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It’s prom night. You’re wearing a gorgeous dress that you only decided on after trying on a dozen others, you’ve spent at least two hours on your hair and makeup, and your accessories were carefully selected with the help of your bff. You get out of your limo, link arms with your prom date, make your grand entrance into the dance and the first thing you see is… another girl wearing the exact. same. dress.
She spots you at the same time as you spot her (your fashion radar is that advanced). You can’t help but do a quick sweep from hair to feet. Does her hair flatter her dress more? Does the color look better on her? Should you have chosen a different bracelet? Does it fit her better? Your whitened prom smile turns to a grimace as you find your table. You can’t believe your outfit has been totally copy-catted. Then again, you did find your dress at the mall in town…
Wearing the same dress as another girl to prom, homecoming, or any formal event can throw your entire night off. If you live in a town where there’s not a ton of options for formalwear, don’t fret. The internet has totally leveled the shopping playing field. I compiled a list of the best online boutiques for prom, homecoming and special occasion dresses. These are reputable places that don’t sell knock-offs and have dedicated customer service.
If you’re worried about the fit, just take your measurements beforehand and remember that you can always take it to a tailor in town to perfect every seam.
The best web boutiques for dresses, shoes & jewelry
Your prom dress is something you’ll likely remember for the rest of your life. Instead of hitting the regular stores in town, you may want to shop for your prom online. Prom websites often have hundreds of different styles and a wider range of sizes than you’ll find in brick and mortar stores. But before you order- get out a measuring tape and make sure you know all of your measurements, then compare them to the site’s size chart. That way you can avoid pesky returns. A couple online prom sites seem to sell knock-offs… but we won’t mention their names here. Instead, check out these reputable prom retailers.
The name is quirky, but the selection has mass appeal… and there’s quite a lot of it. There might be over a thousand dresses on GoldenAsp, all by fab prom designers like Tony Bowls, Jovani, Alyce and tons more. Luckily you can narrow down your search pretty easily- just sort by designer, color and style. The “style” search is especially detailed, with sections for “Celebrity Dresses,” “Open Back,” “Mermaid,” and more. Their sizes vary depending on what the designer offers. Some dresses go from 00 to 14, while others go up to size 20.
Don’t let the name fool you. David’s Bridal has an entire section dedicated to prom and homecoming dresses, and they specialize in taking the hottest trends and making them affordable. From high-low hems to ombre to embellished necklines, David’s Bridal is sure to cater to the whim of every prom-goer. I’d also suggest looking here for clutches and prom jewelry. Accessorizing a dress is often the hardest part of putting together a prom look, but David’s Bridal makes it easy-peasy.
Check out these Prom Makeup ideas.
For the girl who turns her nose up at trends and gets her fash-inspiration from her grandmother (and great-grandmother’s) teen years, there’s Unique Vintage. From drop-waist flapper-esque frocks to flirty fifties flare skirts and retro accessories, you can find something from nearly every decade. They also carry traditional prom designers dresses of today, but the selection is intentionally off-beat. They’ve got intricately detailed Terani dresses, feather happy Mac Duggal gowns and daring Faviana gowns.
Get the whole look! See these Prom Hairstyles for ALL Hair Types!
TJFormal has curated the best of traditional prom designers and put them all in one place. From Jessica McClintock to Mori Lee and Hannah S, this site is selective about their styles and chooses best sellers. Where this site really stands out against is competitors is the shoe selection. There are hundreds of styles in every height and every price point. The site also runs a pretty good blog… in case you’re looking from some more pre-prom reading!
Check out these Prom Jewelry ideas.
If making an entrance is your thing, head to Dress Goddess. The sparkles, sequins, flashy prints and embellished bodices they stock almost make you feel like you’re at a red carpet event… even though you’re behind a computer. You can snag a Tony Bowls, Gigi and a Dancing With the Stars dress here. Dress Goddess stocks a bunch of the it-prom designers.
Find the perfect evening clutch.
You like how vintage dresses look… but you’re not so keen on the polyester material and the fact that it may have been sitting in a grandma’s closet for the last forty years. For mini dresses that are retro-inspired but made by today’s manufacturers, browse the selection at ModCloth. They mostly carry dresses with a shorter hem, and have a whole section dedicated to party frocks. Their inventory changes daily, so keep checking back during prom season if something doesn’t catch your eye on your first visit. They also carry some awesome retro-inspired shoes, so you could potentially find your whole prom look on ModCloth. They also have a good return policy and customer service.