I always imagined that I would wear a sweeping, Oscar’s worthy gown to my prom. But when the time came to choose a prom dress, I ended up falling in love with a short, strapless one. The heart wants what it wants, I guess. And there are benefits to short prom dresses: they’re perfect for showing off a fab pair of shoes, and they’re generally much easier to dance in than their long counterparts.
And just because you opt for a short prom dress doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice glamour. The proof: These 17 short prom dresses that we rounded up. From sequined dresses to LBDs to retro-inspired numbers, there’s a little something for everyone.
Cape sleeves give this dress a distinctly retro feel.
Channel your inner Romy and Michelle in this metallic Topshop number.
A simple, bodycon silhouette is elevated with bands of black sequins.
You can’t go wrong with an embellished minidress.
5Ivanova Pulse Dress, $420
The bright red color and chiffon skirt of this dress ensure a standout look.
This dress is all about the details, from the mock neckline to the lace-up sides to the twinkling beading and sequins.
Go romantic in this embellished tulle dress. (P.S. how perfect is that skirt for twirling?)
The mesh detailing and beading on this formfitting LBD are seriously swoon-worthy.
The simple shape of this dress is elevated with a gold and powder blue color scheme.
10Free People Selina Dress, $290
This slinky dress from Free People manages to be both simple and sexy.
There’s nothing basic about this curve-hugging LBD.
This dreamy dress comes in sizes XXS to 4X.
Go flirty in this twirl-worthy embroidered dress.
This simple skater dress comes in nine colors, including peach, burgundy, and light blue.
This dress is extra in the best possible way, from the sequin floral embellishments to the tassels.
The sleeves of this dress are practically begging to be Kira Kira-ed.
17Bardot Babylon Dress, $119
We never met a ruffled dress we didn’t like.