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Prom Dress Ideas - Spring Fashion 2010

Updated on March 30, 2010

Buying the Perfect Prom Dress

Limos, flowers, first loves and fancy dresses. For many, Prom seems like a fairytale. But, finding the perfect prom dress can be more like a horror story! Well, grab a snack, pull up a chair, and prepare to do some super simple prom dress shopping. Whether you're looking for a knock-out prom gown, a hot, trendy prom dress, an affordable prom dress, or something a little more out-of-the box in a prom dress with some seriously unique attitude, you'll find what you are looking for below.

Hot and Trendy Styles

Want to be fashion forward at your prom? Do you plan on making a statement and wow-ing the crowd?  Then check out some of these hot new styles that made it right off this spring's runway and into the stores for your formal event. 

The 80's are back in a big way this year.  Cute little flats, stretchy leggings and sweater dresses are hot.  Add that in with the disco chic metallics and bright colors that strutted up and down the runways of New York and Europe this year, and some fantastic prom dress designs have been born.

The prom dresses for sale this year range from long and flowing to short and sexy.  A lot of the trendiest and most fashion forward dresses are mid thigh length.  The market is seeing a lot of halter and strapless little numbers as well.

Long and Formal Dresses

Floor length gowns are a prom classic. They evoke romance and high style. If you want the look of a pageant queen at your prom this year. Then these long flowing numbers might just be for you. Long prom dresses used to be among the pricier choices. But, this year the numbers are coming down along with the hemlines. Aside from the one high end Nicole Miller design to the left, none of these choices top out at more than $140.

It's your night, if being a princess is the experience you want, then make it so. Dress to impress with an affordable prom dress in luxurious lengths.  Simple and satiny or beaded and fanciful, long length dresses leave 'em wanting more.

Retro and Vintage Prom Looks

The great thing about a great dress is that it never goes out of style. The romance and high drama of certain eras stays with us always and can be remembered in our favorite movies, songs and some of the most memorable prom dresses on the rack or off. If you are more of a trend setter than a follower, it might pay to look back, instead of forward. From rockabilly romance, to the sleek and sexy look of a 1940s pin up girl, these out-of-the-box prom looks are sure to suprise and delight your date and all of your friends. Some of these vintage prom dresses are subtle in their style and can fit right in with any modern look. Others could be paired with great thrift store shoes and bags (and maybe even a vintage suit for your date) to create a whole retro prom look.

Unique and Beautiful Prom Styles

There's no reason to run with the crowds on prom night, or any night. If you have your own defined sense of style, and prefer to make your own way in the fashion world, then look no further. These beautiful dresses have a natural flow and appeal that will make any prom night a special and personal experience. If you'd rather stay home then show up wearing someone else's dress, then check out some long and flowing flowery numbers. There are some beautiful prom dress designs this year with hints of the 70s in subtle floral or even tie-dye patterns. Gorgeous asian inspired gowns are popping up here and there on beautiful prom night fashions. Make your mark at prom in a memorable dress that feels right for the individual you!

A Dress With Attitude

You've got attitude... no reason your prom dress should be any different. Just because its formal doesn't mean it has to be pink and frilly. These fabulous designs have kick, and manage to be sexy and strong at the same time. Go ahead and click to the right to see the detail in the dresses. A few of these might suprise you! (a pattern of skulls and roses? Wicked hard core, as my Boston friends would say!) With Bettie Page style and don't mess with me attitude, these prom dresses will knock 'em dead... with a bonus little ahem to the conventional prom.

Complete your look with a few vintage accessories, and even get your date in on the game.  A thrift shop suit would be easy on his wallet, and complete your signature prom style.

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      ThoughtfulSpot 7 years ago from PA

      So glad you enjoyed it melissa!

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      melissa 7 years ago

      wow these are some nice idea's this really helped me a lot for prom dress idea's and for any nice elegant occation

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      ThoughtfulSpot 7 years ago from PA

      Thanks SP! This format, and topic, were an experiment for me. I'm glad you liked it. And, no reason you shouldn't have your own prom... Go get yourself a dress and a manicure and have a night on the town with your best girlfriends!

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      SognoPiccolo 7 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      This is super cool.. I wish I had gotten to go to prom.. blah. Oh well. I've always loved the dresses though. =)

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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      Ixxy - Thanks. That's my favorite as well... trying to cover all bases here, but I love vintage stuff.

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      lxxy 8 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      I'm all for retro-chic.

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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      Glad you enjoyed it ladyeagle. Thanks for stopping by.

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      ladyeagle_cdc 8 years ago from San Juan City, Philippines

      oh this hub makes me recall my prom... i'll prefer vintage dress :) but everything is all good

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      Laurel Rogers 8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I have lots of dead space on my 'Treading Lightly' hub, but I don't think there's any amazon. Wonder what that's about...

      Thanks for the tips!

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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      Thanks laurel! I've been playing around with my formatting a bit. I think I might keep this style for a little while. You just have to be careful with your text capsule lengths since you could wind up with dead space since the text only fills in under the amazon capsule if the amazon capsule is on the right.

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      Laurel Rogers 8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi there, ThoughtfulSpot! I never went to a prom-boo hoo!-and am way too old to even consider such lovely dresses-53!-but I did want to stop by and look at what you did with your amazon capsules. Beautifully done! Really, to switch them up lures the reader to see them. I like this, I truly do.

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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      Thanks Fashion Fame. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I do have a few suggestions for men in my Prom Accessories hub, but they are mostly accessories. If you are looking for something off the beaten path for the gentelman, I suggest shopping ebay and vintage/second hand stores. A lot of what is "old is new again" going on this season.

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      FashionFame 8 years ago from California

      I liked your hub. It is well written and informative too. My favorite is Hot and Trendy prom dress. I would like to know what are best prom attire for boys... I liked your work and joining your fan club to stay connected and would like to invite you to see my hubs too. Good day!!!

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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      Thank you elayne. It is a new format for me. I'm playing and learning and playing more all the time. The critiques are always appreciated!

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      Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I like how you set up the hub. Love the dresses too. Aloha!

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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      Thanks Paradise! I rarely spend money on myself... and don't have the need for a lot of fancy clothes, but I do really enjoy putting things together. (I guess its just another side of the designer in me.) I always thought personal shopping would be a really neat career... not that I have ANY idea how one gets into that!

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love these dresses. They really have STYLE!

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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      Thanks for reading CMHypno! Everyday, I'm not much of a "girly-girl", but for formal occasions, it is a lot of fun to get dressed up!

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      CMHypno 8 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      The idea of prom night has only been going in the UK for a few years, so I never had one while I was at school. But looking at these beautiful prom dresses, I wish that I had had the chance to wear one!

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