When we think of prom, all those nerve-racking high school butterflies come rushing back…mainly because we're recalling our cringe-worthy outfits, our snooze-worthy shoes, sticking our dates with corsages, and (okay, maybe not) getting "food poisoning" the day after. But, we want to replace those memories with fresh ones for the bright-eyed among us who might still be looking ahead to prom. And for the rest of us, a new party dress never hurt anyone. Sure, getting dolled up for a big night out can always mean staying sassy and youthful, but no one says the end result has to be froufrou, glitzed up, and crazy-trendy in a way that'll embarass you next season. Instead, we're giving you 11 dresses that'll last a lifetime — just like the memories (awww).
Get the scoop on 11 super-chic dresses perfect for prom — or any spring party, really.
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DVF Liluye Dress, $498, available at DVF, 874 Washington Street (at West 14th Street); 646-486-4800.
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Kenzo Patterned Arc Detail Maxi Dress, $550, available at Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street (between Broadway and Grand Street); 212-226-1885.
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H&M Pleated Gold Jersey Dress, $14.95, available at H&M, 731 Lexington Avenue (at 59th Street), 212-665-8300.
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Tibi Arabella V-Neck Dress, $675, available at Tibi, 120 Wooster Street (at Prince Street); 212-226-5852.
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Mango A-Line Lace Dress, $94.99, available at Mango, 561 Broadway (at Prince Street); 212-343-7012.
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TBA Ivory Silk Organza Dress, $266, available at Pixie Market, 100 Stanton Street (between Orchard and Ludlow streets); 212-253-0953.
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BCBG Max Azria Chay Silk Evening Gown, $418, available at Max Azria Shop-in-Shop, 461 5th Avenue (at 40th Street); 212-991-9777.
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10 Crosby Chevron Stripe Dress, $655, available at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue (at East 61st Street); 212-833-2200.
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Unique Hieroglyphic Piped Maxi Dress, $330, available at Topshop, 478 Broadway (between Grand and Broome streets); 212-966-9555.
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Zara long draped dress, $89.90, available at Zara, 580 Broadway (at Prince Street); 212-343-1725.