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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!

OVERLAY OBSESSED

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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.

METALLIC MINIS

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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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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

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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.
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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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From dream dates to unrealistic movie expectations, there is a LOT of romanticizing when it comes to prom. The real fact of the matter is, though: this thing costs an arm and a leg. Between the tickets, the limo rental, the dinner, the boutonniere, and your outfit, you can find yourself racking up thousands of dollars for just one night. Granted, it is a magical rite of passage, but STILL. You can't help but feel it's a little crazy. If you worked your butt off on your summer job and saved up money to cop your dream prom dress, then more power to you! HOWEVER, if you're primarily interested in prom as an experience and are just trying to keep from breaking the bank (while still maintaining your style integrity, of course), we've got your answer: complete prom outfits for *drumrollll* UNDER $100! Yup. It's possible.

A prom outfit for under $100.
Photo: Forever 21

TOTAL: $85.40

Can we just shine a light on the fact that Forever 21 is a frikkin' BOON??? I mean, where else can you score an ENTIRE prom-ready look—dress, shoes, and bag—for less than 100 bones? Riddle me that. This pastel number is prom-perfect with a mint minidress ($29.80) dripping with tulle, patterned AND sequined pumps ($27.80), and a hard-case, heart-shaped clutch ($27.80) covered in spikes to keep the ensemble from looking overly saccharine.

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Photo: Nasty Gal's new 'Anti-Prom' lookbook.
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Prom season is officially in full swing, and by now, the message should be coming through loud and clear: there's NO one right way to do prom. You could rock a short dress, you could go ultra-glam, hey, you can even go as a hamburger if you wanted...but leave it to Nasty Gal to show us some of the coolest options yet. If you know NG, then you already know that Sophia Amoruso & co. have never really done things the traditional way. Luckily, the retailer's "break all the rules" philosophy applies to their newest lookbook as well, aptly titled "Anti-Prom." Stocked with tons of dresses (duh), plus unexpected pieces like spiky stud accessories, leather jackets, and even bright blue creepers, this is prom like you've never seen it before (and it's awesome).

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Sure, the automatic mental picture of a perfect prom dress is something sparkling, dramatic, and almost definitely floor-skimming. But that doesn't mean the only good looks are the long ones! If you're going for head-turning and statement-making come prom night, a SHORT dress just might be the kind of curve ball steez you're looking for. The best part? Short prom dresses are arguably way better investments than their longer counterparts thanks to their re-wearability (that is, if sentimentality doesn't have you putting the look on ice for a few decades). Also, they're so much easier to dance in! If you're thinking about a truncated prom dress, but aren't sure where to start, we rounded up some of our favorite options in a grip of styles.

CROPPED CLASSICS

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Short prom dresses.
Photo: ASOS/Topshop

A short hemline doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the princess-factor of your prom dress, and nothing says all that quite like pastels in classic ladylike cuts. With a shorter dress, you can afford to have a bigger, fuller skirt like this pink lace number ($157.94). If spatial subtlety is more your thing, take advantage of the leg-baring steez with a really interesting lace detail at the hem like this Whistles dress ($324.19). Pair it with lucite heels to keep it looking modern and fashion-forward. We're obsessed with this COMPLETELY embellished midi dress ($79.80) because its high neckline keeps the look very covered-up in the front, but turn it around and those waist cut-outs lead to a wide open back. This is definitely a dress for a messier updo. If total-ensemble embellishment seems too heavy for you, you can always keep it isolated to the top and leave the skirt free and floaty like this pale yellow skater silhouette from Topshop ($280.00).

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Sustainable prom looks from The Reformation.
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Despite all the talk of sustainability and environmental consciousness in the fashion industry these days, it can still be hard to find a prom dress that looks amazing but isn't hurting the earth in the process. Not only are a lot of clothes produced using processes and materials that aren't all that good for the environment, the people producing them, or ultimately the girl wearing them, a lot of clothing is produced in such enormous quantities that a certain amount of waste is inevitable. Don't think that means you have to wear hemp to your prom, though. While one of the biggest trends in socially-conscious formal wear are dresses made of cotton alternatives, that is by no means the only option (although there are also some really rad hemp dresses out there, just saying).

BUY DRESSES MADE OF RECYCLED FABRICS

The first is, of course, to buy a sustainably-produced gown. There are some designers making incredible dresses in an environmentally conscious way, most notably New York City's The Reformation, which uses over 80% reclaimed materials to make some of the most eye-catching dresses and rompers around. We're big fans of the whimsically printed Ladybug Dress ($298); the long sleeved, slit backed Gulf romper ($218); and the sweet and effortless red teepee dress ($188). You may ALSO remember that our Editor-At-Large Mary H.K. Choi wore a romper from the brand to this year's Grammy Awards. See y'all, red carpet tested, prom approved.

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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.

MULTI-COLORED METALLICS

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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.

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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.

BEAUTIFUL BEADING

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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)

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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

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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!

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