So, you want to go to prom? You've come to the right place! We've got everything you need to know about prom in one handy article.

Long and Formal

Long and formal dresses are very formal. They are usually strapless, or have straps that can be removed. This type of dress is often floor length, as it’s important for the dress to be long enough to cover whatever shoes you plan on wearing with it. For example, if you wear heels with this style of dress then it needs to be floor length so the hem doesn’t show when walking around the dance floor.

When choosing a long and formal prom dress we recommend looking for something made out of silk because it creates a nice flowy look when moving around in circles during dances like salsa or West Coast Swing. You might also want to consider getting something with sparkles or crystals if they're available at your dress store because they'll add some extra glamor!


  • Off-the-shoulder: Also called a cold-shoulder, this style features a high neckline that tapers into an open shoulder. The shoulders are exposed and the rest of the dress is fitted. This look is great for summer proms!

Short and Sweet

Short and sweet

Short dresses are often around the knee or lower, and can be formal or informal. They come in many different styles, though most are strapless or spaghetti straps. Short dresses tend to be tight-fitting and have bodycon fabric (a type of stretchy material).

  • In general, this dress is not as formal as other types of prom dresses but it can still be worn to a semi-formal event such as prom if you want to wear one!


An A-line dress is a very flattering shape, as it tapers down from the waist and then flares out at the bottom. This means that a large number of women can wear an A-line gown without feeling like they’re swimming in fabric or being overwhelmed by volume.

An A-line gown is also very comfortable to move around in, so you won't have to worry about fiddling with your dress every time you sit down or stand up!

Mermaid and Trumpet

A mermaid and trumpet dress is a long, slim gown with a fitted bodice and a flared skirt. The bodice of the mermaid style typically features more dramatic curves, while the trumpet style sometimes has a strapless neckline. In general, it's considered more formal than other types of prom dresses because it's so sleek and elegant.

These dresses are also known for their length—they tend to fall somewhere between the knee and ankle on most women (though shorter options do exist). They're popular in Europe but less common in America; in fact, some people call them "American" or "foreign" because they're less common stateside.

Empire Waist

The Empire Waist is a fitted dress with a waistline that is higher than the bust. It’s usually strapless or has straps, although some have spaghetti straps and others have halter tops. The skirt of an empire waist dress usually goes to your mid-thigh or floor-length, but tea-length dresses are also popular for prom.

Halter Top

If you want to wear a halter top dress for prom, there are several things to consider. First, halter tops are generally strapless and therefore require another garment to support the bust. This can be accomplished by wearing a bra or opting for a strapless bra that does not have underwire and provides sufficient coverage for your chest (though it's worth noting that most experts recommend against wearing underwire bras on special occasions). Second, as with any dress style you choose, pay attention to which neckline is most flattering on your body type. If you have large breasts, or if there is significant weight disparity between them and what lies below them—like in cases where one side of the torso is heavier than the other—a halter top can give an enviable silhouette even without any alterations!

There are many prom dress types.

There are many different types of prom dress gowns to choose from. Prom dresses range in style, length, neckline and embellishments! Such as:

  • Strapless

  • Halter tops

  • Off-the-shoulder (also called spaghetti straps)

  • One-shoulder

  • Floor-length gowns that sweep gracefully to the floor (or come with a matching train)


We hope that you have enjoyed reading about these different prom dress types. Now you know more about them and can make a decision based on what kind of look you're going for.

Shirin Khanova