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You shall go to the ball

Let’s face it, who really wants to spend money on renting a prom dress, when you can find one on the high street, that’s just as pretty, won’t break the bank, and more importantly, that you can wear again.

Now we know prom automatically brings pink, puffy dresses to mind, but don’t worry, you don’t really have to look like you’ve just stepped out of a teen movie (unless your school has a ridiculous dress code).

The main thing to keep in mind is, there are no rules when it comes to prom, and if you’re looking for ideas, just take inspiration from the high street.

This season, it’s all about sheer, embellished dresses, so go girly with a beaded nude number, or for a bolder look, pick a black dress teamed with biker boots and a leather jacket.

For something a little more laid back, try a style that’s more bohemian, like a maxi with trumpet sleeves or a floral print.

You’ll never go wrong with a little black dress, but we think a ball is the perfect time to inject a bit more colour to your wardrobe. You’ll be happy (or not) to hear neon is back, but if that’s too much for you, try colour-blocking instead.

Of course, there’s really no shame in going old school if you fancy. A pastel off-the-shoulder style or midi-length tulle skirt will never go out of style.

Accessories-wise, we recommend letting the dress do all the talking and keeping it to a minimum. Think minimalist heels, delicate jewellery, or perhaps just a pair of statement earrings. A sleek ponytail adorned with a bow will work well with intricate dresses, but for the simpler ones, messy waves are a great option too.

Scroll down for our edit of the best prom dresses on the high street and online, available to buy now.

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