The Best Black Prom Dresses 2011

Look to celebs including Blake Lively, SJP and Halle Berry for inspiration for black prom dresses 2011! (Getty)

Black prom dresses in 2011 need not be somber. Oh no! The little black dress is, after all, the pinnacle of chic in fashion circles. So why not take a bit of wisdom from the late great Coco Chanel and let your personality shine in a black prom dress for 2011, whether exquisite or understated!

The best black prom dresses in 2011 are those that you can wear again and again. Look for a cocktail or formal style that will work a few years down the road for, say, a girls' night out or a hot date at the ballet. There are plenty of black prom dresses that will not only look great in 2011 but stand the test of time.

Here are our favorite black prom dresses 2011:

BCBG's strapless silk Timona gown is not just one of our favorite black prom dresses for 2011, this is a timeless look that can be recreated year after year. Just switch up your hair, baubles and shoes and you're good to go! Shop here.

TopShop also has a few great picks for black prom dresses in 2011. This limited edition lace panel maxi dress if a fabulously fashionable pick! Shop here.

Craving something slinkier? Then head over to Asos where the picks for black prom dresses are short and sassy! We like this ruched, cutout jersey number for just $98. Shop here.

For a high fashion take on a more traditional black prom dress style, BCBG's halter column Edith gown with a high front slit is a surefire winner. We're crazy about the chunky gold neckpiece! Shop here.

Plus, find more inspriation for black prom dresses 2011 here:

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