Prom dress styles through the decades

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7 Decades of Prom Dresses in 30 Seconds

Prom season has arrived, and anyone who has ever attended the biggest high school dance knows how important choosing the perfect dress is, and what a process it can be!

While young women today might be opting for strapless, form-fitting gowns or sparkly, flashy minidresses, that wasn't always the case! Inspired by pop culture at the time, each prom look from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s reflects the fashion industry's infatuation with stars from that time like Twiggy and Britney Spears.

It's no doubt that prom has provided some serious statement-making style moments for blossoming fashionistas, but what's considered trendy has certainly changed!

To celebrate the season, Classmates.com pulled together some of the defining dance looks from each decade.

Take a look back at a timeline of styles through the last several decades in the gallery below!

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Prom dress styles through the decades
1950s: When it comes to 1950s prom fashion, “Grease” is the word. Think tea-length, swingy dresses perfect for doing the hand jive. The poofier the skirt, the better.
1970s: In the 70s, the fellas rocked some far out tuxedos, while the girls loved bohemian-inspired gunny sack shapes.
1970s: Floral prints and pastels were also at their pinnacle.
1980s: Prom in the 80s meant big sleeves, big hair and bright colors.
1990s: The 90s saw a spike in sleek, shimmering dresses, inspired by style icons like Britney Spears. Although some may say her denim on denim look circa the 2001 AMA’s comes in as a close second.
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