Can You Wear a Short Dress to Prom?

Can You Wear a Short Dress to Prom?

April 10, 2023
By Kimberly Vernon

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As the school year is coming to an end that can only mean one thing… Prom night is right around the corner! Dates are being asked in fun and creative promposals, after party plans are being made, and of course prom dresses are being chosen! On your prom night, you are forsure going to want to look your absolute best! Shopping for your dream prom dress can be super exciting while also a bit overwhelming or stressful. There are a million different styles, colors, or length of dresses to choose from, how will you ever make the decision?

Also… do you have to wear a long dress to prom? This is a tradition that many girls follow when shopping for their prom dress. Up to this point in your life, you may not have had many opportunities to wear a long floor-length formal gown other than that time you were a junior bridesmaid or celebrated a quinceanera. So, prom may be one of the first times in your life you have this opportunity to wear a long beautiful gown. But… What if you don’t want to wear a long dress?

TLDR: Wear Whatever Makes You Feel Confident!

Is it okay to wear a short dress to prom? The short answer - It is absolutely okay to wear a short dress to prom! Honestly… Prom is YOUR NIGHT to remember! If you want to rock a short dress, a jumpsuit, or heck if you wanna wear a full on suit, do it!! This time of your life is all about finding yourself and self-expression, and your style should be a reflection of who you are! Along with this, different body types look flattering in different types of clothing. Maybe you have a petite frame and would feel eaten up in a long gown or maybe you have legs that are a mile long and want to show those off in an edgy jumpsuit. These are all things to take into consideration when you’re on the search for that perfect prom outfit!

How do you picture yourself at Prom?

When you close your eyes and picture your PERFECT prom… what does that look like? Do you want a night where you feel like a princess? Are you excited to eat a big fancy meal before the dance? Are you looking forward to hitting the dance floor with friends? Maybe you’re anticipating that special slow dance moment with your prom date. Ask yourself these questions while you are looking for your prom outfit! If you want to have that fairytale moment, a big ball gown may be the picture perfect move! If your priorities are to get down on the dance floor all night long, then you’re going to want a dress that will allow you to bust a move! Whatever your perfect prom night looks like, you are going to want a dress that will allow you to experience it, and in some cases, this may mean opting for a short dress!

Short Dresses

Short prom dresses are becoming more and more popular as many girls are looking to ditch the tradition of long prom dresses. Fact of the matter is, the perfect prom dress comes in all shapes, sizes, and lengths! If you’re someone who’s not into long ball gowns, mermaid dresses, or dresses with slits that is totally okay! Short dresses give you the ability to move, run around, and dance all night long. PLUS let’s be real, the dance floor can get a lil hot sometimes, but your short prom dress will keep you feeling and looking cool! Check out some of these sassy short prom dresses:


If you’re looking for the perfect combination of comfort and stand out style, then try rocking a jumpsuit at your prom! Jumpsuits also come in SO many styles! There are jumpsuits with detachable overskirts, two piece jumpsuits, or even shorter style rompers! Jumpsuits are incredibly trendy and honestly will give you so much more flexibility than a long dress ever would! If we could turn back time, we definitely would have shown up to our prom in one of these prom jumpsuits:

Ditch the dress – Wear a Suit!

Honestly… We live in an era where it’s 100% okay for guys to wear dresses and girls to wear suits. So… smash the patriarchy and forget about dresses all together! Consider slaying the night by wearing a jacket, blazer, or suit! This vibe/style can also be achieved in so many different ways too! Whether it's a suit with shorts or wide leg trousers, or maybe if you want to do a beautiful blend of a blazer dress! Again, prom is your night! Show up in an outfit that truly represents Y-O-U

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