Top 10 Spring 2009 Prom Dresses

Prom time is coming up fast. Here are some of the nicest dresses available and the time to shop is now.

Waiting for the last minute can mean spending a lot more on the prom dress of choice. The short and long of it is that there are many fashions out there and finding a unique dress can happen right now.

I think that some of the best stores out there for clothing shopping for teenage girls are: Dillard's, Macy's, Lord and Taylor, JcPenney, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Forever 21, Delia's, Wet Seal, and Torrid. Those of us who are in our twenties or thirties can remember shopping at the latter four of these stores. The fashion choices they provide for teenagers have remained consistent over the years even though styles change. The young in spirit might still be shopping for styles at those stores today. I know Forever 21 is an example of a store where older women can shop for styles that make them feel just so- "forever 21".

Donate Your Prom Dress Post Prom

 

I recommend all of the stores above for both in-store and online shopping, whichever you prefer. For online shopping, I would also add ebay, amazon, and edressme.

There are also many charitable organizations that are accepting donations of prom dresses for those whose proms have passed. It is also something to keep in mind for those shopping for prom dresses now and who do not think they will use their prom dress again in the future for any particular occasion. Donating is always a good thing. It is also true that as with bridesmaid dresses, we like to think that we might be able to use them again. Maybe, get them altered to look a different way and have them for another special occasion. But, how often do we really do that. Bridemaid dresses and prom dresses tend to hang in the closet for a long time after the wedding or the prom. So, why not donate them? If you are reading this and are interested in either giving or receiving a donated prom dress, here are some organizations that will facilitate that effort:

cosmogirl.com and promspot.com are two top places that discuss the topic of donating your prom dress. More information can be found at their sites or by directly contacting The Cinderalla Project, The Fairy Godmother Project, the Ruby Room.

I have also found that several bridal boutiques have had drives to accept prom dress donations and coordinate re-distribution. They include Hitched in Washington, DC, Look out for prom dress donation drives at certain times of they year at various spots, usually immediately post prom.

Now, for the list of 10 ten recommended prom dresses for 2009:

As a fashionista who pays attention to the styles out for all age groups not just my own, here are my top picks for 2009 prom dresses.

Additionally, if it suits your interest, please be sure to check out my hub, Easter Fashions for Kids.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Easter-Fashions-for-Kids

Top Ten Prom Dresses

1. Yellow & White One Shoulder Gown by Faviana. $378. Available at edressme.com. photo credit, edressme.com
1. Yellow & White One Shoulder Gown by Faviana. $378. Available at edressme.com. photo credit, edressme.com
2. Nicole Miller Silk Strapless Gown. $630. Available at Macy's. photo credit, Macy's
2. Nicole Miller Silk Strapless Gown. $630. Available at Macy's. photo credit, Macy's
3. Serendipity Prom Sherri Hill prom dress 2061. $350. photo credit, serendipityprom.com
3. Serendipity Prom Sherri Hill prom dress 2061. $350. photo credit, serendipityprom.com
4. Serendipity Prom Serendipity 5823 (also called Nightmoves). $478. photo credit, serendipityprom.com
4. Serendipity Prom Serendipity 5823 (also called Nightmoves). $478. photo credit, serendipityprom.com

Like I said in Easter Fashions for Kids, I'm a bit old fashioned and believe in a classic sense of style. I think that kids should look like kids and similarly teenagers should look like teenagers. Of course my own sense of style influences these selections, so I hope you like them. I definitely believe the look for prom should be classy not trashy. Students should also be cognizant of the fact that some schools will have special dress codes. Many girls attending prom might be over 18 but some are still 17 or even 16. I don't like the idea of prom dresses sending the message of being overly sexy so here are some classic and very pretty dresses, not overly structured in design.

Two of my favorite designers for prom dresses are Sue Wong and Faviani. I also like dresses by Nicole Miller and Adriana Papell among others.

My top choices in fashion designs for this spring all have splashes of color such as yellow. The basic black for evening attire is also among my selections.

Many of these dresses, such as the Adriana Papell short chiffon beaded dress, come in plus sizes as well.

As a disclaimer, many of the dresses were selected for beauty of the design regardless of price. I think that for teenage girls looking for prom dresses, it is important to consult with parents about the budget if the teenagers are not paying for the prom dresses themselves.

One of these dresses is upwards of $600 which I think is a lot to spend on the prom dress. In general, I think that prom dresses should be in a lower price range than the price ranges you typically see for wedding dress, however that is not always the case.

When making the final selection for a prom dress, price, quality, design and value should all be considered.

5. Aqua Paneled Skirt Dress from Sue Wong. $395. Available at edressme.com. photo credit, edressme.com
5. Aqua Paneled Skirt Dress from Sue Wong. $395. Available at edressme.com. photo credit, edressme.com
6. Adriana Papell Short Chiffon Beaded Dress. $218. Macy's. photo credit, Macy's
6. Adriana Papell Short Chiffon Beaded Dress. $218. Macy's. photo credit, Macy's
7. J.S. Boutique Beaded Gown. $200. Available at Dillard's. photo credit, Dillard's
7. J.S. Boutique Beaded Gown. $200. Available at Dillard's. photo credit, Dillard's
8. J.R. Night Mesh Gown. $140. Available at Dillard's. photo credit, Dillards
8. J.R. Night Mesh Gown. $140. Available at Dillard's. photo credit, Dillards

Best Stores to Shop for Prom Dresses

 

While Dillard's was my top pick for finding Easter fashions for kids, after some research, my top picks for finding springtime prom dresses (most proms will be in June, some in May) are definitely:

1. Edress Me (edressme.com)

2. Serendipity Prom (serendipityprom.com)

3. Macy's (macys.com)

4. Dillard's (dillards.com)

Note that the best selection that department stores offer are sometimes available among various stores. When you find the dress you like the most, you can do a price comparison at sites like shopzilla.com or browse the various store sites and enter the dress description of product number in the key word search box.

9. Alex Evenings One Shoulder Gown. $140. Available at Dillard's. photo credit, Dillard's
9. Alex Evenings One Shoulder Gown. $140. Available at Dillard's. photo credit, Dillard's
10. Gianni Bine Esta Dress. $168. Available at Dillard's. photo credit, Dillard's
10. Gianni Bine Esta Dress. $168. Available at Dillard's. photo credit, Dillard's

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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Are you kidding me?  these are what girls at this tender age are wearing to proms?  OMG they must be wealthy as well as spoiled rotten...seems....G-Ma :O) Hugs

Well what I see below makes more sense to me...sorry I didn't see that first....


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA Author

lol, G-Ma, hope the dresses I chose are not a bad reflection on me. Expensive taste, I know. Hope you read my disclaimer, I mainly chose these dresses irrespective of price. I don't think kids should be paying so much for prom dresses but I also think these dresses are really nice out of all the ones I saw on various websites. Prom dresses are very expensive in general this year, but yes the amazon finds below are more tender on the budget:-). Thanks for posting a comment. Talk to you soon.-Journey*


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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

Very interesting...such lovely prom dresses. Wish I were that young again.:)


subramanyam 7 years ago

hi helo i want sep from ur hubpages


Indian lady 7 years ago from India

Hi,

Very interesting. Photos and videos are exclusive. I founf a blog about fashion and it is fascinating.

http://trendsandfashionjewelry.blogspot.com/

indian lady


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kins 7 years ago from shanghai

those pictures are so special,cool!

If i have a dream, i want to be a designer!

maybe my calligraphy is also great!

http://cnhandwriting.blogspot.com


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA Author

Hi Melody, thanks for commenting. We're only as old as we feel;-) Indian lady and kins, thanks for commenting and sharing links. I enjoy blogging about fashion as well. My link is on my profile page.-Journey*


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Raven King 7 years ago from Cabin Fever

Those dresses are beautiful. Good hub.:)


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for stopping by and posting a comment Raven. I'm glad you like these choices.


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Ashley Joy 7 years ago

My daughter is a senior this year and the brochures we are getting in the mail do not have dresses like these. The ones we are getting have a lot less fabric on them and they are not the type of dress I want my teen wearing. You actually have some great looking ones here so we need to go to these stores this weekend to shop for hers.


SnuggieSightings.com 7 years ago

For Prom styles on a budget, the Snuggie should be in this list.

Points to Ponder from Mr. Snuggie Sightings....


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JPSO138 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Very nice indeed. The dresses are awesome. Great hub!


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chillingbreeze 7 years ago from India

Dresses are splendid and the model are super! Not just like me...hahaha---Good hub


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kneeyee Alex 7 years ago

If i were to pay to read this piece, believe me i wont hesitate. I wish your pix were one of the models. Great hub


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA Author

hi everybody- Ashley Joy, chillingbreeze, JPSO138, kneeyee Alex,..- thanks for posting your comments. Ashley Joy, I'm glad you like these dress choices and I hope you and your daughter found a great dress for her. -Journey*


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santoion 7 years ago

Very good hub.Thank You !


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA Author

Hi santoion, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm glad you like this hub. -Journey*


lauren858 7 years ago

You might want to check out this site http://www.goodorient.com/prom_Dress_C333 for great finds for prom dresses . I am looking at their collections for another purpose and I saw how beautiful all their stocks are.


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for leaving a comment, lauren858.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

These proms dresses are so adorable I think we as adults can wear them too. Our dresses were not as elegant, they have came along way. :)


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Journey * 7 years ago from USA Author

Hi AEvans, thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. I also appreciate your comment on the fan page! I do love fashion. Prom season is over for now but I'll probably write about some new styles next year. I've been most enjoying wedding fashion lately. Talk to you soon.


emma 7 years ago

iDressOnline also sells prom dresses, cocktail and evening gowns from Sue Wong, Dalia, Blush. The dresses are cheap. They have other brand names dresses and shoes too. Right now they have 15% additonal off plus Free shipping if you buy 3 items or more.


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obetosama555 6 years ago

Thank Info Top 10 Spring 2009 Prom Dresses


Evening dress 6 years ago

I was very pleased to see a more traditional wedding dress that does not look like a coctail dress or a prom dress. I wish there were more dresses that cater to the girls and young women who want a more traditional wedding. It is very difficult now to find gowns that are not styled to accentuate the bustline. Hoping to see more gown in the future that are designed for the modest types young woman. Thaks for providing this space.


trendygirl23 5 years ago

Prom is a very special time for girls, and choosing a prom dress is ideal for making your night a memorable experience. Check out JOVANI's selection of wonderful stylish, yet affordable collection. http://www.jovani.com/prom-dresses


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Journey * 5 years ago from USA Author

emma, obetosam555, Evening dress and trendygirl23, thanks very much for posting your comments. trendygirl23, I have taken a look at the dresses by Jovani and the collection is very nice.

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