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    35 Prom Dresses That No One Else Will Be Wearing

    Accidentally wearing the same dress as someone else should only ever happen in the movies.

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    1. A double V-neck gown that has the perfect ethereal silhouette sure to make you feel like a prom princess (which is way better than prom queen).

    Make sure you order by the sizing chart given, and not just your usual size — reviewers say this makes all the difference in getting a great fit!

    Promising review: “If I could give this dress 10 stars I would! I was looking for the perfect dress to no avail anywhere, and I went on Amazon and stumbled across this listing. The reviews were pretty solid, and other customers’ photos were enough to convince me to take a chance on a 'no name designer' dress. I figured, if it didn’t look like the photos or if it didn’t fit right, I could always return and get my money back. To say I was completely blown away is an understatement. This is my best bargain find to date! The quality is incredible, the fit is true to size, and I received compliments on this dress all night long. I felt amazing and like I was wearing a much more expensive designer gown. If you are hesitant — don’t be! This is truly a hidden gem that made me feel like the belle of the ball! Can’t wait to wear this dress again!” —Victoria K

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in sizes 2-16 and eight colors).

    2. A long-sleeved gown with gorgeous gold embellishments. You deserve to go for the gold in this one.,

    The gown has illusion sleeves, but the reviewer on the left is wearing an additional layer underneath. Reviewers also recommend ordering a size up and leaving time for getting it hemmed, as it runs a bit long.

    Promising review: “The dress was lovely. I would buy from this seller again. All of the girls at prom who spent $700 on their dresses could not believe I found this gem on Amazon for under $200. Up close the detailing is a bit vintage, the neckline of the sheer detailing goes to my collar bones. The sleeves are absolutely beautiful. The dress itself is timeless and I felt like the belt was a good idea. I think that this dress can be worn by any age.” —Lane Pro

    Get it from Amazon for $159 (available in sizes 4-18 and four colors).

    3. A peach-colored floral dress that's gonna look just peachy on you, I promise.

    Promising review: “I used this for my senior prom and it was wonderful! The only thing we had to be careful of was wrinkles. It wrinkles easy, so we hung it in the bathroom to steam it. It’s very comfortable and held up nice! It fit perfectly! It wasn’t too hot and made my senior prom amazing. I even bowled in it. A great buy! :)” —Kristina

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in sizes 2-24 and four styles).

    4. A shimmering halter with ridiculously strong Cinderella vibes. You might want to make sure to buy some shoes with very secure straps. Just in case.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $498 (available in sizes 0-16).

    5. A teal number perfect for free spirits and flower children alike.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $250 (available in sizes 0-12).

    6. A capelet dress with feather embellishments that might just make you float away on prom night.


    Get it from Asos for $135 (available in sizes 0-14).

    7. A flowing gown that'll have you walking on air all night long, even if you accidentally wore uncomfortable shoes.


    Get it from Asos for $103 (available in sizes 12-24).

    8. A flared gown with such gorgeous detailing at the neckline, you won't even need to accessorize. Shopping done!


    Get it from Nordstrom for $598 (available in sizes 14W-24W).

    9. A floral overlay dress that you can have made exactly to your measurements, meaning you won't have to worry about alterations.

    Promising review: “This dress is beautiful!!! The seller contacted us promptly and encouraged us to send measurements, and WOW, I am glad. The dress fits perfectly and looks amazing. The bodice and skirt are double-lined. It's very professionally-made and looks even better in person than the pictures. Great price, great product, no alterations needed. We got it two weeks before the promised date — plenty of time for prom! Might need to iron the liner, but that's all.” —S. Chapman

    Get it from Amazon for $65.99+ (available in sizes 2-26 or custom made, and 23 styles).

    10. A lace dress with built-in boning and support that reviewers swear actually works. No tugging up a strapless bra all night long!,

    Promising review: “I loved this dress. It was the perfect combination of elegant, classy, and sexy. I got many compliments and it was comfortable to dance in as well.” —G

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes 4-16 and six colors).

    11. A ruffled dress that definitely won't gather dust after your prom. This lil' number has almost infinite re-wearability.

    Promising review: “This dress was an absolute show stopper!! It gives you an expensive look without breaking the bank. It was much better than I thought it would be. It’s very comfortable, as well. I’d definitely buy this again.” —Talisa

    Get it from Amazon for $17.88+ (available in sizes S-XL and four colors).

    12. An off-the-shoulder dress with lace overlay and a full skirt that'll dazzle everyone in attendance.

    Promising review: “I got so many compliments at the prom, and people couldn't believe that the dress didn't cost hundreds of dollars. It was comfortable to walk, sit, and dance in all night. The dress was great, the price was right, and the seller was easy-to-work with, professional and friendly” —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 2-24 or custom made, and 24 colors).

    13. A one-shoulder velvet gown that adds the perfect touch of class with a lavish satin bow.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $118.80 (originally $198, available in standard sizes 2-18 and petite sizes 2-14).

    14. An all-over sequined number with some serious va-va-voom factor, folks.,

    Promising review: “When I first saw this dress, I couldn't believe it was so inexpensive. I almost thought it was too good to be true. I ordered the rose gold color. It came in the mail within a week and it blew me away. This dress easily looks about $200-$300 with the beautiful sequins and overall style. I'm also a fairly curvy woman and it fit amazing. I will definitely be ordering from this seller again.” —bellaxo

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 2-18 and seven colors).

    15. A '50s-inspired number perfect for bringing some sock hop flair to your dance, daddy-o.

    Promising review: “There is no dress more fun to twirl around and dance in than this one. I own it in two different patterns and plan on getting more for future events. It's easy to use for both casual and formal occasions. I wore a black one to prom, and wore another to an afternoon party. They're so comfortable and make me feel confident in my own skin.” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes XS-4XL and 45 colors and patterns).

    16. A bateau-neck gown to bring a little Meghan Markle-inspired style to the party.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $288 (available in sizes 2-16).

    17. A dramatic gown with a slit and train for serious Old Hollywood glamor vibes.

    Promising review: “Wow! I would’ve never thought that the best dress I’d ever buy would be $37. You cannot imagine how excited I was when I tried this on for the first time and it fit perfectly!! The dramatic train is what made it perfect. I got so many compliments on this. Best prom dress ever. ” —rodrigo munduruca

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and two colors).

    18. A satin dress that adds unique cutouts, tie cuffs, and embellished detailing to a simple silhouette for the perfect dress alchemy.


    Get it from Asos for $135 (available in sizes 0-14).

    19. A ballerina-inspired dress you can still pull off even if you chickened out of your first and only ballet recital when you were four (definitely not a real example).


    Get it from Anthropologie for $250 (available in sizes 0-18)

    20. A ruffle-detailed dress with a high-low hem and delicate sequin detailing, proving once and for all that black is the new black.

    David's Bridal

    Get it from David's Bridal for $179.95 (available in sizes 0-16).

    21. A green wrap dress sure to make you ~glow~ in all of your photos thanks to the subtle green shimmer. And trust me, you're gonna be in a lot of pictures.


    Commenters note that this runs big, so go down a size or two for a good fit.

    Get it from ModCloth for $129 (available in sizes XXS-4XL).

    22. A high-low dress that'll give you the freedom to boogie down without worrying about stepping on the front of your dress.

    Rent The Runway

    Promising Review: "The skirt is very large so it does make quite a statement—when I first tried it on at home it felt excessive, but it fit the scene perfectly. It has pockets. The color is gorgeous. I was worried about the hi-lo since the dress is so long, but I danced the whole night and never had my skirt stepped on. The only time I snagged it with my heel was when getting out of seats/cars, so just grab the skirt as you rise and you’ll be fine." —Brigid

    Get it from Rent the Runway for $45+ for a four-day rental (originally $409, available in sizes 0-20).

    23. A rhinestone-detailed dress with the perfect amount of sparkle — not too little, not too much, but juuuuuuuuust right.

    Promising review: “This dress is freaking GORGEOUS. This was much more than I expected for the price. I felt like a princess the instant I put it on. Some people may be used to having beautiful dresses that cost hundreds of dollars, but I've never owned anything like this before, and at such a reasonable price. I am usually a 2X or 3X depending on the material of the dress, but I ordered a 4X thinking that I could always have it tailored. I didn't need to change anything because the material clings. Needless to say, I am happy with my purchase, and now I know who to order from when I need a beautiful dress that's cost-efficient and economical.” —LadyLestat

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in sizes XL-4X and four colors).

    24. A vintage-inspired gown that I'm pretty sure was worn by Grace Kelly. Plus, it has pockets!

    Neiman Marcus

    Get it from Neiman Marcus for $598 (available in sizes 0-16).

    25. An off-shoulder dress with a dramatic train that'll ensure all eyes are on you as you enter the ballroom (or the gym, depending on where your prom is).

    Promising review: "This dress was beyond beautiful! The train was super, super long. I didn't know it would be that long, but I made it work. The color was vibrant and beautiful. No one had anything like this dress! It was not flat, very full and fluffy and well made. I sent my measurements so it was made to fit and it was perfect.” —audrianna

    Get it from Amazon for $89+ (available in 25 colors).

    26. A chiffon dress that can be paired with a thousand different accessories. Bracelets? Necklaces? Earrings? A tiara?? The world is your oyster.

    Nordstrom Rack

    Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $79.97 (originally $179, available in sizes 4-16 and five colors).

    27. A strapless gown with shimmering details that elevate this to showstopper status.

    Rent The Runway

    Promising review: “This dress fit like a dream — comfortable, true to size, and had pockets! It was perfect for a black tie event and I felt like a queen! No bra needed, as the built-in corset was supportive and comfortable (really!). No handbag required because the pockets were genius and well-concealed. I was inundated with compliments all night.” —Elizabeth

    Get it from Rent The Runway for $175 for a four-day rental (originally $1,295, available in sizes 0-22, in regular, long, and petite lengths).

    28. An ombré sequin gown that'll make sure you won't fade into the background.

    Promising review: “I bought this to wear to a Great Gatsby-themed ball and it was PERFECT! I got so many compliments, and the event photographer kept snapping pics of me (even just sitting around, lol). For a girl who doesn't get that much attention, this dress definitely made my night!” —SheoMAADE

    Get it from Amazon for $58.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 11 colors).

    29. A two-piece gown with a beaded neckline and patterned organza skirt, because it's all in the details.

    David's Bridal

    Get it from David's Bridal for $218 (originally $375, available in sizes 2-10).

    30. A full-skirted dress that has so much wow-factor, you're basically guaranteed to be the belle of the ball.

    The belt is included with the dress (although the reviewer above added her own embellishments). It does come with an adjustable lace-up back for a perfectly customized fit. A lot of reviewers also recommend a petticoat ($15 on Amazon) or a hoop skirt ($20 on Amazon) to amp up the ~floof factor~ of this dress.

    Promising review: “Oh my god, I loved it! My boyfriend and everyone else couldn't help but stare. It was gorgeous and I felt like a princess in it! Best prom dress ever!” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $99.90+ (available in sizes 2-26 and 17 colors).

    31. A satin wrap gown with gorgeous ruffle detailing that's gonna look cool as heck when you get on the dance floor.


    Get it from Anthropologie for $250 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    32. An embellished mini so you can have thousands of sequins, rhinestones, and pearls accompanying you to prom. I mean, who even needs a date?


    Get it from Asos for $190 (available in sizes 0-14).

    33. A strapless gown that's straight out of a fairytale garden. Sorry, though, the woodland creatures that helped you make it are gonna have to wait outside while you dance the night away.


    Get it from Anthropologie for $320 (available in sizes 6-16).

    34. A mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline that'll basically guarantee a flood of compliments all night long.


    Get it from Showpo for $69.95 (available in sizes 4-16).

    35. A classic suit because maybe a dress isn't your style — no matter what, you'll look bomb in this classy number.


    Get it from Asos for $100+ (available to mix and match two blazer styles and three different bottoms, sizes 0-14).

    Have fun!! Take lots of pictures! Call me if you're going to be out past midnight!! I love you!

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