August 17, 2022

Prom season is here, which means we’re all about the elegant gowns, fresh-bloomed flowers and memories that’ll adorn your photo frames and Instagram accounts for years.

Whether you’re off to a night you’ll always remember with a partner or a best friend (or even solo, #hereforit), your dream dress is right around the corner.

But, those skyrocketing prices may lead you to another more-affordable route — and, rightfully so.

We pulled together this year’s edit of the 25 best prom dresses under $200. We’ve heard it all, too — you’ll only wear it once; it’s only one night — but we’re not about compromising style in the process.

Not to mention, these coveted styles can be reworn to future weddings, galas and other formal events if you want something a bit dressier than the best cocktail dresses out there.

Plus, with prom dresses from Windsor, Lulus, Amazon and more, you’ll be dressed to the nines, your most comfortable heels for dancing and clear lip gloss for reapplying in tow (not to mention, a grandeur designer clutch).

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Amazon

We’re virtually obsessed with Woosea’s V-Neck Split Evening Dress, a flattering, simplistic option that’ll make you pop at prom. It comes in dozens of colors, though this berry fuschia is too impeccable to resist. Not to mention, it’ll photograph well.


Ruidress Lace Applique Chiffon Formal Gown, emerald
Amazon

To make you feel like a princess, look no further than Ruidress’ Lace Applique Chiffon Formal Gown. It’s another elegant option that comes in many colorways, though the emerald is a regal look for a glam night out. Plus, the spaghetti straps and lace detail on the corset are oh-so-flattering.


Jaeden Mermaid Evening Gown, blue
Amazon

For a fitted dress, Jaeden has a beautiful evening gown with stunning lace detail, an off-the-shoulder fit and a thin, cinched belt to tie the entire look together. We adore all of its hues, but this periwinkle is unique and unlike any other we’ve seen.

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Ever-Pretty Mermaid Plus-Size Evening Gown, navy
Amazon

Look your best with Ever-Pretty’s Mermaid Evening Gown, a lovely plus-size option that has head-to-toe beading that’ll shine on the dancefloor. What’s more, the subtle tulle trumpet hem and ombre-style applique are beauties of their own.


YDRMS Sequined Two-Piece Evening Gown, pink
Amazon

We can’t get over this gorgeous two-piece prom dress that’s head-to-toe sparkles with a glimmer of sexy. The light pink is our favorite girly-girl option, though others are just as lovely, and it’s unheard of for a dress this good to be less than $100.


Susana Asymmetric Off Shoulder Mermaid Dress, black
Windsor

Who said you can’t wear the longer version of your favorite LBD to prom? From the off-shoulder design to its simplistic nature, you can’t go wrong with this affordable prom dress option (especially when paired with fun earrings or a colorful bracelet).


Lulus Dreaming of This Embroidered Lace Maxi Dress, lavender
Lulus

What better way to ring in the warmer weather with a lavender dress? Everything from its tank straps to its dramatic slit keeps bringing us back to this dress. Not to mention, the less-than-$100 price point and intricate lace detailing.


Soleil Formal Open Back Glitter Dress, teal
Windsor

Impress your guest with a fun metallic option that’ll make you feel like you took a trip to the Oscars. Its corset-style top paired with the full-length skirt is simply divine and, with this gown, you’ll look ultra-glam with some shimmery eyeshadow and delicate fine jewelry.


Open-Back Blueberry Blue Prom Dress
PromGirl

As one of the styles on this list that simply looks designer, snag this Open-Back Blueberry Blue Prom Dress for a more luxe gown. The low v-cut mixed with the double spaghetti straps will never go out of style (and just look at that color)!


Michael Costello x Revolve Addison Maxi Dress, baby blue
Revolve

Add some flair to your prom dress with this runway-ready design from Michael Costello. Available at Revolve, we adore the scoop halter neck, slit and ruched detail (oh, and that sky blue color that’ll instantly turn heads).

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Missord Mermaid Hem Bardot Sequin Prom Dress, gold
SHEIN

Stand out on prom night in gold! Missord’s Mermaid Hem Bardot Sequin Prom Dress is a look that will look so good with a natural bronzed makeup look and gold evening earrings (like this pair from Amazon). It’s giving us upscale honeycomb-turned-elegant vibes that we just adore.


Lulus Song of Love Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress, hot pink
Lulus

Prom is one of the most thrilling nights of your life, so why not spice things up with hot pink? This bodycon off-the-shoulder option is pure bliss and something Barbie would certainly approve of. Plus, the $109 price ticket is refreshing for a dress of this style.


SHEIN Plus-Size Flutter-Sleeve Prom Dress, baby blue
SHEIN

Tap into boho with this flutter-sleeve dress that’s flattering on all body types, including plus-sized. Paired with your favorite statement jewelry and with a voluminous hairstyle (made possible with the best curling irons and wands), and you have yourself a prom-night winner.


Two-Piece Prom Ball Gown, ivory
PromGirl

If “Bridgerton” took place in 2022, this would be the dress all the socialites would wear. How riveting is this luxe option from PromGirl? From the twirl-around skirt to its beaded top, it’s an upscale neutral option we’d wear if we had to RSVP to prom this year.


Jasmine One-Shoulder Sequin Mermaid Dress, sequin damask pattern
Windsor

Damask is back and better than ever in this black-and-nude prom dress that’s undeniably one of the most one-of-a-kind styles we’ve seen. The subtle one-shoulder design is ultra-elegant and, when paired with a black clutch, is primmed to perfection.


Geo Sequins Mermaid Hem Prom Dress
SHEIN

This iridescent prom dress is everything we’ve been dreaming of, from its purple and gold-speckled print to its flattering trumped style. For less than $100, it’s a tried-and-true steal and when we say nobody will have anything like it — we mean it.


Ever-Pretty Plus-Size Off-the-Shoulder Sequin Dress, mauve
Amazon

As one of the most affordable (and flattering) plus-sized options out there, Ever-Pretty has this beautiful mauve dress with stunning off-the-shoulder and sequined detailing. We can’t believe it’s less than $50 from Amazon (and comes in other colors, too).

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Jaeden Mermaid Trumpet Prom Dress, purple
Amazon

They say “business in the front, party in the back” but, for this royalty-leaning prom dress, the party is definitely at the bottom. Available in practically every color under the sun, Amazon is making Sherri Hill affordable with Jaeden’s style, particularly for its quality, sweetheart neckline and irresistible train.


Geshun V-Neck Prom Dress with Pockets, rose
Amazon

Let’s talk about the rose color for a prom — a unique colorway and one that’ll look absolutely gorgeous in photos (and with a blush corsage). This slit-front dress is elegant, timeless and one that you’ll be comfortable in all night long.


Kaliyah Formal High Slit Lurex Dress, nude
Windsor

For $100, it’s worth picking up the Kaliyah Formal High Slit Lurex Dress from Windsor. The crossover off-the-shoulder bodice is prom-ready, along with its front hem and subtle sequined nature.


Lulus Strut and Stun Satin Halter Two-Piece Maxi Dress, emerald green
Lulus

If comfort is on your mind, Lulus’ Strut and Stun Satin Halter Two-Piece Maxi Dress is calling your name. This jumpsuit-style prom dress is simplistic and one that’s the biggest bang for your buck, especially for wearing at a future occasion.


Simply Plus-Size V-Neck Prom Dress, red
PromGirl

When it comes to prom, you can’t go wrong with a hot red. This less-than-$200 plus-sized option is made to perfection, hugging your body in all the right places. Plus, the halter top would look incredible with an updo.


Floral-Print Off-the-Shoulder Formal Dress, navy
PromGirl

Florals, florals, florals — aka the girly-girl route for prom night. Go all out in this off-the-shoulder dress that adds a bit more to a solid-colored option. For $129, it’s add-to-cart worthy.


Homdor Off-the-Shoulder Ball Gown, aqua
Amazon

Now, this is Red Carpet-ready. Available in a swoon of shades, Homdor’s Off-the-Shoulder Ball Gown is one nobody will forget. Specifically, this marine color is one we want to wear and never take off — one of our favorite gowns we found.


Taokepy Chiffon Off-Shoulder Prom Dress, peach
Amazon

Elegant and classic is Taokepy’s Chiffon Off-Shoulder Prom Dress, a beautiful gown with a flowy skirt and accented applique detailing. We love this peachy color, though this affordable style comes in other pastels and moody tones, too.


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