The Best Online Prom Boutiques
Your prom dress is something you’ll likely remember for the rest of your life. Instead of hitting the regular stores in town, you might want to check out the dress options online. Prom websites often have hundreds or thousands of different styles and a wider range of sizes than you’ll find in brick-and-mortar stores. But before you order, get out a measuring tape and make sure you know all of your measurements, then compare them to the site’s and the designer’s size chart. That way you can avoid pesky returns, with any luck. A couple of online prom sites seem to sell knock-offs, but we won’t mention their names here. Instead, check out these reputable prom retailers for a look that’s sure to be memorable and original.
Peaches Boutique has a store location in Chicago as well as an online boutique that carries thousands of dresses by it-prom designers like Sherri Hill, Cassandra Stone Plus, and Flirt by Maggie Sotero. You can narrow your choice down by designer, then by price (which is especially helpful), then by color, then by style, then by occasion. Peaches Boutique also lets you create a store list so you can show your mom or your friends later.
Misses Dressy is an online boutique that carries more than 5,000 dresses at any given time. You could spend days browsing its prom selection, which includes dresses by the most coveted prom designers like Sherri Hill, Terani Couture, and Shail K.
The gals at Rissy Roo’s have a well-stocked website and a store in Linwood, New Jersey. Rissy Roo’s carries dresses by all the great prom designers like Faviana, La Femme, Lucci Lu, and Jovani, among many more.
You can guess by the name that Prom Girl caters to the high schooler seeking a fab prom gown, but this e-retailer also stocks homecoming, quinceanera, sweet 16, and other special occasion dresses. Prom Girl has a superstore in Secaucus, New Jersey, but it also has hundreds of styles on its website, which you can browse by style, color, and designer. Prom Girl stocks dresses from petite to plus, so no matter what size you are, it will have a selection for you to choose from.
Bella Boutique has a well-stocked store in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a website where you can shop for more than 2,000 gowns. Bella Boutique offers all the big prom designers like Blush, Jasz, and Night Moves, among many others.
The name is quirky, but the selection has mass appeal, and there’s quite a lot of it. There might be more than 1,000 dresses on GoldenAsp.com, all by fab prom designers like La Femme, Jovani, Alyce Paris, and tons more. Luckily you can narrow down your search pretty easily. Just sort by designer, color, and style. The “style” search is especially detailed, with sections for “Celebrity Dresses,” “Open Back,” and “Mermaid,” plus others. Sizes vary depending on what the designer offers. Some dresses go from 00 to 14, while others go up to size 20.
Don’t let the name fool you. David’s Bridal has an entire section dedicated to prom and homecoming dresses, and David’s specializes in taking the hottest trends and making them affordable. From high-low hems to ombre to embellished necklines, David’s Bridal is sure to cater to the whim of every prom-goer. David’s is also a good source for clutches and prom jewelry. Accessorizing a dress is often the hardest part of putting together a prom look, but David’s Bridal makes it easy-peasy.
For the girl who turns her nose up at trends and gets her fash-inspiration from her grandmother (and great-grandmother’s) teen years, there’s Unique Vintage. From drop-waist flapper-esque frocks to flirty ’50s flare skirts and retro accessories, you can find something from the ’20s through the ’70s. But these gowns aren’t resale. They’re vintage-inspired, so you’re getting a new gown with modern fabrics and sizing.
You might like how vintage dresses look, but you’re not so keen on the polyester material and the fact that it may have been sitting in a grandma’s closet for the last 40 years. For mini-dresses that are retro-inspired but made by today’s manufacturers, browse the selection at ModCloth.com. This online retailer mostly carries dresses with a shorter hem and has a whole section dedicated to party frocks. Its inventory changes daily, so keep checking back during prom season if something doesn’t catch your eye on your first visit. ModCloth also offers some awesome retro-inspired shoes, so you could potentially find your whole prom look on this site.