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Last-Minute Prom Dresses

When it comes to prom dress shopping, leaving everything to the eleventh hour can be a good thing, despite what those girls who've had dresses since November might say. Let them gloat about mapping their stiletto height, manicure color and lip gloss shine level around their dresses. Knowing what they plan to wear means you can buy something totally different instead—like one of the dresses in the slideshow below.

Whether floor length or mini, Betty Draper pink, or Daisy Buchanan drop-waisted, they all have one thing in common: each dress is currently available either in major department stores (Saks, Nordstrom) or popular chains (White House Black Market, J.Crew). Which means you can be in and out in 20 minutes flat—just maybe spend 2 minutes calling the store first to check availability—and reap the benefits of last minute prom dress shopping without paying hideous rush shipping fees.

Other girls might wear sequins, but they'll probably be in black, gold or silver, not orangey-greeny-red-iridescent.

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