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    16 Prom Outfit Alternatives If You're Looking For Something Different

    The youth is creative AF.


    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to show us their unique and creative prom outfits. Here’s what they wore:

    1. This super creative teen made her own Greek goddess-like frock with Swarovski crystals and all.

    "My prom's theme was 'Under The Stars', so I made my own dress out of midnight blue fabric and sewed Swarovski crystals with silver thread into the shape of constellations. I modeled the pattern of the dress after the Ancient Greek chiton." —jconway

    2. This navy suit look is everything! But the reason why she wore it, makes it even better <3.

    "I wore a navy blue suit to my senior prom at an all-girls Catholic high school. I chose this because I fell in love with the color of the suit and I noticed that no girl at my school had ever worn a suit. I’m a cisgender female, and I would have been equally comfortable wearing a traditional dress to prom, but I know in the future there will most likely be students at my school that do not feel as comfortable identifying as female or wearing a dress, and I want them to see wearing a suit is an option!" —cmcg34

    3. This teen protested her school's strict dress code by wearing a rainbow wig, fishnets, and combat boots.

    "I went to a strict private school. No 'unnaturally' colored hair, no ripped pants, and no sweatpants or leggings. Due to the small size of the school they made all juniors (who hosted/planned prom) go to prom. In an act of rebellion, I wore a rainbow wig with fishnets, and combat boots paired with a trench coat. They let me in, but I do not think they were happy about it." —elisel47e97338c

    4. Seven years later, people are still talking about this groovy tie-dye dress.

    "The year was 2011, and I was a junior in high school. I had known that I wanted to do something creative for prom, so I enlisted the help of my mom and grandma to cut, dye, and sew my own tie-dye prom dress. In hindsight, my decision to do a swirl design made for some interesting focal points, but I still rocked it nonetheless! My friends still talk about it to this day!" —indigoc2

    5. She deserves an invite to the next royal wedding for this look.

    "I bought a hat from an antique store and themed the rest of my look around it. I did the same thing last year with a different antique hat. I love the old Hollywood essence that it gives the look." —charlottes44ec7b904

    6. This might seem like a ~regular~ prom dress, but it's covered in a quirky fish print that would make anyone stand out in a sea full of solid colors.

    "I got my dress on sale for $99 and it had fish on it. Needless to say it was one of the most interesting dresses of the night." —kaitlync413e7508f

    7. Some people wear mass-produced dresses to prom, others wear literal art.

    "I found this fantastic Claude Monet dress at the vintage clothing store in my town, and it was only $45!" —bethanyxd

    8. When you have a talented mom, you get to rock unique and inexpensive dresses to prom!

    "My mom made our prom dresses. We had amazing dresses for a quarter the price that it would cost if we had bought them!" —maggiep40b82373e

    9. Even though she felt out of place, this pin-up girl look would've made Gwen Stefani proud.

    "I was obsessed with Gwen Stefani and dressed like a pin-up girl! I looked way out of place with the other girls. Still to this day, I feel like my look was out of place, but I'm glad I decided to go with my own style!" —alissam4dee1561d

    10. This shiny teen left her small-town shook and full of sequins.

    "In a sea of small-town prom dresses, this sequin-covered dress definitely stood out. This was actually meant to be a wedding dress, so we had to cut the train off. I left a trail of sequins all over the dance floor!" —karlyc

    11. Can you believe she's wearing a dress from the 1940s? A true vintage queen!

    "Found this dress at a consignment shop for really cheap compared to typical prom dresses. It was made it the 1940’s and was barely worn. I really found the best dress, just needed to be altered a little." —izzymaem

    12. BRB, pinning this lavender suit to my "fashion goals" board.

    "I've always hated dresses and never felt comfortable wearing them, so when prom came, I knew I wanted to wear a suit. Since I'm from a very small town, it proved to be difficult to actually find a woman's suit, let alone one that fit my style. I wanted to be comfortable, but I didn't want to give up looking feminine. I ended up finding the perfect suit online a week before my actual prom and got it delivered just two days before! I'm so glad I didn't give up and go with a dress because this suit was perfect for me!" —bradleybreonna92

    13. This creative teen couldn't find anything she liked at the mall, so she decided to make her own.

    "My mom and I made my dress ourselves because I couldn’t find one that I thought suited me. Really proud of how it came out!" —tarav4642f3eb3

    14. She stayed true to herself and decided wear a top hat and corset to prom. Can she be any cooler?

    "I definitely thought I was 'not like other girls.' In high school, I worked at the local Renaissance Festival, which is where I got the hat and corset." —lizowar

    15. This teen's dress honors her faith, and looks better than anyone I went to prom with.

    "I’m wearing a Priyanka Chopra Anarkali Indian dress to prom this year that I altered to add sleeves to accommodate my 'Muslim-ness'. It’s an old Eid dress, but it’s honestly more gorgeous that many dresses I see in American stores for a much higher price." —fisahinabox

    16. Starting a petition to make this talented teen, who made a dress out of ribbons and soda can tabs, my personal stylist.

    "I made my prom dresses both junior and senior year, but the one I wore senior year I'm most proud of. It was made with soda can tabs and ribbon. One of the teachers didn't want to let me into prom because my dress wasn't traditional, but the other teachers thought it was so awesome!" —crgadley

    Can't wait to see what people come up with this prom season!

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