Prom dresses lent for free by 2021 Sanger grad
Finding the right prom dress can be stressful.
And finding the right prom dress at the right price only adds to the anxiety leading up to the annual high school graduation party.
That’s why a recent grad is offering her prom dresses from the past on loan.
In a popular social media post, Sanger High 2021 graduate Mariah Torres expressed her desire to help others looking to go to prom by offering her collection of eight formal dresses, which range in sizes 0-2 .
The cost is free. Torres will even take care of the dry cleaning.
She just asks that those who borrow one of her dresses return it to her as soon as possible. She’s also willing to sell a dress for a low price to someone who wants alterations.
“Not everyone can afford to spend a lot of money on a one-night dress,” said Torres, who is finishing her freshman year at Clovis Community College. “But everyone deserves to feel beautiful if they go to prom.”
Torres, 19, has actually been lending her evening wear for three years.
Torres said she was inspired to share dresses after a shopping spree with her mother didn’t go exactly as planned.
Looking for elegant formal wear together was supposed to be such a joyous moment between mother and daughter.
Instead, he became filled with stress and guilt.
Torres liked some dresses but they turned out to be more expensive than her mother wanted to spend.
“Seeing dresses that are $200 to $300 over budget, I would see that look on her face,” Torres said. “She wanted me to have a good time and like what I wore to prom. But she was also torn about putting that money into bills or something that lasted more than a year. night then stays in my closet like forever.
Somehow, Torres managed to find a way to get the dress she wanted, whether it was through her mom stretching her budget or other parents pitching in (before Torres did). eventually finds a job and helps cover the cost).
“I was lucky,” Torres said. “Not everyone has that. That’s why I wanted to do what I could to help others with their prom expenses. Especially in these times when the prices for everything seem so high.
Torres’ post became so popular on social media that others started messaging her and telling her they also wanted to lend their dresses to those who needed them to come up with other styles and sizes.
Of all people, it was actually Torres’ mother who initially didn’t approve of Torres sharing her dresses with strangers.
“You know, I think she just remembered how much they cost and she didn’t want them ruined,” Torres said. “When I told her how much the other girls liked it, she realized she really liked the idea.
“And honestly, it makes me feel good knowing that I’m helping someone save money and look confident at their prom.