Best Prom Dresses

Best prom dresses: the Marie Claire edit

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Is your prom on the horizon? You need to read this...

Finding the best prom dresses can feel like a right battle. Questions from ‘What prom dress should I wear?’ and ‘What prom dress would suit me?’ to styling etiquette ponderings such as ‘Are prom dresses supposed to be long or short?’, swirl around our heads in the weeks and months beforehand.

Fear not, we’ve scoured the shops to bring you an edit packed full of gorgeous gowns to make you look and feel extra-special on your big night. From classic, voluminous A-line dresses, to super-modern and on-trend dresses, there’s something to suit all personal tastes (and budgets!).

This season, red prom dresses and two-piece prom dresses are the most popular styles. For the prettiest red dress, we recommended you check out Self Portrait’s flirty Tiered Guipure-Lace Mini Dress. For the perfect two-piece, head to John Lewis where you’ll discover the gorgeous Adrianna Papell Two Piece Lace Top And Skirt Set. Wear this Grecian-style ensemble with strappy gold sandals and a matching clutch bag for a modern prom look.

If you’re in the market for a classic, Warehouse’s Striped Jacquard dress has a puff-ball skirt that is made for twirling around the dance floor in. Coast’s Athens Print Ursula Dress, creates a flirty silhouette with its dramatic A-line skirt. Meanwhile, Topshop’s Laser Cut Bardot Prom Dress offers a modern take on a tradition.

Our favourite dresses from the edit are those that offer longevity. The styles that you will wear for many years to come, clocking up many memories that your dreamy dress will forever remind you of. For something you can buy-now-wear-forever, we recommend new label Perseverance London’s elegant Victoriana Midi Dress, Monsoon’s decadent Starr Maxi Dress and Needle & Thread’s embellished Cocktail Dress.

From high-end to the highstreet, we’ve considered all budgets too. So, whether you’re looking to make an investment, or you’re bargain-hunting, scroll on to discover the best prom dresses available now…

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