It's been nearly a decade since I went to prom, but I remember it -- my dress, specifically -- fondly. It was slightly conservative (floor-length with minimal cleavage) but very pretty, and I loved it so much that I rewore it to a wedding in my early 20s. I know my situation isn't typical. I was in high school at the same time as the "Laguna Beach" kids -- whose above-the-knee dresses were more appropriate for a night in Vegas than a school dance -- and was well aware that short, sparkly prom ensembles with cutouts galore were on their way to becoming the norm.
Flash-forward to today, and prom dresses leave even less to the imagination. Online retailer Nasty Gal, which specializes in trendy, California-cool pieces for the Coachella generation, just released its "Anti-Prom" lookbook, featuring super-short skirts, exposed bras and large cutouts, all accessorized with bondage gear. To go along with the label's free-spirited brand image, Nasty Gal says its prom offerings are "an alternative to those expected long princess gowns and tiaras with a rebellious assortment of everything a gal needs to celebrate the big night in her own way."
Sure, the high school years are prime for showing off your bod, but I wouldn't think the most opportune time is at a school function surrounded by your teachers and parental chaperones. Awkward. And many schools across the country have strict dress codes for prom, and we're pretty sure that more than a few girls would get sent home if they showed up wearing these looks. But it seems the ladies at Nasty Gal were going for a rebellious vibe anyway, so in that sense, mission definitely accomplished.
Scroll down for more from the retailer's lookbook.