Want a Prom Dress That Stands Out? Opt for One of These Bright Gowns

By Teresa K Traverse for Modern Muse

The hardest part about prom? Finding a dress that will get that reaction. If you're looking for a way to turn heads, try buying an eye-catching, bright gown. It's the perfect way to go bold for an effect that will wow everyone. Here are six options you'll fall in love with.

JVN by Jovani Embellished Gown with Train

This cobalt blue is an option that's sure to stand out from the prom crowd. Besides the audacious hue of this gown, you'll appreciate the embellishments -- like the open back, beadwork and subtle mesh details that create the perfect curve-hugging silhouette. This dress, available at Nordstrom, is classic but feels refreshingly modern.

Zac Posen Strapless Pleated High-Low Gown

For a straight-off-the-runway look, consider this dramatic Zac Posen gown from Neiman Marcus. The strapless, sweetheart neckline has a romantic vibe that's complemented by the full skirt and tiered hem. We're also absolutely swooning over this gorgeous shade of magenta. This dress is perfect for the modern princess.

Anthropologie Brin Jumpsuit

If you want to channel a more boho vibe, consider this orange jumpsuit from Anthropologie. You'll be able to really move on the dance floor — and look tres chic as you do. While this fun ensemble is perfect for a laid-back girl who wants to look (and feel) as comfy as she does beautiful, the tie in the front adds the right finishing touch.

Dress the Population Melina Lace Fit & Flare Maxi Dress

If you've been dreaming of a romantic prom night since you were little, this fab dress from Nordstrom is for you. A long, lace gown is as romantic as it gets. The plunging neckline and voluminous skirt make for an attention-getting look. And this canary yellow? You're sure to stand out in any prom photo.

Lulus Ruffle Neck Halter Gown

If you're looking for a gown that feels traditional in some ways, but still manages to evoke classic Hollywood glamour, consider this fuchsia frock from Nordstrom. The halter back and keyhole opening are alluring, while the gauzy chiffon brings a major dose of sophistication. Turn heads in this dress with this superb blend of sweet and sexy.

Maria Lucia Hohan

If you really want to make a big entrance, consider this (literally) big gown. You only live once, so you might as well go for full on glam, right? The lemon yellow shade and incredible volume of this texture-rich dress by Maria Lucia Hohan, available at Neiman Marcus, will make you the star of your prom — no matter who walks away with the crown.