PARTY QUEEN / Feb 17, 2023


On prom night, you want to make a statement. And, of course, your dress plays a big role in making that happen. But there are many things to consider: color, silhouette, fabric, and more. How do you narrow down the options to find the perfect showstopping look?

Don't stress, we're here to take it one step at a time. Today, we're talking about black prom dresses.

Yes, some may consider black a simple color. But as we've seen in the Black Swan movie, featuring Natalie Portman, it's also incredibly striking and bold. Considering a black prom dress? Here are some ideas to elevate your look and steal the show.

🖤 6 winning black prom dress ideas 🦢

Here are six black prom dresses that will ensure all eyes are on you—all night.

1. Mesh A-line dress with feather embellishments

If you're looking to glide into prom like a ballerina, we recommend a black prom dress with an A-line silhouette and airy fabric.

A-line silhouettes drape beautifully over the body and are one of the most flattering silhouettes you could choose. No matter your body type, it'll give you a sexy hourglass shape. With a light fabric, like mesh, you'll practically float across the dance floor!

For this look, your bodice will be the star. (Besides you, of course.) So keep an eye out for black prom dresses with embroidery, embellishments, or other unique details—like feathers. (If you're keen on the Black Swan theme, then feathers are a must!) Your sleeves and neckline are also opportunities to make a statement. Off-the-shoulder sleeves are perfect for this dress' whimsical, airy vibe.

black feather prom dress

Get the look: style GL3138 | Embroidery Sheer Front Mesh A-line Dress w/ Feather Embellishment

2. Mermaid dress with 3D flower applique

If you’re looking to show off your figure, then you should scope out black prom dresses with a mermaid silhouette.

Mermaid silhouettes leave less to the imagination. They hug your curves until the knee and then flare out. Some will offer a dramatic flare, while others will be more modest.

To dial up the heat, choose a black prom dress with a deep-v neckline or slit in the skirt. (Or, why not both?!)

Since it's prom, you don't have to stick to one fabric or texture. Applique is one of our favorites. It's a weaving technique where one fabric is stitched on top of another, creating a 3D effect. It's super unique and will help you stand out in the crowd!

black mesh deep illusion sweet heart mermaid long dress

Get the look: style GL3119 | Sequin Sheer Bodice Mermaid Dress w/ Side Long Mesh Layer

3. Sequin and velvet mermaid dress with slit

As you can tell, we're big fans of mixing fabrics and textures. It's all over the fashion world—and a hot prom trend too! With this black prom dress idea, we encourage you to unleash your inner fashionista and take some risks.

How? Pair two to three different fabrics or textures—feathers, beads, sequins, glitter, mesh, velvet, satin, you name it. In this case, we see velvet, glitter, and feathers paired together, and it totally creates a red carpet look.

Are you seeing old Hollywood glam too? That's also thanks to its sweetheart neckline and cut-away sleeves that effortlessly hang off the shoulders. (Move over Natalie Portman, this look has Marilyn Monroe written all over it!)

black velvet prom dress

Get the look: style GL3149 | Sequin Cut-away Shoulder Velvet Mermaid Dress w/ Wide Side Slit

4. Sequin mermaid dress with detachable cape

A classic color like black allows you to bring all the drama. This black prom dress idea shows how you can pull off detachable pieces, like capes or skirts.

The key with detachable pieces is that they shouldn't drown out your beautiful figure. We recommend airy or see-through fabrics, like mesh, so everyone can see what you're workin' with!

In this case, the detachable cape is short and mesh, ensuring that the mermaid shape is still front and center. It draws attention to—instead of covers—your natural hourglass shape.

black sequin tulle prom dress

Get the look: style GL3054 | 3-D Flower Applique Sequin Mermaid Dress w/ Detached Mesh Cape

5. Embellished A-line dress with glitter netting skirt

When it comes to your black prom dress look, there are no rules. If you want to add some color or metallics, we're all for it!

Metallic embellishments are fabulous additions to any black prom dress. Against a dark fabric, they'll really pop! Plus, when else will you wear a dress bedazzled in gold or silver? On prom, you can go all out with a showstopping look.

If your dress is an A-line silhouette, you can accentuate your cinched waist with embellishments on the bodice. What about the skirt? Add some volume with mesh or netting to further enhance your hourglass shape.

black mesh prom dress

Get the look: style GL3020 | Sequin Embellished Bodice V-Neck A-Line Prom Dress w/ Leg Slit

6. Satin mermaid dress with a gathered waistline 

So far, you've seen black prom dresses made of mesh, glitter, velvet, and sequins. But there are even more options out there—including this satin number!

For a sultry look, try on black prom dresses with drapey fabrics like satin or silk. These fabrics offer a soft, lustrous appearance that's understated—yet so elegant.

There's a practical side to this too. Satin and silk dresses typically aren't designed to be skin-tight. So if you like the look of mermaid dresses, but wish they were a bit roomier, you may want to explore mermaid dresses made of satin!

For this type of black prom dress, less is more. Small details, like a  gathered waistline, are all you need to spice up your look.

black satin sweetheart prom dress

Get the look: style GL3044 | Sweetheart Satin Mermaid Dress w/ Open Back and Side Gathered Waistline

Let’s find your perfect black prom dress

There are many more black prom dress ideas for you to explore in our full catalog. Yes, you've got all the options!

Once you've found your dress, you can start preparing for the big event. Here are a few blogs to help:

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