There are so many reasons to wear a non-traditional prom outfit, but IMO, the strongest contender is the simple fact that you shouldn't feel pressured to wear something you don't like or don't feel comfortable in just because everyone else is wearing it, dresses included. Believe it or not, prom has evolved since we older millennials partied hard at our early '00s proms, wearing our strapless dresses and shawls, our hair styled into wispy up 'dos, when the most popular jock and cheerleader were crowned prom king and queen. Thank goodness for societal progression which, in recent news, meant that a lesbian couple are currently running for prom royalty.
Although there's still much work to be done in the prom world – especially in terms of ridiculously archaic prom dress codes – you can stay true to yourself by ditching prom dresses and picking cool co-ords instead.
1. The Pretty Pastel Pair
Girly girls who are searching for something unique are sure to love this super feminine, pastel co-ord set.
2. The Original Vintage Set
Vintage lovers will get to feel like a golden girl for the night in this decadent original '50s set.
3. The Modern Floral Co-ords
For a contemporary twist on a classic floral dress, go for modern flower print co-ords.
4. The Dusky Pink Set
5. The Floaty Maxi Set
This enchanting, floaty co-ord set is especially for you tall girls of the world! You're welcome ladies.
6. The Ruffle Set
Transform into a contemporary Sandy from Grease with this sassy, off the shoulder ruffle top and midi skirt combo.
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7. The Heavy Metal Set
If you can't dress like a member of a galactic royal family on prom night, when can you? These opulent, embellished co-ords are sure to make you stand out in the sea of chiffon dresses.
8. The Crotchet Co-ords
Exude some major Virgin Suicides vibes in these pristine, white crotchet co-ords.
9. The Alternative LBD
If you were thinking of going to prom in a classic LBD, why not make your ensemble a little more edgy by wearing all black co-ords with pretty details?
10. The Dark Florals
Perhaps you want to wear florals without coming across as overly girly? These dark floral co-ords will help you achieve your desired look.
11. The Kitsch Co-ords
Retro fashion fans will love these cute, kitsch co-ords with their ice cream print and net under layer. Your personality will easily shine through at your prom in this fun ensemble.
When you've got your outfit in the bag, don't worry about the small stuff and make sure to have a ball on your prom night.
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