Thirteen Prom Dresses That Are Better Than Mine Was

April 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm (fashion)

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So I was going into the store the other day to buy a birthday cake and I saw a girl in her prom dress.  It was the first round of proms around here.  Most are still coming.  I don’t know about you guys but prom was one school activity that I had some enthusiasm about.  I was eager and ready to go.  But it took me FOREVER to find a dress.  And at the time I was very happy with it.  But it was 1993 and fashion was questionable.  Here I am.

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I’m the one in the middle.  The dress was Jessica McClintock, in toilet water blue.  And yeah, I loved it.  Don’t judge me. 😉 (Note the fingerless gloves for a little extra dose of scariness.)

Obviously times have changed.  But the search for the perfect prom dress will never change.  Maybe it was because I was already dating someone at the time but I worried more about the dress than I ever did about the date.   So here’s thirteen prom dresses that I conceed might be a little better than my lace covered teal monstrosity of old.  All come from prom girl.

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Okay this is just cute.  I am partial to plaid and, admittedly, to pink.  I would totally wear this.  If I wouldn’t look ridiculous in it.  So you should totally wear it instead.

2. prom2000_2045_45252058

This dress is very 1930’s starlet which is always elegant and perfect no matter when it happens.  But I think you’d better be going the minimalist route in the chest area if you hope to pull this one off.  (Read: if you’ve got big boobs this probably isn’t the dress for you.)

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This is cute and flirty.  Maybe a little less formal but still very nice.

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I love this dress.  First of all I love brown.  And it’s elegant and fun at the same time.  And I love the touch of sparklies.

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Okay, this one is Sooooo cute.  It’s very retro while still being fresh and new.  The sparkly green screams, “look at me, I’m confident and cute.”

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I’ll admit it.  I’m a sucker for polka dots.  I wasn’t very girly in school and I’m not sure when my girly side came out, but it’s sure there now.  Love this.

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This is a va va voom kind of dress.  If you’re super confident and don’t mind, forget that LOVE, getting attention this is for you.

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Here’s another attention getting but I guess the showgirl in me just loves this kind of crap.  Because this thing is smoking.

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Red is always a winner.  This is a dress you should probably avoid unless you’re the lean type.  (read: not me!)  Minimal curves will help this one hang right.

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First of all I love this color.  It’s great.  And it’s an awesome choice for all those curvy girls that didn’t score with the dress above.

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This is another less formal but definitely flirty dress.  If you’re the type who is more cute than glamorous this is a definite front runner.

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I’m going to go ahead and grant you that this dress is a bit much but if you’re the sort who can bring the drama baby than this is the way to go.  Look at that draped netting over the bronze skirt.

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Here’s another sparkler.  But with a very nice, clean cut that makes carrying off that much bling easier.

And as a bonus (if you order today 😉 ) I read a book about a month ago that fits perfectly today.  It’s an older book but if you haven’t read it I suggest you do.

top-10Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro is clever and funny.  I laughed out loud several times.  And Jared is one of the hottest characters I’ve read in a long time.  YA or adult.  Makes me wish I was seventeen again.

Happy proming!

Amber

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13 Comments

  1. stephanieadkins said,

    Those are gorgeous. Wow … Jessica McClintock. That name brings back memories. LOL Happy Thursday! *Hugs*

  2. Babette James said,

    All so pretty. If I was going to a prom, I’d choose No. 8.

    Happy T13

  3. Thirteen Prom Dresses That Are Better Than Mine Was said,

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  4. Adelle Laudan said,

    Very pretty. I’ll be going dress shopping in a couple of weeks for my d/d grade 8 grad.

  5. talesfromthecrit said,

    Okay, well eighth grade continuation was an even scarier story. Three tiers of zebra print skirt, white footless tights, A giant white leather belt with a gold belt buckle and a white bolero jacket. Yeah. We won’t make people look at that. I’m sure your daughter will do much better.

    Doesn’t the name bring back memories Stephanie? I wonder what ever happened to her? She used to be everywhere.

    Jamie, number eight is one of my favorites too. And number five.

    Amber

  6. aliceaudrey said,

    I didn’t do the prom, but in that age the fashionable gown was called the gunny sack. Flounces, frills, and lace were the order of the day. What I wanted was something like # 8. Alas, there were none to be found, not even a pattern.

  7. Lucy Woodhull said,

    Oh, wow. That plaid dress is amazing!

  8. melsmag said,

    LOVE 2,3 and 5. OMG. I’m not a dress type really but love those. Especially 3.

  9. talesfromthecrit said,

    Lucy, isn’t that thing just awesome. I want one.

    Mel, you have good taste. I don’t think I could pull two or three off but I’m in love with five.

  10. Janice Seagraves said,

    What was wrong with your old prom dress? It looked fine to me.

    I didn’t go to my prom, my BF who later I married was in the Navy and not here, so I didn’t go. But we did go to the Backward dance together.

    Happy TT.

    Janice~

  11. talesfromthecrit said,

    I don’t know. It just seems quite silly in retrospect. It was fine for the times though.

  12. LaurenJohnson said,

    I like 2 and 10 but I think I would end up going with 10. To bad I’m too old to go to the prom… again.

  13. talesfromthecrit said,

    You have very nice classic taste Lauren. Very glam.

    Amber

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