PROM: Now/Miranda …

Miranda's prom dress - look at that detail in the back!

Miranda’s prom dress – look at that detail in the back!

Miranda is a senior in high school and will be going to her prom in early June. Here is what Miranda shared with me about prom, now …

It was very hard to find a dress; it took me two months of on-line shopping. I decided to do all of my shopping on-line because I knew I would find the right proportions. I am over 5′ 7″ and I wanted the right fit, and these days on-line shopping provides accurate measurements. When I saw this dress it really stuck with me. It’s a light pink and feminine style. The popular colors of the season for girls are nude, soft pink, dark blue/navy blue and red. And yes, I have posted it on Facebook already, noting the color, so that others will know what I’m wearing and not copy it. Most girls are doing this …

To prepare for the prom, I will be getting my hair and professional makeup done at a salon. No spray tanning for me. I tried it two years ago and I did not like it! Too much orange! I will also be getting a mani-pedi …

I am happy to go to my prom. Sometimes it’s overrated; people say it’s the second most important day after your wedding day. I think that’s silly. But it is a special day. It makes girls feel really beautiful and it boosts confidence. All the girls are so nice to each at prom; they compliment each other and wish each other well. That doesn’t always happen with girls, you know. But on this day, there is a positive atmosphere and a judgement-free-zone for all of high school …” ~ Miranda

to be continued

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Solve your problem, shop on-line

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I found my own pair of red suede shoes shopping on-line at Boden USA.

In the past two days, I have purchased items on-line that I could not find in the stores, once again reminding me: solve my problem, shop on-line. It is true that you can’t find everything on-line and also true, that items may arrive that are not right; neither the size nor the color or fabric. But it is also possible, more often than not, to easily meet your fashion needs by simply making a call or ordering on the computer. Problem solved.

Here is how the last two days went. First, I shopped in-store for a few corduroy slacks for my son, only to be told that they don’t carry his size at the store; I must buy them on-line. Next, I (and every other woman or man on a pre-storm tracking mission) traveled to The Home Depot looking for a cover for our patio furniture to protect it when Hurricane Sandy strikes (and I hope not too hard!), only to be told that the store is all sold out and I must order on-line. These two reminders, coming on the heels (no pun intended) of finding the perfect red suede wedge shoes at Boden (a favorite on-line destination, London-based clothing company).

When life gets a little crazy, make it easier on yourself. Shop efficiently and travel less. Solve your problem, shop on-line.

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“I am comfortable with my height”

Tina

Tina

My lovely friend Tina is 6 feet tall and wears clothes beautifully. The other day we sat down for a moment to talk about how her height has affected her and her fashion decisions.

Growing up in a small town in the mid-west, Tina’s toughest days were as a teenager, when she came to full height during the 7th grade. It’s that age when no one wants to look different and certainly feel different from anyone else. Not only did Tina have to deal with her height, but she had to find a way to access the right clothes. She and her family were forced to travel four hours to Denver, the closest city, for clothes that fit – and at a high price. As Tina says, it was “trial by fire,” because although options weren’t plentiful, she needed to dress. Of course it didn’t help that it was the ’80’s, when styles were about everything bigger – shoulder pads, hair, etc. Good news came when Tina was asked to model prom dresses that during the time were full and flowing – think of Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress – which only she could carry off.

It would take many years and Tina’s new baby, for society to catch up with the development of on-line shopping. It was this single shift in shopping culture that changed Tina’s life. Today, Tina purchases at least 80% of her clothing on-line. As a result, she cannot be an impulse mall shopper which I think is a very good thing. Other pluses for Tina:

– her walk-in closet at home is her special sanctuary dressing room, without the horrors of harsh, florescent lights or over-stuffed rooms

– she knows what fits and works for her – less guess work

Now if America would only catch up with Europe’s on-line options all would be easy! After living in London for five years, Tina says that American style is more conventional and does not carry the same style options and character as London’s on-line shops.

Tina is a strong and capable woman who has grown into her height and has hit her stride. As she says, “I am comfortable with my height now.” We all want to know that feeling. I am 5′ 4 1/2″ and I am standing taller now too. Thanks for that, Tina.

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