Thursday, April 15, 2010

it's prom season, baby

Those med school kids are so clever. Next weekend is, essentially, med school prom, but apparently someone loves puns as much as I do because it's being called "The Undescended Ball". Since I am no longer 17, proms aren't that exciting to me, but it does mean an excuse to dress up, which I will never turn down.

I waited until the last minute with online shopping, wishing and hoping that Rue La La would feature a really good deal on formal dresses ($3.95, Leila?). That didn't happen, so I have two options.

1. Search the teeny tiny corner of our Dillard's that sells semi decent clothing

2. Take a self deprecating tour through my closet of old formal dresses in search of one that is remotely recyclable.

Well. I did both. Dillard's had nothing to offer me (I even searched the...cringe... juniors prom dresses) and so far, neither does my closet:

I distinctly remember asking my friend in the dressing room if this dress made me look fat. Clearly, I had bigger things to worry about. Like... well, everything?

We also won't go into what I had to worry about here, either. But, oh, there was so much. So, so much. I do remember I started going to a gym for the first time ever a few weeks before this picture was taken because "I wanted my arms to look nice for prom". Snort.

And this was prom the next year. Honestly, I don't think the dress is the problem here.

A few years later, I recycled that red dress for a Mardi Gras ball. Sadly, shortly after I found mold on its beautiful, classy, visible tulle layers, so it is out of the running for this year's event. Such a shame. It's practically vintage now.

I've already showed you this dress, but I thought I would post it again to remind you of my resemblance to Jessica Simpson.

Mom stops buying your clothing? Poor college student? Ugly $25 dollar bright turquoise dress it is.

Still a poor college student? Have slightly better taste? This $15 random black dress from a juniors' section somewhere fits the bill. I would wear this one again, but not only did I wear it a Purim party 5 years ago, I wore it to med school prom last year (above). I wouldn't want to commit my first ever fashion faux pas, now would I??

3% of me wants to throw social norms out the window and wear my wedding dress. I mean, I could dye it, right? It wouldn't be that weird... right?

Needless to say, I'm back at square one. If you have a blog, I would love to see your old prom dress disasters!


  1. Well, cryptorchidism isn't as catchy, now is it?

  2. I had the exact same predicament a month ago finding a dress for law school prom. I doubt the Shreveport outlet malls have too many good places but that is my suggestion. I got my dress for $42 at a bcbg outlet. I also got multiple compliments on my dress' color. Not on me in the dress, please note.!/photo.php?pid=59995890&id=7904728

  3. The first three pics look NOTHING like you -- they don't even look like Suri. So weird.

  4. Am I on the outs for the Suri comment? You b!tches. LOL.
    I say definitely wear your wedding dress again, not dyed. It is perfect on you. and LMAO at The Undescended Ball, who knew doctors had such great senses of humor?

  5. Andi, I have never loved you more since you made that comment :) Amy is just jealous.

  6. Sarah - cute dress! Can I be the first to say it looks good ON YOU?!

    I am dying to go to ANY outlet mall in TX!! Somehow I don't think the Papaya or Gap outlets in SHV are going to have what I'm looking for :(

  7. I don't have much to offer other than that this post was hilarious and I can totally relate. We had a "med school prom" too and we went for the first 2 years. I recycled an old dress and bought a new one for the 2nd one.

    Anyway, I feel your pain. I seriously have NO clothes other than a few new shirts and a pair of jeans that I wear every.single.weekend. Ohhh, being young and poor. Maybe one day we'll be able to afford clothes!