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…
Accentuate the gothic lace detailing on this dress and style it with lace heels and a matching clutch bag.
Take centre stage in this bold floral print, A-line dress.
A slinky option in a pretty shade of duckegg blue.
Fancy a two-piece instead of a dress? This embroidered tulle top and slinky jersey skirt are a trendy alternative to a classic dress.
This gorgeous dress will look best with metallic heels and a matching clutch bag.
This mid-century inspired ball gown comes fresh off the Topshop Unique AW16 runway.
Embellished with lustrous metal beads, this dress will dazzle when you hit the dancefloor.
A classic prom-style dress with a modern twist; keep your look modern thanks to the sheer lace and structured panelling.
Make an entrance in this elegant show-stopper.
Self-Portrait is a fail-safe source for dreamy prom dresses, and this little red number is particularly pretty.
The sapphire-blue colour of this dress guarantees you’ll make an elegant statement.
This stunning off-the-shoulder dress nods to the designer’s Spanish roots.
Compliment this pretty cream dress with nude stilettos and a bold red lip.
This voluminous skirt was made for twirling in.
Off-the-shoulder dresses are still a huge trend and this spotted version is a total winner.
This shimmering gold lurex dress is destined for the dancefloor.
Add an air of gothic elegance to your prom look with this plunge-neckline black lace dress.
Feel like a princess in this bead and jewel-embellished bodice dress.
With it’s on-trend Bardot neckline, this dress will serve you well for many special occasions post-prom.
Pair this dress with killer heels and a glossy blow out for your prom.
This Victorian dress from new label Perseverance London is a buy-now-wear-forever dream dress.
Print-lovers will appreciated this pretty Zara dress.
Shopping on a budget? This on-trend velour dress from M&S is a total gem. Just add layers of fine silver necklaces, matching velvet platforms and you’re ready to make a stylish entrance.
Velvet is the fabric of the season, and this Hobbs dress provides an elegantly understated way to wear it.
The sweetheart neckline and defined waist on this dress create a super-flattering shilouette.