The countdown to prom is ON. Yesterday we hooked you up with some amazing dresses that can be yours for under $150, and today we're upping the ante just a little bit more. While it TOTALLY doesn't matter how much you spend on your dress, just the way that you wear it, prom is a big deal and sometimes you want to be a little spendier. There are TONS of low priced options that will have you snatching prom queen crowns all over town, but we also found some breathtaking options between $150 and $350 that will guarantee you're the belle of the ball. From totally trendy to completely classic, the 10 dresses we're going to show you have a little something for everyone.
When searching for dress inspiration, we love to think back to some of our favorite historical eras. Now, we're not encouraging dressing up in a costume, but if you don't have the option to hunt for the perfect vintage piece, looking for more modern frocks in old timey cuts or styles can be a great way to get the look you're longing for. One of our favorite eras to pull from is the roaring 20's, when flapper style was all the rage. Sheaths, drop waists and, most essentially, beading were big in the era, and there are some great new options for you to effortlessly channel your inner Daisy Buchanan. In a classic drop waist sheath silhouette, we love ASOS' Frock and Frill Sequined Embellished Dress with Deep V Back ($244.44). For a more red carpet feel, the Adrianna Papel Beaded Gown ($260) sets our hearts aflutter. And finally, somewhere between period and modern is the Pisarro Nights Beaded Mesh Gown ($198)
Can y'all believe it? Prom is already here, which means it's time to start scoping out your favorite stores for the perfect dress. But, hey, you're not alone! Whether you're looking for a flowy floor-length gown or short flirty frock, we've rounded up the best dresses on the interwebz so you don't have to. The best part, though, is that they're all under $150! Pretty awesome, eh? All right, enough talk—let's get down to business.
PRETTY AND PASTEL
Photo: Courtesy of Nordstrom/ASOS
What screams "spring!" more than a gorge pastel dress? Um, nothing, duh. If you're looking to go the girly route in an above-the-knee frock, we've got three stellar options that won't break the bank. First up, a vintage-inspired pale yellow number ($141) that features super glam beading and sequin detailing along the front (including flowers!) and a pleated overlay skirt. The keyhole in the back adds an extra touch of edginess. This. Teal. Polka. Dot. Dress. Is. So. Cute. ($62) If you've ever wanted to try the cut-out trend, this is the time to do it! The classy number features metallic dots on a sheer overlay and shiny trim around the waist with a peek-a-boo back. Perf! If you want to go ALL OUT girly, we highly recommended this layered pink chiffon dress ($140). The top is decked-out in white, silver and pink beads that create a faux bustier. On the bottom, it's layers upon layers of the fluffy pink stuff!
Morgan Saylor, Kiernan Shipka, and Sarah Hyland on the cover of ASOS Magazine.
Photo: ASOS Magazine
Do they put something in the water now to make being a teenager less completely horrifying? It sure seems that way, especially if Kiernan Shipka, Morgan Saylor, and Sarah Hyland are any indication. The three young actresses have pivotal roles on television's biggest shows—Kiernan as Sally Draper on Mad Men, Morgan as Dana Brody on Homeland, and Sarah as Haley Dunphy on Modern Family—and are quickly cementing themselves as red carpet mainstays. The three are the cover stars of the latest edition of ASOS Magazine, and not only do they pose in some super adorable prom looks, but the three open up about their own prom experiences (or lack thereof). Before we get too far into what's inside the pages, though, let's ooh and aah over the overwhelming cuteness that is that cover. The three girls are styled effortlessly, in clean makeup, floral accessories, and dresses that reflect each of their individual styles. Morgan channels Lana Del Rey in a white lace shift and flower headband, Kiernan stays true to her preppy proclivities in a white a-line cocktail dress with a floral collar, and Sarah keeps it modern in a baby blue, semi-sheer frock.
Bold prints and unexpected accessories will have you in cool girl heaven.
You guys, prom is about to become your EVERYTHING. Get ready to eat, sleep, breathe, and dream sparkly dresses, prom-posals, and photo booth poses. Get ready to answer one of the most important (ok, so not really, but in High School World™, YES) decisions of your life so far: WHAT DRESS ARE YOU WEARING TO YOUR PROM? It may not be for a couple of months yet, but prom season has arrived, and who is kicking it off but one of our all time fave retailers, Topshop. Starting today in New York City, the British company is hosting a PROM PARTY to get you in the mood for the coming onslaught. Tomorrow, Los Angeles Topshoppers will be able to get in on the fun, and finally, Friday you Windy City kids can get in on the action at the Chicago store. Each of the parties goes from 6-9 PM and will feature gifts with purchase, DJs, complimentary makeovers and hairstyling, yummy treats and more. Not only that, but you'll of course be able to shop for your prom look while you're boogieing down. Topshop has a specially curated prom section on their site, and we love how they took a super cool, non-traditional approach to their curation. A varsity jacket ($120) with your bold, mirror printed skater dress ($320)? Absolutely. Some amazing strappy boots ($220)? Duh. Top it all off with a bright pink pout ($15), some fun love/hate rings ($18) (so you can tell your date how you REALLY feel) and a smoky eye ($24) and you're all set to be the coolest girl in school on prom night.
H&M's Conscious Exclusive Collection.
Exactly one year ago today, H&M launched their first eco-friendly red carpet line, just in time for Prom. We can hardly believe it's that time again, but the retailers new Conscious Exclusive collection sure is jogging our memories. Time to pick out your dresses, ladies! If you're looking for an environmentally friendly option, H&M is a great place to start. The collection is made up of dresses that run the gamut from ultra dramatic to cute and simple, plus everything else in between (and rompers!), and everything is made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, tencel, and recycled polyamide. Offering up some of the biggest trends of the year—cutouts, graphic accents, and sheer—the collection is a great way to shop responsibly without sacrificing a hint of style. One of our favorite pieces is the high-necked, completely open-backed dusty rose gown, which features a slim A-line silhouette and is modern and romantic. It's also made of 100% recycled polyester, so you can feel good about your shopping choices while you're dancing the night away. If you're looking to go even edgier, though, the cross-backed navy romper would be sure to cause a scene. We love the idea of wearing a romper to prom, because not only is it totally different, but it's a great opportunity to show off some fierce accessories.
Let's face it. Prom is EXPENSIVE. Between the tickets and the limo and the dinner and the boutonniere, not to mention your outfit, that's a lot of cash to front for one night. We don't know about you guys, but when we were in high school (and walking up-hill both ways in the snow), our saved up United Colors of Benetton sales associate hourly wages would just barely cover those expenses. With that in mind, we've compiled four complete outfits - dress + shoes + bag, the works! - that you can cop for under $100!
A complete prom outfit for under $100.
Photo: Courtesy of Nordstrom/ASOS/Forever 21
Girly girls need not fret. We're absolutely not suggesting you show up to prom in an all-over jersey dress. You can still look glamorous on a budget in this pink strapless party dress from Nordstrom ($36.90) laden with sequins. Pair it with an equally glittery gold hardcase clutch from Forever 21 ($16.80) and add a romantic touch with these floral peeptoes from ASOS ($25.45).
We know you've got your prom game on lock, but are you still fretting over which dress to wear? Can't find something that feels YOU or stands out from the pack of strapless ball-gowny frills? No worries, we're not the only ones who agonize about evening dresses, and on occasion we find that pants actually work better (and are soooo much more comfortable). But can you actually wear pants to prom? Of course! The trick is in how you wear them. Whether you're stepping out in sequin jeans and a sharp jacket all Janelle Monae lady tux style or going for a vampy, structured jumpsuit, there's no way you can't make prom pants pop. Here's how…
We love these AG Adriano Goldschmied Ankle Legging Sequin Pants ($168.75) which are pretty much black jeans in sequin form. We'd rock these with a lace top and short, structured black blazer with an oversized corsage or with dangling punk earrings as seen in our prom accessories guide. Leggings with a bit of embellishment are totally acceptable if you layer them with the right top and accessories. A pair of ASOS Leggings with Metallic Paint Splatters ($36.36) work because they're dark and glam at the same time. We'd top these as they did in the photo with a flowy black top and sequined bustier underneath for a little WOWZA factor. Accessorize with layered gold necklaces, add bold eyes, dark lips, a sophisticated updo, and some killer heels for the ultimate chic New York evening look. Or you can just let the pants do all the work for you with these BCBG MAX AZRIA Zhara Sequined Pants ($199). Holy sparkletasia! Add a white tank and black leather moto jacket with platforms and disco hair. (#DAZZLING) Need more options? We've got 'em.
By now, you should have almoosstt everything figured out for prom night. From the dress to the hair to the nails to the shoes (whew!), we've got you covered across all bases. We can't forget the most important part, though—your face! Lucky for you, we have tons of celeb-inspired makeup looks that we think would be PERFECT no matter what type of girl you are—punk rock, super glam, or totally natural! Let's check out our favorite looks, shall we?
ULTRA GLAM LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Swift at CMT Artists of the Year on Nov. 29.
Photo: Getty Images
If you're the type of gal who rocks a killer beauty game on a daily basis, the ultra-glam look inspired by Taylor Swift might be right up your alley. She pairs a bold red pout with long, flirty lashes and porcelain skin. To recreate this look, opt for the best lipstick in the biz with YSL's Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge ($32). For those ultra glam eyes, go for silver-y metallic eye palette like Lorac's Evening Star shimmery eyeshadow trio ($26) paired with super long, dramatic false eyelashes from Sephora ($8) and Stila's All Day liquid eye liner ($20) for that killer cat eye. (We use this sucker EVERY DAY to get our winged tips to pointed perfection!)
The slow crawl to the weekend means we're one step closer to PROM. You've given your hairstyle a practice run, secured your dress, selected your accessories, and you're probably well on your way to locking down the PERFECT pair of shoes to complement it all. But maybe you're not that stoked on the idea of teetering around on a pair of ortho-murdering stilettos all night? Well, whether you're just not a heel girl or you're anticipating a grand footwear switch in the middle of your night out, we've compiled an arsenal of sneakers you can wear with whatever prom dress you might be rocking, thanks, in part, to inspiration from three sneaker-and-dress-wearing stylettes: Kristen Stewart, Hailee Steinfeld, and Lil Mama!
PRETTY IN PUNK
Kristen Stewart wears checkerboard Vans slip-ons with her dress.
Photo: Getty/Courtesy of ASOS/Vans
Kristen Stewart is kind of the patron saint of sneakers-with-dresses, notorious for changing into a pair of Vans or Converse kicks in the middle of awards shows. She's also a prime example of how to balance looking pretty AND punky in a dress and sneakers. K.Stew wore a pair of checkerboard Vans slip-ons with her dress, and you can implement the same idea in your prom look by opting for equally bold styles. Go for printed looks like these pink patterned slip-ons from ASOS ($63.63) or these graphic flatform high tops also from ASOS ($54.54). Add some edgy sparkle to your ensemble with these ASOS ($381.76) studded high tops, or add a major pop of color with some neon courtesy of Vans ($45.00). The key here is to keep the silhouette sleek and the upper loud and punchy.
Whew, prom is almost HERE. We're sure you've got your checklist in order and have dutifully crossed dress, hairstyle, and tricked-out DIY nail art off your exhaustive list. What's left? ACCESSORIES. This is arguably the hardest part of the prom equation. (Clutch or crossbody purse? Headband or bow clip? Statement necklace or simple pendant? And what about rings, bracelets, and the corsage????) *deep breaths* Whether you're going for an edgy, glammed-up, or total fairy tale look, we've got your accessory game covered.
PUNK PROM PRINCESS
Clockwise from left: ASOS Skull & Spike Necklace, Tarina Tarantino Skull earrings, Topshop Spike Headband and Metallic Clutch, The Misfits lapel pin, ASOS Triple Spike Ring and Rubber Bracelet.
Photo: ASOS; Endless; Topshop; Amazon
Not only is pink-punk edgy and feminine, it has no rules. It's all about throwing together a motley crew of spikes, skull, grommets, studs, and whatever your rock and roll heart desires. Just make sure to turn the music UP when you're getting ready and don't be afraid to share these accessories with a frothy retro dress and beat up Converse. We'd start with an ASOS Skull & Dipped Spike Collar Necklace which goes with just about anything bare-necked or strapless. Pair it with some Tarina Tarantino Ivorette Lucite Skull Drop Earrings which are just sparkly enough without going overboard. To lighten the mood, we'd add a Suede Effect Spike Headband and throw jars of eye glitter, dark crimson lipstick, liquid eyeliner, and our best punk tunes (for hijacking the DJ booth) in this Topshop Metallic Asymmetric Clutch which can also be worn cross-body style. Instead of a corsage, pay tribute to The Misfits with this mini Misfits Ghost Lapel Pin affixed to the bodice of your dress. Stack some bracelets such as this ASOS Rubber Spike Bracelet (which won't hurt people when you hurl yourself around the dance floor), and don't forget to tip your sparkly black mani out in an ASOS Triple Spike Ring. #RAWK! Need more ideas? Right this way!