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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Prom. A date, a dance, a dress. Of course, it all starts with the dress. I went to two proms in high school, my junior and senior years. I remember liking my first dress for junior prom; a blue and white empire-waist gingham check with spaghetti straps, ankle length, which I think was a Gunne Saxdoes this age me?  But I truly loved my dress for senior prom; a one-shoulder soft peach floral print, full length, that floated like a cloud as I walked and danced. The best part was that my cousin Drew lent it to me, so it came with love. I never forgot my prom … at least not the dresses!

Today, there is still prom but it seems as if the stakes are a little higher. Shopping for the perfect dress has already begun, and mothers, daughters and friends are caught in the fray. The key seems to be finding a unique, if not one-of-a-kind dress that others won’t be wearing, while at the same time not looking too different or out of place. My dear friend, who is in the process of shopping with her daughter, told me that there is a protocol that the girls follow: as they purchase a dress, they post it on Facebook so that no one else will buy the same one. Now that is pressure! And there are some other big decisions to be made – long or short (trend is moving toward long), how much to spend, etc. It’s enough to send a girl and her mother off the deep end.

I hope you find the dress of your dreams and have a good time.

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