Hold a dress swap. When my boss was a teenager, all the girls where she worked brought in their formals to trade. Everyone left with a new, free dress. Suggest this to your local school district, your church, or some other organization.
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favorite color. (Forever 21 $25)
Skip the new accessories. Did you get a bag and shoes for homecoming? Use them again. If your dress is floor length, it doesn't even matter what your shoes look like. It only matters that you can dance in them.
Think beyond the dress. It's right there in the phrase. Prom dress implies dress. But who says you can't wear a skirt and top? I did it. With the availability of cute party skirts from tutus to maxis, you don't have to settle on a dress. Plus, mixing a top and skirt means you won't show up in the same outfit as anyone else.
Think price per wear. Not a lot of people wear black for prom. However, a black cocktail length dress has more wearability and versatility than a lime green gown with a rhinestone neckline. Expand your thinking beyond prom. Could you wear it to a wedding? Could you wear it to a girls night out? Could you wear it on a nice date? A dress you could see yourself wearing at least four times is a better buy than a dress you can only wear once.
Repeat this to yourself, "I am not a princess." Guess what? You don't have millions in tax dollars at your disposal. You are not Elsa or Ariel or even Kate Middleton. Yes, most girls wants to play dress up and have a top-of-the-stairs moment. Wearing a dress that wears you is not going to accomplish that. (Besides, princesses are princesses no matter what they are wearing.) Make sure your expectations are realistic for your budget, your situation, and yourself. You will be more comfortable and happy.