So, you’ve sorted out your nail designs, got your hair game figured out, and even found some apps to help you get ready for THE prom night, but now comes the hard part—the dress! Whether you’re looking for something long and glamorous or short and spunky, we’ve got something perfect no matter what budget you’re working with. Check out our under $100, under $250, and above $250 options below!
Don’t fret if you’re allowance is a little tight—it won’t stop you from finding your dream dress! If you want ALL eyes on you, go for the Way-In ’80s-inspired teal sequin one-shoulder mini ($68). We love the giant bow on the shoulder, and, I mean, how can you NOT have fun at prom in this? For a more vintage-y vibe, opt for the black and beige Trixxi Retro sequin gown ($88). Above the sweetheart bodice is a shimmering nude neck for added drama. Take a cue from the model and go for retro curls too! If you’re feeling super girly, go for the flared Little Mistress floral jacquard silver and white prom dress with a sequin belt ($90). Add a bright red platforms, and BAM! You’ll put all the other girls (and guys) on the dance floor to shame.
Stand out among the sea of pastels in a red hot lace MANGO number ($80). You can totally dress it up or down so you can wear it longgggg after prom night, which we totally love. If you’re looking for a soft and romantic look, we’d choose the light pink H&M crêpe one-shoulder dress with a satin waistband and a touch of flowers at the shoulder ($60). Every party girl needs to have this black sequin ASOS mesh dress ($82) in her wardrobe IMMEDIATELY. The flirty flock comes in both pink and black with a ruched bodice, double layered skirt and optional shoulder straps.
So, you’ve got some dough to burn, but mom is definitely still eying those price tags. Here are some dresses that are sure-fire showstoppers but don’t break the banks. We loveloveLOVE this gold sequin bandeau ASOS dress with a beige chiffon skirt ($119). It’s delicate yet sassy, and there’s even an exposed zipper on the back. If you want to channel a ’20s flapper, this nude and black Zara fringe number ($159) is absolutely perfect. The stripes add an updated feel to the old standby and dancing in this dress would be a total blast. Exude vintage glamor in a chocolate beaded Pisarro Nights drop-waist dress ($198). The bead work is SO intricate that it’ll be impossible not to shimmer under the disco ball in this frock.
If you want to look like one saucy lady, opt for this red JS Collections ruffled and pleated evening gown ($114) or go a little more art deco a grey H&M Conscious Collection dress with a *GASP* removable skirt ($199). (Psst, we TOLD you H&M’s Conscious Collection would be perfect for prom!) We also love the subtly sweet JS Boutique Grecian-inspired white gown with metallic beading ($178).
$250 AND UP
’Sup, baller? Looks like money isn’t an issue for you, and we’re totally jealous. If we had tons of money to drop on a prom dress, we’d TOTALLY get this amazing blue and teal silk ombre BCBG Max Azria gown ($548) and never take it off. To look stunning AND springy, snatch up a strapless pale yellow Jill Stuart gown covered in chiffon petals ($498). We love the added belt for a touch of extra softness! And listen, not all column dresses have to be skin tight. Check out this light pink Adrianna Papell gown ($258) covered in rows of sequins. The silhouette of this dress feels fresh and no-nonsense, and we like that.
There’s something SO cool about a sequin dress with sleeves because no matter where you turn, you’re guaranteed to sparkle. We love Aidan Mattox’s grey sheath dress ($295) because it’s simple yet stunning. If you want to rock a SERIOUSLY head-turning dress, Topshop has you covered! They created a heavily embellished yellow dress with an open back ($450). Can’t Stop. Staring. At. It. Aidan Mattox stole our hearts again with a rose gold dress featuring a sparkly sequin bodice on top and a lace tier on the bottom ($365).