Ugly Prom Dress Alert! Taffeta prom dress from Topshop

Taffeta prom dress

This dress comes to us direct from 1985 not from a specialist prom dress store, like so many of the Ugly Prom Dresses we're forced to arrest, but from our old friend Topshop. This gives us cause for concern. Are Topshop trying to popularise the shiny satin look of the Ugly Prom Dress? Are these in fashion now? Are they, to use a term we've come to hate, "on trend"? God, we hope not. We just don't have the manpower to be able to deal with an outbreak of crimes like this one.

On the, er, plus side, this dress DOES appear to have saddlebags. Which is… handy. We guess.

Topshop describe this one as "a show-stopping dress, to be worn with killer heels". (We hope they mean the "killer" heels bit literally. As in, heels that would kill the dress.) If you agree with them, it's £50 and you can buy it here.


  • August 20, 2009


    Even without the “saddle bags” it would still be ugly.

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  • August 20, 2009


    I reckon if you take away the saddle bags, and the puff sleeves, it wouldn’t be bad…

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  • August 20, 2009


    I don’t think Topshop has any idea what “prom dress” actually means.

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    • February 5, 2010


      ur right a prom dress should be long and beautiful its one out of 2 chances to feel really pretty and like a princess

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  • August 20, 2009


    Talk about an over-protective parents dream dress!
    There’s no way anyone would “bust a move” on a girl in that dress. Even if some poor lad tried, the side airbags would most likely deploy & deter 😉
    This looks like a “before” dress in a John Hughes movie. Some clever girl could probably cut it down to cute. But for that amount of $$$, why bother?
    I say book ’em before they do it again,

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  • August 21, 2009

    Katie R

    I really like it. I just hate the fabric.
    Also, the neckline is kinda eeeeehhhh….

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  • August 31, 2009


    i love the fabric and look, but I think the puffy sleeves and puffy…waist are too much together, but I think it would look great if it only had puffy sleeves and a pencil-skirt waist, or even the puffy waist with simple sleeves.

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  • June 27, 2010

    Xizi Luo

    I actually don’t think this dress is that bad. The design works together and nothing looks too out of place. I f you’re a daring one, go for it! The dress reminds me of a modern-day geisha, the silky fabric, neckline and waist gives it an Oriental feel.

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  • September 17, 2010


    i had it altered so that its not so Komono Style
    its actually really hot! the neckline is flattering and the fabric hugs in the right places
    give it another chance, its not that bad

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