Prom Dress Trends for 2023

With the subdued proms overshadowed the last three years by the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s styles are pulling out all the stops to celebrate.

Prom dresses in 2023 are standouts in every way, with restrained, simple, traditional styles relegated to the recycle bin.

So here are the prom dress trends to look for when shopping for the big night.

Be Bold

This year’s prom dresses make a statement. These dresses are featuring:

  • bright, vibrant colors – last summer’s Barbiecore hot pink still tops the list
  • interesting cuts – think corset bodices and cut-outs
  • shimmer – metallic fabrics and sparkling sequins are everywhere

Also look for fabulous feather accents and daring slits, whether a subtle suggestion on the side or a thigh-high slit on the front. The mermaid look is back, but high-low hems are definitely outré.

Loving Cottagecore

In contrast to the more daring styles noted above, the cottagecore movement that embraces simpler, more sustainable living is reflected in peasant dresses and romantic flourishes harking back to a simpler time.

So layers of lace, chiffon, tulle, Regency-era ruffles, and feminine flowing skirts that echo the Bridgerton influence will be showing up on prom night.

Non-binary Options

For those looking to step outside traditional roles, there are many stylish options available.

Slim two-piece suits are trending, along with fringe and vintage ‘90s and 2000’s styles from thrift stores. Pinterest predicts ruffled men’s shirts and sheer pants outfits à la Harry Styles will also be appearing on the prom dance floor this season.

Keep it Comfy 

Because prom is all about dancing the night away, some smart prom-goers have learned to be kind to their feet, switching out painful heels for prom sneakers.

When the trend debuted a few years ago, the only choices were everyday wear. These days, you have literally dozens of stylish options, because Teen Vogue says prom sneakers are the new heels, and Seventeen suggests you can find sneakers you already love, but with prom-y details added. 

So look for glittery shoes that feature sequins, rhinestones, crystal, tie-dye, and glitter. For longer gowns, go for platform sneakers and you’ll be set to dance the night away in comfort.

And for a Miami prom venue that will create indelible memories—not to mention Instagram-worthy backdrops—check out the historic Alfred I. duPont Building in downtown Miami. We have no curfew here, and the 1920s Art Deco vibe provides the perfect setting, whether for prom itself or one of the many after-parties.