I’m not gonna lie and say it’s the perfect 80’s prom dress, but for having such a short period of time to find a tacky “vintage” (I got news for you retailers, 80’s is not vintage – there is no way to spin the 80’s) dress that fits just 3 days before the event, I did pretty good. It’s not quite as hideous or big as I wanted, but it is in the 80’s power color – peach – and it comes with lots and lots of lace. So I have at least two of the tacky elements going on. I really would’ve liked to have more.
To be honest at first I wasn’t really into the whole 80’s-themed prom party BlogU14 is throwing. I think my exact thoughts were more along the lines of “Oh Jesus Christ. What the hell is this now?”
But when I saw all the awful dresses people were posting, I said, “I gotta get in on that.” And when I get into something, I’m all in. Any old retro prom dress won’t do. I want the best worst 80’s prom dress money can buy (and by “money can buy” I mean for under $75).
So Tuesday night in a panic I took to my laptop in a belated attempt to find the perfect prom dress 3 days before the event. Scouring eBay, I saw quite a few contenders, but none of them were in my size, and even if they were, some were going for around $200. I was like, “You have nerve trying to sell anything from the 80’s for more than a couple of bucks.” Who in their right mind would be buying an 80’s prom dress for anything other than a mock prom party? Honestly, I was surprised to even find a selection – and a large one too – of 80’s prom dresses. I guess that’s the magic and mystery of the internets. Nothing ever dies. Even when it should.
I didn’t find anything that night, but I think it’s because my standards were a little unrealistic. The dress I was looking for was an iridescent teal taffeta gown with sequined, sweetheart bodice; full, tiered, extra-poofy skirt with ginormous puff sleeves and a butt bow. No 80’s dress is complete w/o a butt bow (the absolute perfect place to put a bow!) You know how you can never get everything? Well, I didn’t get everything. But I did get this:
Not bad, right? Especially when you consider I only went to one store and they only had TWO prom dresses and, remarkably, both were from the 80’s and out of the two one actually fit. It’s kinda like a retro-themed prom party miracle when you think about it. I considered shopping around because this clearly wasn’t my dream dress, but I didn’t have much time, and I didn’t know where else to go. I heard the Salvation Army had a bunch of truly exceptional 80’s dresses and maybe my dream dress was waiting there for me, but I don’t have any near me so I said to myself, “Self, this is as good as it gets. Take your off-the-shoulder peach lace prom dress and run.”
So I did. I took it straight to the register and plunked it down on the counter. I didn’t even know how much it was because I couldn’t understand the price tag. It looked like it was either $15 or $18. I wasn’t sure, but money was no object. So when the cash register rang up at $7.50, imagine my delight. This was my lucky day and quite possibly the best purchase I’ve ever made.
When I texted the picture from the fitting room to my husband, he said he’d be honored if I were his date to the prom. He gets bonus points for that.
For BlogU I’m really not sure what shoes to wear with it. I’m thinking about going with those flip flops. What do you think?
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