Yesterday we brought you prom dress options for under $150. Today we bumped the budge higher—up to $350—and found 10 more dresses that are totally perfect for prom. These options are affordable and high-quality—you may even want to wear your dress after prom. Yeah, that's how good they are. Check out all 10 picks below!



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Based on our research (aka trolling our favorite websites), we can confirm that sheer overlay is a huge trend for Prom 2014. The first dress option is classic and feminine, with black lace on top of a nude bodice ($198). The full skirt is perfect for twirling, which is all that really matters at prom. The second option is one of the few colorful lace options we saw out there, which automatically makes it a contender ($179). The third option is the most expensive on the page ($338), but, I mean, look at it. The strong lines across the front create a harness effect, which toughens the dress up without completely undermining the delicate lace. The final option is a bold choice cause who knows what types of foods and drinks will be spilled at prom, but it's also worth it ($170). It's prom—live on the (sartorial) edge!


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Prom season is surrounding us, peeps. It's already mid-April (HOW?) and the big day is approaching. Fast. If you haven't started looking for your dress, shoes, accessories, etc.—don't worry, we got you. We took a few online trips to some of our favorite retailers and rounded up the best prom dresses out there this season, all for under $150. OK, let's stop talking and start shopping—these bad boys are prob not gonna last much longer.


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A metallic dress may look expensive, but there are plenty of cheap options out there. Here are three. The first is a gold metallic number ($115) with geometric threaded detailing and shoulder cutouts. While the shoulders and dress length show some skin, the rest is totally full coverage, which means you'll be able to dance and pose for pictures without constantly adjusting. The second option is a two-tone metallic dress with an unusual neckline and flared skirt ($150). Because this dress is so reflective, it'll appear as different colors throughout the night—multiple dresses for the price of one! Finally, there's this silver-and-black fitted mini ($43), which, post-prom, can def. be incorporated into your everyday wardrobe.


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Lauren Conrad serves up makeup inspiration for prom.
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Earlier this week we rounded up THE very best hair tutorials on YouTube to perfect before prom night, from classic cascading waves to an updated take on K.Stew's fishtail braid. Now that you've had a day or so to practice those, it's time for part two of the ultimate YouTube prom prep: yep, we're talking about makeup! The amount of beauty inspiration online right now is seriously overwhelming, so we've done the legwork for you and picked our top 5 how-to clips. And while they might not all be prom-specific, that's OK, because you'll have plenty of opportunities to show off your skills long after the dance (or even high school!) is over. But first, a warning: diving headfirst into a sea of makeup videos is a slippery slope —trust us, we've been there— so don't blame us if you get addicted and finally re-emerge to the real world hours later. So let's do this!


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Kitty Pryde wears a sparkly bow in the 'Orion's Belt' video.
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Prom is probably the most major of high school moments. The dress, the date, the dance… a night you’ll remember and reminisce over for the rest of your life. So, what could be better than prom? Erm, how about FIVE proms? Because that’s exactly what Kitty Pryde got. The Florida-born, New York based-rapper, who is currently on tour with another fashion favorite Danny Brown, may be young— but she’s got the smart rhymes and sharp delivery of a stage vet. Her first single, “Ok Cupid,” which was recorded on her laptop in her bedroom closet, was named #17 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs Of 2012, and “Orion’s Belt,” the catchiest of collabs with Riff Raff, is currently sitting at over 1.2 million views on YouTube. But before all the fame, Kitty was just a regular Daytona Beach babe, working at the mall and planning prom outfits. Like we said, the girl’s got experience. “I’ve gone a couple times with girlfriends, once with my gross ex-boyfriend, and most recently with my BFF Grant. He didn’t even become my BFF until I forced him to take me to prom like three days after I met him, but now we’re inseparable, so that’s the magic of prom for you.”


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Wendy's Look Book shows how to create the prettiest braided bun for prom.
Photo: Courtesy of Wendy's Look Book

We get it: preparing for prom is a BIG DEAL. Between choosing the dress, finding your beauty look, picking the perfect night-of playlist— even downloading a rad picture app!—prepping for high school's biggest night is sort of like a full-time job. Luckily, making sure your prom goes off without a hitch IS our job (well, kind of), which is why we have one more awesome resource to throw into our mix of prom essentials. We're talking about YouTube, otherwise known as the ultimate internet treasure trove of beauty inspiration from real girls everywhere. We've already loaded you up on hair and makeup how-tos from our favorite Hollywood pros, but in case you haven't found your night-of look quite yet, not to worry...from beachy mermaid waves to the perfect elegant bun, these YouTube vloggers have you covered. Check out our top tutorials for prom hair below, and stay tuned for the best makeup vids tomorrow!


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Whew, prom's ALMOST HERE. (Totally necessary to use all-caps for emphasis.) No doubt you've got your dress and shoe game on lock and are making last minute decisions on hair, makeup, and hmmm ... what are we forgetting? That's right, accessories! Prom just isn't prom without a dash of sparkle, some sort of flower somewhere, and the perfect unfussy handbag to accompany your emergency kit. But why not kick it up a notch this year and go for bold statements where your accoutrements are concerned? We've done the work for you on what's on-trend whether you're going for a full accessory look or are just looking to perk up your outfit here and there. Don't forget: this is the one event of the year where you can truly go for it! Thus, read on for inspiration...


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If you've been watching TV, take public transportation, or felt the return of Leo DiCaprio in your ether, then you're probably more than aware that The Great Gatsby movie is opening on May 10. Sure to kick off the blockbuster summer movie season with style (and a killer soundtrack to match… hi, Jay-Z), it seems only fitting that Gatsby flapper glamour should align with prom. Always a classy look, it's easy to Carey Mulligan-ize any long black dress or drop-waisted sheath with 1920s-esque accessories. Start with a flapper headband ($25), which gets bonus points for working with absolutely every hair style. Pair it with Gatsby drop chandelier earrings ($23), a crystal swirl brooch ($130), and a fringed facet bracelet ($25) that jangles while you dance. Don't forget to adorn your décolletage with a major rhinestone collar ($100) and a party-ready embellished clutch ($50). GORGE.


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From finding the perfect dress to making sure you're prepared for any beauty emergency, we've been hooking you up with vital information to help your prom experience go as smoothly as possible (and maybe indulging in a few prom fantasy scenarios of our own, but who's counting, OK??). One aspect of prom that's sure to catalyze a wave of eye-rolls is the infamous PROM POSE. Its origins are uncertain, but its been plaguing photographic history for far. too. long. Here at MTV Style, we'd like to make way for the prom photobomb and have compiled a list of several varied tactics that you can mix and match throughout the special night.


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Kelly Clarkson photobombs Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres.
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The first key to a great photobomb is recognizing the opportunity. Most of the time, it's pure luck, but since everyone at prom will be saddling up, taking group and couple shots, and trying to preserve the moment, you'll have a lot of chances to score a good one. Here, Kelly Clarkson expertly executes a classic—the "Look, Ma!"—peeking over with an open-mouthed smile and emphatic pointed finger while Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres suspect nothing.


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Just face it—procrastination got the best of you. Whether you've been too busy planning the school dance, studying up for your exams, or playing in a punk rock band, you've waited too long to pick out a new dress for prom and—gasp—it's mere hours away! Don't freak out just yet—if you have an LBD (little black dress, obvi) and a couple hours before the mall closes, you're good to go. We found ways to dress up even the most standard black frock for the big dance while still staying true to your personal style. We used a classic box-pleated frock from Forever 21 ($25) as a guide, so check out how we transformed it from traditional to prom-ready below!


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For the girl that's more focused on getting As than A-lines, we found the PERFECT accessories to show off your intelligent and fashion-savvy side. First off, we needed something to snazz up this ensemble in a snap, so we opted for a super cute gold scalloped collar necklace ($7) that's glam but not too over-the-top. Then, to show off your affinity for literature, we thought this green and gold novel clutch with a beautiful satin interior ($25) was pretty on-point paired with Swarovski crystal-embellished frames ($300). PERF.


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All due respect to "Time After Time," but the typical high school dance playlist has us feeling a little sleepy. DJing is a serious business, particularly for a night as highly anticipated as prom. You want to set the right balance between songs people like to dance to with their friends, crowd favorites, and, of course, the obligatory slow dances. We set out to create a 10-track playlist to get you in the mood for prom, and maybe to inspire some DJ booth requests, as well. Listen to it while you're browsing websites looking for the perfect dress, while you're testing our that flawless celeb-inspired beauty look, or when you're packing up your prom survival kit before heading out to the dance. Even better, dance around your room to these songs in your PJ's and prom shoes—you want to make absolutely sure those bad boys are broken-in when it comes time to break it down on the dance floor.


One of the "It" songs of the year, Sky Ferreira's "Everything is Embarrassing" is a great ice-breaker. You're a little nervous to get out there on the floor and start just breaking it down, and you DEFINITELY don't want to start with a slow jam. Might as well just acknowledge the fact that you're feeling a little bashful, own it, and get on out there.


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There are certainly some girls who know exactly what prom dress they're going to wear from the day they start high school. They know exactly what they want, and they seek it out. In the prom issue of ASOS magazine, Sarah Hyland talks about how she knew precisely which dress she wanted, and she ended up finding it, exactly, in the sale rack of a discount shop, the only one, in her size. For some girls, prom can be magic. On the flip side, though, there are some girls who aren't totally sure what look they're going for, let alone where to go looking for that specific dress. If you're feeling particularly stumped, a good place to start is to think back on some of your favorite red carpet looks. While it's probably a challenge to acquire the EXACT dress your favorite starlet wore on the carpet, those fancy frocks are often a VERY good jumping point. To get you going, we looked at signature looks from three of our red carpet faves for inspiration, and found three dresses that any girl could totally rock at prom for that red carpet vibe.


Emma Watson

Emma Watson at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.
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If you're not into the traditional prom dress, it's OK. Emma Watson isn't into traditional red carpet looks either, but she's figured out a consistently fabulous workaround. The trailblazing actress has been a Best Dressed staple for us for years, in particular for her love of short, form-fitting silhouettes in graphic prints. You just don't see much of that on the red carpet, and just like it stands out at an awards show, we're confident that it would also stand out on the dance floor at your prom. Luckily, there are a number of different ways you can wear Emma's signature style.

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Dresses inspired by Emma Watson's red carpet style.
Photo: Nasty Gal/Topshop

If you're looking to be a little spendy, we LOVE Nasty Gal's Lumeria dress ($300.00). The blue TIE-DYE frock features a body-hugging silhouette, asymmetrical (but not TOO asymmetrical) hemline, and a completely unique print that we adore. If you're comfortable going even more casual, Topshop's Floral Stripe Cut Out Dress ($84.00) is a practical option, since you can dress it up or down, and therefore, wear it night after night, not just at prom. Finally, for something in between, the Techno Sound Dress ($70.00), also from Nasty Gal, features a bold, versatile print, with splashes of metallic to really keep things interesting.


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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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