Say Yes to the Prom Dress!

Allison Leavey, Journalism Student

Temperatures rising can mean only one thing – prom season is approaching! Prom will forever be linked with thoughts of warm weather, the end of school, and just having a good time; however, these thoughts take a back seat to every high school girl when it comes to finding the dress.

For most girls, the idea of shopping for a prom dress is attached with the mall-mentality of having to dissect every rack in a department store, or order one off of an exclusive website. However, it may surprise many to know that the perfect dress is just around the corner.

Believe it or not, Connecticut has an abundance of small boutiques, many located in and around Bethel. Give these stores try, beginning with:

Occasions- Bethel, CT; Located in the center of town, Occasions sells bridal, prom, and special occasion gowns. Occasions prides themselves on having designer gowns at affordable prices, “unique one of a kind styles,” and, “sizes 0-32 in stock.” Visit their Facebook Page at

Lylacs Boutique- Bethel, CT: Hidden on the corner of Old Hawleyville Rd and Stony Hill Road, Lylacs is a charming little boutique that offers everything from small gifts, to designer style handbags and shoes, to formal wear such as prom and bridal gowns.

Sabrina Style- Sandy Hook, CT: Admit it, showing up in the same dress as someone else can be embarrassing. At Sabrina Style, every dress is registered, only selling one of each style to any one event. Owner Irene Caulfield also prides herself on the variety of, “reasonably priced clothing and accessories,” while looking in a “friendly and relaxed environment.” Tuxedos can also be rented to match a dress. For contact information, visit

Majesty Brides- Danbury, CT: Don’t let the word “brides” fool you-Majesty Brides also offers a wide variety of prom dresses with a more elegant, sophisticated feel. While the price is a bit higher than other boutiques, Majesty Brides also advertises the policy that they will not sell the same dress in the same color to one event. To preview their selection, go to

The Chic Boutique- Danbury, CT: The name is pretty self-explanatory. From prom to pageant, The Chic Boutique offers any style of dress from modest to ball gowns. Stay tuned for their Spring Collection and go to