From Pauper to Princess

promEver been in a situation where you need a formal dress, but can’t bring yourself to pay more than $100 for a dress you’d only wear once? That’s the situation Danae Wells wants to help you with. A high school senior, Danae established From Pauper to Princess, where teen girls can rent or buy formal gowns and dresses for a fraction of the cost. Not only that, Danae can also help you accessorize, from shoes to jewelry to complete the look.

Dress rentals range from $20 to $50 per night, with the condition that the dress must be returned in the same condition as it was lent out. Fees will be charged if stains are found. Dresses for sale costs less than $100. If you’re worrying about the quality of the dresses you’ll be getting for these prices, don’t worry as Danae makes sure that she only stocks dresses that she would personally wear. She also has dresses in a broad range of sizes (from 00 to 32), to ensure that every girl can dress up, no matter their size or shape.

Not only is Danae helping girls by providing budget-friendly dress options, she’s also donating a portion of what she earn in the business to several backpack programs across West Virginia, which provides food, clothing, toiletries, and school supplies to children who cannot afford them.

For inquiries about dress rentals or purchases, or even if you’re keen to donate dresses, you can reach Danae at (304) 415-5937 or You can also check out some of From Pauper to Princess dresses at