While our actual prom days may be long behind us, we're using our fashion powers for good, living vicariously through your spring formal adventures while lending out a (well-manicured) helping hand. Let it be known that a knock-'em-dead prom dress can be found at ANY price point (and that back in the day, THIS editor found hers on the clearance rack of an outlet store [DOUBLE BARGAIN, y'all—I ain't ashamed of it]). We've hooked you up with jaw-dropping dresses for under $150 and a mid-range that won't break the bank, but now... Welp, now we're hitting you with 10 pricier ($350+) prom dresses and why we think they're worth the splurge.
These shiny, sassy dresses are worth shelling out serious dough for.
Photo: ASOS/Forever Unique
Pastel is now and will forever be a huge prom staple. It's springy. It's girly. It's prom-perfect. But if you're going to shell out hundreds of dollars for a pastel prom dress, you might as well go ALL out. To us, that means a rendering in metallics and, when possible, a metric ton of all-over embellishment. Take this sequined French Connection mini ($415.63), this mirrored Forever Unique number (£275.00), and the excellent ombre print and color combo of this House of Hackney frock ($438.90) as collective inspiration.
You'll be a stunner in this simple chic steez.
Photo: Forever Unique/EDressMe
What's sometimes strange about fashion is the simplest pieces are often the most expensive. Stand out by going strikingly austere (à la 2013 Oscars Charlize Theron or 2012 Oscars Gwyneth Paltrow) in bare bones minimalist dresses with ultra-clean lines and solid slabs of color. We love this red Forever Unique dress with a midi hem (£220.00), this glamorously severe Mignon gown with tiny angled peplum details ($358), and the faux-floating cut-outs on this cobalt dress (£220.00), also by Forever Unique, are tasteful but still head-turning.
The best part about these dresses? You'll be able to re-purpose them IRL easily.
Photo: Nordstrom/Urban Outfitters/ASOS/Barneys
Looking for the most bang for your (enormous) buck, though? Look no further than the monochromatic mini. The black-and-white color scheme is timeless and minidresses work in a variety of situations (many more than a floor-length look) making them perfect for re-wear. Go girly with an all-over pailetted Alice + Olivia ($495) or work with some edge in this FULLY LEATHER frock ($490) by Australian label Shakuhachi. We're really feeling the subtle collar cut-outs in this Thakoon Addition shift ($490), but if animal print isn't your thing, we also really love this ladylike, symmetrical Alice McCall look ($573.56).