05/01/2012 01:33 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

9 Surprising Prom Dresses To Buy Now And Wear After The Dance (PHOTOS)

We've all seen them (and some of us have worn them, unfortunately): Those poofy, bedazzled, blinged-out, ruffled prom dresses that are conceived with the notion that they'll be worn on that night and that night only. Or that they'll be passed down to a theme park princess or an MTV "Super Sweet 16" candidate.

Though some may favor that over-the-top look, it's a lot more practical to find a prom dress that's, well, practical. And this year, it's actually possible thanks to spring's ladylike trend translating into prom wear. Think lace, pastels and peplums that offer a subtle take on formal dressing.

A colorful, full-skirted cocktail dress works just as well for a classic prom pose as it does for a fun night out with friends. Try a one shouldered, long gown that can double as a casual-luxe look worn with metallic sandals. The LBD is another great option that can be dressed up and decked out with bold statement jewelry.

Below, check out our nine picks for the perfect prom dress that you'll actually want to wear after the big dance.

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Nine Perfect Prom Dresses