Prom is a huge part of high school — it’s practically a rite of passage. Occurring at the end of the school year, prom represents one of the last times you come to together with your classmates before moving onto summer and taking on whatever you have planned for the following year. Most commonly, prom is reserved for seniors, but it’s not uncommon for schools to host a junior prom too. Regardless of your age or grade though, we all know one of the most crucial parts of prom is figuring out what you’re going to wear.
Enter: the prom dress.
Picking the perfect prom dress can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Prom dresses come in different styles, shapes, and vibes, so whether you love an elegant ball gown or a fun and flirty mini, there is a trendy prom dress perfect for you. The most important thing is that you pick the prom dress that’s right for you, and not feel pressured to adhere to some sort of expectation of what you should look like. Choosing your prom dress should be a fun experience — because it’s going to be a fun night.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money on your prom dress either (unless you want to, of course), because there are so many trendy options you can nab for under $100. That means more money for shoes, accessories, or those late night eats, because everyone knows dancing works up quite an appetite. We want to make prom dress shopping as enjoyable as possible, and that’s why we’ve compiled some of our favorite prom dresses of the year in one place for your viewing and shopping, pleasure. We’ve picked dresses of all shapes, cuts, and colors, so there is a little something for everyone, regardless of your taste.
Keep scrolling for the 30 trendiest prom dresses of 2019. You’re going to look awesome.
Lulus Luxurious Love Lace-Up Back Gown
This dress is so simple, yet has a lot going on at the same time. This dreamy number features a ruffled slit, slip-style neckline, and thin straps that cross in the back.
ModCloth Your Time To Shine Maxi Dress
You'll look absolutely stunning in this dazzling emerald green dress.
Lulus Giselle White And Nude Embroidered Rhinestone Maxi Dress
What a princess gown!
Eloquii Fringe Strapless Dress
Imagine how amazing you'll look tearing up the dance floor in this fringe dress.
BB Dakota Formation Bridesmaid Dress
Don't let the fact that this dress is marketed as a bridesmaid's dress deter you from considering it for prom. It's so light, airy, and pretty.
$110, BB Dakota
Urban Outfitters Taylor Glitter Strap Midi Dress
It's difficult to tell form this picture, but the dress from Urban Outfitters features glitter detailing over the entire fabric. And you absolutely need to see the awesome open back.
$89, Urban Outfitters
Blondie Nites Two-Piece Ballgown
Who says you can't wear a two-piece? Go ahead and break convention — we dare you.
BHLDN Eva Dress
Sweet and simple, this V-neck chiffon dress is a pretty choice for prom night.
Aqua Piped Ruffled Dress
We're here for the white-trimmed frill.
Morgan & Co. Strappy Back Trumpet Gown
This shape-defining silhouette will show off your figure, while the flowy skirt keeps it comfortable. Meanwhile, the back features an intricate web of straps for the perfect open-back look.
Mango Sequined Gown
Hello sparkle! Sequins on white fabric is such a fresh evening vibe.
Chi Chi London Exquisite Elegance Lace Dress
The full skirt and high lace neckline give this dress such a retro feel.
BHLDN Montreal Dress
You can't go wrong with a black dress — especially one that looks as amazing as this.
Dress The Population Cambria Tie Bodice Evening Dress
The little key hole cutout gives just the right about of skin without revealing too much cleavage.
TFNC Boston Cutout Maxi Dress
The waist cutouts add an edgy element to this long pleated dress.
Shegul Cece Slip Dress
You'll be dripping in gold in this epic crushed velvet slip dress.
Mango Sequined Gown
Dark green wavy sequins for the win!
BCX Juniors' Floral-Print Ballgown
A ballgown with a springtime twist, the bright flowers on this black spaghetti strap dress pop in all the best ways.
BCBG Acasia High-Low Cutout Gown
This glam yet edgy dress from BCBG is an asymmetrical dream.
Morgan & Co. Lace-Up Back Evening Dress
Simple elegance with a mesh-inset V-neck, a flirty front slit, and a gorgeous lace-up back.
ModCloth Defining Divine Sleeveless Dress
*Insert heart eye emoji*
Calvin Klein One-Shoulder Metallic Gown
You'll look like a goddess in this one-shoulder champagne shimmery gown.
Bebe Polka Dot Hi-Lo Gown
We love how this mini dress has a hi-low overlay which makes it chic and funky at the same time.
Lulus Surplice Chiffon Gown
This slate gray color is so striking.
Keepsake Heart + Soul Floral Strapless Midi Dress
The bright floral print makes this dress fun, while the structured ruffles give it a more elevated look.
$205, Urban Outfitters
Anthropology Edison Velvet Dress
Velvet is always a great idea, even for prom — especially if you live somewhere where it's still somewhat cool out.
& Other Stories Micro Strap Handkerchief Midi Dress
This double-layer skirt is so dreamy paired with the delicate spaghetti strap top.
$149, & Other Stories
City Chic Flirty Drape Maxi Dress
This dress is super flattering and comfy with a very put-together look. We love the detail of the little lace sleeves.
Say Yes To The Prom Juniors' Iridescent Sequin Mermaid Gown
You'll literally be a mermaid in this iridescent sequin gown.
Vince Camuto One-Shoulder Ruffle Gown
From the color to the neckline to the ruffles — this dress is so much fun!