When Prom Dresses Go Horribly Wrong: 15 Of The Tackiest Gowns On The Internet

June 3, 2014  |  
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At this point, being that it’s June, prom season is probably coming to an end for the kiddies. They will take pictures, photos that they probably will look back at years later and have fond memories about.

However, if they dressed anything like these individuals, they probably will look back and shake their heads just a little. Every decade has some interesting fashions, but there’s a difference between dressing in the trends of the time and doing the absolute most just because. Here are 12 people who did the latter.

Orlando Sentinel

Pregnancy and prom is an interesting combination, but it doesn’t have to look bad…like this. While this young lady kept her baby bump covered in up, she made sure to show every other ounce of skin in this gold, shiny ensemble.

There’s a whole lot going on here, but not enough at the same time. Case in point: the fact that she’s showing a lot of skin (thanks to quite a few cut-outs and super high slits), but still thought it a good idea to wear the super high gloves. And I don’t know what’s worse, the super visible garter belt or the flip phone attached to her hip as she poses for pics…?


I wish I could show you this girl’s face so you could see how much she was NOT feeling her Michael Jordan-inspired attire for the night. Neither are we, but kudos to her for being a good sport.


Homegirl was doing okay until the skirt opened up and she showed off her pins (legs) with not only white tube socks, but Timbaland boots to match the gold embellishments around her abdomen. Isn’t prom in spring/summer? Her feet weren’t sweating?


He doesn’t look bad, but the young lady on the right went a tad bit overboard. If the huge bow didn’t grab your attention, I’m sure the steel grey ruffled neckline and attachment to the skirt will have you shaking your head just a little…

No Way Girl

In the words of my colleague, this young lady is giving us “bedazzled superhero.” And why is there so much going on? Suspenders? Strappy sandals, a cape? The garter belt? Sequins? It’s like five prom dresses fused into one Frankenstein-ish ensemble.


Deer hunting camouflage is cool, but this is NOT. Keep it in the woods, don’t bring it to the dance floor.

No Way Girl

Can you spot what’s off about this picture? The women in their blue and purple don’t look bad, but their date, in his two-face suit is what’s got us scratching our head. And don’t get me started on the pimp cup…

No Way Girl

From the beaded boob (and the crooked sewing on the top of her dress) to Mr. Man’s hood, sunglasses and huge bowtie, this whole look is just screaming “NOOOOOOO!”


No…just no…

While she (to the right) actually doesn’t look bad, her date looks like he’s wearing a harness vest to do some tree climbing. But I have to give him props for the fly updo. Wale would be proud.


Hey, I love Winnie the Pooh as much as the next person. He’s adorable. But hell no to putting it on formal attire.

I’m trying to figure out how this dress was able to stay together with its sequin connections. And then the tall collar with the forearm gloves and peek-a-boo stomach is probably one of the most interesting things I’ve ever seen. That’s not a good thing.


I can’t with all this denim. And I’m still not sure if all the material I’m seeing on the floor is from her gown, or from her date’s super wide-leg pants (or the cape that’s behind said pants). Either way, no one needs to wear that much denim at one time. NO ONE.


I’m wondering if this New Orleans inspired and Fleur-de-lis adorned attire was worn out of love for the Saints since they won the Super Bowl in 2010, or if these people really just thought this look was cute. Either way, oh so wrong. And what is this material!? Plastic!?

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  • This looks so funny

  • FromTokyo

    This is not just a black folks thing. There are plenty of equally ratchet prom dresses I’ve seen on Caucasian sites, many with the same motifs and way too much skin.

  • Richard King

    I’m confused. You have an article asking people NOT to make fun of black gilrs’ Prom dresses, but you also post an article making fun of black girls’ Prom dresses??? Are you MadameNoire folks bipolar, or stupid?

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  • smh&lol@bloggers

    WTH!!! From the pregnant girl to the super hero to the pimps etc, etc, etc.. I can’t this a.m, smh

  • uniquefashionista

    It is so sad that so many of our young people today have no sense of style. It’s one thing to be unique and stand out, but its quite another to be a hot mess! Where are these children’s parents and how could they let them go out like this? We can all look back at our teen years and cringe at something we did back then. It could be hairstyles, fashion, makeup, etc…. but nothing as horrific as what we are looking at now. Shame on all these kids. I guess they got their 15 minutes of fame they were striving for.

  • in_reality

    That girl that made the yellow outfit with the shorts and suspenders, should see if she could get work designing costumes for like WWE or something (absolutely no shade at all). What she has on looks like and would work as an outfit that WWE Divas would wear, but definitely not for prom.

  • Julien

    I wonder how many of these prom goers have mamas who are on government assistance? Just straight black trash.

  • Guest

    I hate when black people act so niggardly… (Look the word up before replying, Look at the definition it is true)

  • adiatc

    High School Prom is a rite of passage. The parents, families and communities are presenting the values that have instilled in these children. And the children are expressing that in their attire. Enough said.

  • JRenay

    These pictures have got to be from the early 90’s. Lmfao

  • Tia

    The county I live in (in NC) issued out a 17 page do’s & don’ts Prom list this year…but some still tried to be extra and were denied entrance at the door.
    Most of these people will regret these pictures down the line…

  • Toni Childs

    The boy in the denim reminded me of Baggin Saggin Barry on All That.

  • Trisha_B

    My hs had strict rules. They weren’t playing any games when it came to the attire. Sneakers were even frowned upon lol. So it’s just mind boggling that a school, with teens, will allow some of these. & in extremely shocked parents would even pay for these dresses. My mom would have set my dress on fire & told me I’m not going anywhere lmao

  • G Saia

    The Mardi Gras couple is Duct Tape …the company has an annual prom contest for kids who use all re various pattern tapes to make their outfits. Everyone else. …no excuse !!!

  • Gigi Sev

    There should be rules as too what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable at prom and parents need to stop letting their cheren walk out the house looking like a complete mess

  • ItsRoni

    I’ve been waiting for this! The schools should
    have hired special prom police to escort most of these hoodrats off the
    premises as soon as they stepped out of their cars! There is nothing
    wrong with prom dresses that are just ugly. Hey, some
    people have no taste. However, if a girl shows up to the prom looking
    like she just got off from her job at the strip club and didn’t have
    time to change, she needs to be rejected BEFORE she even reaches the

    Now, I can’t fault the girls 100%. They have parents who should know
    better. Operative word SHOULD. I would love to get a load of the parents
    of these girls. You know the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

    • soozyscrew

      LMAO @ as soon as they stepped out of their cars.

      I’m just glad MN blurred their faces. That was nice.

  • Charla

    Them craftsmanship of most of these outfits is horrible!! Why get someone who had one seamstress class to make you an outfit?? Secondly, where are these girls parents?? Are they ho okers or high school students? We would not have been allowed in our prom dressed that way at all and my high was predominately black.

  • amc

    Duct tape offers a scholarship if you make your prom attire out of duct tape. I hope that is what the Mardi Gras and that blue madness was going for.

  • I can’t believe that the principal would let some of these kids on school premises dressed the way they were dressed.

    The prom is like the most formal dance these kids will attend in their lives; why would you wear such tacky outfits?
    Forget about the Mardi Gras couple, Mr. and Mrs Denim, Winnie the Crew, the blue man group and the tree team; at least they were dressed according to rules. I’ll even throw in the girl with the Timberlands because she’s crazy for those shoes.

    Why on earth would someone buy the shortest, most revealing dress to wear? The least that girl could have done was show some dignity towards her unborn child and not dress up like she’s going to the club.

  • VVV

    I have a question, where are the parents in this mess?

  • ShawnaM

    The last picture is all duct tape.

  • Krystal

    Ok, dude in the denim tux/ suit… hugest hips I’ve ever seen on a guy… I mean DAYUMM! papi got BACK!

  • RealBlackGirl

    I think prom is about doing you. They might’ve failed in the execution but get points for originality.

  • Shawndrea Rachelle

    What’s with all the prom articles? Prom season is over it’s graduation time

    • lockstress

      From the looks of these outfits I highly doubt anyone is graduating! lol

  • VisionBlurred

    My head hurts! Stop letting Auntie Neek Neek sew; she can’t sew!

  • natturnfreedomrider

    Do the kids make this s&%$!!? There needs to be some prom attire guidelines implemented asap. The prom is a way to show new young adults how to step up and be classy not trashy

    • catherine

      At my high school we HAD guidelines for dresses! I have no idea how stuff like this is allowed.

      • SusieBartlettedo

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        explained I cannot believe that a stay at home mom can make $7420 in four weeks
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      • mjlindy

        It probably wasnt qllowed but kds and mom dont give a dammmmmmm.

      • natturnfreedomrider

        Girls had to wear formal gowns and the guys wore a stylish tux. We would try to out spend each other to see who had the best style.