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What Should I Wear to Prom?!

Ladies! Prom is coming–how excited are you? I was brought up in London so I’m not familiar with the anticipation that surrounds prom, but I understand it’s a pretty big deal. And the biggest part of it? The dress.

But as fashion has evolved, the prom gown has progressed from the traditional modest “princess” dress to a more contemporary, sexy dress. Today’s fashions offer primarily sexy clothing and prom dresses have followed suit, with plunging fronts and backs and skin-tight designs with cut-outs revealing as much as possible.

Because of this fashion change, many schools have implemented dress codes for everyday wear. Now, more and more schools have felt it necessary to extend codes to prom attire. Check out the following clip:

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I’m pleased schools are taking this initiative. And I agree with the analysis that Hollywood plays a huge part in how young girls dress these days. It’s sad celebrities are so quick to reveal themselves. It’s come to a point where showing cleavage is the norm now. The more these styles become acceptable, the more risqué trends become. When will it stop?

I have to admit that I had a difficult time shopping for the perfect, modest prom dresses for you girls. Most of what is offered is too short, too tight or too revealing, in my opinion.

But they still exist, ladies! And I’m so excited to share my finds with you. Remember, these are just ideas for style. You can pick and choose colors and features you like, depending on what stores have to offer and your budget.

The two dresses below are so elegant. With soft flowing pastel fabrics, subtly adorned with sparkles around the waist, they create a feminine look and feel with a majestic touch.

If you’re looking for a fuller skirt, check out these two styles. Both gowns feature spaghetti straps, baby-doll bodices and long, flowing skirts. Again, each style is enhanced with a delicate sparkling element.

Looking for a princess-style prom gown? How about these two fun options? The white strapless dress with the full ruffled skirt or the red (I love red!) one with the embellished bodice. Both styles are gorgeous and are sure to make you feel like a princess.

Image credits: missesdressy.com

Note that I only recommend spaghetti strap and strapless dresses to young ladies with smaller busts. You need to honestly determine whether a style looks immodest on you or not. You may also be able to make a look more modest by simply adding a bolero jacket. You may find my post on modesty helpful when selecting a prom dress.

Ladies, I understand that prom attire is important and that you want to look amazing. But amazing doesn’t have to be sexy and immodest. You can still look stunning, elegant and beautiful without disrespecting your body. Present yourself in a manner that you can be proud of and that glorifies God.

I pray that you all have fun, and please be safe.

Does your school have a prom dress code? Have you picked your prom dress yet?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by smcfashion on January 16, 2013 at 22:50

    the most important thing is to be comfortable. You want to be able to dance all night, so find a dress that fits your style.SMC Fashion is indeed your one-stop shop for all kinds of quality dresses.

  2. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on October 7, 2012 at 10:43

    Anyone heard of duct tape prom dresses? I adore duct tape, and I think I’m going to make one.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by beautyinside12 on July 20, 2012 at 19:30

    I like that 50’s 60’s dress look. Yes it is short. But it stops at the knees. Like Ariana Grande Cover for Put Your Hearts Up. http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&biw=1366&bih=524&tbm=isch&tbnid=SCm-SkCNWvvtFM:&imgrefurl=http://rainbowretro.blogspot.com/2009/11/50s-prom-dresses.html&docid=0r5RsgSRNxaxiM&imgurl=http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/1/0/0/7/6/7/5/webimg/318309698_o.jpg&w=400&h=491&ei=lBMKUPSSLaX20gHa8qj_Aw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=819&vpy=160&dur=3308&hovh=249&hovw=203&tx=133&ty=112&sig=110170582917271806510&page=1&tbnh=138&tbnw=116&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:6,s:0,i:131

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by TheMouseLover on July 6, 2012 at 21:11

    I loved that they said that you dont have to be sexualized to look beautiful <3 now that just needs to be heard in hollywood…

  5. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on April 28, 2012 at 18:45

    I’m still a high school freshman, so I have a while to go before prom, but I sooo can’t wait!!! I hope I’ll be able to find a princess-styled dress that isn’t strapless; boleros tend to slip off when you dance, so mine can’t be strapless.

    • Dancer16

      Posted by Dancer16 on April 30, 2012 at 14:27

      If you can’t find a dress you like that isn’t strapless, try sewing on your own straps. It’s really easy and personalizes your dress too 🙂

  6. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on April 28, 2012 at 16:29

    i wish i could have prom 🙁 i am home schooled,which bums me out because i will be a junior next year. i am sad 🙁

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by joyfulllarissa on April 27, 2012 at 10:55

    To me, the dresses pictured on these models are not modest… they are still showing cleavage… except for the 2nd dress shown, that’s good!

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Footprints on April 24, 2012 at 14:30

    I love the dresses so nice.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by 1dolphin on April 21, 2012 at 18:11

    my dress is full length…pearl blue…and it originally strapless but we added really pretty and tottally awsome straps to it!!! My mom will always require me to have decent straps on my dress. l8-)

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by HNiji on April 19, 2012 at 19:11

    Yes I do! I designed my dress and worked with my mom to get it made. It’s a black silk and chiffon dress that is knee-length covers my bust. It also has split off-shoulder Latte sleeves

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by logan0617 on April 19, 2012 at 19:08

    My dress is one shoulder light orange- yellow, irridescent, corset laced backing, gold beading across it, and a slit up on my left leg 🙂 I cant wait 🙂 Oh, and I definitly dont agree with schools putting limits. If its a private school, than have at it, but public schools? definitly not!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by Elizabeth on April 19, 2012 at 10:30

    I love the dress on the left in the first picture!

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by christylato on April 18, 2012 at 21:59

    Mine is black silk that has a train and is modest & beautiful! 😀 Can’t wait for prom!

  14. Paris

    Posted by Paris on April 17, 2012 at 20:55

    I’m not going to prom,but the dresses are goregous!

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by Didi on April 17, 2012 at 17:55

    I’m 14, so I got a while til prom 🙂 but for 8th grade graduaton, I’m wearing a short ( about mid thigh or so) blue dress… I love it and it’ll come in the mail soon 🙂

  16. jruff88

    Posted by jruff88 on April 17, 2012 at 15:50

    My prom’s in 4 days! I made my dress so it was easy to make it modest. It’s a dark teal floor length bottom with a silver leopard print belt and a black sequin thick strapped top!

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by cookiegirl17 on April 17, 2012 at 15:44

    It’s great that so many schools are stressing prom dress codes – I wish mine did! It’s a matter of respect- to the people that put on the prom, to the other guests, and to yourself.
    This year I skipped the dress-shopping and I’m making myself a dress out of duct tape! Taking special care to get everything covered.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by 1dolphin on April 21, 2012 at 18:15

      there are a lot of people maki9ng duct tape dresses this year!!! I think our school will have 2 people and we r a small school… I think it is sooo cool…. YOu go girl l8-)

  18. Joybeth96

    Posted by Joybeth96 on April 17, 2012 at 14:33

    I love looking at prom dresses! Although I don’t go to prom (my school doesn’t have one) I will be (and have been) in a county pageant, and I thuroughly enjoy trying to find the perfect dress for it.

  19. Aileen

    Posted by Aileen on April 17, 2012 at 10:53

    I have mine, it’s a floor-length burgundy dress. It’s strapless but it doesn’t show any cleavage and in my opinion its pretty modest. It has silver embroidery and rhinestones on the front and a matching wrap. I love it!

  20. soccerbabycb10

    Posted by soccerbabycb10 on April 17, 2012 at 10:13

    I have my prom dress! It is navy blue. It is floor length, not too tight, and my chest is covered. It has a lower back but not too low and has spaghetti straps. It is very elegant! I am sooooo excited about prom!

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by Amy on April 17, 2012 at 09:42

    I am SO glad schools are setting boundaries when it comes to prone dresses.I have seen way too many inappropriate/skimpy dresses and think it’s great that they’re placing dress codes.
    As for your dress ideas, they are gorgeous! I especially like the red one and the pink one with the long, flowing skirt. I home school so, I won’t get to go to a dance anytime soon (darn!) but I’m still shopping around for a princess-like dress that I can wear on special occasions 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Elizabeth on April 19, 2012 at 10:33

      A lot of homeschool groups organize a “home school prom.” I think mine is doing it. I don’t know if I want to go though. I’ve never really liked that kind of thing.

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on April 18, 2012 at 19:54

      Always good to have a princess dress on hand:) One of my home-school groups (I home school)arranges proms for teen homeschoolers in the area. Might be something to look into:)

  22. Emily H.

    Posted by Emily H. on April 17, 2012 at 09:35

    That’s awesome! My prom has a similar dress code, nothing 3 inches above the knee, nothing below the bust line, and other stuff, it’s really good! http://www.texaschp.com/policies/default.php?nav=120

    • Emily H.

      Posted by Emily H. on April 18, 2012 at 07:09

      And I have my dress too, it’s long and orange, with criss-cross straps in the back. 🙂

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by Rachel on April 17, 2012 at 09:33

    Mine’s white, strapless, knee length (it would be shorter, but i have short legs), and i have a little black sweater to go with it…now i just need a prom to go to haha

  24. Project Inspired

    Posted by TheSarah1994 on April 17, 2012 at 08:41

    I have picked my prom dress! It’s knee length, not too tight, and has spaghetti straps. 🙂 My chest is covered, and it’s black and red. SO excited!