Taylor Swift Style - Prom Inspiration

With prom season right around the corner, a lot of you have been asking me for some prom inspiration. Rather than a simple ask response, I figured this deserved a post of its own.

Here are some styles exuded by the queen of sparkly and embellished dresses herself:

1. Short & Sweet

Taylor wears: Alice + Olivia / Elie Saab / Jovani / Naeem Khan

If you’re not the type of person to wear a full-length ballgown to prom, or maybe you’re an underclassmen attending prom with an older date and want to save a longer dress for your own senior prom then these short, sweet and sassy styles may be for you.

Short hemlines scream ‘fun’ and - take it from someone who’s been to prom - they’re so much easier to dance in. These styles are definitely for someone who just wants a lighthearted, relaxed night out. Bump up the carefree aspect of these shorter hemlines with quirky heels, bright accessories and an easy updo.

2. Grecian Gorgeous

Taylor wears: Elie Saab / J. Mendel / Maria Lucia Hohan / Emilio Pucci

This is the type of dress I wore to my own prom. Free-flowing, figure-flattering and softly elegant. The Grecian gown generally consists of an empire-waist (cinched near or closer to the bust) and a cascading chiffon skirt that floats over your lower torso. If you’re a pear-shape (like me!) with a smaller bust and a wider hip-thigh area and you want to highlight the smallest part of you and look sweetly feminine at the same time then a Grecian gown like these ones Taylor has worn in the past may be for you.

If soft whites/creams scream too bridal for you, go for a bolder colour like red for something equally as flattering but much vibrant and less saccharine. A simple headband or even a braided hairstyle would perfectly suit the minimalist nature of the Grecian gown.

3. Perfectly Princess

Taylor wears: Reem Acra / Reem Acra / Reem Acra / Marchesa

And for the classic prom look - the princess ballgown. If you want to forego the even more traditional prom look consisting of shiny heavy fabrics, taffeta and pickups then huge skirts and princess embellishments are the way to go.

Go all out with elaborate updos, jewelry and sparkly heels to complete the full princess look.


It’s officially prom season and a lot of people liked my look last year, so I thought I’d post it for anyone who wants a little inspiration! I felt amazing, got tons of compliments, and all did it all with less than $150. 

Outfit: Top and skirt were bought at Urban Outfitters and totaled $110, which is a lot cheaper than most prom dresses! You can’t see my shoes, but they were red Madden Girl Getta pumps that I got for $30 on Amazon. The only jewelry I wore was small pearl earrings I already owned.

Makeup: Besides the red lipstick and red nail polish I got at Target (I don’t recall what brands they were but they both cost under $5), I just used makeup I already had lying around. I have exactly two looks I can do: a swipe of mascara and some chapstick, or a full face of garish stage makeup for ballet performances. Thankfully my mom is better at it than I am and helped me find a middle ground between the two. Since my lipstick was so bright I made sure to keep the rest of my face pretty chill. Also for anyone who hates foundation like me, tinted moisturizer is a miracle worker.

Hair: SUPER simple! I washed my hair and did my usual product routine that morning. This was back when I had mermaid hair so I made sure to leave plenty of time for it to dry. Once it was dry I pulled back a small section from near my face, braided it, and pinned it back. Took me 30 seconds total!

That’s it! Just be creative, try something different, find a good friend to go with you and get color-coordinated corsages/boutonnieres, and have fun!