Throwback Thursday: High School Prom

Me and my date (now husband). Gown? Qiana, hand made. Shoes? Baker's Shoe Store. Nails? Done by me. Hair? Done by me. Yeah. Times have changed.

Me and my date (now husband) circa 1976. Gown? Qiana, hand made. Shoes? Baker’s Shoe Store. Nails? Done by me. Hair? Done by me. Yeah. Times have changed.

Prom dress shopping at Jay West.

Prom dress shopping at Jay West.

It’s time for high school Prom. Three years ago our daughter Tory and her three besties were prepping for their big night. The process sure was different from mine back in the day.

Tory wanted a prom dress that was unique,, that she wouldn’t see anyone else wearing at her prom. I agreed, knowing that the hunt for the perfect gown would be loads of fun! Soooo, we drove more than two hours to well-known pageant gown retailer Jay West for a look see. Tory fell in love with a dress that suited her personality perfectly. We put down the deposit and started the hunt for the perfect shoes, purse and jewelry to complement the colorful gown.

As the weeks and months went by Tory and her friends shopped for the perfect accessories to complement their gowns. I loved to listen to them debate the merits of one shoe over another! Because, yeah, I’m a shoe freak. And the selection wasn’t anywhere near as delightful when I was looking for my prom shoes. I was living vicariously with no harm, no foul!

The young women chose the best prom gown shoes!

The young women chose the best prom gown shoes!

The day of the prom arrived. The young women scattered for hair and nail appointments, then reconvened in our backyard for their official pre-Prom photo shoot. This Mom was the official photographer.

3 young women of Prom 2012

3 young women of Prom 2012

What do you remember about your prom? What did you wear?

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7 Responses to Throwback Thursday: High School Prom

  1. Mary Louise Hogarty says:

    Darlene,
    Your prom picture is adorable. The fact that you and Michael have been in love for such a long time is the best. Lucky, lucky you!
    I’m sure you enjoyed Tory getting ready for her prom. So much fun. I remember going through similar things with my girls but they are a bit older so the hair and nails were not necessarily a part of the equation.
    And yes, as old as I am I do remember Baker’s Shoes.
    Mary Louise

    • Mary Louise,
      Why thank you! Mike and I sometimes look at each other and just smile. We ARE a lucky couple.
      Baker’s Shoes was the best back in the day: affordable, well made and fashionable.
      Love,
      Darlene

  2. Darlene,
    My prom date was arranged by my mother! She spoke with a neighbor, who got her son to take me to the prom. It definitely wasn’t a date. I don’t even remember my dress. Ask me about my wedding dress, or the first thing I was wearing when I met my future husband, or what I wore to our first lunch! I remember every second with that man! He died, unexpectedly, on Christmas Day, four years ago. I waited all my life for him…. Thank you, God, for sending him.
    Brenda Ray Coffee (Midlife Women Group)

  3. Lisa Tognola says:

    Darlene, I loved seeing you in your long gown with your long hair. And kudos to you on a long marriage!

  4. Tory looked absolutely gorgeous and I love love love your prom look.
    I’ll tell you it holds up better than mine from 1986.

    My white dress was all puffy sleeves and full skirts.
    Like Scarlet O’Hara in Southern California.
    Terrible. But it was the eighties.
    Big hair. Big clothes. Big dreams.

    I adore that you married your date.
    Cheers to enduring love.
    XO

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