12 Prom Dresses Inspired By Our Favorite Films
by Jessica Banks
These movie-inspired dresses will make you feel like you waltzed straight off the movie screen. Be sure to check out our Disney-inspired prom gowns, too!
Rizzo from ‘Grease’
If Rizzo attended prom in the 21st century, you can bet she’d rock this curve-hugging red gown. This trumpet skirt and train will make you look totally glamorous as you sweep across the dance floor with your squad in tow.
To buy: Jovani 31040 Evening Dress, Madame Bridal, $590.00
Regina George from ‘Mean Girls’
If poor Regina hadn’t been forced to wear an uncomfortable brace to prom, you can bet she would have had some embroidered bling on her bodice that put other prom dresses to shame. This dress also has a lace-up back and flared skirt, perfect for twirling around the dance floor with your friends and SO.
To buy: Short Homecoming Dress with Lace-up Bodice, David’s Bridal, $169.95
Bianca from ‘Ten Things I Hate About You’
Bianca was definitely ahead of her time when it came to prom fashion (hello, Taylor Swift stole her look!), but even so, her look needs some minor updates. With this dress, you get the beautiful princess dress look without all the annoying weight pulling at the top of your dress.
To buy: Tulle Ball Gown Blush Pink Prom Dress 5618, Dress Prom, $598.00
Bella from ‘Twilight’
Bella wasn’t exactly a fashion icon, but thanks to Alice, her prom dress was actually super cute. This look is sans flower sweater and sneakers, but we think losing those and gaining a short, flirty skirt only made this ensemble better.
To buy: Ever-Pretty Ruffles Padded V-neck High-Low BridesMaid Dress, Sears, $19.99-$24.99
Kat from ’10 Things I Hate About You’
Whether she liked it or not, Kat looked beautiful in her prom dress, and you can look just as stunning in this pretty and purple convertible maxi dress! Wear the straps more traditionally like Kat, make it a one-shoulder dress or give yourself some cute, capped sleeves.
To buy: Always Stunning Convertible Maxi Dress, Lulu’s, $58
Laney from ‘She’s All That’
Laney shocked her school when she showed up to prom in a striking black dress—and it looks like she knew what she was doing, since little black dresses haven’t gone out of style since. Dazzle at your own prom in this classic black dress with a little something extra.
To buy: Honey and Rosie Illusion Panel High Neck Sheath Dress, Dillards, $69.00
Buffy from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
Buffy totally slayed at her prom—figuratively and literally, of course. Be the bad ass belle of the ball just like her in this floor length, champagne princess gown. Just try not to ruin it by fighting vampires mid-dance.
To buy: Sweetheart Ball Gown Sleeveless Chiffon Floor-length Beading Dress, Jolly Belle, $152.00
Hermione from ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’
Hermione has the brains and the beauty to brag about, and if you need proof, look no further than the Yule Ball. She dazzled on the dance floor with her ruffled dress, and you can get the muggle equivalent with this ruffled tulle ballgown.
To buy: Dreamly Ball Strapless Tulle Beaded Waistline Evening Dress, Dream W+E, $139.49
Andie from ‘Pretty in Pink’
Love it or hate it, Andie’s prom dress is iconic. Our pick for a Pretty in Pink prom isn’t quite as unique as Andie’s DIY dress, but we think you’ll look dazzling in this blush-colored maxi dress.
To buy: Make Me Move Blush Pink Maxi Dress, Lulu’s, $89.00
Carrie from ‘Carrie’
Before Carrie’s classmates “pranked” her and covered her in pig’s blood, she looked radiant in a blush-colored satin dress. The simple style of the seventies has come and gone, so we picked out a more modern rendition of Carrie’s look, complete with delicate satin, spaghetti straps and a sweetheart bodice.
To Buy: Satina, Fame and Partners, $329.00
Sandy from ‘Grease’
We think sweet Sandra Dee would love this vintage-style lace prom dress. It’s classic and cute, and the detailed lace design is bound to make you stand out from the crowd whether you’re rocking the hand jive or not.
To Buy: Display It With Sweets Lace Dress in Ivory, Modcloth, $125.00
Romy and Michele from ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
For better or worse, Romy and Michele sure knew how to stand out in their prom dresses—and you can too, without the hoop earrings and lace gloves. This dress is a classic take on what Romy and Michele pulled off in the ’80s, and we love the embellished bodice paired with the fun and flirty skirt.
To Buy: Corset Back Strapless Lace Bodice Dress, Prom Girl, $298.00