This is why you don’t order evening wear
on the internet…
File this under Prom Nightmares: Juliet
Jacoby, a 17-year-old junior at Douglas
County High School in Colorado, fell in
love with a red gown with long sheer
sleeves for her junior prom. At $149
(£113), she thought it was a little pricey,
so her mom found the same dress for
around $35 (£26) on . It’s
now listed on the site for just $23.51
(£18). The site told her to expect the
dress within five to seven business days,
but it wound up arriving two weeks late
… just a week before her prom.

“When I opened the package, I gasped
and was shocked by how ugly it was. I
cursed a little, and I was floored on how it
looked nothing like the picture I saw!” she
told “I FaceTimed my
friend and she laughed because it was so
Jacoby thought she was ordering a luxe-
looking gown, but received a wrinkled,
shiny, cheap-looking dress instead. With
her friend’s encouragement, she tweeted
photos of the wacky dress and watched
as it racked up more than 200 likes.
“I tried the dress on and the zipper was
broken,” she said. “I waited in front of the
garage door to see what my mom’s
reaction was, and all she did was stand
there with the most shocked face for
about five seconds, then burst out
Luckily, Juliet knew from the get-go that
ordering a dress online (sight unseen)
was a risky move, so she ordered a
second dress as a back-up. She’ll wear it
to her prom next week.
“I have learned my lesson and will
probably not trust a lot of the online
websites for prom dresses,” she told
Unfortunately, counterfeit or knockoff
prom dresses are pretty common online
. If a dress features tons of intricate
beading or lace, that means it’s likely to
be expensive. If it’s not, that might be a
sign that your dress isn’t all it’s cracked
up to be. Some online scammers steal
photos of high-quality dresses, then
produce similar-looking dresses for way
less money
. Buyer beware — especially on the