17 short prom dresses that were made for twirling the night away

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.

1Modcloth Retro Sequin Dress with Cape Sleeves, $149


Cape sleeves give this dress a distinctly retro feel.

2Topshop One Shoulder Ruffle Minidress, $100


Channel your inner Romy and Michelle in this metallic Topshop number.

3Nicole Miller Striped Sequin Mini Dress, $495


A simple, bodycon silhouette is elevated with bands of black sequins.

4Boohoo Boutique Kira Embellished High Neck Bodycon Dress, $47


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.

6Adrianna Papell Sequin Beaded Dress with Mock Neck and Lace Up Sides, $179


This dress is all about the details, from the mock neckline to the lace-up sides to the twinkling beading and sequins.

7Asos Design Curve Pastel Embroidered Tulle Mini Dress, $87


Go romantic in this embellished tulle dress. (P.S. how perfect is that skirt for twirling?)

8Prom Girl Long-Sleeve Lace Dave and Johnny Short Prom Dress, $280


The mesh detailing and beading on this formfitting LBD are seriously swoon-worthy.

9PrettyLittleThing Luci Pale Blue Premium High Neck Jacquard Lace Panel Mini Dress, $85

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.

11Aidan Mattox Halter Cocktail Dress, $165


There’s nothing basic about this curve-hugging LBD.

12Modcloth Recognized Romance Fit and Flare Dress, $200


This dreamy dress comes in sizes XXS to 4X.

13Asos Edition Beautiful Embellished Floral Skater Dress, $190


Go flirty in this twirl-worthy embroidered dress.

14Lulu’s Forevermore Skater Dress, $61


This simple skater dress comes in nine colors, including peach, burgundy, and light blue.

15PrettyLittleThing Charlyia White Premium Halterneck Bodycon Dress, $120

This dress is extra in the best possible way, from the sequin floral embellishments to the tassels.

16Xscape Caviar Beading Keyhole Dress, $248


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.

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