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18 Stylish 80s Prom Dress Options That Are Totally Awesome 

By  Emily Konatella

LAST UPDATED - February 5, 2022

The 1980s were the decades for bold style, colors, and silhouettes- and a whole lot of air spray for a large hairdo. If you have an 80s themed prom or event to attend this year, you will want to take a look back at the total bodacious styles.

In the 80s, women were about power suits, bright neon and pastel colors, ruffles, puffs, sequins, slim bodices, and princess skirts. It was the boom time for shoulders of all varieties: padded, off the shoulder, and the "bad girl" shoulder look. There were plenty of statement styles that made fashion fun.

To help you shop, we have curated a list of 80s prom dresses for you to check out. Whether you are a rocker or rebel at heart, these new dresses have a retro past that could match your modern fashion style.

20 80s Prom Dresses That Are Totally Awesome

Mac Duggal Ruffle Shoulder Lace Up Gown

This floor-length tiered gown has the perfect balance between modern-day fashion and 80s fashion. The dress features sexy side cutouts, a lace-up back, and dramatic ruffles at the shoulder. The bright hot pink color is guaranteed an eye-catching choice.

ISABEL MARANT Jasmine Georgette Minidress

From a label loved for its retro-inspired looks, the fuchsia Jasmine minidress is quintessentially Isabel Marant. Featuring voluminous puff sleeves for a dose of '80s glamour, this strapless design has a sweetheart neckline and a draped and ruched skirt finished with ruffles.


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MAC DUGGAL One-Shoulder Iridescent Ballgown

IRIDESCENT One Shoulder Rosette Ball Gown

This one-shoulder ball gown is shimmering. It features a pleated bodice, pleated waistband, and a rosette accent at the shoulder for a little added drama. The full a-line skirt is layered with tulle for added structure and features cascading ruffles down the front. 

X REVOLVE Bustier Gown For Love & Lemons

Looking for something sexy for your 80s prom dress? Check out this X Revolve Bustier Gown For Love & Lemon from Revolve. It features a boned bodice with underwire cups, a tiered ruffle tulle hem, and an attached bodysuit lining with a bottom snap button closure.

BRONX AND BANCO Anna Strapless Pleated Tulle Mini Dress

Chic, playful and sexy, this Bronx and Banco Anna Strapless Pleated Tulle Mini Dress is worthy of checking out. Featuring puffy pleated tulle, a beaded waistband, and a strapless necklace.

x REVOLVE A Cut Above Gown Katie May

Toss on this neon dress for your 80s prom night. The bright neon-colored dress features one shoulder styling with a sheer mesh overlay at the cutout. Available in a ray of pastel color as well. Complete the 80s theme with some neon accessories, blue mascara, chunky heels, and curling your bangs.

Margot V Neck Gown Bronx and Banco

Embrace the 80s padded shoulder fashion style with this Margot V Neck Grown. This gorgeous dress features padded shoulders with metallic fringe accents, crushed velvet fabric with front ruched detail, and a crystal-embellished brooch.

Simone Gown Bronx and Banco

Bring on the sequin with this Simone Gown from the Bronx And Banco. The shimmering dress has all-over sequin embellishments with crystal-embellished shoulder straps and an interior bodysuit lining with a gusset snap button closure.

X REVOLVE Carry Mini Dress Sabina Musayev

Shimmering your way through prom night with this X Revolve Carry Mini Dress from Sabina Musayev. With the padded shoulder pad, tiered skirt, and plisse fabric with silver-tone lurex throughout, this dress makes a great 80s prom dress option.

AIDAN BY AIDAN MATTOX Draped One-Shoulder Side-Tie Gown

Unlike the other 80s prom dresses, this one-shoulder side-tie gown from Aidan by Aidan Mattox offers a unique, eye-catching color. The turquoise dress features a long puff sleeve, a one-shoulder neckline, and a gathered waist. Complete the 80s theme with neon jewelry and a large hairdo

FAVIANA Strappy-Back Embellished One-Shoulder Gown

This dress may look simple, but rhinestone embellishment throughout makes this dress breathtaking and a statement piece that's perfect for 80s prom. The one-shoulder neckline with three diagonals across the back, this column silhouette with a full-length train will get you some compliments. Complete the 80s look with a choker necklace and chunky heels.

MARCHESA Plunging Cascading Ruffle Gown

This piece of clothing is worth the splurge and deserves a spot in your dress collection. This gorgeous gown will never go out of style and will always make a statement entrance. This dress is unforgettable with a plunging neckline, tulle butterfly cascading ruffle to add some drama, and a banded waist.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA Tulle Draped Sweetheart Ball Gown

If you are all about the puff, then you must check out this Oscar De La Renta Tulle Draped Sweetheart Ball Gown. The bright color is breathtaking and sure makes a statement piece at any event. Complete the look with flashy accessories, brightly colored lipstick, and chunky heels.

Aje Myriad Cutout Organza Mini Dress

This Aje Myriad Cutout Organza Mini Dress is all about drama and making a statement wherever you go. This pastel-colored dress is worth checking out with its signature puffed sleeve, cutout waist, and voluminous skirt, and it is totally worthy of checking out. Complete the look with a choker necklace and chunky heels. 

Kayla Dupioni Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

The search is over. This Sleek, sexy, and sophisticated with a touch of vintage vibe Kayla Dupioni Puff Sleeve Mini Dress is a favorite by many. The elegant dupioni silk dress with voluminous and exaggerated sleeves features a classic 80s look. A paneled front for an incredible figure is cinching and shaping down to the waist before falling into a flattering high-rise, slim-fitting tailored skirt. The boning detailing extends down to the waist in a pretty shape and through the back to really exaggerate the curves.

BRONX AND BANCO Lika High-Low Ruffle Robe Dress

This neon-colored robe dress with a ruffle cascading down is a classic 80s fashion. Bronx and Banco "Lika" lustrous cocktail dress styled with a bejeweled buckle at the waist. Surplice neckline sleeveless draped bodice wrapped waist high-low ruffle hem.

Carolina Herrera Ruffle-Sleeve Sequin Mini Dress

All about making a statement: this Carolina Herrera Ruffle-Sleeve Sequin Mini Dress has all the sparkle and drama. It features an a-line silhouette, ruffles sleeves, and the hem falls above the knee. Complete the 80s look with some chunky heels and a large hairdo.


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Ansel Dress

Make a dramatic entrance with this flirty and feathery Ansel Dress. The mini-length piece features a hand-tacked ostrich feather, a plunging neckline, and a deep rear v-cut exposing the upper back. Super flattering and forgiving. Available in two colors: off-white ombre and Tahoe.

About the author

Emily Konatella

Emily is a fashion consultant, designer and creative director with more than 15 years experience creating, designing and developing clothing & jewelry. From managing pageant shows to turning concepts into actual designs, she has experience with almost all fabric types and jewelry designs and is in touch with the latest fashion trends.


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