If you’re a teacher, you know that prom doesn’t end when you graduate. While you may wish you were spending your school’s prom night in your sweatpants rewatching The Office for the 17th time while eating takeout, you get to relive prom each and every year you get asked to chaperone. Whether or not you appreciate the nostalgia, it’s fair to say that teachers are running on fumes at this time of year. Decision fatigue is at an all-time high, and the last thing you want to think about is what you should wear to prom now that you’re an adult. Here are some teacher prom dresses, suits, and accessories to inspire your look.
Our Favorite Teacher Prom Dresses and Accessories
1. Pink Princess
I imagine that wearing this dress as an adult chaperone of prom would feel like a real Cinderella moment. It’s ruffles, powder pink, sparkly shoes, and glitzy earrings. This look can be achieved without the fairy godmother, and in this fairy tale, all you want is to be home before midnight.
2. Little Black Dress
You can’t go wrong with an LBD! This dress is classy and sophisticated. I like the subtle earrings, and coupled with a simple updo, you could keep it casual but still look polished and professional. The strappy sandals will be a summer staple and can be worn in the classroom when the end of the school year is approaching.
3. Flower Power
Maybe you’ll get lucky and the DJ will play a Fleetwood Mac song just for you! This dress is fun and flattering. If this dress could talk, she would say, “Hey, I feel like sunshine and I smell like a Voluspa candle burning at Anthropologie. I am cool and funky and pair well with a silver purse (that you can put a Diet Coke in!).”
4. Sequins and Sparkles
I think this dress warrants a slow walk into the prom to “Happier” by Olivia Rodrigo. You have to sashay in this dress. It is long and flowy and there is plenty of room for movement. You can do the shopping-cart dance and watch as your students flinch and whisper, “She’s so cringey.” Don’t worry though, the sequins on this dress deflect negativity and refract light and good vibes.
5. Hollywood Glam
If the prom that you’re chaperoning has an Old Hollywood theme with a red carpet to walk in on, how can you not wear this outfit? This look is serving up Marilyn Monroe vibes. A fun way to complete the look would be some classic Old Hollywood curls and some flash photography while you practice poses on the red carpet.
6. Gatsby Gala
Where are my Gatsby groupies? Put your hands in the air like you’re reaching for the green light! I teach high school English, and when I taught The Great Gatsby, we’d end the unit with a Gatsby Gala. Yes, it was in my classroom, and we used paper plates and Styrofoam cups, but we still dressed in our best 1920s garb. I love a theme, especially when it’s connected to literature, so I would definitely wear this dress both at the prom and in my own classroom. If you’re looking for teacher prom dresses that will give you mileage beyond the big night, this is the look for you.
Get the look: Champagne Sequin Maxi Dress at Amazon; Crystal Flower Pearl Purse at Amazon; Silver Crystal Flower Earrings at Amazon; Gold Glitter Pumps at Amazon; Gold Glitter Heeled Sandals at Amazon; Rhinestone Flapper Headband at Amazon
7. Green Glitz
Picture this: “Who are you wearing today, Miss?” “Oh, Amazon, head-to-toe Amazon, thank you.” *Twirl* Green is a power color this season. Tip: Pair a green teacher prom dress with gold, sparkly heels, and waltz through door looking like you’re stepping out of an Emerald City dream.
8. Lady in Red
The only drawback to this dress is that you will have the song “Lady in Red” in your head the entire night. It does come in seven different colors if you decide you can’t handle the song. The dress is sophisticated with all of its lace detail and pretty shape. This look has a timeless quality to it. You could wear this at future proms or to weddings this summer.
9. Pleated Party Dress
I love that this one could be dressed up or dressed down. If you wear it to prom, you could throw on some heels. If you want to wear it in your classroom, trade your heels for sandals. You could make it even more teacher-ready by adding a cold-classroom staple: the cardigan.
10. The Flowy, Feminine, and Floral Dress
Another dress that you can easily wear beyond prom. Imagine leaving your stacks of grading and your hands free of ink stains, maybe a manicure and bouncy fresh hair (absent of all messy buns and dry shampoo), and frolicking into a brunch on a Sunday afternoon with friends you haven’t seen in a year. That is the expectation that this dress holds. This dress can take you to prom and place you in a Nora Ephron movie the very next day.
11. The Leopard Look
This dress comes in several different print options and has thousands of positive reviews on Amazon. It’s not over-the-top fancy and definitely can be worn in the classroom as well as working as one of the perfect teacher prom dresses. You can dress her up with accessories and dress her down Monday through Friday.
Our Favorite Teacher Prom Suits and Accessories for Men and Women
12. The Tuxedo Edit
This outfit is giving me Saturday Night Fever vibes. I love a nod to the traditional prom tuxedo. I love the colors of this ensemble. It reminds me of the cinematic classic Troop Beverly Hills “Khaki Wishes and Cookie Dreams.” If traditional teacher prom dresses aren’t for you, try this look. You will definitely look like the cool prom chaperone.
13. The Elegant Jumpsuit
Something about a pantsuit just feels effortlessly put together and edgy. You look like the one who knows exactly what to wear and you don’t need any frills to show-out, you just do in an outfit like this. Add some heels, a clutch, and some jewelry and you’re ready to do the gritty on that prom dance floor.
14. The Pink Power Suit
I know there are some that loathe the color pink. You may see this look and gag or, hopefully, just scroll on. For the rest of you though, how can you not smile when you see this pink suit? I don’t want to guarantee that this suit will pull you out of a seasonal depression because that would be irresponsible and reckless, but if an outfit did have that kind of power, this one would be it. Pull up to prom rocking your pink suit and I’d be willing to bet it’s got enough magic in it to get you out on the dance floor for the Cupid Shuffle.
15. Casual Cool
Where are all my khaki-pants-with-a-button-down teachers at? This look is for you. This look says “I am hip and put together. I am just here to do my job and look good while doing it.” Everyone loves a floral tie and a peekaboo accessory that reminds everyone you are fun.
16. Statement Suit
If you’re the kind of teacher that is a little kooky, the kind that looks forward to spirit weeks, and the kind that has a quirky collection of socks, this look is for you. This blue suit is bold and fun! In the words of Ke$ha, “the party don’t start till I walk in.” This isn’t for the quiet teacher, this is for the teacher who starts a conga line or ends up breakdancing in a circle of teenagers.
17. Floral for Men
I love floral for both men and women. Keep it simple and pair this floral shirt with a tie and your favorite chino pants and you’re all set!
18. Classically Cool
If you’re most comfortable in a button-down shirt that you can wear in the classroom, to chaperone prom, and maybe a fancy date night, we’ve got your look right here. This is a shirt you can get plenty of miles in, and you can dress it up with a suit jacket or keep it cool with a tie.