It’s not all plunges and slits in promtown

For a long time, I was an advocate of looking for wedding-ish gowns amid the prom dresses. Then I noticed that today’s prom styles have more cut-outs than a paper snowflake. I’m talking about frocks so risqué I can’t help but say things like “Back in my day, we wore dresses that covered our belly buttons! And we walked ten miles to and from the prom in the driving snow in peep toe pumps! You don’t know how good you have it!” I’m only twenty-eight…I shouldn’t be talking like that, right?

Consequently, I’m not so quick to suggest that brides-to-be poke around the prom gowns anymore. That’s not to say that one can’t save a buck or two in the teen section, but the selection of wedding-appropriate frocks simply isn’t as large as it used to be. The best prom/wedding hybrids I’ve found thus far come from designer Sherri Hill. I like her dresses so much that I’m currently constructing a time machine so I can go back and wear one at my own wedding. I’ll let you know how that goes.

There isn’t a lot of white in Sherri’s collection, but who cares? Color is in!


These two chiffon styles would work equally well on the bride or on her bridesmaids. I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m a sucker for pink, but I think I like these dresses in particular because they remind me so much of this one.


I get palpitations looking at this aqua, turquoise, and gold tulle dress. For real — subtle metallics are badass. I’m not 100% sold on the dots, but I love the bow and the shape…insofar as I can see the shape, thanks to Ms. Hunchedovermodel.

Go Greek and like it

Pleated metallic chiffon is embellished with silver liquid beading, but this gown also comes in aqua, pink, or ivory accented with silver and red or black accented with gold. Viva le choix!

Why limit yourself to plain white when you could mix it up?

Sherri doesn’t offer up a description of this frock’s fabric, but I’d wager it’s made out of soft, slippery stuff. If you like white but you want to jazz it up a bit, you could do worse!


Oh my goodness, is that actually a smile I see before me? Silver frosted tulle is embellished with silver appliqued trim, silver beads, and rhinestones in this gorgeous gown. If you’re not keen on wearing white but you don’t want to commit to a more vivid hue, silver is a great compromise. Plus, it’s extremely hot right now.

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5 Responses to “It’s not all plunges and slits in promtown”

  1. Little Red says:

    Ooh, I’m drooling! Get me to a formal event. Stat.

  2. Twistie says:

    The fabrics are amazing. I love the silver one in particular. Yum.

  3. rabrab says:

    “Consequently, I’m not so quick to suggest that brides-to-be poke around the prom gowns anymore. That’s not to say that one can’t save a buck or two in the teen section…”

    Surprisingly, I found that it was the opposite recently, when I was trying to help a well-endowed, but very young and tomboyish girl find a prom dress that was sufficiently “girly” to satisfy her mother’s wishes, but which wasn’t cut down-to-there or covered with frills and ruffles. The various Prom collections were full of slinky, super-sexy dresses that a 15-year-old simply isn’t mature enough or sophisticated enough to wear well, but the Bridesmaid collections had many that had real potential for her. Quite a few of them would also make beautiful, simple, elegant wedding dresses.

  4. ladyjane says:

    i love the first one! any idea how much these dresses go for?

  5. I know for a fact that one can buy the silver dress for $450 at The lovely green number is $400 and the purplicious one is $440 at Sherri Hill has some seriously high end pageant dresses out there, but her regular gowns seem to hover around $400-$500.