Dramatic Prom Dresses & Styling Tips
It’s prom time and you want to stand out in a sea of dresses. Choosing a dramatic look that expresses your personal style is the way to go if you want to grab attention, make heads turn and look fabulously unique. Don’t be afraid of trying something new and unconventional – it can really work and make a big impact. If you’re the kind of girl who isn’t interested in just copying the same kind of style as everyone else, prom as a great opportunity to play up your rebellious or individual streak. These dramatic pieces are the key to rocking something that’s different, a little bit alternative and out of the ordinary. Rock a dramatic look with confidence, and you’ll be the belle of the ball.
The key to making a dramatic prom dress work is all about careful styling. This means that you need to consider your hair, makeup and accessories as well as the dress when you’re putting your look together. It’s important to create balance with your look – this way you won’t look ‘too done’ or over the top.
For girls who want to go bold, we’ve selected the best dramatic prom dresses that are eye-catching and unique. We feel that each of these gowns a fresh perspective to prom thanks to their design, and make a big statement along the way. We’ve also put together some styling tips to help you finish off these dramatic looks on trend.
Dress #1: Red and Nude Two Piece Mermaid Dress JVN36772
Veer off from the standard prom dress with this very original two piece design. The top piece is cropped to show off a flattering part of your midriff (above the belly button, so no fear of muffin tops!). It’s crafted from sheer fabric and is beautifully detailed with intricate bead-work. The dramatic skirt features more beading that snakes down the body, as well as a mermaid skirt and a horse-hair trimmed hemline. The nude and red shades contrast to really catch the eye and flatter your figure.
Wondering how to style it? This design would look gorgeous with nude and beige accessories. A patent nude clutch, a taupe manicure and a coordinating red lip that matches the beading detail would pull this whole look together in a refined and glamorous way. You could also play with adding more red: a pair of red shoes will add another flash of color beneath the skirt of this dress, while nude heels will also coordinate flawlessly with this look. A messy up-do would add a relaxed edge to this ensemble and show off the bead work on the top in the best way.
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Dress #2: Navy Crystal Jeweled Neckline Chiffon Prom Dress JVN48493
What better way to add drama than a cape? This sheer chiffon prom dress features cape sleeves that drape elegantly over your shoulders. The draped fabric runs all the way down to floor, so it will trail behind you in a billowing cloud when you move, just like a queen.
This design also features a silver embellished neckline and is beautifully cut to expose a triangle section of your midriff. The skirt half is pleated from the waistband, which adds even more movement to this fluid garment. The gorgeous midnight blue shade also suits everyone: it’s vampy, sultry and still has a classic feel. While it’s dramatic, it’s still undeniably elegant as well.
The best way to style this piece is with coordinating silver accessories that match the neckline embellishment. Pick one piece of statement jewelry to really sparkle, like a pair of chandelier earrings. Complete styling the look with silver high heels and a silver clutch. The best hair and makeup is glamorous, dark and feminine: we recommend this regal braided up-do and smoky eyes with a hint of sparkling glitter.
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Dress #3: Multicolored Print Ballgown JVN33486
If you love color, this one is for you. This multicolored ballgown features a dramatic, artsy print that looks like a painting of fireworks or an abstract splash of florals.
The design of this lovely ballgown makes it effortless to wear: a strapless bodice and flowing skirt create a flattering silhouette. The uncomplicated design highlights your figure but allows for most of the focus to fall where it should be: on the unique print of this piece. While many will stick with block color designs for prom, this dress is just as appropriate for your big night but it’ll shine a little brighter thanks to its dramatic flair.
Pair this dress with either gold or black accessories – go subtle, but still be creative. A sparkling black clutch and a pair of skyscraper black heels will add even more glam to this prom look. For makeup, try selecting just one shade from the dress and source a lipstick in a close color. You can add a bold lipstick such as a deep plum, pink or red for shades that will coordinate beautifully.
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More Tips for Wearing Dramatic Dresses
Remember: prom is ultimately your own moment to shine. It’s about making yourself happy while also enjoying the moment with those around you. If you want to wear a dramatic dress that’s different – own it! You don’t have to shy away from something alternative – such as a jumpsuit or two piece – if that’s what you’re drawn to. If you love it and feel comfortable, you’ll always look gorgeous. If you’re drawn to the dramatic specifically, search for mermaid tail dresses, graphic prints, floral appliqué, beaded pieces and pleated or layered skirts. You can also add some drama by selecting a cut-out design or nude-look dress. Don’t forget to fill in your date about your prom dress so you’ll coordinate. You’ll want to both reflect each other’s fashion choices, which is especially important if you have a certain theme with your outfit.
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