The RISD Council of PTAs operates an annual free-prom-dress boutique in April

The RISD Council of PTAs operates an annual free-prom-dress boutique in April

In the 1980s, if you couldn’t afford your own prom dress you used your sweet old dad’s well-intentioned thrift-store purchase and absentee mom’s sewing machine to make your own. Or at least that’s what “Pretty in Pink” director John Hughes had many a pre-teen girl believing; trust it wasn’t as easy as Molly Ringwald made it look. You can also look at JVN’s range of two piece prom dresses that are affordable. Thankfully we live in an era that has many Prom Dresses , Prom Gowns | JVN designers a and districts in which any girl — no matter her socioeconomic status — can wear a professionally made dress to her prom.

(On the other hand, if you have what it takes to DIY a duct tape prom dress, please go for it.)

For those who can’t quite stomach the whole 1,100 estimated average dollars spent on prom these days, the Richardson ISD Council of PTAs hosts its annual Prom Dress Boutique April 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The boutique, located at the Richardson Professional Development Center, will feature hundreds of gently used formal dresses, shoes and accessories.

To shop for free, Richardson ISD high school girls must register with a school counselor no later than April 7.  Walk-ins will not be accepted, so spread the word.

If you have a dress that you would like to donate, email Gail McAda at clothescloset3@risdpta.org, or bring it to the RISD clothes closet, 970 Security Row in Richardson, during regular hours.

Please participate so that no girl has to look like this on her prom night:

Jon Cryer and Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink: IMbD

Jon Cryer and Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink: IMDb