Vintage prom dresses are a great way to stand out at prom. If you go for a retro prom dress, chances are, you'll be the only one wearing that particular gown. Authentic, vintage prom dresses can be found for almost any decade, from the 1920s all the way through the 1980s. Vintage-inspired dresses are another way to go (and the prices might be a little more reasonable). This page features some stunning, classic vintage prom dresses that you can use for inspiration in your own search for that perfect gown for your big evening. Be sure to vote for your favorite looks (and vote down those prom dresses that no one should ever, ever wear).
A vintage prom dress can bring retro fun to the party, allowing the wearer to rock a totally unique, throwback look in high style. The looks vary by decade, but all are distinct: 1950s-era vintage prom dresses often feature full skirts that hit just below the knee. The 1960s? All about elegance and grace -- think Jackie O as an inspiration. Prom gowns from the 1970s often reflect the hippie chic of the era, and gowns from the 80s? Well, 80s prom dresses are in a league of their own. They're big, they're bold and they're very, very shiny.
Keep in mind, too, that if and when you find that perfect vintage prom dress, you'll want to enhance the look even more with accessories, including long, elegant gloves and satin shoes.
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