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.
There's something kind of laidback about this floaty, printed dress.
Oscar de la Renta-ish.
The requisite old Hollywood glamor option.
Wear it Rachel Zoe-style with bedhead and a snake bangle.
One of the more elegant backless options out there.
The watercolor print makes it look way more expensive than it is.
A good way to show off major, borrowed-from-your-Mom jewelry.
Elle Fanning would wear this with a high ponytail and quirky shoes.
With beading and feathers, it's a teensy bit Daisy Buchanan.
If you can't decide whether to go long or short, do both.
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