Semi-Formal, Prom, Grad Fashion Tips & #Giveaway

Just back from dress shopping with my 13 year old for her “graduation” outfit thus I thought it timely to share some Semi-Formal, Prom, Grad Fashion Tips. Check out these cost-saving tips…oh, and a little giveaway from Visa Canada below to help make your shopping a little easier…

Semi-Formal, Prom, Grad Fashion Tips

Semi-Formal, Prom, Grad Fashion Tips

  • Sleek Cutout Maxi Dress CAD $23.80, Forever 21
  • Power Brunch Flounce Dress CAD $23.80, Forever 21
  • Pleated dress $19.95, H & M
  • Dress in a lyocell blend $24.95, H & M
  • BELTED HI-LO DRESS $20.00, Urban Planet
  • EYELET FLARE TANK DRESS $20.00, Urban Planet

Yes, I do look at price. Not being cheap but she will grow out of this dress by next season. Do I want to invest a fortune in a grad dress? No thanks. Visa Canada recently released a survey showing thrifty Canadians spend 26% less than Americans on Prom (so I’m not alone in my prom planning philosophies).

I also look at functionality and fashion. Can she dress it up or dress it down? Can she wear it again? (we do have a few weddings coming up).

To help parents and teenagers plan and budget every aspect of prom in order to support responsible spending, Visa Canada has launched a free smartphone app. The free Plan’it Prom app allows users to make a realistic, detailed prom budget and then helps them stick to that budget by allowing them to track their spending as they shop. Plan’it Prom is available in the iTunes store, the Google Play store and from Follow @VisaNewsCA #prom

Plan'it PromCost-saving tips for grad shopping:

  • The Favourite – Focus on investing in one desired item and spend frugally on other items (we bought the dress she loved but used accessories she already had to compliment the dress).
  • The Makeup and Hair – Suggest your teen partner with a talented friend to do their hair and makeup for free (she needed a trim anyway so I arranged for a hair appointment on her special day – our regular hair dresser – knowing the day was special – put in some curls for free).
  • The Outfit – Considering they will only wear their prom outfit once, suggest that your teen start looking early for a great deal on their formal wear (yep, I had my teen surf online checking stores, prices, and specials before we went shopping).
  • The Transportation – Split the cost of a limo with friends or research untraditional transportation like renting a bus (we drove her and picked her up – easy transportation – and I think having extra time with us helped calm her nerves.


The good folks at Visa Canada want to help make your semi-formal, grad, and prom shopping easier. Enter for a chance to win a $50 pre-paid Visa card (think: dress, shoes, hair…these cards are accepted on-line and in stores pretty much everywhere!). This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. a Rafflecopter giveaway



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