With prom just around the corner it’s easy to image that most young ladies are busy shopping for their dream dress. However, not all those attending prom 2010 will favor the traditional, high-fashion ensembles which were popular back when my class held their prom. Over the last decade the “punk” fashion scene has gained more and more momentum, and this is a guide to my top five places to buy punk prom dresses.
Hot Topic: A staple in malls across America, this incredibly popular retail store is an easy, available recommendation to find a punk prom dress. Their variety is minimal, but the store offers both on-site and online options. Their “Mint Blue Tea Party Dress” is a gorgeous example of a fairly low-key punk prom dress which can be played up or down depending on the degree of statement you wish to make. Adding fingerless gloves or lace opera gloves, a Victorian choker necklace, and bold streaks of hair with a funky style lends more punk and sass to this punk prom dress.
Torrid: One of the few stores which caters to the plus-sized clientele with an individual site and large volume of merchandise, Torrid features a strong selection of trendy clothing, accessories and jewelry. Their 80’s inspired “Pink and Black Necklace Party Dress” could easily be paired with some clunky black boots, some studded ankle cuffs and a statement necklace.
Starlets & Harlots: The large volume of merchandise available on their website ranges from class punk, to retro-inspired rockabilly, gothic to burlesque. Their dress categories makes for a large selection of punk prom dresses, and their “Black with Red Polka Dots Pussycat Dress” would be a unique and unexpected selection for prom 2010. This simple statement garment would best combine with a funky hairstyle or dramatic wig and limited jewelry.
Infectious Threads: Another website with a large volume of punk merchandise, this site offers a decent variety of punk prom dresses. Their Lip Service “Snap Front Dress – Black and Pink Stripe” (also available in Black and Black Stripe) has an Alice in Wonderland feel which is very trendy for spring 2010. Dramatic hair, black lace gloves, and bold shoes would finish off this style nicely.
Too Fast: This Company offers an extensive collection of clothing and accessories, though their availability for punk prom dresses is limited compared to other vendors recommended on this list. My favorite is their “Skeleton Tutu Dress,” which combines the pseudo-gothic charm of trendy skeletons with the ever-present punk tutu for a clever mix. Black nails, high boots, and pink streaks through hair would be fantastic with this punk prom dress option.
I hope this guide helps you discover the punk prom dress of your dreams for spring 2010!