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Frugal Fashion: 'Sucker Punch's' Emily Browning may have found the perfect prom dress

March 30, 2011 |  8:00 am

EmilyBrowningWhen Emily Browning, the 22-year-old star of the new film “Sucker Punch” arrived at Nylon magazine's 12th anniversary party, she might have accidentally found what could be a terrific prom dress. Her gray, strapless frilly frock was fun, flirty and super versatile. We know she didn't wear it to a prom, but why shouldn't a prom dress be something you could wear to a fancy Hollywood magazine soiree too?

With prom season right around the corner, many teens have started that search for just the right  dress. However elusive and unattainable that concept may seem, the quest for the perfect prom dress has plagued many a teenage girl.

After attending seven high school proms and purchasing seven "perfect" dresses, I learned a very valuable lesson the hard way. It’s not about how much money you spend, how many bows you can fit into a square inch of fabric or if your tulle pouf is too poufy to fit through the limo doors. The perfect dress should be practical enough to wear on numerous occasions, boogey-ready, make you feel ridiculously pretty and have that certain swoon-factor -- when you walk down the stairs, your date better be speechless and his jaw better hit the floor.

If you're on a budget but still want to look fab for the big night, you're in luck. We found some unbelievably frugal finds for under $100 that are guaranteed to keep your date swooning,  'oh-so-pretty' looks you can wear to oh so many things.


If you're more conservative in your style choices but still going for a fun party dress, the Bloomingdales brand Aqua makes a sleeveless stripe party dress for $62.16, Zara has a gold brocade dress for 79.90, or try the Bloomingdales Aqua taffeta sleeveless dress for $41.16.


If you're the type of girl who adores your Nirvana CD but wonders who Michael Buble is, you might want to check out Urban Outfitters for a dress. My top three faves are the Meadow lace grosgrain dress for $49.99, Staring at stars strapless bow-tie dress for $19.99 or the Kimchi Blue Gosling dress for $19.99.


A prom queen tiara would be an ideal accessory but a pair of sparkly party earrings and bracelets will ensure you're prom-ready:  Simply Vera Vera Wang jet-tone knot bracelet from Kohl's for $11.70. The Disco ball drops in black by Lisa Freede jewelry for $48 and the Pyramid panel bracelet from Forever 21 for $10.80.

Strap on some solid colored heels and grab a cute clutch and you're ready for the big dance.

Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris


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Photo: Actress Emily Browning attends Nylon Magazine 12th Anniversary Issue Party with the "Sucker Punch" cast at Tru Hollywood on March 24 in Hollywood.

Dress photos, top from left: Aqua sleeveless stripe party dress, credit:; Zara gold brocade dress, credit:; aqua taffeta sleeveless dress, credit:

Dress photos, bottom from left: Meadow lace grosgrain dress, Staring at stars strapless bow-tie dress, Kimchi Blue Gosling dress all from Urban Outfitters. Credit: 

Jewelry photos, from left: Simply Vera Vera Wang jet-stone knot bracelet from Kohl's, credit: Kohl'; disco ball drop earrings by Lisa Freede, credit: Lisa Freede; Pyramid panel bracelet from Forever 21, credit: