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Prom dresses in NYC

You only get one prom. Well, maybe two. But the dress you wear is pretty much everything for that memorable night.

Whether you're a fan of the Betsey Johnson cupcake or would rather go elegant in a red carpet-inspired dress, we've got a few New York City spots for you to shop for a unique look that will keep the compliments flowing all night.

American Two Shot

This downtown boutique is stocked with both independent
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This downtown boutique is stocked with both independent designers and vintage finds, with plenty of potential prom dresses to be found. From cap sleeves to long, lanky slits, pretty much any style can be found in the melange of dresses here. Pictured: Rachel Antonoff Stephanie Dress, $138 (sale)

135 Grand St., americantwoshot.com

Darling

Rep a dress made in NYC at your
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Rep a dress made in NYC at your prom! For a sophisticated look, check out Darling in the West Village. Here you'll find dresses that definitely don't look too prom-y and can easily be worn to a post- High School soiree. Pictured: Silk Party Dress in Summer Garden, $248

1 Horatio St., 646-336-6966, darlingnyc.com

Betsey Johnson

The iconic New York City designer closed all
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The iconic New York City designer closed all her shops a few years back, but that doesn't have to keep you from wearing one of her dresses to prom. Shop online for eclectic, vintage-inspired creations like the pictured Peachy Queen Dress, $188 at betseyjohnson.com

Tictail Market

The brick-and-mortar rendition of the popular online shop
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The brick-and-mortar rendition of the popular online shop brings unique dresses from emerging designers worldwide to ensure that your dress is unlike anyone else's. Prices start at around $100. Pictured is the blossom dress by Pamplemousse, $740. 90 Orchard St., tictail.com

Shoptiques

This online store curates selections from boutiques as
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This online store curates selections from boutiques as close as Manhattan to as far away as San Francisco. Find a unique and cheap look -- like the $40 gowns pictured from NYC's own Dor L'Dor boutique -- or get it shipped across the country in time for prom. Plus sizes also available. shoptiques.com

Parker NYC

This Manhattan-based brand launched in 2008 and has
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This Manhattan-based brand launched in 2008 and has been known for its sparkly styles ever since. You'll find fantastic printed cocktail dresses and gowns as well as elegant jumpsuits if you totally want to change up the classic look. Shop online or find their designs at department stores like Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Pictured: Dawson, $618

Various retailers, parkerny.com

Bergdorf Goodman 5F

Shopping at Bergdorf's for a prom gown may
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Shopping at Bergdorf's for a prom gown may seem daunting, but head to the fifth floor for the department store's "contemporary" section. Here you'll find designer dresses hovering around $150 and up -- and don't forget to check the sale racks! Pictured: Halston HeritageCrisscross Halter Printed Flowy Gown, $545

754 Fifth Ave., bergdorfgoodman.com/5F

Century 21

One of the biggest discount stores in NYC,
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One of the biggest discount stores in NYC, Century 21 is full of one-off designer pieces at designer rates. Think TJ Maxx meets Nordstrom Rack meets cool NYC Boutique. Inventory changes weekly so if you're willing to sort through racks, don't give up if you don't find the perfect dress on a first visit. Pictured: TADASHI SHOJI Blue V-Neck Lace Gown, $250

22 Cortland St., 1972 Broadway and 472 86th St., Brooklyn, c21stores.com

Michael's Consignment

For couture that's made a brief appearance at
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For couture that's made a brief appearance at another event (maybe), check out the Upper East Side shoppers' secret Michael's Consignment. Browse designer gowns pretty much off the runways, hailing from designers like Naeem Kahn, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta and many more. You never know what you'll find but be sure to plan for multiple visits: Upper East Siders are always cleaning out their closets to make more space. Pictured: Marchesa Silk Tiered Strapless Dress, $185

1041 Madison Ave., Second Floor, michaelsconsignment.com

Saks Off Fifth

For designer duds on the cheap-ish, head to
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For designer duds on the cheap-ish, head to the newly opened Saks Off Fifth. Inside, you'll also find a Gilt shop that hosts weekly flash sales, so be sure to get a regular visit on your calendar for a dress, shoes and more. Pictured: Badgley Mischka Embroidered Gown, $630, saksoff5th.com

Rent the Runway

Who says you have to keep your prom
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Who says you have to keep your prom dress forever? If you're planning on living in NYC, chances are your closet-sized bedroom won't have room for it anyway. Visit Rent the Runway's NYC boutiques for a $25 stylist appointment to help you find the perfect couture dress for the evening. Book with friends for a fun pre-prom afternoon!

16 W. 18th St. and 163 Varick St., renttherunway.com

Re/dress

Originally located in Brooklyn, this plus-size vintage and
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Originally located in Brooklyn, this plus-size vintage and modern boutique relocated to Ohio in 2013, but we won't hold it against them! A great selection of vintage formalwear for curvy girls is available on their website, because chances are you won't be traveling to Cleveland to shop. Pictured: Vintage Gilded Lilly Gown, $48

redressnyc.com

Rare Vintage

This Upper East Side vintage store is full
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This Upper East Side vintage store is full of evening dresses, each totally unique. While the couture gowns are still going to cost upwards of $300, you're guaranteed to be the only one in your dress!

24 W. 57th St., rarevintage.com

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