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Teen Trend: Slutty Prom Dresses

By sandymaple |

sexypromdresssmStroll through any department store today and you will likely notice a proliferation of  fancy party dresses.  From a distance, these frocks look perfectly lovely and totally appropriate for a teen girl attending her prom.  But look a little closer and you may think you’ve accidentally wandered into a Fredericks of Hollywood boutique. 

Backless, frontless and slit up to here, prom dresses have gotten decidedly more risque in recent years.  And while the slutty prom dress trend isn’t exactly new, those skimpy dresses used to be reserved for a select few and were much harder to find.  Today, any girl looking to achieve that porn star look can just pop into her local department store or go online to snap up a perfectly awful dress that will surely make her parents cringe.

And speaking of cringing, why would any self-respecting parent allow their daughter to dress like a call girl on prom night?  Nathan Vaknin, manager of Brooklyn’s Fiesta Ladies Fashion, tells the New York Post that he believes it is because many parents have no backbone.  “The parents might say no at first, but I don’t think anyone can convince these girls to get a dress besides the one they really want,” he says.

And what do they really want?  Here’s a look at some of the sluttiest prom dresses we found online.  Would you let your daughter wear one of these?

Image: Jovani.com

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Sexy Long Dress at Prom Girl

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La Femme Fashion

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Panopoly at Cinderella's Gowns

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Xtreme from Rissy Roo's

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Sherri Hill at Nicole's Prom Boutique

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33 thoughts on “Teen Trend: Slutty Prom Dresses

  1. Sara says:

    I just went to the Macys website and clicked on prom dresses and did not see one trashy dress. Two or three were a little sexy but none were over the top.

    Most teen girls wouldn’t be caught dead in any of those dresses because they’d look horrible on a normal or overweight body.

  2. NM says:

    Trend? Hasn’t this been going on for about 3 decades?

  3. Erin says:

    yah I saw a variety of similar dresses (or worse) at all 4 proms I attended (I went every year for one reason or another.) One girl had a slit in here dress from here breasts down to her belly button (similar to the jennifer lopez dress) and revealed her cleavage entirely.

  4. Anonimon says:

    When you get your 8 year old a cell phone, allow your 10 year old to wear make-up, and then let your 12 year old start dating, what is left to experience that is new by the time they are 17 years old? I think part of why these dresses (and girl teen dress in general) has trended to the extreme is because we as a society have allowed them to experience too much too soon. If we let kids push past certain boundaries too early, then when they reach adolescence and want to express their individuality the only thing left often times is extreme sexuality. I’m not saying that we should be forcing 16 year olds to play with Barbies and only watch rated G movies, but when it is acceptable for Hannah Montanna, an idol to the tween set, to pose in nothing but a sheet for Vanity Faire it sends a certain message to girls. They want to act grown up and clearly that overtly sexualized behavior is what makes one an adult in their eyes. Perhaps if we let little girls be little girls and didn’t allow them to act or dress like they are 17 when they are 11, they wouldn’t feel the need to wear these types of dresses to their proms.

  5. Sarah says:

    There were dresses like this when I was going to prom in the mid 90s too. In my small town, at least, no one actually wore them. My guess is that there were some girls in bigger cities who did, and my guess is that there are more girls who wear them today, but they are still anything from the norm.

  6. PlumbLucky says:

    I’m going to take a stab at “this isn’t entirely new” because my HS prom actually had a dresscode that would have banned every dress shown here as too showy. Why would they have such a rule if it either hadn’t been, or could have easily been, an issue?

    One of the local dress stores I looked for a prom dress at (not a Macys/chain store, a mom and pop) had a list of dress code for each area high school, and which dresses specifically did not meet dress code. So they existed at least in the mid 90s. I think one girl did show up in a dress that was a little bit skin-revealing (nothing compared to these) but she had made hers by hand, and it didn’t look trashy at all.

  7. M says:

    I think “slutty”, “call girl”, and “porn star” are a bit harsh. In high school, a lot of girls are still figuring out where the line for them is between too little and too much. Negotiating developing sexuality, varying norms, and a hyper-judgmental atmosphere is tough. I think it’s a lot more helpful to gently point out that which steps over the line- no high schooler deserves “slutty”, especially based on a dress.

  8. Kimberly Hosey (Arizona Writer) says:

    Holy crap! And my boyfriend’s family was scandalized when I wore a spaghetti strap gown.

  9. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    Slut-shaming young girls. Awesome. Can’t hold anyone responsible for what happens to those ladies that dress like *that* can we? Jeez, I’m glad I don’t have daughters so that they will never have to be subject to the conflicting damaging messages that society feels they have the right to heap upon them.

  10. Marjorie says:

    Okay, maybe name-calling isn’t nice, but the wanting to look like a porn star is not far-fetched. In my day (late 80′s/early 90′s) that was an insult. Porn Star was equivalent to skank. Now, that’s not true. Porn Stars are kinda seen as glamorous these days.

  11. JEssica says:

    This “trend” has been happening for quite a while. Most female clothes (even for adults) or entirely too revealing. It is hard to find a top that won’t show my cleavage and I look really hard.

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  13. zach says:

    Get off my lawn you whipper-snappers, with your rock music, and girls wearing pants, and unchaperoned dates at the malt-shop. Tell me how this is any different than the uproar the scandlously sexy Walts created when it was popularized?

  14. my bestfriend would always pick Pink prom dresses with lots of laces**~

  15. i always love to wear those long gown type of prom dresses, it makes me feel like i am a princess or something”`:

  16. JulieQ says:

    As the mother of two little girls I’m most definently going to tell them the same thing that ran through my head while scrolling through those pics.. “No, no, no, no, NO!” I’d rather them wear something that makes them look and feel beautiful. Not cold o_0

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  28. C says:

    I remember being at church when the little girls in their first communion dresses were lining up at the front of the church. One girl had a white dress that looked like a white version of Carrie’s prom dress (Sissy Spacek movie). OMG, she was probably 12, just developing and the dress almost revealed everything. I could see people looking at her in disgust. The poor girl…did her parents have no shame?!

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