Hillary Chybinski: Fashion Friday - What to Wear to the Dance

Friday, April 26, 2013

Fashion Friday - What to Wear to the Dance

So it is school dance and prom season in case you haven't noticed. ABC News tweeted  yesterday that on average, parents spend $1,139 to send their teen to the prom. That's a pretty pricey event. But it is a once in a lifetime event - right?

As if anticipating the Prom isn't enough to make a young girl's head spin, these days there are Middle School Semi-Formals, Eighth Grade Dances and Bat Mitzvahs too.  I don't have a daughter, so it's very easy for me to walk past the endless rows of sequins and ruffles, sticking my nose up that my daughter would never wear something like that. But I am intrigued. As a bit of a self-proclaimed fashionista, I am drawn to what's out there.

I also noticed that many schools have restricted dress codes for semi-formals and dances. No strapless or sleeveless without a jacket (or shrug, cardi, etc). They cannot be too short or have too large a slit in the back, side or front. When asking my friends about school dance attire, my question was met almost universally with an eye roll and comment about how difficult it is to find something.

So I think there is a real fashion challenge here. . .not just mom vs. daughter . . . but stylish and age-appropriate vs. what's really out there. I am sure these girls want to feel glamorous and pretty, and many of the dresses hanging on the shelves are just this side of street-walker.

What's a mom to do? Where's the middle ground?

I did some scouring and came up with two cute looks - appropriate for the 16 and under set. I didn't select bargain pieces - it's more to give you an idea of what you could do with the "look".

Peach Dress, shoes, bag and earings

Navy dress, silver shoes, bag and shrug

I'd love to know your thoughts on this, especially if you have a daughter in the 13-16 age range. What is age appropriate? Do you argue over style?

catch you soon -

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  1. I like both of them but really love the pretty as a princess set. Most dances are in dim rooms and this color will make her shine in the low lights. The other one will blend in too much I think.

  2. I'm 10 years away from worrying about this, but I know how I was raised, and my daughter will not be showing off any thighs or cleavage until she is legal. The second outfit would be just perfect for a formal or sweet 16. I'd even grab those shoes for me!

  3. My girls are light years away from school dances. Nonetheless, I love both outfit - pretty as a princess and glamour girl.

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