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Here's What Prom Dresses From Amazon Actually Look Like

Surprisingly legit? Or a polyester sack of lies?

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You guys, prom is a BIG. F%@$ing. DEAL. But the cost can be a big f%@$ing DEAL BREAKER.

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We're talking dress, shoes, accessories, hair, makeup, mani/pedi, spray tan, tickets, limo, flowers, afterparty...

But did you know? (Record scratch noise.) Amazon carries formal dresses!

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Are the reviews fake? How do the sizes run? Will they look like the picture? Whose basement are these made in? There's only one way to find out...

Four of us here at BuzzFeed tried on a total of eight Amazon dresses — ranging in price from $9.99 to $75.99 — to see if they were a) surprisingly legit! or b) a polyester sack of lies.

Dress #1: Grace Karin Floral Print Chiffon Prom Dress, $40

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Thoughts? I'm really surprised at how flattering this dress is! The adjustable corset back makes the dress feel like it was tailored for me. I feel like this dress could look good on just about any body type. The skirt is a bit long for me, so I would probably have that hemmed. The only thing I don't like is that it comes with padding sewn in, and the placement of the padding didn't feel natural for my small, A-cup frame. I would probably try to open the seams and remove the padding so that I could just wear it with my own bra. The material also seems surprisingly high-quality for the price.

What are your usual online shopping concerns? My usual concerns with clothing are with length — especially torso length on dresses. Many dresses that fit my size (0, 2) are intended for people much taller than I am, so I worry about bunching/gathering around my hips and waist. Also, sometimes what you receive looks nothing like the photo, especially clothes with prints on them. So I'm super relieved that the pink dress actually looked like it did on the site!

"Honestly, this dress makes me feel like a princess...or at least a respectable Shakespearean lady."

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Get it on Amazon for $40-$72 (+ free shipping, some sizes Prime eligible). Dress is available in V-neck, one-shoulder, strapless, and knee-length, in sizes 2-24 (Sabrina wears a size 2).

Dress #2: Bridesmay Tulle Maxi Skirt, $19.99, and Swrose Sequin Top, $16.99

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What do you like about this look? I really like the neutral color palette because it sort of tones down the drama of the sequins, volume, and tulle, and makes it seem a little more mature (and 18-year-old me would've wanted to seem more mature).

How do the pieces fit? Normally I'd be prepared to get formal skirts/dresses hemmed, but the length of the XS skirt feels just right to me, and I wouldn't need it hemmed if I wore it with the right shoes. I would also probably hem the top into an actual crop top so that it was less bulky and didn't need to be tucked into the skirt.

"I like that it's two pieces because I could see myself wearing either the top or the skirt to occasions other than prom."

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Get the top on Amazon for $16.99 (on Prime). Available in six colors, one size (Sabrina wears one size).

Get the tulle skirt on Amazon for $4.99-$25.99 (some sizes with free one-day Prime shipping). Available in 22 colors, sizes XS-3XL (Sabrina wears XS).

If you got the chance to do high school prom over again but this time without the blue eyeshadow your mom warned you against, would you purchase a dress from Amazon?

Before seeing these dresses in person I would've been a bit more skeptical, but having now tried them on I would definitely consider purchasing a dress from Amazon. If it doesn't work out, it seems like it would be pretty easy to return or exchange, too. That said, I'd probably only buy a dress from them that had a significant amount of positive reviews and photos (ideally from people with a similar body type).

Dress #1: Kate Kasin Sequined Sleeveless Evening Dress, $30

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Thoughts? In terms of style, I like to be as expressive as possible in my clothing options: I love patterns, bright colors, and just feeling like a cross between Beyoncé and the world's most fabulous tablecloth. Both of these options were a bit of a departure from my "preferred shape"; that being said, I love that both highlight my natural waist, and also lean into my figure.

How's the fit? It's cut a *bit* oddly, and I felt like I'd need to either get the straps shortened or wear some type of slip, as the chest area is a little large. But both dresses are super comfortable to wear, and more or less fit true to size (yay!).

"The fabric was SUPER forgiving, so I didn't feel like I needed to sausage myself into Spanx to feel comfortable."

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Get it on Amazon for $30-$49.99 (free shipping, some sizes Prime eligible). Available in five colors, sizes 2-16 (Bari wears size 16).

"As a fuller-figured woman, there are messages everywhere encouraging me to cover up or walk around in a potato sack that says I'M SORRY, I'M WORKING ON IT (and like, fuck that!), so it's really lovely to see options that celebrate my natural shape, rather than fight against it."

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Get it on Amazon for $9.99-$33.99 (free Prime shipping). Available in seven colors, sizes S-3XL (Bari wears size XL).

Would u shop Amazon Prom? Check y/n.

My actual prom dress was custom-made by a great family friend, so I'm not totally sure of the cost (my prom was also 672,403 years ago). I'd definitely consider a dress from Amazon — or any online retailer — assuming the sizing was explicit and the return policy was transparent (I know Amazon's is!).

Dress #1: MisShow Embroidery Lace Mermaid Prom Dress, $69+

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Any special undergarments needed? Neither of my dresses require a bra or tape. (This one even has cups sewn in.) Both dresses fit surprisingly well and are comfortable to wear.

"This dress would look great on so many different skin tones."

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Get it on Amazon for $60+ (some sizes with free Prime shipping). Available in seven colors, sizes 2-16 (Brianna wears size 4).

Dress #2: Miss Mint Open-Back Long Dress, $39.99+

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Thoughts about the dress? I love the open back. Fuchsia is not a color I would have gravitated toward, but it's actually growing on me. I'd be worried about the color of the dress being different in person, but the color matches the image online.

"I am always concerned about ordering clothes online without trying them on first because they're rarely true to their size and you never know what you're gonna get...but these dresses fit perfectly!"

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Get it on Amazon for $39.99+ (some sizes and colors eligible for Prime shipping). Available in eight colors, sizes 0-16 (Brianna wears size 4).

How much did you pay for a prom dress, and would you consider purchasing a dress from Amazon if given the chance?

My actual prom dress was $250. Considering I only wore it once, I would for sure purchase one from Amazon.

Dress #1: Gold Lace Appliqué Off-the-Shoulder Mini Dress, $9.99+

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First impressions? I like this one more than I thought I would! I think I probably could've gone a size down to really get that ~body-hugging~ factor. And I love the burgundy color!

Any drawbacks? I mean, it cost $16.99.... I'm not sure how I'd wash the dress and not totally ruin the gold embellishments (since they were crinkled and folded weirdly to begin with).

Any styling tips? I'm wearing a sticky bra for both dresses because it just makes sense, especially for the off-the-shoulder one.

"A lot of prom dresses tend to be very LOUD and COLORFUL, so burgundy feels a tad more sophisticated."

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Get it on Amazon for $9.99+. Available in five colors, sizes 4/6-20/22 (Sarah wears size 4/6).

Dress #2: Mermaid Black Lace Appliqué Evening Dress, $69.99+

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How's the fit? This dress is stunning but definitely way too long on me — even with heels on — so I would have to do some tailoring or pinning to avoid tripping all night. I guess my only qualms are the length and a teensy bit of awkward ruching near my right hip (which, tbh, I didn't really care about).

Unexpected pros? I can actually unzip and zip myself back up (which is rare when it comes to dresses in general — I can never fully reach).

Do you think the Ghost of Promgoing Sarah Past would consider ordering a dress from Amazon?

My parents are responsible, don't-splurge-on-nonsense-things-ever people, so it still blows my mind that they let me buy a $350 dress (I'm angry just typing out that amount). Why spend a shit ton of money on a dress you'll literally only wear once? So yes, I definitely would've considered buying a way cheaper dress on Amazon.

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1. Amazon dresses actually look a lot more like the photos than we expected! Everyone was surprised at the accuracy and quality of the dresses.

2. READ THE REVIEWS! There are lots of helpful tips about sizing, lining, and fabric quality in the reviews. Some even have user-submitted photos.

3. Remember: It's ONE dress you'll wear for ONE night! "Most expensive" doesn't always mean "most fierce."

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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