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Prom dress shopping made easy
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Alison Park, A&E Editor

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The Los Angeles Fashion District, a bargain-central haven, is the perfect place to shop for your prom dress. LA’s fashion district is a popular bargain-buying location that sells prom dresses at wholesale discounted prices. It features over 1,000 stores, with dresses 30%-70% discounted from retail prices.

LA Fashion District- General Business Hours:

The LA Fashion District is open Monday- Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays are the busiest days, so try to begin shopping earlier in the day to avoid large crowds. On Sundays, only about 30% of the stores are open. Individual store hours may vary, so contact stores directly for more information. (Business information from

Junior Levana Guardado purchased her prom dress on Santee Street in the LA Fashion District, and bargained her dress from $385 to $250. Guardado arrived at Santee Street at 9 am on Feb. 11, right when the District opened, in order to avoid the large crowds of buyers who flood the streets. Guardado shares how she managed to bargain down her prom dress by $65. (somewhere the math went wrong)

“These ladies help you pick out the dresses and find the sizes for you. The lady who I had said, ‘Don’t worry. We’ll talk him down,'” Guardado said. “They didn’t have my size. They had a dress above my size, but the dress ran small. She told the store owner that I was going to have to get alterations and that my mom was buying two dresses. At the time my friend Alex Pace was with me and was buying a dress too, so the lady thought my mom was going to buy both of our dresses.”

The store owner then typed out the reduced dress price on a calculator, telling Guardado in a low voice that he was going to give her a special deal.

Guardado says that bargaining for a prom dress on Santee Street is fairly easy and simple because the dresses do not have a set retail price. For the most part, the store owners in the Fashion District have control over prices because each store sells an individual brand.

Formal Dress                                      $24.99; Size 3-4

Interlude Prom Dress; $69.99; Size 0; new w/ tags; handmade; approximate original price $300

If you want a beautiful, high quality dress at a bargain price, make sure to check out the Los Angeles Fashion District. You won’t have to worry about wearing the same dress as someone else at prom because the selection is so vast and the styles are very unique.

Los Angeles Fashion District:

110 E 9th St

Ste A-1175

Los Angeles, CA 90079

Estimated drive from FUHS: 35 minutes


If you’re intimidated by mass selections of prom dresses at the LA Fashion District, but still desire a beautiful, affordable dress, go thrift shopping! Thrift shops are probably the last place you’d imagine finding the perfect prom dress, but Savers, a thrift store 15 minutes from FUHS, has a beautiful selection of formal dresses that are either lightly worn or new with tags. Below are dresses you can purchase at Savers today.

DIRU Bespoken Formal Dress          $49.99; Size 3-4; Made in USA


NIGHTS by Laura Rvwer Formal Dress                                                     $19.99; Size 3-4


Savers Thrift Store Yorba Linda

4852 Valley View Avenue

Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Hours: Need

Mon-Sat 9:00 am- 9:00 pm

Sun: 10:00am- 8:00 pm

Estimated drive from FUHS: 15 minutes


The Prom Project

The Prom Project, a volunteer organization in Fullerton, hopes that their efforts will help  high school senior girls attend their prom with self-confidence and style.

Understanding that prom costs can add up pretty quickly with tickets, dresses, hair, dinner and more, the Prom Project gives deserving high school senior girls from Orange County the opportunity to have the perfect prom-pampering experience for free.

The first 200 qualified applicants who submit an application will attend Prom Project’s Boutique Day. The girls will be assisted by personal stylists to help them find the perfect dress and accessories. Make-up artists and hairdressers will be available to give beauty advice and demonstrate techniques. Go to if you want to apply or learn more about this event.

Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 11, 10am-2pm

Where: United Methodist Church of Fullerton

114 Pomona, Fullerton, CA

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  1. Dianne on May 29th, 2017 2:33 am

    What a fantastic article – just what I needed as I embark on buying a special occasion dress for my teenage daughter. And Bravo to The Prom Project! I hadn’t heard of them before, but now I am going to see of our area has something similar. If it doesn’t, I am going to suggest someone start one! Thank you.


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