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

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By Andréa Butler

It’s hard to believe we’re coming up on year two of having prom in a panny.

But now that your school has one virtual soiree under its belt, this year should really be poppin’. And since there’ll be no group splurge on a limo with your girls, and you’re considering DIY-ing your ‘do, you may be able to spend a few more coins on your dress.

Whatever your formal ‘fit fantasy — be it to post up in a red prom dress, a two-piece stunner, a short option, or other dreamy design — when it comes to beautiful dresses 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 cop a lewk you’ll absolutely love.

1. Embroidered Two-Piece with Tulle

Come through sequined crop top and flowy skirt! Slip this one on, and you’ll be twirlin’ on ’em all prom night long.

2. Red Spaghetti Strapped Gown

That red on melanin, tho! Make a bold (virtual) entrance with ’90s vibes — plus, pockets! We love to see it.

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 and criss-crossed straps in back, this rose-colored gown will crown you best (prom) dressed, for sure.

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.

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5. Sequin Gown with Slit

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

6. Floral Gown with Spaghetti Straps

There is such a thing as the perfect dress — and this one with its light blue color and metallic floral embellishments is a whole vibe.

7. Purple Gown with Beaded Bodice

Just because the dance floor is in your house again this year does not mean you don’t show up and show out for the big night. This special occasion dress boasts a beaded bodice and purple hue that’s destined to set off your skin tone like whoa.

8. Emerald Green Long Prom Dress

Channel Marsai Martin award show vibes in this satin, sleeveless look. Jewel tones are a trend in 2021 — remember all that Inauguration Day slay?! — and green is a fire option for any formal event.

9. Long-Sleeved Velvet Dress

Roll out your own red carpet because this prom look, with its ruching and velvet purple color, is to be celebrated.

10. One-Shoulder, Satin Ball Gown

One-shoulder dresses are a prom season drip. Flex for the Zoom in this olive-colored satin number with asymmetrical strappy back detailing.

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11. Short and Long

Short prom dresses more your personal style? Post up in the best of both worlds and revel in knowing this choice isn’t relegated only to prom night. Post-pandemic, don this slay apparel to a weekend house party, a dinner date, or for the next holiday season. Options = endless.

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