These Prom Dress Trends are All the Inspo You Need to Cop Your Perfect ‘Fit

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UPDATED: 4/29/2022
By Andréa Butler

Whatever your formal ‘fit fantasy — be it to post up in a red prom dress, a sequined stunner, a short option, or other dreamy design — when it comes to prom dress trends at affordable prices, we got you. Scroll through this list for the best prom dress ideas and the stores where you can get them, so you can spend your coins on a lewk you’ll absolutely love.

Pro Tip: Already copped a dress for prom or not going to the dance yet? Some of these picks are also perfect for Sweet Sixteen soirees, graduation parties, and your big cousin’s wedding!

1. Beaded Bodice with Tulle

Come through mosaic-inspired corset top and flowy skirt! Slip this one on, and you’ll be twirlin’ on ’em all prom night long.

2. Red Strapless Gown

That red on melanin, tho! Make a bold entrance with this classic, mermaid-style vibe — plus side cut outs! We love to see it.

Price: $79.00

3. Maxi with Back Detailing

Make a statement before you’ve even said a word when you show up in the place (well, on the screen) with style and lace. Decked out with embroidery in back, this blush-colored gown will crown you best (prom) dressed, for sure.

Price: $99.00

4. African Print Halter Dress

Do it for the culture and steal the spotlight with this blue-and-gold printed ensemble, available in a wide range of sizes for every body type. No question, you’ll be sending out all the #queen vibes.

Price: $99.99
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5. Sequin Gown with Slit

Bring that Hollywood glam energy to your school’s similarly themed prom world with all-over glitter, courtesy of shimmering sequins.

Price: $129
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6. Floral Print Ball Gown

There is such a thing as the perfect dress — and this one with its bright orange color and raised floral embellishments is a whole vibe.

Price: $167.97

7. Lavender Maxi Complete with a Train

Even if your prom is going virtual again and the dance floor is in your house, that does not mean you don’t show up and show out for the big night. This special occasion dress boasts white and silver embroidery all over, a long train, and a lovely lavender hue that’s destined to set off your skin tone like whoa.

Price: $99.00

8. Emerald Green Prom Jumpsuit

Ball gowns, maxi dresses, and long A-lines aren’t the only ways to make a statement at the biggest dance of the year. Jumpsuits are a trend in the ’22 — and green is a fire option for any formal event.

Price: $79.00

9. Metallic Mini Dress

Roll out your own red carpet because this prom look, with its trendy corset top and sparkle that’ll have you shinin’ shinin’ shinin’, is to be celebrated.

Price: $89.99

10. One-Shoulder Mini

One-shoulder dresses are a prom season drip. Flex in this animal-print number with sequined detailing.

Price: $68.00

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