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Best and Worst Prom Dresses for 2024

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Valerie Zhang
If you’re still deciding on what kind of dress to wear for prom this year, read on to get some inspiration!

1. Ballgown

The most expensive out of all the options, ball gowns are also the most dreamy and enchanting types of dresses. Famous for their intricately laced bodices fitted with heavy layers of romantic skirts, this style of prom dress never fails to impress. 

2. A-line

A picture of elegance, the A-line style is a classic that leaves a soft impression. This dress is defined by its A-shaped silhouette, hung by two shoulder straps that connect to a narrow bodice before trailing into wider skirts. It is branded as a universal style for all shapes and sizes — emphasizing the waist on pear-shaped bodies, adding curves for more boxy bodies, and balancing broad shoulders for inverted-triangle shaped bodies. 

3. Illusion

When well made, illusion dresses feature cut outs of the fabric that are filled with sheer material to create a beautiful design on the neckline. The boldness of the design juxtaposes with the simplicity of the skirt, creating a subtle finish. The dress style is captivating while also preserving modesty. However, since the sheer material is usually tulle, netting, or lace, one must be cautious because the perfect look can be torn easily. 

4. Mermaid

True to its name, these dresses mimic a mermaid’s tail. A gorgeous fitted dress, the mermaid style hugs the body until the knee from which it flares into a dramatic skirt. But wearing a tight dress for hours is demanding, so if you’re willing to sacrifice comfort for flair, this is the right dress for you. 

5. Off the shoulder

This style makes you feel like you’ve accidentally wandered into a fairy tale. Although enrapturing through a sleek neckline and cascading fabric, wearing a dress that lacks upper-body support can be difficult and uncomfortable.

6. Two-piece

This two-piece style is conveniently designed and can look pretty, but it feels less formal and more like a matched set. This style is bold and unique, and when wearing it, it’s likely that you’ll break prom norms…but not exactly in a good way. 

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Valerie Zhang
Valerie Zhang, Reporter
Class of 2024
Because of writing, the spontaneity of ideas that pop into my head in the middle of the night has transformed me into a night owl. Throughout the late hours, I cultivate my obsession with period dramas, sports animes, and pictures of swim practice sunsets. Other hobbies include learning languages, lifeguarding, and sleeping!

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    R CaudleMay 20, 2024 at 9:32 am

    I prefer the A line dresses because I think it’s not too dramatic, but also enough for prom.

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