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Already planning for prom? Here's our edit of the best dresses to buy now

For those preparing to take their GCSEs or A-levels this summer, or those currently slogging away at their dissertation, a celebratory prom or summer ball is likely nothing more than a tiny glimmer of hope on the horizon at this point. 

But what better motivation to see  you through the next few months than finding the perfect dress?

The best prom dress is one you can dance in, and that is uber flattering and just the right mixture of on trend and classic (so you don't wince looking back at the snaps in years to come). 

From mini to maxi, velvet to lace: here's our edit of the best prom dresses to buy now. 

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Sweet and understated: this navy midi will welcome a swipe of red lipstick. 

Lace dress, £485, ALEXACHUNG

This off-the-shoulder mini dress has spaghetti straps to prevent it from falling down. 

Floral lace dress, £130, French Connection

Pastels are one of this season's biggest trends. Pair this pleated number with a plum lip. 

Slip dress with pleated skirt, £189, Baum und Pferdgarten

Della dress, £149, Hobbs

Polka dots are perennially in vogue. 

Blush is a hue that flatters most skin tones. 

Draped dress, £49.99, H&M

Pair this Jacquard mini with jewelled flats. 

Jacquard mini dress, £180, Ganni 

Don't rule out velvet for summer.

Desert Moon velvet maxi dress, £56, Topshop

This embellished gown calls for little-to-no jewellery. 

Sunburst gown, £350, Needle & Thread 

Pair this asymmetric mini with one XL earring for a modern take on prom dressing.

J. Crew one-shoulder ruffled twill mini dress, £185, Net-a-porter

This fuchsia Kitri offering packs a serious punch. Pair with block heel sling backs. 

Kitri arm sash dress, £125, Harvey Nichols

Pale blue looks excellent with dark green. Wear some emerald earrings with this dress. 

Gina Bacconi lace dress, £290, Next 

Maxi dress lovers rejoice: this Rixo offering is both glamorous and cool.

Rixo London Maressa printed silk maxi dress, £325, Harvey Nichols

This tunic dress can be reworked over tailored trousers post prom. 

Embellished tunic dress, £189, Ted Baker

Delicate jewellery and a sun-kissed glow are what this dress needs. 

Self-Portrait polka dot dress dress, £300, Matchesfashion.com 

Team with clashing red accessories. 

Velvet wrap dress, £110, & Other Stories