Secondhand Stores Deliver Trendy Prom Fashions for Teens Seeking the Look for Less

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Savers/Value Village thrift stores offer creative tips to get today's top prom fashions "recessionista" style.

This prom season, many teens are looking to make a fashion statement without breaking the bank. A great option for fabulous finds? Turn to the local thrift store where fashionable frocks, suits and even tuxedos are readily snapped up for as low as $20, and full outfits with complete accessories easily come in under $50 head-to-toe.

The key to finding in-style secondhand looks is to channel current trends and keep an open, creative mind. Savers/Value Village, one of the largest thrift chains with locations across the United States and Canada, offers these tips for snatching up hot prom fashions recessionista style:

Hunt for Old Hollywood Glam: Prom is a big premiere--make it memorable with movie star glitz that never goes out of style. To keep cameras flashing, opt for a sleek, fitted basic black dress accented with a vintage bodice brooch (a popular thrift store find). Pick up a plain clutch and wrap it in a glimmering sash or scarf for extra opulent flair, then finish with long gloves and bright red lipstick for a look that will keep heads turning!

Grab It, Wear It: Thrift stores are a gold-mine for like new dresses in current styles and popular colors, many of which have only been worn once. Hit the special occasion dress aisle for one of these hidden gems that will cost hundreds less than similar looks found at department and specialty stores. And, you don't have to have a badge in craftiness for these dresses - simply slip on as is and shine away!

Be a Prom Print-cess: Prints of all styles and colors have come out to play. Make sure to check both the formal section, as well as the everyday dress aisles where many lightweight print dresses lay in waiting. Transform these understated finds into glitzy evening gowns by pairing them with simple, yet stand-out accessories such as bold gold hoops, necklace chains, a wrist full of bangles, and even a sleek metallic belt.

Make it a Mini: Prom is showing some leg. Spot an old embelished puffy gown that's plump with tulle and gauze? Get out the scissors, remove the embellishments, then simply snip away the skirt to hit above the knee. Pair it with a contrasting skinny belt or mid-waist sash (check the men's department for colorful cast-off cumberbunds), then dance the night away in this updated fairytale look.

1 Bow, 2 Bows, Red Bows, Blue Bows: A traditional prom statement, bows are big for 2009. Cruise the thrift aisles - from fabric and ribbons scraps, to little kids' clothing and women's blouses - and pick-up pieces with bow embellishments on the cheap. Snip off the bows, and then stitch onto a solid colored dress to transform the entire look. For girly fashion, space bows directly down the middle of the bodice and embellish with flashy buttons (or try a mix of clip-on earrings for edgier style) hot glued atop the center of each bow.

Pull it Together: While the gown is center stage, a prom ensemble isn't complete without glam accessories to match. Find all your favorite what-nots at inexpensive prices when shopping secondhand, from faux fur wraps, to costume jewels, cute clutches and more. Trendy insider tips: check the craft section for feathers to affix in your hair for va-va-vintage style; buy a simple long necklace chain and string on a striking pendant or cluster of costume rings that hits mid-bodice for bold flair; be "sashionable" - sashes and scarves can be used as anywhere- embellishments, from belts, to purse accent, bows and more.

Suit Your Budget: Guys can delete the tux rental digits from their cell, and look for a complete suit at bargain prices. Classic black and white never goes out of style and secondhand stores have plenty of options available. Look for a dark color and matching tie to coordinate with your date, or switch it up with a colorful vintage jacket, all for less than the price of your admission ticket!

For more ways to save on prom styles and to see real-life looks, visit Savers/Value Village on Facebook or Myspace.

About Savers/Value Village:
Founded in 1954, Savers, Inc. is a privately held for-profit international thrift store chain with more than 220 locations in the United States, Canada and Australia. Also known as Value Village in the western United State and Canadian provinces (and as a Village des Valeurs in Quebec), the company benefits more than 120 local non-profit organizations by purchasing and reselling donated items. The result has been over one billion dollars directly paid to non-profit organizations. The company employs more than 11,000 people in 23 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Australia. Visit http://www.savers.com for more information.

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