- Every year, thousands of students in the United States attend their junior and senior proms.
- Students typically dress up in extravagant gowns and tuxedos for the occasion. But not everyone wants to keep with tradition on their prom night.
- To help give you an idea of what other options are on the market, we’ve rounded up 16 alternatives to traditional prom dresses.
- Pantsuits and jumpsuits, for example, are a great way to make a statement at prom without wearing a skirt.
- If gowns are more your style, you can change things up by choosing a dress that features a geometric print or eye-catching ruffles.
A prom dress is arguably one of the most difficult gowns to shop for.
Not only is there pressure to find a unique dress that will stand out from every other ensemble at the event, but there’s also the added stress of choosing a gown that you won’t regret wearing 10 years down the road.
Thankfully, shopping for prom dresses in 2019 has its advantages. There are tons of new retailers to shop at, and a plethora of new styles to try. If you’re in the market for something different, one of these 17 prom-dress alternatives might be for you.
A neon-coloured pantsuit will stand out from just about any crowd.
Pantsuits have become especially popular among celebrities in recent years, so it’s likely that the style will translate over to prom fashion too.
A cape-style dress will add flare to your look.
Halter-style gowns are typically viewed as traditional, but the addition of a cape adds something unique and unexpected to the classic look.
By wearing a dress of this style, you’ll also be channeling Meghan Markle, who recently wore a dress with a cape while in Fiji.
This particular dress stands out for its length.
While many opt for floor-length gowns on prom night, you might want to consider a cocktail dress. The style is perfect for dancing, and will look striking compared to longer dresses.
A ruffled romper will look distinct for the same reason.
A detailed romper like this one will undoubtedly make a memorable fashion statement.
Bell-sleeved dresses are rarely worn during proms.
Prom dresses are typically held up by thin straps or short sleeves, so this retro style adds something new to the mix.
No one will expect you to wear an animal-print dress on prom night.
Animal print is a bold style, so you can go simple with the rest of your look.
A conventional gown will look less traditional if it features standout colours.
This dress, for example, includes various shades of green throughout, adding multiple pops of colour to an otherwise standard look.
Keep your eye out for an ensemble that’s made with a unique fabric.
Silk is eye-catching, and rarely used for prom dresses. By choosing a gown made from the shiny fabric, you’ll likely have one of the most unique looks of the night.
If you enjoy the look of dresses but feel more comfortable in pants, try a jumpsuit.
The strapless top, wide pants, and knot in the center of this suit create the illusion of a dress.
Choose a dress that features a unique colour and shape.
Browns, grays, and other neutrals are rarely worn during prom, so you’re sure to look anything but traditional – especially when paired with an attention-grabbing ruffle.
You can still wear a skirt to prom without wearing a dress.
Instead, skirts paired with crop tops will look both formal and edgy.
Don’t shy away from incorporating geometric prints into your prom look.
A standout look like this one will have everyone wondering where you found such a unique dress.
Opt for a flowing gown to stand out from the crowd.
Whether you’re taking prom photos or dancing the night away, a dress of this style is sure to make you feel elegant.
Crop-top suits are trendy, and will look striking at an event like prom.
To make an outfit like this look a little more formal, simply pair the crop top with a sharp blazer.
Outerwear looks can be unexpected, but stunning.
Jacket-style dresses will look especially refreshing in a crowd of ball gowns.
The type of jacket you wear can make your prom suit stand out even more.
Instead of wearing a long-sleeved coat, try wearing a sleeveless jacket.
- Read more:
- People are accusing a teenage girl of cultural appropriation for wearing a traditional Chinese dress to prom
- Native teens are using prom to make a statement about indigenous representation
- A woman made a prom dress out of trash bags – and it looks like a designer gown
- A teen plastered the face of Michelle Obama and other famous black women all over her prom dress – and people are obsessed
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