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Will you go to Prom with me?

I had such a vivid dream the other night that I flashed back to my high school prom. I don’t really remember a lot of the details of the dream, but it did give me a bit of inspiration for this post. Speaking of prom, what was your dress shopping experience like?

Well, thinking back on mine about 14 years ago…wow…that is over a decade ago! I only went to formal and prom senior year so when I went dress shopping I was ready to finish off high school with a bang! What was not so much of a bang was the stress of finding a formal gown that fit properly, in my budget, and also something I felt like a movie star in! My experience was one where I only was able to fill maybe only 1 of these 3 categories.

Photo Credit- Sarah Marcella Creative

My search started at the mall and the options were so limited I had to find myself in the mother of the bride section at JC Penney, which for a 17 year was not where I wanted to be seen. Then my Mom and I would venture closer to the city for the more boutique style places where there would only be a handful that would fit and the ones that I did like basically costed the equivalent of a wedding dress!

Photo Credit- Sarah Marcella Creative

I do wonder if I had the options and access at my fingertips to formal wear like there is now, what would I have chosen? So, here is a round up of formal wear websites that you can share with your daughter, niece, cousin, or maybe you may be an adult needing a gown for your next formal event. Saving you time, stress, and money is what I am here for! Also, I selected looks that I think my 17 year old self would have fallen head over heels for!

Photo Credit- Sarah Marcella Creative

So my sequin dress is by Badgley Mischka from Rent the Runway and my clutch is handmade by this amazing company, Sister Epic! Check out on my Instagram (@dreamyrealist_) for how you can enter to win one of their gorgeous hand made leather wallets!

XO

Catherine

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