Jessica: I went shopping for a prom dress with my mom, which turned out to be a huge mistake. One of the first ones I tried on was a super poofy, sparkly light purple gown. I had mixed feelings about it until my mom declared that she hated it – at which point I immediately had to have it, obviously. So after a huge fight in the store, I ended up going home with the dress, which was so princessy it belonged in Disney World. Ugh. I look back on my prom pictures now and WISH I had listened to my mom’s advice to get something a little more flattering (although I’ll never let her say ‘I told you so’). Let’s just say we don’t go dress shopping together anymore.
Julie: My Prom dress was a two piece white number with beading on the top and a huge a-line skirt. I couldn’t have felt more like a princess…or looked more like a teen bride. Still, I loved it. And the best part was that I got the dress for free! The dress I wore to Homecoming that year split down the side in the middle of the dance. It was pretty humiliating, but I took those lemons and made lemonade. I marched back to the store where I’d bought the dress and returned it for store credit. The credit was enough to cover my Prom dress that spring plus a sassy pair of white strappy shoes. I loved my look even more knowing that I’d gotten a deal. . .and it didn’t rip during the dance. Double win!
Emerald: A simple black, strapless cocktail dress, made out of the cheapest fabric money can buy – honestly it was so thin you could poke a hole through it. It was fifteen bucks. I went to a small school; my graduating class was forty-seven kids, so I knew prom would be kind of lame. Do the math: Not everyone goes to prom. About thirty-five kids showed up. Only ten percent of the people at any dance actually dance. Ten percent of thirty-five is almost four kids. Womp womp. I knew the payoff would be kind of a bust, so I didn’t put much effort into it. However, my dad was willing to drop three hundred bucks on the dress (he is a firm believer in any and all milestones), he gave me the money and sent me off. Being my sneaky seventeen-year-old self I bought the cheapest dress I could find and kept the rest of the cash to have a super fun start of the summer with my friends. Prioritize, ladies.
Melanie: I was really obsessed with Audrey Hepburn’s wedding dress in Funny Face (yes, a wedding dress), and was determined to have it for prom . . . except in emerald green. Of course nobody sold a dress like that the year Space Jam was in theaters, so I found a dress maker who’d whip one up for me—for about $400, not including the dyed-to-match shoes and handbag that I HAD to have! I spent every penny I’d saved from birthdays and Christmas on that thing, but felt absolutely amazing in it. If I had to do it all over again, I’d probably go with something a little more subtle, but hey, I felt fabulous—and isn’t that what prom is all about?
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