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Score a Smashing Gown at a Reasonable Price—Find Out How!

Look your best while spending less with these ideas for affordable debut gowns.

We know that your debut gown is essential to your look. If you're on a tight budget, looking for an affordable gown can be challenging—but don't fret because scoring an affordable yet smashing outfit on your debut is possible! Check out our tips below on how you can sport your dream gown without spending much.   

Rent a Gown
Renting a gown will cost less
, but remember that you may not have a variety of styles to choose from. You also search online as some shops have Facebook pages where you can see the gowns. Don't forget to ask if you're allowed to alter the gown, and if they offer alteration services (some shops will require additional fees for alterations). Also ask if you need to have the gown dry-cleaned after you use it. When you've already chosen a gown, reserve it and pick it up at least three days before your debut.

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Buy a Pre-owned Gown
Most debutantes use their gown only once, so some sell their pre-used gowns online. Sometimes, they are only used once or twice or if you're lucky, you might score a gown that's never been used at all either. This saves you from the hassle part of renting—you don't need to return it and pay for a fee if you damage your dress.

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Go Bargain-hunting
If you have the patience for trying out different gowns at different stores, you can buy an affordable RTW gownDivisoria can be your go-to place for inexpensive yet good quality gowns. You'll be surprised at what the stores there can offer--from simple cocktail dresses (for your after party) to elegant gowns, you'll be overwhelmed.  You may also attend debut fairs and mall sales to score discounts on your dream debut gown. Also keep an eye out for sample sales organized by fashion designers, who sell their sample gowns at a much cheaper price. That can be your opportunity to avail of an affordable designer gown.

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Keep it Simple
If you're hiring a designer to make your gown, lessen the intricate details to lessen the cost.Choose materials that are inexpensive but have good quality. You may stick to a classic silhouette with minimal details so you'll still look your best without spending much. A plus for a simple gown: you can easily jazz it up with a different set of accessories should you decide to wear it again for an over-the-top party.

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