The Best Mermaid Prom Dresses
We’re diving into a sea of beautiful dresses as we curate the best mermaid prom designs for 2017. The mermaid dress is all about elegance, perfectly hugging all of the right places and flaring dramatically at the knee. It’s a flattering silhouette that highlights your figure and is also very timeless – so no prom photo regrets. For 2017, the mermaid style has been taken up a notch with modern design, which means you can also work some fashion-forward trends into your prom look.
The best part of choosing a mermaid prom dress is that it’s incredibly versatile as a style – you have so many fabrics, finishes and varying designs to pick from. There are even two-piece designs that have their own separate top and a coordinating mermaid tail skirt, while you can find everything from plunging V-necks to halter-necks and everything in-between. Here are our 5 favorites mermaid prom dress picks – we hope you find your dream gown among them!
Dress #1: Purple Tulle Mermaid Open Back Dress JVN22495
This shimmering embellished mermaid dress tops our list thanks to its countless beautiful features. The gorgeous violet color is rich and sophisticated. The dress is covered in intricate beadwork which runs down the body, finishing with a sheer tulle mermaid skirt. The bottom of the dress is composed of layer upon layer of tulle that adds volume and looks amazing in motion.
The plunging neckline is held together with a sheer nude insert to keep the dress in place, while the back is open in a gorgeous v-shape.
To style this dress, add a pair of heels that match the embellishment colors and a coordinating clutch. The plunging neckline means you can add a necklace – if you want to add in a hot trend, you could try out a choker necklace – just keep it simple so it doesn’t distract from the dress itself. If you love the purple color, you could also wear this dress with a purple lipstick to add even more drama and make a beauty statement.
Dress #2: Yellow Sweetheart Neck Mermaid Prom Dress JVN31939
This light canary-colored dress is fresh and unique. The strapless bodice has a pretty shape that is structured to stay in place and look gorgeous too. The waist is belted with a silver strap which draws attention to your figure. This design is quite body-conscious and is all about highlighting that hourglass figure.
The mermaid tail flares out wider at the back, creating a train behind you, while the front is floor length so you don’t have to worry about tripping over the material.
Accessorize to match the belt – add a pair of silver strappy heels, a mirror clutch and silver dangling earrings to finish off your ensemble. Natural, subtle makeup would look great so stick to tones close to your skin color and focus on contour to highlight your beauty. You could also add a bold eyeliner to this look or even a navy eyeshadow.
A low bun that rests on the nape of your neck is the perfect hairstyle for this dress and would look very classic.
Dress #3: Black Halter Beaded Neckline Jersey Mermaid Dress JVN41543
This super sexy mermaid dress has a red carpet vibe. With a beaded neckline and waistline, the bodice of this dress has geometric cutouts for visual interest. The back of this dress is just as interesting with a completely open back. The simple black skirt skims over your figure to end with a subtle mermaid shape. If you like the idea of the mermaid silhouette but don’t want a big tail, this one is perfect for you!
Pump-up the glam when you’re styling this look. Add volume at the roots and curls with lots of body. Part your hair to one side and clip the other back behind your ear, leaving half of your hair to fall forward in a cascade of curls.
For makeup, you can go as bold as you dare: a red lip or metallic eyeshadow in any shade you want would really shine. You can opt to go for an all-black look with black shoes and a bag – or pick a color you want to run with and mix that shade throughout your outfit to bring it together.
Dress #4: Nude Embellished Bodice Mermaid Prom Dress JVN47813
We all know how hot nude tones are by now – and this prom dress puts the big color trend to work. The sheer bodice of the gown is covered in sparkling embellishments. From the front, the skirt is simply fabric, but when you turn around there’s a stunning pattern of embellishment that runs from the bodice to the hem.
This is the modern princess dress. With its floor-sweeping tail and attention to fine detail, it’s hard not to have that fairy-tale moment.
Bracelets or a set of rings would be a good addition to this dress, while a classic pale pink manicure and nude heels are all you need to complete your styling.
For makeup, a gold eyeliner can create another glittering touch. Add a bit of bronzer and neutral lips to finish your makeup look. A French braid or braided prom hairstyle would look romantic and gorgeous with this gown.
Dress #5: Black Multi Two Piece Mermaid Prom Dress JVN50376
If you want to wear a print to prom, a mermaid style adds that formal twist. This sexy, unique two-piece prom outfit does justice to the figure flattering look of a mermaid silhouette. The halterneck top is embellished all over with beads that will catch the light. The skirt half is covered in a striking red floral print that flares into a mermaid-shaped skirt.
This look may be loud and attention-grabbing but it’s also still graceful. For fashionistas who think outside the box, this is a memorable prom look that no one will forget. Style this design with classic black stilettos, a pair of black dangle earrings and a loose hairstyle. Add a hint of pink or red to your lips (a colored lip balm works great and is easy to touch-up) and you’ll be good to go.
More Prom Dresses
If you haven’t yet fallen in love with the mermaid style – there are plenty more prom dress options out there. For another good place to start, we recently selected the best red prom dresses for the year ahead. We also put together our top tips for created an amazing themed after-prom party to make the night even more enjoyable. Happy prom shopping, ladies!