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Stripe Prom Dress from Marks and Spencer


Undeniably fifties influenced prom styles have been seen all over the high street for the past few years, with a twist on the style for every body shape and taste. While there are some designers still rehashing those same styles, this Stripe Prom Dress from Marks and Spencer's Autograph collection has moved into the early sixties to bring something new.

This dress combines the best of the cutesy fifties feel with some sharper sixties elements, creating a dress with plenty of retro appeal. The large monochrome stripes work well against a structured skirt shape, with the oversized bow adding a wonderfully over the top kitsch element.

Get yours from M&S now for £79.

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New Vintage Monet Print Prom Dress from Oasis


Oasis do a retro-style dress better than most and their latest New Vintage summer collection is no exception.

There are five dresses in the range including this Monet Print Prom Dress; a show-stopping floral silk number with a single strap and ruched bandeau body. The skirt is classic prom-dress with a nipped-in waist and full skirt with net underlay.

At £150, the dress is at the top end of the Oasis price spectrum but the romantic style won't date so should carry it through for many seasons to come. The range also includes fabric bags and scarves in similarly nostalgic prints.

View the whole collection here.

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Silk Tulle Prom Dress by Dolce & Gabbana


For most of us the pricetags of high end designer fashion mean even a look at couture is best avoided, but on a few very special occasions there's just no resisting a peek. This Strapless Silk Dress from Dolce & Gabbana is a stunning item that might just be worthy of going out of your way to get your mitts on.

The style takes clear inspiration from fifties prom dresses, but the cut, fabrics and design are a cut above high street looks with the same idea. The full skirt and high waist create an exaggerated femininity, tying in with a sweetheart neckline to achieve the ideal silhouette. In a sumptuous silk, the floral design is irresistibly classic too.

It's available from Matches Fashion in the UK for a staggering price of £3185.

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Carson Polka Dot Dress from Boohoo


Polka dot print is a fabric choice that is perenially associated with retro styles, particularly 50s looks. The second decade that favoured the famous spots was the 1980s, malking this Carson Bustier Dress from Boohoo an ideally cutesy eighties look.

The dress has the ideal structure for the era, too, with a ruffle skirt and spaghetti straps creating a great prom silhouette. The sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice finish off a look that's instantly retro, and versatile enough to dress up or down for day or night.

It's available from Boohoo now for just £20.

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Embellished Prom Dress from River Island


Among the end of sale rails and the last of the Winter season's fashion fodder, the high street is beginning to show us a taste of the Spring months to come. While it might seem a lifetime away, some retro retail therapy might be just what January calls for.

This Embellished Prom Dress from River Island has a cutesy fifties vibe that's ideal for the warmer weather. With a high neckline and fitted waist, the circle skirt combines to create the perfect vintage silhouette. The light cotton fabric provides a unique take, moving away from the heavy, stiff fabrics of many fifties looks to create a convincing retro look.

It's available now from River Island for £44.99.

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Mesh Prom Dress by Glamorous


Babydoll and prom style dresses are two of the many mid-20th centuries shapes that currently undergoes reinvention from decade to decade. Arguably the most arresting reinvention of this style was done in the eighties, as echoed in this Mesh Prom Dress by Glamorous.

Providing a distinctly eighties take on the shape is the choice of fabric and texture, creating a spunky edge to a very girly style – an interplay that characterised much eighties mainstream fashion. The peach tone and empire line echo the classic fifties vibe of the prom dress, while the extreme hemline gives a decidedly modern edge. Perfect for capturing the ethos of eighties street fashion.

Get it online from Oli for £38.

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