A woman in a Rebecca Vallance Ginevra black puff sleeve velvet embellished mini dress with silver leaf embellishments stands in a vintage room with ornate gold mirrors and distressed walls. She wears large earrings and has her hair styled back.

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The Dress Edit

Short Designer Prom Dresses That Beat Gowns Any Day

 

If you haven’t yet given short designer prom dresses your attention, it’s time you do. While the usual pick is always some sort of gown, some of the best styles are actually shorter than the traditional piece. Whether ultra mini or midi, these shorter lengths allow you to really get creative with your styling. Not to mention, who doesn’t love showing a bit of leg? With numerous tight trends and scrappy designer heels, it only makes sense to explore these unique options. Plus, with brands like Rebecca Vallance and LoveShackFancy offering options, how could you refuse? If I could go back in time to my prom days, I’d give these short designer dresses a shot before gowns any day.

A woman with a buzz cut sits on a black chair against a blue backdrop. She’s wearing an Alex Perry silver strapless draped sequinned midi dress with thin straps, featuring a high slit. Her expression is

ALEX PERRY Strapless Draped Sequined Tulle Midi Dress

A woman in a Rebecca Vallance Eva black mini embellishment trimmed dress and heels stands by an ornate staircase with intricate designs, in a hallway with patterned floor tiles.

REBECCA VALLANCE Eva Mini Dress

Flashy Short Designer Prom Dresses

 

Let’s be honest, everyone wants to look their best at prom. And when it comes to these short designer prom dresses, you won’t have to try too hard. The best way to make a statement is to lean on sequins and embellishments. The Alex Perry strapless sequined midi dress is undoubtedly one of the most flashy options on the market. Bright like disco ball, this midi compliments the body beautifully—all with a blinding shine. If you’re feeling a bit unsure about accessories, you can count on the Amina Muaddi Gilda embellished mules and Valentino Garavani Rockstud shoulder bag. An all-silver look is all you need for a memorable night. Plus, who doesn’t want a pair of Amina Muaddi heels?

 

However, if sequined dresses aren’t much of your thing, you can always go for a little touch of embellishments. The Rebecca Vallance Eva mini dress isn’t overly flashy and still offers the perfect amount of shine. It being black also adds to the numerous styling opportunities Rebecca Vallance dresses have to offer. Again, I’d keep it simple with more black and silver like the Simkhai Siren crystal sandals and Jimmy Choo Avenue sequined shoulder bag. Although, you could totally go all-black if that’s your taste.

  • ELIZA J Flower Sequin Sleeveless Dress

    $198
  • FOR LOVE & LEMONS Candice Mini Dress

    $289
  • IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE New York Sequined Tulle Mini Dress

    $500
  • IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE Marissa Asymmetric Sequined Tulle Halterneck Gown

    $720
  • NERVI Emanuelle Off-the-shoulder Ruched Ruffled Crepe Mini Dress

    $2,440
  • JOHANNA ORTIZ Distinguished Avardians Mini Dress

    $1,550
  • MAGDA BUTRYM Draped Jersey Mini Dress

    $2,340
  • COSTARELLOS Gold Vespera Sequined Off-the-shoulder Dress

    $925
  • JOHANNA ORTIZ Bow-detail Cutout Brocade Mini Dress

    $1,906
  • ALICE + OLIVIA Julienne Rhinestone Slipdress

    $395
  • DRESS THE POPULATION Kierstan Metallic Floral Jacquard Strapless Minidress

    $248
  • ALEX PERRY Strapless Draped Sequined Tulle Midi Dress

    $2,200
  • HOUSE OF CB Jovanna Plunge Halter Midi Cocktail Dress

    $285
  • SUPERDOWN Claudia Sequin Denim Dress

    $88
  • BHLDN Emmeline Strapless Pearl Fringe Mini Dress

    $650
  • REBECCA VALLANCE Ginevra Embellished Cady Mini Dress

    $735
  • REBECCA VALLANCE Eva Mini Dress

    $780
  • REBECCA VALLANCE Eva One Shoulder Mini Dress

    $605
  • SELF-PORTRAIT Off-the-shoulder Two-tone Crepe Mini Dress

    $465
  • REBECCA VALLANCE Courtney Mini Dress

    $605
  • LOVESHACKFANCY Mensa Appliquéd Satin Mini Dress

    $595
  • SALONI Kaila Embellished Velvet-trimmed Crepe Mini Dress

    $695
  • FOR LOVE & LEMONS Annika Red Mini Dress

    $239
  • SELF-PORTRAIT Embellished Crepe Mini Dress

    $700
  • LOVESHACKFANCY Lolisa Dress

    $595
  • DRESS THE POPULATION Kailyn Floral Appliqué Strapless Black Midi Dress

    $328
  • FOR LOVE & LEMONS Gwendolyn Mini Dress

    $298

Gone Are The Days Of Boring Dresses

 

Short designer prom dresses don’t always have to be your standard tight bodycon dress. In fact, this year’s style trends offer a world of options—from fringe to balloon skirts. The For Love & Lemons Annika mini dress in particular is one piece to peek at. While not your standard prom look, its vibrant red color will certainly break a couple of necks. Not to mention, red always looks great with Jimmy Choo Azia sandals and Bottega Veneta gold clutch bag. It’s simply a dress that styles and photographs stunningly.

 

On the other hand, if you’re feeling a bit daring, then you might want to see the BHLDN Emmeline strapless fringe mini dress. I’ve yet to see a dress like this one—and that’s all the reason you need to rock this at prom. Chic, flirty, and definitely photography-friendly, you can never go wrong with a BHLDN dress. Just be sure to mix it up with accessories like the Balenciaga Monaco bag and The Attico Ester leather sandals. The play on textures makes the overall look much more interesting for prom.

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A woman with short curly hair stands against a blue draped background, wearing a For Love & Lemons Annika red mini low waist balloon skirt dress with floral embellishments and matching red heels. She looks upwards with a slight smile.

FOR LOVE & LEMONS Annika Mini Dress

A young woman wearing a BHLDN Emmeline strapless tube pearl fringe mini dress stands smiling. Her long earrings complement her elegant outfit, and the dim lighting adds a warm ambiance.

BHLDN Emmeline Strapless Pearl Fringe Mini Dress

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