We love a prom dress with texture! Appliques, florals, lace, tulle, and rhinestones can all give a prom dress that extra wow. But if that classic rhinestone-embellished look isn’t quite your style (or doesn’t match your prom theme), a shimmer fabric can be the perfect way to create a modern look that still has plenty of sparkle. We’re loving these looks for prom 2022.

Fit for Prom Royalty


Column gowns are pure elegance, and this shimmering gown with a front slit and train is fit for royalty. If you have shoes you want to show off, a dress like this is perfect.

Shimmer Jersey Column Gown MAC DUGGAL, $338.00

Short and Shimmery


If you’re looking for something fun and short rather than long and elegant, this envelope hem has enough detail and shine to be prom perfect without a long skirt getting in your way on the dance floor. This dress would also look good dressed down for a more punk chic look with platform sneakers.

Shimmer Envelope Hem Dress SPEECHLESS, $69.00

One-Shoulder Shine


What is your favorite eye-catching dress feature? There’s something about the one-shoulder dress that gives you so many opportunities to use your hair, accessories, and shoes to create a look that has a lot of shape and volume. The sequins on this dress make it that much more stunning.

Sequin One-Shoulder Body-Con Minidress LNL, $58.00

Front-to-Back Fancy


If you’re the kind of Instagram icon that loves an over-the-shoulder picture, a prom dress with an interesting back is essential. A fabulous back detail can make an otherwise beautiful dress simply gorgeous. This dress’s cage back is the perfect balance between exciting but not over-complicated.

Caged Back Shimmer Gown MORGAN & CO., $149.00

Tons of Texture


We were talking about texture, weren’t we? This ruched mini dress is a versatile option for looks that range from simply stunning to rocker vibes depending on the shoes and accessories you choose. A platform boot look would make this gorgeously tough while some strappy heels make it the perfect party dress.

Shimmer Ruched Party Dress JUMP APPAREL, $69.00

Runway Vibes


Shimmery looks don’t have to be light and airy. A deep or dark color in a shimmer fabric can be the difference between a fairy tale vibe and a runway look.

Deep V Sequin Minidress LA FEMME, $188.00

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Veronica Good has been with Showstopper Magazine since 2016. When she isn't keeping you updated on the latest trends, she is at home with her many pets or probably playing The Sims 4. Veronica has a BA in English and an MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and her work can be found in Archarios, Tempo, and Scapegoat.