This ‘Dream Dress’ Almost Turned Prom Into A Nightmare

Prom is such a special time in a teen’s life. I mean, it is pretty much the pinnacle of a high school career (besides finally graduating, of course). And prom dress shopping, in particular, is a crucial step.

Every girl wants to feel beautiful come prom night, and while I personally believe there’s nothing quite like the feeling of slipping into the right dress, online shopping can be very tempting because there’s a world of dresses at your fingertips.

It’s not based on a small selection at one store. Oh no. You can have pretty much any dress you desire.

Or at least, that’s what 17-year-old Juliet Jacoby was banking on when she purchased a gorgeous red prom dress online.

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Based on the photo, the dress had a full skirt and sheer sleeves with lace applique detailing. It’s no wonder why she was drawn to the dress. It was seemingly perfect, after all.

But, you know what you do when you’re shopping virtually, right? That’s right— you bargain hunt.

And here’s another pitfall of shopping online. You always think you can find the item for cheaper, and in this case, Jacoby’s mother did just that. She found the exact same dress (she thought) for only $35 instead of the original $149.

Of course, the dress that actually came in the mail was not exactly what was depicted in the photo, and Jacoby was crushed.

Thankfully, she ordered a back-up dress, according to, because the cheap price was admittedly a bit skeptical.

“I have learned my lesson and will probably not trust a lot of the online websites for prom dresses,” she told

Lesson learned: Sometimes it’s better to pay full price. And shop in person.

This won’t ruin Jacoby’s prom, and thank goodness for that because every girl deserves the prom night of her dreams.

[h/t: Good Housekeeping]