Prom Dresses We Wish We Could Have Worn
Gone are the days of bridesmaids-gone-bad gowns (you know: ill-fitting peach satin tiers and rampant tufts of turquoise tulle). Today's red-carpet ready teens are more fashionable than we were, have a substantially larger knowledge of labels and know how to dress their bodies. Here, the top runway-inspired looks we wish we could have worn—because these days, any Big Night Out is a photo opp.
This nude, jewel-sprayed gown is the perfect interpretation of Jenny Packham's floor-skimming sequin dress.
Silk and polyester gown, Rachel Gilbert, $1,360;
Layers of watercolor-printed chiffon nail the ethereal aesthetic of Erdem's painterly gown.
Viscose gown, Topshop, $310;
A sheath of cerulean silk and delicate spaghetti straps perfectly capture the movement of Salvatore Ferragamo's flowing number.
Silk gown, Temperley London, $2,300;
Architectural origami-like layers of Marchesa's strapless dress are mirrored in this silk and linen stunner (and make for a fabulous hourglass figure).
Silk and linen dress, Camilla and Marc, $790;
An ultra-flattering paneled bodice gives off a glamorous feel, much like Zac Posen's black-tie option.
Viscose gown, Topshop, $250;
One of this season's It colors, red turns after-dark appropriate via a structured bodice and floor-grazing length--just like Lanvin's breathtaking runway option.
Chiffon gown, Notte by Marchesa, $1,100; at Neiman Marcus stores.
The palest ocean hue takes a chic turn with shirred detail and raw edges, echoing the feel of Oscar de la Renta's light-as-air frock.
Cotton dress, J. Crew, $128;
Head-to-toe draping and a leather halter channel the luxe bohemian vibe of Roberto Cavalli's floaty fringed gown.
Polyester gown, Acne, $1,188;
Ombre sequins create a dazzling after-dark effect, a la L'Wren Scott's figure-sculpting dress.
Nylon dress, Velvet, $295;
Thigh-grazing tiers, and nipped-in waist and crystal embellishment lend an equal amount of sass as this flirty Azzaro frock.
Silk and cotton dress, Sandro, $395;