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  • Writer's picturePaige H. Perry

Finding Beauty in a Mermaid Prom Dress

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

One of the most important events in a young girl’s high school career is prom. Many girls spend days and weeks planning the perfect dress to wear to this special event and end up trying on hundreds of dresses before they find the right one.

Dress Shape and Color

One popular dress option is the mermaid prom dress. This dress style is unique because it hugs the body from the top until it reaches the knees or mid-calf area. At this point, the dress will flare out around the girl’s ankles, resembling a mermaid’s tail. Typically, the bodice of the dress and the ‘tail’ are made to be different from one another. For example, the dress portion may be made from one material and the tail from another or they could be made from different colors or even offer different designs.

Style Options

There are a number of differences between the different mermaid prom dresses in regards to the top portion of the dress. While most mermaid style dresses are strapless, some will offer one strap or straps that are off the shoulder or covering both shoulders. There can also be a varying degree of flare for the bottom portion of the dress as well. Some may offer a subtle flare while others may offer something more dramatic. Some styles even offer flares in the front only or a slit where you can see the leg.

Things to Consider when Choosing a Prom Dress

Mermaid dresses offer a dramatic look that is likely to set you apart from the other girls who are at prom and will have the attention of your date and everyone else in attendance. However, there are some things that you should consider when you are choosing a mermaid style dress or any other prom dress.

You should keep in mind your specific body shape. Regardless of either of these two factors, there is a dress out there that will make you look beautiful, the trick is to find the right one. You may also want to consider how the color of the dress works with your skin tone as well as the hairstyle that you will be wearing on your big day.

If you know the theme of your prom and the color scheme, you may also want to consider this while you are choosing your dress. Remember that there are likely to be many pictures taken while you are at prom and it is a good idea to choose a dress color that goes well with the decor of the venue.


Every girl deserves to look beautiful on their prom night and a mermaid style prom dress is a beautiful option for your special day. You will look lovely with this style and will be excited to show off your selection to your friends. Be sure to take your time when you are making your selection and to try on several different versions before you choose your favorite.

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