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We go to college for our education. And academics are extremely important five days out of the week plus the hundreds of hours in the library on top of late nights. Hence, it’s nice to have those two weekend days and nights to look forward to. I’m an advocate of work hard, play hard. After all, we can never recreate those four years in college.

So here’s a scenario many college girls go through; it’s a Monday afternoon and you’re sitting in Microbiology, the class ends and as you’re walking out with that cute blonde guy who always sits two rows in front of you, who now turns around and asks you to his formal. First thought: YES! I knew I’d get something out of this class that I’m forced to take for my diploma. Subsequent thought…I have NOTHING to wear.

Have no fear! CampusRiot has the best websites for the most amazing affordable formal dresses (for girls on a college budget) which will land on your doorstep by Thursday afternoon.

1. Lulus

With casual cocktail dresses in the latest colors and cuts starting from $15, you can’t go wrong!

2. Nasty Gal

Don’t let the title fool you. Nasty Gal has chic dresses that look expensive, but aren’t! Dresses ranging from $30 and up.


The British fashion site has finally arrived to the US! Prices ranging from $20 to $500. Asos offers every style of dress for any taste! Note: the dresses are in UK sizing, and a UK 4 is equal to a US 00!

4. Revolve Clothing

Literally for every price range and every style: maxi, halter, jersey, ruffles, open shoulder, one shoulder — anything you could imagine. All of the best designers.

5. Forever 21

Dresses starting at $6… I mean, you can’t get much better than that.

6. eDressMe

Dresses that are organized from cocktail to evening to prom to wedding. However, these dresses are a little more on the expensive side ($40 and up).

7. Loehmann’s

The online version of the wonderful store. Insanely reduced prices from major department stores and brands. You can search for daytime, designer and evening dresses.

8. Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters is little more pricy (normally $50 and up), but hippie chic styles mean that you can always dress to impress.

9. Amiclubwear

These dresses scream “VEGAS” a bit, but they’re cheap and perfect for that party when you’re dying to flaunt those curves.

10. Rent the Runway

Saving the best for last. Rent that Herve Leger dress for a 10th of the retail price. Normally the cheapest dress to rent is $50. The site gives customers a pre-paid envelope to send the dress back after 4 to 8 days.

No matter what site you choose you’re sure to find the perfect dress for any documented college occasion!

Do you know any other websites to buy affordable formal dresses? Let us know in the comments below!


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