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 60419

Alyce Paris 60419
V neckline low back floral mikado mermaid $398.00 $148.00

La Femme 27333

La Femme 27333
Strapless Sweetheart Neckline Lace Mermaid Gown $498.00

Tiffany Designs 16361

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

Alyce Paris 60428

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

La Femme 27285

La Femme 27285
V-Neckline Floral Printed Sexy Mermaid Dress $578.00

Sherri Hill 52628

Sherri Hill 52628
Print Mermaid Two-Piece $598.00

Alyce Paris 60400

Alyce Paris 60400
Strapless Sweetheart Mermaid Dress $498.00 $398.00

Sherri Hill 52347

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

Alyce Paris 60570

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

Alyce Paris 60408

Alyce Paris 60408
V Neck Fitted Mermaid $748.00 $288.00

Morilee Prom 43077

Morilee Prom 43077
High Neckline Floral Two Piece $550.00

Tiffany Designs 16366

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

Sherri Hill 52551

Sherri Hill 52551
Strapless floral print mermaid $550.00

Sherri Hill 52731

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

Morilee Prom 43141

Morilee Prom 43141
Show Stopper Satin Mermaid Gown $538.00

Morilee Prom 43025

Morilee Prom 43025
Elegant Strapless Floral Mermaid Gown $598.00

Alyce Paris 60370

Alyce Paris 60370
Two piece high neckline cap sleeve shimmer mikado mermaid $358.00 $148.00

Faviana 9454

Faviana 9454
V-Neckline Halter Top Fitted Luxe Jersey Mermaid Dress $398.00

Tiffany Designs 16354

Tiffany Designs 16354
Halter neckline fitted Server Panel cut design with Trumpet mermaid skirt $358.00

La Femme 27484

La Femme 27484
Straight Neckline Fitted Open Back Dress $438.00

Alyce Paris 60410

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

Alyce Paris 60338

Alyce Paris 60338
Strapless sweetheart neckline brocade layered mermaid $398.00

Alyce Paris 60535

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

Sherri Hill 52775

Sherri Hill 52775
One Shoulder Simple Fit and Flare Mermaid Dress $798.00

Sherri Hill 52390

Sherri Hill 52390
Strapless taffeta mermaid with train $498.00

Faviana S10242E

Faviana S10242E
V-Neckline Fitted Mermaid Gown $418.00

Tiffany Designs 16343

Tiffany Designs 16343
Mermaid with Sweetheart Neckline $438.00

Morilee Prom 43116A

Morilee Prom 43116A
Plunging Neckline Floral Open Back Gown $370.00

Sherri Hill 52753

Sherri Hill 52753
Strapless Satin Mermaid $450.00

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 60178

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

Madison James 19166

Madison James 19-166
Two Piece Satin Mermaid $370.00

Alyce Paris 60336

Alyce Paris 60336
Two-Piece Printed Off-The-Shoulder $358.00 $128.00

Morilee Prom 43062

Morilee Prom 43062
Satin V-Neckline Mermaid Dress $338.00

Sherri Hill 52618

Sherri Hill 52618
Strapless Taffeta Print Mermaid $550.00

Sherri Hill 52772

Sherri Hill 52772
Satin Mermaid with Lace Detail $550.00

Sherri Hill 52721

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

Tiffany Designs 16326

Tiffany Designs 16326
Sequin Embellishment Mermaid Gown $478.00

Sherri Hill 52766

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

Morilee Prom 43085

Morilee Prom 43085
High Neckline Brocade Mermaid Two Piece Dress $470.00

Morilee Prom 43071

Morilee Prom 43071
Halter Neckline Fitted Mermaid Gown $378.00

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