Lace has a decidedly feminine look, especially when done in a decidedly feminine color such as a fresh coral-pink. Trina Turk’s ‘B-52’ lace overlay dress has a retro 50s-inspired silhouette that’s reminiscent of the typical flouncy prom dress but with cleaner, more demure lines, and the coral is a subtle, more sophisticated version of the same old cotton candy pink. Coral is a hot color trend and it looks great on most skin tones, plus the A-line skirt and waist-cinching belt makes this dress universally flattering on nearly every body type, $298 at Nordstrom.com.
If your goal is to dance with everyone in the room before the night is through, you’re certain to catch potential partners’ eyes in the Lace Criss-Cross Dress from Victoria’s Secret. The fun, flippy skirt gets a dose of flirtatiousness from rows of sweet scalloped lace and a dash of sexiness from the front-crossing halter neckline. Try it in sweet Lollipop Red, sumptuously Sassy Berry, or the electric Bionic Blue, $98 at VictoriasSecret.com.
Bohemian girls don’t have to cram themselves into the style equivalent of an over-decorated birthday cake; stick to a cool, swingy silhouette that gets its formalwear chops from a striking lace overlay instead. The Tangerine Hazy Days dress from Free People is a deliciously drapey option done in vibrant, two-tone lace, and while the floral embroidered velvet straps make it even sweeter, the asymmetric hemline keeps it modern, $168 at FreePeople.com.
Think lace can’t be edgy? Think again. The Reverse Hi Lo dress from ASOS Collection features a fierce and fitted bustier–style bodice that’s embellished with gold studs at the neckline that makes this frock anything but frou-frou. The sleek black mini dress gets a prom-worthy push from the black lace skirt with a hi-lo hemline that’s short and sexy in the front, long and dramatic from behind, $85.94 at ASOS.com.
Can’t resist being the center of attention? The Cutout Side Lace dress from Rare will help you get there. Available in neon pink or eye-catching aqua, the real standout of this lace mini dress is the two diamond-shaped cutouts at the waist, just above the metallic waist-cinching belt, $75.20 at ASOS.com.