Mermaid Prom Dresses

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As prom approaches, you might be wondering what style of dress is best for you. Mermaid prom dresses have been popular for decades, and have never gone out of style. The classic mermaid dress curves your upper body and swivels out at the bottom to create a glamorous, Hollywood look.

The History of Mermaid Prom Dresses

The mermaid dress is also known as a Fishtail dress. The shape of the dress highlights feminine curves and is meant to celebrate the female form. The mermaid gown was invented in the 1930s by French designer Marcel Rochas and exploded into popularity with Hollywood actresses in the 1950s. It has become (and stayed) a prom classic as the dress exudes a feeling of Hollywood glamor. However, it's not exclusive for proms! Many women choose a mermaid dress as their choice for homecoming, winter formals, military balls, and pageants. Whatever the occasion, a mermaid dress is sure to stun and dazzle.

The Design

Mermaid dresses are typically strapless. However, this isn't a requirement in any way, and there are plenty of mermaid dresses that have straps or can easily be tailored to include straps.

As mermaid gowns have been around for so long, many designers have gotten creative with changing the style slightly for their unique twist on a mermaid dress. Designers may add sparkles to the trim of the dress, add cutouts to the waist, a thigh-high split, or a tail that is high-low cut so the ankles are legs are showing in the front.

Mermaid dresses look glamorous in all colors. A bright color, such as red or blue, can pop, while a neutral color such as white or black can give an air of elegance.

Celebrities that Love Mermaid Dresses

There have been countless mermaid gowns on the red carpet throughout the years. A few celebrities who have rocked the mermaid gown are Kendall Jenner, Taylor Swift, Sofia Vergara, and Eva Longoria. Some may argue that you need to be tall to wear a mermaid dress, but this is not the case. Eva Longoria is 5'2, and she looks stunning in mermaid gowns. If you're short, it's generally recommended wearing some heels, to elongate the dress.

How to Know if You Would Look Good in a Mermaid Dress

A mermaid prom dress is a beautiful look on any woman. Some style columns out there might try to tell you that you need to be tall and skinny to wear a mermaid dress, but we disagree. If you have the confidence to pull it off, you can wear any style of dress you want! Simply Google "Amber Riley and Lena Dunham in mermaid dress on the red carpet" to see what we mean.

If you're selecting a mermaid dress, you should make sure you feel comfortable in it and that you're okay with a tighter fitted dress. A mermaid dress hugs the upper body. If you're particularly unconfident in your upper body, you can always try to wear the mermaid dress with a pair of Spanx.

It's also recommended that you practice walking around in a mermaid gown a little bit. They are tight and restrictive, so it can make walking (especially in heels) a little tricky!

A mermaid prom dress highlights your bust and your derriere. The flared bottom also adds to the illusion of additional curves, so it will create a very sexy silhouette.

Your prom is a very special night that you're going to remember for the rest of your life. It's important that you choose prom dresses that reflect your style but also one that you feel comfortable in.

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Alyce Paris 60533

Alyce Paris 60533
V-Neckline Sleeveless Beaded Mermaid Dress $798.00 $698.00

Alyce Paris 60293

Alyce Paris 60293
Mermaid Sweetheart Neckline Jersey $198.00 $168.00

Morilee Prom 43116

Morilee Prom 43116
Floral Printed Satin Mermaid Dress $370.00

Sherri Hill 52930

Sherri Hill 52930
Taffeta Printed Mermaid $550.00

Sherri Hill 52551

Sherri Hill 52551
Strapless floral print mermaid $550.00

Alyce Paris 60178

Alyce Paris 60178
Halter neckline open back two piece mikado floral mermaid $248.00

Morilee Prom 43077

Morilee Prom 43077
High Neckline Floral Two Piece $550.00

La Femme 27286

La Femme 27286
Strapless Sweetheart Neckline Floral Printed Mermaid Dress $498.00

Sherri Hill 52560

Sherri Hill 52560
Metallic Lace Mermaid $598.00

Alyce Paris 60398

Alyce Paris 60398
Halter neckline open back two piece mermaid brocade $338.00

Tiffany Designs 16361

Tiffany Designs 16361
Plugging V-neckline with Fitted bodice, Truly mermaid skirt with V-back $458.00

Alyce Paris 27317

Alyce Paris 27317
Mikado Mermaid $338.00

Sherri Hill 52696

Sherri Hill 52696
Mermaid with Straps $398.00

Sherri Hill 52772

Sherri Hill 52772
Satin Mermaid with Lace Detail $550.00

Morilee Prom 43058

Morilee Prom 43058
High Neckline Textured Mermaid Dress $358.00

Sherri Hill 52559

Sherri Hill 52559
Lace Mermaid with Ruffle Tulle Skirt $598.00

Morilee Prom 43107A

Morilee Prom 43107A
Floral Strapless V-Neckline Mermaid Dress $398.00

Alyce Paris 60335

Alyce Paris 60335
Two-Piece Print Mermaid $358.00 $328.00

Morilee Prom 43062

Morilee Prom 43062
Satin V-Neckline Mermaid Dress $338.00

Tiffany Designs 16329

Tiffany Designs 16329
Halter Metallic Trumpet Gown $498.00

Tiffany Designs 16366

Tiffany Designs 16366
Halter neckline with sweetheart underlay floral sequin lace mermaid $650.00

Sherri Hill 52731

Sherri Hill 52731
One-Shoulder Mermaid Gown with Slit $550.00

Sherri Hill 52851

Sherri Hill 52851
Two Piece Mermaid with High Neck $598.00

Faviana S10280

Faviana S10280
Long Line Sequined Dress $378.00

Sherri Hill 52580

Sherri Hill 52580
Two-Piece Mermaid $550.00

Morilee Prom 43137

Morilee Prom 43137
Show Stopper Metallic Jersey Mermaid Gown $398.00

Morilee Prom 43040

Morilee Prom 43040
V-Neckline Corset Back Mermaid Dress $398.00

Alyce Paris 60535

Alyce Paris 60535
Off the Shoulder Sexy Shimmering Mermaid Dress $768.00 $598.00

Alyce Paris 60428

Alyce Paris 60428
Two-Piece Off-The-Shoulder Satin Print Gown $328.00 $148.00

Morilee Prom 43034

Morilee Prom 43034
V-Neckline Fitted Mermaid Gown $470.00

Sherri Hill 52615

Sherri Hill 52615
Satin Mermaid with Straps $498.00

Tiffany Designs 16363

Tiffany Designs 16363
Off-The-Shoulder Mermaid with Beaded Bodice $578.00

Alyce Paris 60409

Alyce Paris 60409
Strapless Sweetheart Mermaid $678.00 $288.00

Alyce Paris 60410

Alyce Paris 60410
Mermaid with Ruffle Tulle Skirt $858.00 $398.00

Alyce Paris 60570

Alyce Paris 60570
V neckline mermaid with cracked ice taffeta $288.00

Tiffany Designs 16330

Tiffany Designs 16330
Sweetheart strapless neckline velvet mermaid with floral details $478.00

Sherri Hill 52721

Sherri Hill 52721
Mikado mermaid with pleated bust and spaghetti straps $550.00

Sherri Hill 52766

Sherri Hill 52766
Deep V-Neckline Long Sleeve Mermaid Dress $598.00

Sherri Hill 52747

Sherri Hill 52747
Two-piece satin mermaid with ruffled top $398.00

Sherri Hill 52347

Sherri Hill 52347
Off-The-Shoulder Layered Mermaid $598.00

Morilee Prom 43071

Morilee Prom 43071
Halter Neckline Fitted Mermaid Gown $378.00

Alyce Paris 60430

Alyce Paris 60430
Halter Two-Piece Mermaid Dress $268.00

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