You know that sense of certainty and peace I had yesterday when I posted about the girl’s future college plans?
Never mind that – first, we have to get through the prom.
I say that with all seriousness -
I started thinking about the prom a couple of month ago – I really did. It didn’t have anything to do with her date, or whether she will even have a date. I knew she was going, even if it wasn’t on the arm of an official boy. I was thinking about her dress. And let me caveat that with the fact that I wasn’t thinking about the color, or if it was strapless, or whether it was long or short.
I was wondering how much it was going to cost. And the sooner we get a grip on the cost, the better. I’m romantic that way.
So I asked the girl if she was thinking about it at all, I mean, it’s just two months away. This was one month ago by the way, time flies when one worries about money.
She sent me a couple of pics last month and thus began our prom dress (in)decision process.
Wouldn’t you know it, the first photo she sent me (at work) was my favorite. It’s elegant and classic.
And I love the back. I was told (and I wouldn’t know) that this flesh colored embroidery is the new “in” thing with the Hollywood crowd.
Once again, it’s the first one and so it was put on the back burner.
She then sent me a photo of this dress, which I didn’t like at all. And I told her so. I mean, look at that slit. Wahoo! And what in the world is that model doing?
Then she sent me the above and well the back is a little much don’t you think? Maybe not. Well, maybe so. It was put on the official list of “dresses to consider” though I would have probably continued to lobby against it.
We left it at that for a while and went on with our immediate tasks like work for me and school for her until a last week when I said to myself, “I wonder if she picked out a dress.”
I found myself with an hour of free time between driving back from a girls’ weekend and picking up Neighbors Beth and Bill from the airport (TMI I’m sure) so I stopped at the mall and started on a prom dress quest on my own. The tables were reversed, I was the one who sent her photos from the mall.
My first stop was Lord and Taylor’s where I found this dress I loved.
She didn’t love it.I knew she wouldn’t like this but I sent it anyway.
and I was right. “I don’t think so.” she says.
I then saw this dress and I was in love. In love.
I sent her a photo of the back and she said, “I’m not crazy about it.”
Oh well, it’s her prom. It was too much money anyway.
My next stop was a fancy dress store. I didn’t know this at the time, but a lot of girls turn their heads at this store because every girl shops there. Every girl. How was I to know? I loved all the bling in the window.
The girl wanted to wear royal blue this year but seemed to open to green so I sent her this.
And it wasn’t the green color she didn’t want, it was the fact that it was strapless. Scratch that.
Then bingo. I found the perfect dress in the wrong color. Here’s the back. It’s still conservative even with the low back.
And she said, “That’s cute” The first positive comment the entire trek from the endless mall trek. I glommed onto it.
Apparently “glommed” isn’t word but all females who used to be teenagers know what I’m talking about.
I saw this beautiful dress that I would wear and I sent it to her knowing she wouldn’t like it. And I was right. She is much more conservative with much better taste than I have.
But this dress is beautiful don’t you think?
It weighed close to 10 pounds because of the sequins – and it cost $650.
This is another dress that I liked but I wasn’t too sure of the orange color, not because it’s not pretty (double negative watch) but because the girl wouldn’t wear orange. However, according to the high school prom registry (yes, there is one on facebook!) it’s a hot color.And once again I loved the bling. Actually, I really like this dress. Apparently so did a lot of girls because there were at least two other girls trying on the same dress while I was there. They all looked beautiful but I know they wouldn’t like it when they see another girl with the same dress on at the prom. Unfortunately, unless you can afford Dole Gabbana . . . I’ll just leave it at that.
The neckline is a little low anyway . . .
I really like the coral red dress so I sent her a couple of color options and I left for the airport. I knew we were running out of time but what’s a mom to do. Except shell out the money.
So between last week and this week – this happened.
She was so thrilled. How many of us remember a first love? All of us I’m sure.
A boy asked her to the prom, and not only asked her, but went through the trouble of making a light board which he attached to the back of his truck. He came over to visit and right before he left, a couple of his friends came over and started his truck so when she went to walk him out, it was running with this sign lit up in the driveway.
It was so sweet. And so young.
The husband and I slept through the entire thing. Her friends have to leave the house at 9:30 on a school night but the husband and I went to bed at 9:00. Hey, we’re old. The girl told me the next day and I squealed like a little girl.
So anyway, now the quest for a prom dress became urgent. We finally found one last night on eBay. This was after looking through dozens – hundreds – of dresses. After a couple hundred they all begin to look alike.
I still like the very, very, very first dress. Do you remember it?
It was this one.
It costs $450. Argh – I almost died when I found out. Back to square one.
We ended up finding a dress on Etsy and we were so desperate that we bought it. But then we didn’t like it. It was only after I bought it that I realized it was custom made and wasn’t going to get here until after the prom! Foul. Since it was a custom made dress, it was also a 30% restocking fee. Can someone say, “off the rack”? We canceled the order.
We finally settled on a dress from eBay. I have no idea if it will fit or if we’ll like it when it comes. I only know that I’ll be (whining) telling you all about it.