The countdown to prom is ON. Yesterday we hooked you up with some amazing dresses that can be yours for under $150, and today we’re upping the ante just a little bit more. While it TOTALLY doesn’t matter how much you spend on your dress, just the way that you wear it, prom is a big deal and sometimes you want to be a little spendier. There are TONS of low priced options that will have you snatching prom queen crowns all over town, but we also found some breathtaking options between $150 and $350 that will guarantee you’re the belle of the ball. From totally trendy to completely classic, the 10 dresses we’re going to show you have a little something for everyone.
When searching for dress inspiration, we love to think back to some of our favorite historical eras. Now, we’re not encouraging dressing up in a costume, but if you don’t have the option to hunt for the perfect vintage piece, looking for more modern frocks in old timey cuts or styles can be a great way to get the look you’re longing for. One of our favorite eras to pull from is the roaring 20’s, when flapper style was all the rage. Sheaths, drop waists and, most essentially, beading were big in the era, and there are some great new options for you to effortlessly channel your inner Daisy Buchanan. In a classic drop waist sheath silhouette, we love ASOS’ Frock and Frill Sequined Embellished Dress with Deep V Back ($244.44). For a more red carpet feel, the Adrianna Papel Beaded Gown ($260) sets our hearts aflutter. And finally, somewhere between period and modern is the Pisarro Nights Beaded Mesh Gown ($198)
If embellishment isn’t your thing, there are tons of solid colored, single fabric gowns out there that will be easy, simple, but will also make you look AH-MAY-ZING. We love the idea of a solid colored, full length gown that’s simple but elegant, and let us tell you something: draping can work wonders. It’s all in the details, and the right subtle fold of cascading waterfall of fabric can change everything. Luckily there are some truly epic options if simple and sizzling is what you’re going for the Tempest Julianna Maxi Dress With Cowl Back ($315.88) may be black, but it’s absolutely not boring, and with a low chignon and simple jewelry we think it would be stunning. L’Agence Halter Gown ($279) takes the classic cross-halter silhouette and paints it in a stunning deep purple that we’re preeeeetty sure would flatter just about any and every skin tone. If you’re into the murdered out prom look, the Mark + James by Badgley Mischka Gown with Cowl Neck Mesh Inset ($310) uses a sheer panel to break up the basic black, and finally, if easy and breezy is your thing, the Calvin Klein Silk charmeuse gown ($198) is a super flattering shape in a vibrant, jewel-toned emerald green.
CHEERFUL COLOR BLOCK
Photo: Bloomingdales/BCBG/Neiman Marcus
OK so maybe neither vintage inspiration nor simple silhouettes are your thing. What’s a modern girl to do? We get that prom is one of your last opportunities to really bring it in front of the whole school, and one of the best ways to show off your fearless style is with a bright combination of colors. Luckily the color blocking trend has yet to go out of style, and there are vibrant options to fit just about any sensibility. We love the Mignon high neck color block dress ($328) with its sportswear-inspired silhouette and clean lines. It’s also in the perfect springy combination of pinks and peach. if a simpler cut is more your style, the BCBG Reesie Strapless Color-blocked dress ($268) is a super simple, strapless sheath with bands of color around the waist. Can you say flattering? Finally, if you want to shake things up while still staying relatively well behaved, we love the midi length and subtle cut outs of the magenta and red Mara Hoffman Colorblock Dress ($297)
What kind of dress are you hunting for this prom season?