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Top Ten Spring 2012 Prom Dresses

Updated on January 8, 2013

Prom dress design options

The end of March is coming soon and it will be May and June prom time before you know it. There are some great design options currently being advertised for high school students who are awaiting their prom. It is a very exciting time for them.

I love fashion so much and since I have been writing on HubPages, I have done articles on prom dresses in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Here are some of the design options that I find to be the prettiest for the year 2012.

The time to start shopping for the beautiful dress that you want is now. Currently, Macys is advertising 20% off their prom dresses plus free shipping.

While short prom dresses seem to be gaining more popularity and many prom dresses are getting shorter and shorter these days, I still like the long ones.

For example, there are some BCBGMAXAZRIA prom dresses in bright and bold colors such as cobalt blue, yellow or purple that I really like and are being sold through Macy's site.

I love purple and this year, the color's popularity is undeniable.

The BCBGMAXAZRIA pleated one shoulder long gown in purple, pictured below is currently being advertised at Macy's for $348.

This is indeed very pricey and a lot of money for a high school student to have to spend on a dress. Saving up for this dress and limiting accessories might be an option for you or perhaps you might like to look for a similar dress in a lower price range.

10. Sleeveless one shoulder gown

BCBGMAXAZRIA pleated one shoulder gown in purple
BCBGMAXAZRIA pleated one shoulder gown in purple | Source

Under $300 prom dresses

Somewhat more reasonably priced at $288.00 is the BCBGMAXAZRIA dress below, also available at Macy's. While I usually like brighter colors, I think this is a beautiful dress with understated elegance and pretty draped design in a champagne/ beige color.

This dress is available in navy too but for this particular dress design, I personally prefer the beige. How about you?

At the writing of this hub, this dress is unfortunately available only in size 6 on the Macy's website and seem to be selling out fast.

9. One shoulder draped evening gown

from BCBGMAXAZRIA, available at Macy's
from BCBGMAXAZRIA, available at Macy's | Source

Affordable prom dresses

If you are reading this hub, perhaps you are thinking about your budget and thinking that affordability will be a huge factor in your selecting your prom dress. If that is the case, one of the recommendations that I have is They have a section on their website that especially features more affordable prom dresses. Below is one of my favorite selections from there.

This dress is by Lets fashion and costs $159. It is available in sizes XS-3X. The available colors for you to choose from are purple, fuchsia, turquoise, royal blue, and off white. The color that I like the most here is purple again.

8. Affordable prom dress


Black prom dresses

While black is not usually one of my favorite colors for formal gowns, the prom dress below available at Lord and Taylor is classic and elegant. I really like it. It is a belted crossed neckline dress from the Lauren by Ralph Lauren line and costs $184.00.

7. Lauren by Ralph Lauren prom dress

Lauren by Ralph Lauren belted crossed neckline prom dress
Lauren by Ralph Lauren belted crossed neckline prom dress | Source

The pretty peach colored dress below is available at Dillard's for $129. It is stated on the website that the dress was featured in the March 2012 issue of Seventeen magazine.

It is available in sizes 1-13.

In cooperation with Seventeen magazine, Dillard's is also having a sweepstakes to win a prom dress.

6. Prom dress as seen in Seventeen magazine

Jodi Kristopher beaded-strap gown
Jodi Kristopher beaded-strap gown | Source

Prom dresses at Dillard's

The Hailey Logan prom dress below is available at Dillard's for $179.00. I really like the neckline on this dress especially.

5. Hailey Logan prom dress

Hailey Logan illusion neckline prom dress
Hailey Logan illusion neckline prom dress | Source

The bright prom dress below is a refreshing and unexpected turquoise color great for the time of year (late spring/early summer) that proms are typically held.

This dress is available at for $238.00. It is the loose fitting long prom dress by Shimmer. It has an empire waistline, one of my favorite styles and a beaded waist. I love when there is just enough beaded embellishment.

This dress is available in sizes 0-14 and is available in a couple of other colors if you are interested but I love this color!

4. Bright and bold colored prom dresses


You'll be happy to know that at Peaches boutique, there is a large range of prices advertised for the prom dresses with some online only deals as inexpensive at $30. I encourage you to visit that site as well.

In terms of design, below is one of my favorite selections available at that particular retailer. It the the Mori Lee dress 8719 for $179. I love this burgundy color. This is actually an online only deal as well. The price has been cut from an original price of $371.

3. Elegant and sophisticated mermaid style prom dress

Mori Lee Dress 8179
Mori Lee Dress 8179 | Source

2. Designer prom dresses

While I do not have a photo available here, I do encourage everyone to take a look at the beautiful dresses at especially the strapless chiffon style 159764 in coral/ red.

While well tailored and gorgeous, these dresses can be expected to be in the higher price range unfortunately. The price of style 159764 is not even available on the site. You would have to inquire within with the company or at one of the retailers in the "Where to Buy" section.

Many students who are anticipating their proms eagerly but are concerned with the high cost of prom dresses are opting to take the time and try their luck in various sweepstakes.

Jovani is currently offering a contest where enthusiastic reviewers of the dresses can possibly win a prom dress! It seems to be worth looking into if you are interested.

Prom dress Sweepstakes

Would you sign up to enter a contest to win a prom dress?

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The beautiful gown below is available at Bebe for $198. It is the one shoulder rhinestone circle taffeta gown and it is available in sizes 2-10 in luminous red, a very popular color for formal attire these days. It has a rhinestone embellishment at the shoulder.

Bebe offers $4.95 basic shipping.

1. Bebe formal gown /prom dress

one shoulder taffeta rhinestone gown. Web exclusive
one shoulder taffeta rhinestone gown. Web exclusive | Source

Another pretty prom dress (available at

Short Prom Dresses - when it comes to the short prom dresses, this is one of the prettiest ones I have seen this year


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    • profile image 4 years ago

      I like this dresses。。。。

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Hi teaches12345,

      Thanks so much for the vote up and thanks for your nice comment. #8 is very pretty and also a good value. All the factors need to be considered when buying a dress and affordability is so important.

      - Journey *

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I may be old fashioned, but I like #8 the basic affordable design. it is simple but yet has elegant lines that make it very attractive. I see the prom dresses are out at the mall and moms with daughters are busy looking at the selections. Good selection of dresses pictured here and the information will help girls decide on what is the best option for them. Voted up.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Hi incomeguru, hope you're doing well. Thanks a lot for being my 1st comment on this hub and thanks so much for sharing on facebook. I appreciate it! As you can tell from the hub too, I agree with you and your wife and I really like Macy's a lot. Macy's stuff usually is really great especially when they lower the prices with good sales.

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      Oyewole Folarin 6 years ago from Lagos

      My wife prefer shopping at Macy's. They have cool and good looking stuffs like those reviewed above. Shared on fb!