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You Might Not Like Today’s Prom Dresses, But Were Ours Any Better?

It’s prom season, so cue the parental protests about our teenager’s prom dresses. They’re too low. Too high. So very tight. Too everything, right?

Well, we don’t entirely disagree. But we’ve been wondering. Were our prom dress styles so much better?

Welcome to a trip down memory lane with Your Teen‘s “best of the worst” styles from prom-nights past.

Prom Dress Styles Over The Ages

1. Laura Ashley. Remember when you could go to prom covered chin to toe in lace? Yes, you were nicely covered, but would you be caught dead in that dress today?

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2. The height of 1980s prom fashion Raise your hand if you went to prom wearing an explosion of taffeta, tulle, bows, sequins, and ruffles. And the hairdos. Wow. It’s so hard to believe anyone let you leave the house looking like that.

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3. Gunne Sax. Ooh, Gunne Sax. Every girl’s dream outfit. So feminine, right? You went to prom looking like you stepped out of Little House on the Prarie. But hey, who remembers that stuff anyway. 

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4. Southern Belle. If you grew up in the South, apparently you went to prom dressed like Scarlett O’Hara. The hats. Worse yet, the colors. And you couldn’t forget a parasol.






5. Move over Mariah Carey. We’ll concede that 1990s prom dresses were somewhat more tasteful except … guess who started the trend toward those sexier prom styles we’re complaining about today. Yep. In the 90’s, the style was skimpy, sexy, and high heels.



6. I wear my sunglasses at night. Let’s not let the boys off the hook for their prom clothes. Nope. They didn’t make such good fashion choices either. Saturday Night Fever, here we come.

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Tell us what you wore to prom! We’d love to hear about it.

Diana Simeon

Diana Simeon is an editorial consultant for Your Teen.