It’s most every little girl’s dream to have her Cinderella moment at prom. She waits and hopes and dreams for the perfect night: stars shining outside, the DJ hits play on “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and her prince glides over to ask her to dance. Suddenly, it is one of the best nights of her life, but before any of this magic can occur, she needs the perfect dress. Check out these 10 places around Metro Phoenix to find not just any dress, but the perfect dress for prom night. 

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Places to go full princess for your prom dress: 

1. Oh La La By Posh 

Talk about the real princess treatment. Make an appointment for a dress buying experience that will be just as memorable as the dance. The appointment will start with introductions to meet the stylist available to help with every need. They will determine preferences and pull dresses to try on. While waiting for the dresses to arrive, enjoy a personal dressing room stocked with treats. Oh La La carries dresses from top designers including Mac Duggal and Nina Canacci. Sometimes there just isn’t anything quite like the “Oh La La Process.” 

2. Glam Squad Prom & Pageant 

As they say, it’s “time for a little bit of glam.” Shop in-store and online for gorgeous high-end designer dresses. With a wide selection of dresses and jumpsuits, the perfect dress is just waiting to be discovered. Designers range from Jovani to Primavera Couture to Sherri Hill. Price ranges can be high at Glam Squad, so Layaway options are available. Make an appointment online to go into the store and work with a stylist to go through everything and find the perfect dress just ahead of the prom season.  

3. Lizzie G Formals 

A small business since the early 2000s, Lizzie G Formals started out as a boutique shop working out of a guest bedroom in 2005 selling jewelry and clothing. Since then, the boutique has grown and evolved eventually moving from California to Phoenix and rebranding to focus on formal dresses, shoes and accessories. Look books for simple and elegant dresses as well as more extravagant dresses are available online, but all in-store shopping is by appointment.  

Places that specialize in modest styles: 

4. A Closet Full of Dresses 

The tagline says it all: “Where modesty meets elegance.” Locally owned and operated since 2014, A Closet Full of Dresses aims to have the most current styles of modest dresses. Even though the main focus is on modesty, there is still a variety in the options available as far as both style and color are concerned. The boutique can also assist with on-site alterations if necessary. 

5. A Dressy Occasion 

Founded in 2000, A Dressy Occasion was created with the goal of providing formal wear that is generally modest without giving up the need to be stylish. The boutique offers many assorted styles and colors, so everyone can find the dress of their dreams. All the dress styles are current and offer a variety of high-quality fabrics to ensure the look is perfect. Shop online or in-store to find the perfect dress. 

Places that are easier on the budget: 

6. Modest Wedding & Prom 

How about a modest price to go with that modest design? Although regular purchasing options are available, Modest Wedding & Prom also offers the option to rent a formal dress for a fraction of what it could cost to buy one. Formal rental packages range from $29 – $99. The shop has thousands of dresses from various brands available to choose from. Stop in the shop to see the wonderful selection available. With so many choices, the perfect dress is bound to be out there.  

7. Last Chance Clearance Store 

We all understand that prom season can be expensive with the hair, the makeup, the shoes, the transportation, the dinner and the dress, so it is never a bad idea to find places to save a little money. Last Chance has hundreds of dresses to choose from, some of which come from top designers. Everything at Last Chance is sold “as is,” so just be sure to pay close attention to the dress to see if there are any significant issues that may require alterations. But no matter what, with such a variety of choices, it is always worth a look. 

8. The Prom Closet 

The Peoria North Rotary Club collects new and gently used formal wear throughout the year and sorts through it in time to open “The Prom Closet” each year in March and April. This event gives all students the opportunity to come and find the prom look of their dreams free of charge. This Rotary Club chapter aims to “build confidence in young people” and “make attending prom affordable for all high school students.” This year The Prom Closet will be open March 25-26 and April 1-2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Glendale Elementary School District’s System of Care Campus. 

Places that give new life to something old: 

9.  Luxie Vintage 

Not interested in current styles? Luxie Vintage offers a wide variety of hand-picked vintage clothes generally in excellent condition. The shop has a good selection of formal dresses in-store as well as a few on their website. Some of the oldest clothes available date back to the early 20th century, and everything is labeled with which decade it is from. As with anything pre-owned, the clothes may have some knicks from over the years, but the shop does offer on-site alterations executed by someone with experience working with vintage clothing. 

10. Antique Sugar 

Similar to Luxie Vintage, Antique Sugar offers a broad selection of hand-picked vintage clothing and accessories. Shop both in-store and online to see great options dating back to the early 20th century. As with any vintage shop, it can be a hunt to find the right thing and alterations can be common due to small tears or spots due to age. The owners have been shopping and collecting vintage since the ‘90s and have made sure the styles gracing the shelves offer lots of options, so everyone can find their perfect dress (or perfect something else).