here's what nylon wore to prom

and what we'd wear today

Photo via Fox

Sometimes, I think to myself, maybe prom wasn't so bad. But then I unearth the photos of me looking like some sort of cyber warrior-slut with square fake nails, and my generous feelings towards the hallowed American ritual fade. I looked crazy. Yet, my photos also tell a story about who I was in '99 (a weirdo), and I wonder—will girls today, with their access to red carpet looks and the Internet, be subjected to incredibly dated prom portraits? And, also, is it possible to find a prom dress that doesn't immediately feel cliché? We tasked our editors to share why they wore what they wore, and what they might don today. Strangely, it isn't as bad as you'd expect. But, it isn't that great, either.