How to Find Discounted Banquet Attire

PC: Kayla Potts

PC: Kayla Potts



Banquet is right around the corner and some may be feeling the stress of trying to find the perfect outfit. Looking our best is hard as college students–our money is limited and spending upwards of $100 on banquet attire is not ideal.

This year’s banquet theme is “Enchanted Gala,” which is great news because there are plenty of places to find formal wear that fits this theme, meaning discounts will be easier to find.

Here’s a few tips you can use to look your best without emptying your pockets.

Visit Amazon

Some of you may be thinking Amazon isn’t a place to shop for clothes, but that’s far from the truth. Recently, Amazon has stepped up their game and are now providing clothing options for their customers.

What’s even better is that the clothes are good quality, but not overpriced. I know online shopping is tricky, but there are plenty of reviews available as well as pictures, so you can see how clothing fits on a real person.

Take a trip to the mall

If you aren’t a fan of online shopping, try visiting Gateway and South Point malls. These are within a decent proximity of the school. It may be a little harder to purchase something super fancy at Forever 21 or H&M, but you may be able to find something that fits your style.

An option that could provide something a bit more classy is JCPenney. You may end up spending a little more than you would at the other stores, but if you type, “JCPenney coupons” into Google there’s almost always a coupon available so you can get your banquet attire for a discount.

Download UNIDAYS

I learned about this app a few months ago and it’s been life-changing. UNIDAYS is an app that gives college students discounts to just about everywhere, and the best part is it’s completely free. You can look by categories and if you click on “fashion” there are coupons for multiple stores. This is a great way to save money while giving you plenty of options.

Hopefully using at least one of these three tips will help you find the perfect outfit for a magical night. I can’t wait to see you all there!

Alaysha Harris is a senior studying communication.