26 Crazy Expensive Prom Dresses
12:15 pm, May 9th | by
We’ve been chatting about prom quite a bit, both out of nostalgia and horror that the average prom night now costs $1139 per attendee. How does that happen??
Well, it may have something to do with the dress. Gone are the days when you picked something out from the sale rack at
Windsor and hoped that some other girl didn’t choose the same thing. Prom gowns these days can be every bit as expensive as the average wedding dress ($1211, according to The Knot).
So we decided to do some digging, and found 26 super pricy prom gowns, which we’ve arranged in order from “Sure, I guess if you had a bunch of baby-sitting money to burn” to “someone saw one too many episodes of
My Super Sweet Sixteen growing up and now the damage is done.” Check them out and then tell us in the comments — how much did you spend on your prom dress, if you went at all?
This dress is on sale for $230.49, down for the original $500. I say it's a small price to pay to look like a bejeweled feather duster (in a good way!!!!!).
This dress is $359.95, down from $1440. Pricy, but you have to spend money to look like you are wearing the love child of two other dresses. #Glamour
This $367.69 (originally $1468) dress is incredible, but only if your school is springing for the wind machine.
Ahhh this is incredible. I'm a big fan of fancy pajamas and at $389 this would be the crown jewel in my collection. Can't you just see yourself swanning around making coffee in the morning? ...Just me?
When I went to see "The Nutcracker" as a little girl I was always very impressed with the gingerbread lady (or whomever, it was a long time ago) who had a bunch of little kids hidden under her dress. I think this might be the same dress. $410, but the kids are not included.
Same goes for this baby, but I'm not sure why it's more expensive than the other one at $424, when its rosettes look way more...mushed.
Figure skater formalwear! This is not a bad thing in my book, but I'm a little tacky. The $440 price tag
is a bad thing.
I can't stop looking at this. If you wear this you will definitely have eliminated any possibility that someone at school will have the same dress as you (a fate worse than death, am I right or am I right?). $498
I hope this dress is $550 because it comes with the guy. HEL-lo! (Okay but really, who wouldn't want to take a featured extra on
The Vampire Diaries to prom?
I have nothing to say about this dress, other than if my budget for prom dresses allowed for a $578 splurge I would have worn the sh*t out of that dress before being sent home for showing up in something "too revealing."
I was going to say this $1150 dress is the epitome of business up top, party on the bottom, but then I noticed that the top is sheer and now I don't know what to do.
Holy smokes. You should wear this $1198 dress as an homage to Charlize Theron in
Snow White and the Huntsman, because this looks like a reject from that set IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE.
I'm freaking out about this dress. First of all, it's $1198. Second of all, the sheer part looks like a 1960s Playboy bunny's dressing gown in the best way possible. I really can't get over it.
"Hello, Vanna White!" Your date's dad will say.
"Who is Vanna White?" Your date will say.
"A woman who wore $1398 sparkly prom gowns for a living," Your date's mom will say.
Big Bird realness, for $1498.
This is incredible, and you must pose for pictures doing exactly this with your train. There may not be room for your date, but he'll have to live — he didn't shell out $2500 on a dress, after all.
17. I feel like this is what a woman of a certain age on a soap opera would wear to a gala where she planned to poison her nemesis. So get it, obviously (even though it'll set you back $2998).
I legitimately spent about 5 minutes staring at this dress before I realized that it has sheer sleeves and THAT'S why the model's arms appear bejeweled. Spend $2998 and the same optical illusion could be yours!
I feel like someone has worn this on a yacht at some point in human history. Yacht glamour can be yours too, for $2998.
21. Is there a
bustle back there? A $3398 bustle???
Whoa, why is she so mad? She's in a gown of the most delicate seafoam green with only the finest sheer appliqued bodice! Is it because she spent $3500 on it? Oh.
Incredible. For my fancy pajamas collection, I mean. $3990
HANDCUFFS! SHE HAS HANDCUFFS! IF THEY ARE ATTACHED TO THE DRESS I WILL HAVE A STROKE. THIS COULD ALL BE YOURS FOR $3998
For some reason this dress looks like it's the color of several different types of butter. It takes all kinds, I guess. $3998
I'm dying over the bow and the model's wig. if they threw the latter in I'd consider dropping $4998 on this look.
Here it is, the crown jewel. The only problem with this dress as it is on the model is that I don't see where you'd pin the "This cost $5998" sign on it, because it doesn't really convey that on its own. Maybe you could pin it on your date? Let's brainstorm in the comments.
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