Quest For the Dress

Prom dress shopping is no easy task. photo by Olivia Suarez

Admit it ladies: prom dress shopping serves as the epicenter of all stresses, next to finding a date. Reasons behind the nervousness over elegant apparel stem from the costly prices.

“I think [an ideal price range is] between $100-$250 since girls usually just use a dress ONE time. I don’t know though, it’s kind of hard to find a prom dress in that range,” senior Gabby Ordonez said.

What’s even more frustrating than searching for the perfect gown, is explaining to others why young women are so particular with selecting something different.

“Everyone at Prom wants to look their best and feel the most beautiful. To girls, I think it’s important having an individual dress [that]  allows us to stand out in a crowd,” Ashly Hanovice, senior, said.

Now that that question is solved, the next challenge is to actually find a place to look. Some students are starting to look at general department stores first, before going to a boutique.

“I found some really cute [dresses] at Kohl’s and Dillard’s,” Kim Nowlin, senior, said.

Out of those shops, Dillard’s proves to be the most popular.

“Dillard’s has the best selection and best dresses in my opinion. The overall price provides one less cost and trip to make because they have such a broad [variety],” Lindsey Kissling, senior, said.

The immense collection of prom dresses might be a turn off to others though, who vie to wear a distinct gown. Nordstrom’s at The Rim is a potential hotspot for that select group of people.

“If you’re willing to pay [alot of money], the Nordstrom’s rack has a lot of good sales, with $400 dresses being marked down to $150,” Valeria Acevedo, senior, said.

Regardless, it’s best to set out and look early.

“[I’m looking] everywhere. If you start soon enough, you can get the pretty [dresses] online,” Mary Moscosa, junior, said.

For those who are currently procrastinating with their Prom purchase, here are two options you can also look into:

Vintage House


628 S Saint Marys St.

San Antonio, TX 78205


Description: Vintage House is known for its variety of timeless clothing at reasonable prices. This place is great for girls who are searching for something unique.



275 S. Seguin St.

New Braunfels, TX 78130


Mon.-Fri. 9:30 AM-5:30 PM, Thurs. until 8:00 PM, Sat. 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Description: This bridal gown store in New Braunfels is not limited to wedding attire. Celebrations is a selective dress shop that will personally reserve your gown for your high school prom. While it may be located all the way out of town, it’s assured that no one will be identical.

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Hey I'm Olivia! I'm currently a senior at Mac. My favorite things include singing, reading, writing, dancing and learning! I'm the Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, Brahma Tales, NHS Parliamentarian, and a reporter/photographer for yearbook. I also attend Girls Bible Study and Younglife every week. I'm very outgoing and I love to be around everyone!

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