prom dress for a low cost?

First Stop: Goodwill and Salvation Army
These are my all-time favorite places to shop. They usually have a great selection of dressy and casual shirts, skirts, and pants. If you haven’t been to a thrift store in a while, do yourself a favor and take a look again. There’s more than just sweatpants and t-shirts now. Lately, I’ve been finding some name brand clothes in fabulous condition (and at fabulous prices). Formal dresses are harder to find, but it’s worth checking to see what they have. New items are constantly coming in – you never know what you can find.

Second Stop: Consignment Shops
Consignment shops are different from thrift stores because a consignment shop sells clothes for you. If the clothes you bring in sell, the shop gives you some of the money they make. This means that the clothes usually are better quality and you don’t have to worry about rips or stains. The ones I’ve been in also have a larger selection of formal wear than thrift stores. Also, they have a selection of jewelry and other accessories to complete your outfit. Don’t know of any consignment shops in your area? Check your phone book.

Third Stop: Becca’s Closet
Last spring, my newspaper ran an article about an organization called Becca’s Closet. Becca’s Closet collects prom dresses, shoes, purses, and other accessories and then gives them for free to girls who need them. Beccascloset.org has a list of the locations and dates of operation. It also has information on how you can start your own branch if there isn’t one in your area.

If you’re finding dresses that show a lot of shoulder, try wearing a short jacket or sweater over your dress. Jackets are a great fix for halter-tops and strapless dresses. If that is too casual, you can also wear a wrap (shown here). They are very formal and feminine, but they do restrict your arm motions. Keep this in mind if there is dancing at your prom.

The best way to fix cleavage issues is to wear a camisole. If you haven’t discovered the world of camis, they are extremely comfortable, double as bras, and come in every imaginable color. They can be slightly pricey, so watch for sales and skim the clearance racks. You’ll be able to wear it under more than just your prom dress, so it’s a worthwhile investment.

So it is possible to get a good prom dress for a small cost if you’re willing to do a little hunting. Good thing there’s some time before prom. Happy shopping and good luck!

Sierra Goldberg hails from Rockford, Illinois where she peruses the thrift stores and consignment shops. An English/Theater major in college, Sierra spends the rest of her time writing and acting.

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The gloves and shawl gave this dress a really vintage look.

Melissa Filipek, Age 17, New Jersey




"I sent you a few photos from my prom last year, and thought I'd send in a few from this year. Last year I wore a burgundy dress I bought from Beautifully Modest, and this year I wore a yellow gown I bought from Eternity Store. This year I was the ONLY modestly dressed girl at the prom, and I got so many compliments from fellow students and teachers it was astounding. I hope these are helpful to other girls who think they cannot find a gorgeous modest gown!"

Vanessa Castillo, Belgium




"I found this dress at a garage sale for $35 and I decided to cut off the bottom and use that fabric to make sleeves. I used McCall's pattern 2401 as a guideline, but my mom and I made a lot of changes to it in order to make it work. I'm sooooo happy with how it turned out!!!! I learned so much by making it. I was so glad to be modest!!! I was comfortable, and I felt success in doing what was right, which made it so much more fun. I got a lot of compliments even from non-members, which just shows that modesty is always in style if you decide it will be.

For anyone that is thinking about adding sleeves to a dress, here are a few things I learned: When you're looking at patterns, pay attention to the sleeves, make sure that the hole for your arm will not go below the top of your dress, the sewing teacher at my school pointed this out to me and I'm so glad she did. Also, be sure to make a few samples before you cut into the dress, it's better to ruin an old sheet, than the fabric from your dress. I used other modest dresses as examples, so I would know how to make mine, this helped a lot. And last of all, Pray!!!! I'm sure that Heavenly Father played a huge part in making this dress turn out!"

Kasey Nelson, Age 16, Illinois




"I went to my Senior Prom last year, and after searching high and low for a modest prom dress, I finally found one at Far West Boutique, a modest formal dress shop for LDS girls. Modest dresses are just the way to go. I'm proud that I can show my pictures from Prom to younger girls and be an example to them from making the excellent choice of choosing a modest prom dress."

Kinsey Carter, Age 18, Washington






"It was hard being the only girl on the Homecoming court in a modest gown. But I was glad that I was. So many people got to see that you don't have to dress immodest when you wear a formal."

Keela Hill, Age 17, Mississippi





"This is me and my date at our last prom! I was so excited when I was asked to my first prom, but I was terrified of the dress shopping experience! Luckily, I was fortunate to find a modest dress for really cheap!!"

Amanda Willets, Age 18, Arizona







"This is the dress I wore last year. I was about the only modest girl there. I felt really good about myself and didn't embarrass the guy. It was the perfect dress."

Christina Lewis, Age 16, Alabama



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After-Prom Fun

By Jennifer Loch


The question of what to do on prom night after you leave the prom is one you have to think about if you're LDS or another conservative religion. After all, prom-night has always been notorious for some bad things, and parties being thrown may not be the kind you want to go to.

Planning ahead can make a big difference in the after-prom fun level. Here are some ideas:

Dinner
If your prom doesn't serve food, you'll probably want to go to dinner. Decide on a place with your date or group. Unless it's fast-food you should make reservations ahead of time because prom night will be busy for most restaurants, and there may be other schools with the same prom night as well. If you have an upscale (read: expensive) place in mind, mention to your date that you would like to go there, and that you can go dutch. That way he won't feel pushed into spending more than his budget allows. Since you're already dressed up, it's fun to go to a fancy restaurant even if you only order an appetizer or dessert.

An Activity
Some popular activities for after prom are going to a comedy club, playing miniature golf, playing pool, going to a movie, bowling, playing video games, or just going to the mall to parade around like a celebrity.

An After-Party
A prom after-party is a fun and inexpensive way to hang out with your date or group after prom. If you talk to your parents or the parents of a friend who shares your values and tell them you want to stay away from the usual after-prom activities they'll probably be happy to let you use their home for a small after-party. Do you know any parents' homes with a large-screen TV, with a game room or pool table or with a hot-tub? When you find a home, arrange to have private use of the family-room for the night, meaning the parents will be home but they won't compete with you for use of the TV and they'll keep any younger children from bothering you and your date or group. Make sure the parents know the party might run very late, and they agree to stay awake the whole time.

Rent some movies and have snacks and soda on hand. Serve soda or Sprite mixed with juice in champagne or wine glasses to keep with the glamorous theme of the night. You can also serve ice cream in parfait glasses.

Have several party games ready. One thing that's fun to do at an after prom party is candy-betting. Buy a big bag of small individually-wrapped candies (make sure to get candy people like). Give everyone the same amount of candy and play some games where people might normally bet money. The players can bet their candy and eat their winnings.

Here's another game: while at the prom, make note of each song that is played. Then at your after-party see who can remember the most songs. This is a fun way to remember and re-live the prom.

Up All Night
Some people make it a point to stay up all night on prom night, but it's not necessary. Don't force yourself to stay up if you don't want to. You'll probably be wearing a lot of makeup and you may sweat when you dance so you'll want time to freshen up for the next day.

Prom Sunday
It's common for people to wear their prom attire to church on the Sunday after prom. It makes the fun of prom last; you get to show your pretty dress and feel glamorous one more time. Guys usually rent a tux and it isn't due back until Monday so they can get their money's worth by wearing it one more time. Hopefully you chose a dress that you can feel comfortable wearing to church! If you have a corsage, take it off after prom and put it in the fridge so it will be fresh enough to wear to church. If your date goes to church with you it will be even more fun.

Whether you use these ideas or come up with your own, the fun doesn't have to end when you leave the prom. With a little planning and creativity, you might have more fun after prom than you did at the main event!

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"This is a photo of my boyfriend and I at our Junior prom. I bought my dress off of Beautifully Modest, and although I was only one of two modestly dressed girls out of hundreds, it felt wonderful to know I was pleasing the Lord with my dress. :)"

Vanessa Castillo, Age 17





"I was lucky enough to go on my first date to our school's Prom about a month after my 16th birthday. My oldest sister had found this beatiful dress and it had been passed down to me. I was very excited to wear it, I felt like Cinderella! Even in a town that is about 90% LDS, I was sad to see how many immodest fashions there were at my prom. I was happy to be one of those that were modest, and I still felt beautiful!"

April Whatcott, Age 16, Salem UT





"This is a picture of my boyfriend and I at prom last year. I got this dress at Bliss in the ZCMI mall in Salt Lake. I absolutely loved it! Not only was it modest...but absolutely adorable."

Micah Ross, Age 17, Casper WY




"Here is my prom dress from my Junior year. I found it online at Great Lengths since I live in a small town and there really isn't stores or other places I could go to in order to find a modest dress. I'm soo thankful I was able to find this dress and wear it to prom because modesty is important to me and I was able to show the girls in my ward that you can be beautiful in a modest dress. The girls in my ward just loved my prom pictures...they said I looked like princess."

Kira Gilleo, Age 17, Kingman AZ





"This is the dress I wore to the ball/prom last year. My mum sewed it for me."

Alyssa, Age 15, Hamilton, NZ



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