Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Time for prom gown shopping again

So, daughter and I are on the prowl for a prom dress.  I found what we thought was the perfect one a couple weeks ago and snapped a photo of it.  Everyone fell in love with it immediately.  But when we went to try it on today, it was more of a miss than a hit.

The dress is a sheath mini with a sweetheart neckline. It is embedded with gems, and it has a long sheer-ish overskirt.  I know.  Not very modest. It looked pretty modest on the mannequin though. But when you are dealing with real human pieces and parts, it doesn't cover up nearly as much.

So now that we know EXACTLY the style she wants, we have to find a more modest version.

I am looking at removable overskirts that tie on at the waist, this has become popular in wedding dresses so brides can take off the long skirt and have on a short dress.  For the main dress, we still want a sweetheart neckline, but with wide shoulder straps and a skirt that reaches the knee.

I pray I find it.... soon.

I know this seems trivial... a homeschooler worried about a prom dress, but you only graduate once.  Her other proms were fun, but we didn't sweat over the dress at all.  Her Dad has insisted this one be special, and I am trying to accommodate.

Of course me and the kid both hate dress shopping.

Update:  Apparently the best way to find a prom dress is to take DAD with you.  (You probably need the right dad, but it worked.) We got something completely unlike what we had imagined, and completely modest, and not at all matronly or old fashioned looking.  (The bad side of having Dad with us is that he had the nerve to put a time limit on how long we would shop.)

After this last experience, and 4 years of buying prom dresses, the trick was to have her wear the style of bra she plans to wear to prom, and to find a dress that would cover the bra.... completely.  While the vast majority of formals were strapless or one shoulder, it only had to go into 3 stores to find one that stocked more than strapless dresses.  Looking at those dresses we chose one that best suited her shape and that was long.  Bingo.  And we were in and out the store in about 40 minutes. 

The dress cost about $100 more than I wanted to pay, but it is no nice, and so non-typical-prom-like that she can continue to wear it for many years to come, which is very important as she is a performer and needs recital dresses. 



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