Little White Dresses
With just over ten weeks until graduation – for the record, putting those words in writing is both exhilarating and terrifying – it’s time to start looking for a graduation dress. For posterity, let’s take a look back at the outfit I wore to my eighth grade graduation. This photo was actually taken at my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah a week before my graduation, but I was so excited by my outfit that I had to replicate it from head to toe. Here I am with my cousin Zoe and my sister Julia:
Before I delve into serious fashion analysis of this particular mishap, I’d like to take a moment to point out just a select few of the awkward bits and pieces of my look:
- My hair: I had cut six inches off my hair just a few weeks before, with the express intention of curling it into Marilyn Monroe curls for this very event. On the way home from the Bar Mitzvah, I burst into tears and prayed for my hair to grow back overnight.
- Red lipstick with a matching mani-pedi: Courtesy of 99¢ CVS lipstick and my first mani-pedi that I paid for all by myself, using $1s and $5s earned from my weekly mother’s helper job, carefully stored my pink pleather clutch.
- Braces: With green rubber bands, of course. They were removed a month later and I was overjoyed.
- The abundance of tacky jewelry: That includes a white plastic heart-shaped necklace from Claire’s and white plastic hoop earrings.
- My dress: The sales associate told me it was a beach cover, but I chose not to believe her because I liked the puff sleeves and the trapeze silhouette. On the day of my graduation, I accidentally forgot to wear the lining and it poured, instantly turning my dress transparent.
In fact, the only thing not horrendously awkward about this look is the red Sam Edelman wedges. I still wear them so frequently (1, 2, 3, 4) that I had to take them to be re-soled last summer. For my high school graduation, I want to recreate my middle school look – the same cherry red wedges, just paired with far fewer sartorial mishaps!
I’m hoping for a chic, versatile dress in white or cream. Ideally, it should be chic and sophisticated enough to wear to my graduation party, but casual enough to wear around Greenwich Village next fall with a jacket and a pair of flats. The budget is $100. Here are a few looks that have caught my eye:
I fell in love with these three little white dresses, all coincidentally from ASOS. (1, 2, 3.) I love the chic, effortless vibe of each one. I could easily see each of these dresses fitting in with the rest of my wardrobe seamlessly. Which one is your favorite?
On a separate note, let me apologize for not blogging as often as I would have liked to these past few weeks! I’ve been busy working on a very exciting new section of Her Campus, and I’m so excited to share this new venture with you. Since I first read Her Campus over a year ago, I’ve been hooked. I devoured their witty, intelligent articles on the ins and outs of college life, even though, as a high school student, I couldn’t relate to much of the content on the site. Now, I’m the High School editor of Her Campus, which means we are now producing content specifically for high schoolers navigating the college prep process.
You can read Her Campus High School (college prep articles written by current college students) here, and The Pre-Collegiette™ Blog (blog posts written by current high school juniors and seniors about their own experiences with the college prep process) here! There will be much, much more published in the weeks to come.