2018 Prom Dresses for Your Style Profile

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Finding the best prom dress for your coloring is easy. A little spin of the color wheel and you’re set. If you really want your prom look to be lit, wear a dress that complements your personality instead.
Leave no style left unturned. If you prefer fishnets to florals, there’s an edgy prom dress ready to help show off your shadow side. Do secondhand clothes and vintage styles line your closet? A prom pantsuit may be just your speed.
Ready to show off your vibe? See which of these trendy prom dresses best capture your style profile.

Edgy Prom Style

Whether you’re anti-prom or just anti-pink, an edgy prom dress can show off your stormy side. Red and black prom dresses are the go-to for prom punks and goth gals alike. The geometric silhouette created by strappy designs and cut outs will let your classmates know you mean business. Play with texture, too. A vegan leather prom dress is sure to send your sweetie swooning. Complete your look with a pair of combat boots to drive home your unique edge.
Recommended accessories: leather jacket, studded jewelry, chokers, boots, dark lips and eyes, wrist cuffs, and ample attitude.

Hollywood Glamour Gowns

Have a flair for the dramatic and an eye for opulence? These prom dresses hark back to old Hollywood glamour when over-the-top didn’t exist. From the flyway skirt on this Sherri Hill gown to an exaggerated mermaid cut prom dress, each beckons to babes who want to slay the elegant way. When in doubt, repeat after us: in cape sleeves we trust.
Recommended accessories: tiaras, pearls, manicured nails, gloves, cute clutches, false lashes, and perfect posture.

Vintage-Style Prom Dresses

Bring out your inner vixen in a vintage-style prom dress. But be warned, these aren’t your grandmother’s gowns. Keyhole necklines, cut outs and off the shoulder prom dresses are the cues of trendy vintage prom designs. Or, skip the dress altogether and opt for a perfect prom pantsuit. This one’s giving us some serious boogie fever.
Recommended accessories: clogs or platform shoes, chunky jewelry, voluminous hair, blue eye shadow, and your best throwback dance moves.

Preppy for Prom

Take a walk on the sophisticated side. These preppy prom looks showcase your inner poise. Present pretty and polished in a floral prom dress or proper suit jacket. Colors and cuts also count for a lot when searching for a modest prom dress. Whether you want to give a nod to your time as a tennis pro, or simply prefer to be a little more buttoned up, have a preppy prom dress accompany you to the big dance.
Recommended accessories: petite pumps, pink lips, coiffed updos, and a winning smile.

Is shock value your primary motivation? These wildcard gowns are the winning hand you’ve been waiting for. The belle sleeves on this Sherri Hill romper and the look of this La Femme’s fancy fishnet dress are all fire and sass. Feeling femininely feline? Take things a bit more literal and rock out in an animal print prom dress. Whatever dress you decide on, keep them guessing by dancing to your own beat.
Recommended accessories: anything goes!

Other Ways to Make the Dress Your Own


If you already committed to a simple two-piece prom dress or prefer something more plain looking there are plenty of ways to stylize your prom profile with accessories. Take a peek at those we’ve recommended here to get ideas for how to get your look in alignment.
In the end, your prom look is an extension of your everyday look. Feel free to exaggerate it. Want to show off a different piece of your personality? Prom is the perfect opportunity to leave high school with whatever version of yourself you most identify with at the end of the year.
So skip the quizzes telling you which prom dress is best for your body type and put that energy into truly showcasing your prom style profile.