It’s coming up to that time of year where the end of year balls, proms and parties will be coming on in abundance. Now let’s face it, we all want to look fabulous but the reality is that your student bank account may be looking pretty bare around this time of year.

Well, there’s no need to panic, we are here to show you how you can bag some amazing prom dresses for less.

Yes, you shall go to the ball!

Red Prom Dress

Our teams have picked out a selection of prom dresses from selected retailers to give you some ideas and inspiration. Obviously, much of it boils down to personal taste and our main tip would be to wear something you feel comfortable in and reflects who you are!


We start off with a classic open shoulder cocktail dress from

This is a maxi dress with a lovely fishtail detail. It comes in a choice of 2 colours, a sophisticated black or a deep red if you’d prefer that Pretty Woman look.

Contouring to your body in all the right places, it comes with 5% elastane so it will feel comfortable and it’s machine washable too so no pesky, expensive trips to the dry cleaner. You can team with some sparkly, metallic open-toed sandals and you’ll be partying the night away looking fantastic.

Available from at just £22.50 which is an absolute steal of a price. Don’t forget there is a Boohoo student discount too. Lovely.


Black Prom Dress


Next, we have this slinky, sleek little number from Pretty Little Thing. It’s a lace-up maxi dress and it comes only in black but let’s face it, the little black dress can be used again and again.

This little baby has some fantastic strapping detail at the back and comes with a scoop neckline and waist cutouts.
We also love the hint of mermaid hem that this stunning dress has and you’ll be flowing as much as the prosecco will be in this number.

Would look absolutely gorgeous teamed up with some silver jewellery and a classic pair of black open-toed shoes.

Available from PLT which also has a PLT student discount and some low prices. Team it with some great accessories from Claires or Accessorize to really elevate it.


Topshop Prom Dress


Now for something a little different for those students who like something a little different.

This delightful Cowl Neck Slipdress is cut to just below the knee, unlike the longer maxi dresses. This one comes in a choice of 4 colours, black, red, yellow and blue so you can go for a lovely summery colour.

There are spaghetti straps and some lovely detail in the cowl neck ruffles, a slight ruffle in the bottom hemline and a classic slit up the side for some glamour! It’s fully machine washable and a snip at just £32 and you’ll want to wear this again and again.

Available now from TopShop which has a lovely Topshop student discount too.


Missguided prom dress


If you’re looking for a cheap prom dresses then look no further than this black Bardot dress from Missguided. It has some great stylings such as the off the shoulder look and classic ‘fishtail’ hemline.

At £15 in the sale, it’s a steal and actually comes in 4 colours.

There is a Missguided student discount and sizes up to 18 too.


Coast prom dress


Now for something completely different. How about this gorgeous number from Coast? It’s got a totally different shape to your normal ball dress and we love it even more for that fact.

The asymmetric skirt means that it moves beautifully and you’ll definitely get noticed with those retro black polka dots.

The main part of the dress is a bodice too meaning it will hold it’s shaped well. Why not pair this with some black or white shoes. And you could even add a 50s inspired headscarf instead of the normal tiara.

Available in a good range of sizes.

What to Look for in Prom Dress?

A few tips from our women clothing teams:

  • Wear something you feel comfortable with
  • Make a budget and stick to it
  • Remember you can always use the dress again, either at another event or re-purpose it
  • Maximise the dress with great jewellery and accessories
  • Think practical – you will be socialising, eating, drinking and dancing
  • Think about some great footwear check our Clarks and Aldo as well as some department stores.
  • Have fun both choosing the dress and wearing it!

Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most popular questions we get asked about outfits for the end of year prom.

Where can I buy prom dresses UK?

You will find some dedicated prom stores – they are almost a new thing over the last decade – but you can mind some really great outfits at high-street retailers as mentioned such as Boohoo and Topshop, other ones worth noting are River Island and Dorothy Perkins and Oasis.

What are good prom dress websites?

These change all the time the ones we mentioned above are all excellent but check out our full women’s discount listing and see all full range to suit all styles and budgets.

What is the prom dress style for 2020?

It always changes – a class look will never go amiss. But as with any outfit, we think you should look for something that expresses who you are and you are confident in

Where can I buy cheap good quality prom dresses?

Cheaper but excellent options include Evans, Joules and Matalan. Check them out for yourself.


We hope you enjoyed this guide to prom dresses UK and make sure you grab a student discount if you can. We’ll be looking to add some dresses prom on the next update to this guide. Have a wonderful evening!

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