Outfit Post: The 36 year-old prom queen

So it's May. For many, May triggers thoughts of the following: The bloom of flowers, emergence of leaves on the trees, and summer fashions appearing in stores. But ever since my delicate adolescent years, May has pinpointed my attention on one thing - prom.

I have absolutely wonderful memories of my prom. Much like the royal wedding, prom was about one thing, and one thing only - my dress. I fantasized about that damm dress for years and tormented my poor mother about dress specifications for approximately as long. I daydreamed about the material, the neckline, the poof of the skirt, the amount of sequins and/or beading OR the lack of sequins/beading, and the length. I doodled pictures of Fantasy Dress in the margins of my homework. I cut out pictures of dresses I liked from magazines and carefully pasted them into a scrapbook. I engaged in passionate discussions regarding Fantasy Dress with as much vigor as the Mideast peace talks. This was a big deal.

When the time to purchase Fantasy Dress arrived, I was READY. Or so I thought. I waltzed confidently into my local boutique, shoulders squared and head held high. And I took one look at the rows of dresses for sale and promptly regressed into a cowering quivering overwhelmed creature on the verge of a nervous breakdown. There were SO MANY colors, SO MANY styles, SO MANY fabric choices, and ZOMG I CAN'T DO THIS I AM GOING TO BE NEKKID AT PROM AAAARRRGGGGHHH.

*Deep breath.*

After hysterics and deep breathing into a paper bag and many many glasses of water, I settled on a glorious 1990's Betsey Johnson concoction formulated from dark green lace with a demure sweetheart neckline and flared hem. It was perfect. I adored that dress. I would have worn it to sleep if my mother hadn't vehemently expressed her disapproval.

A few years ago, Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald's for 30 days and made a movie about it. In March, two New Yorkers inspired by nostalgia and prom season embarked on a much less gross but equally ambitious quest - to wear their prom dresses every day for 30 days straight. Called Take Me To The Prom, the Tumblr's authors documented their experience in their prom gear and provide thoughts on all things prom related. In addition to showing off remixed prom dress looks, Mallory and Bianca share inspirations, tips and tricks, prom stories, and videos. Though their month-long prom party has come to an end, the site is still there as a prime resource for any prom-goer in need of some inspiration. Such as myself. In an obvious example of either brain damage/temporary insanity, I thrifted a vintage prom dress the other day. And I wore it to fetch take-out. For realsies.

Can you imagine having to wear your prom dress for a straight month? Would it be a fantasy for you, or pure torture? Would you revel in the chance for a do-over, or does the mere thought make you break out in high school-like fits of self-consciousness? And what did your prom dress look like? Discuss!


Forever 21 denim jacket; vintage thrifted J Crew denim shirt; vintage thrifted 1980's prom dress ($8!); Gap tights; NYLA booties





Fashion rules broken: Dressing appropriately, wearing double denim, dressing mono-chromatically. Rules are for fools.


17 comments:

  1. love love love love love. i saw your tweet about the prom dress and i was like uh oh, what did she get!? NICE.

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  2. I love everything about this. Excellent display of Double Denim, too.

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  3. This is so great!!! I tried on my prom dress the other day before taking it for one of my little cousin's friends to try ok, and I must say I am a size 4 no more! Lol

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  4. you, my friend, are a badass. that looks so amazing. so different from all the annoying little floral dresses i keep seeing on style blogs. elissa, a true original!

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  5. I think this is my favorite outfit of yours so far!! I absolutely adore this skirt and it looks fabulous on you!!

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  6. I love the outfit - it's really flirty and girly, but still chic with those boots!

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  7. Oh, those glorious ruffles!

    I did two proms, and they were fine, but SO not my scene. And my dresses? My mom made them, and they were perfect at the time. But I'm not a huge fan of satin, so I'd have to say that wearing them now would be torture.

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  8. Very sassy and outside the box! You look so confident. I looked demure in my prom dress but wow is it a hilarious look now! Huge 70's lapels.

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  9. I skipped my prom to go to a Madonna concert -- and that skirt would have been a perfect thing to wear to that concert back in the day!

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  10. love the ruffles...my prom dress looked liked a bridal gown...Madonna fashion prom dresses had just come out & my dad said "NO WAY you are wearing that"!! lol

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  11. Awesome prom dress/skirt…sadly no prom dress for me because I'm in the Uk and proms have only just started taking off here in the past couple of years so the best we had in my day was the leavers disco and the sad truth is that the fashion at the time was maxi skirts(yes that's how old I am,I remember the fashion from the first time round LOL) and I'd probably kill to get my hands on the original maxi skirt I wore because it was truly awesome !

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  12. I would never want to wear my prom dress again. It was a red-beaded floor length number and it was so HEAVY. It was like carrying an extra forty pounds around. And to top it off, on the way home, our car broke down and we walked for two miles on the interstate before someone pulled over to help.

    As for your look, I LOVE it!! You have such a fun style and you pull everything off so well. And I am still in love with that clutch!

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  13. I don't do formal well, so prom dress shopping was not my favorite. Nor was wedding dress shopping, but that worked out, thankfully.

    Your skirt is freakin' awesome. I love that you paired it with super casual - jean jacket, chunky heels. THIS is how I SHOULD HAVE gone to prom.

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  14. I love this! You really can wear anything anywhere!

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  15. for me? torture. but LOOK at how you wore this skirt, elissa! paired with denim, those fab-dabulous booties, and everything else. you totally balanced it out into a super chic, "normal" look. wanna know why? because you're a style master, that's why. or mistress. but that kind of has negative connotations. so style-master it is. :)
    thanks for linking up, friend.
    -brittney
    http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com

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  16. Hi! Bianca from TakeMeToTheProm.com/Small Girls PR here.
    Just found this post and LOVE it! We're so glad our 30 Days of Dresses could inspire you! This outfit post is amazing. <3 <3 <3
    Can we post on takemetotheprom.com?
    :)

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  17. Bianca, you can DEFINITELY put my post on your website. You are such an inspiration!

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