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".
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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