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Little White Dresses

March 23, 2011

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Braces: With green rubber bands, of course. They were removed a month later and I was overjoyed.
  4. The abundance of tacky jewelry: That includes a white plastic heart-shaped necklace from Claire’s and white plastic hoop earrings.
  5. 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.

xoxo Hannah

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Alycia permalink
    March 23, 2011 8:36 pm

    Gorgeous Options! My vote is for #3, though! I love the timeless Audrey-Hepburn-Like shape of it! It’s going to look gorgeous for Graduation (and other fancy events during the summer), as well as for any internships you might have! Good luck, and congratulations on your impending graduation!

  2. March 23, 2011 9:33 pm

    I love all three of those dresses, but my pick is number one! I love the girly and sweet feeling of it, although number three is a close second. Happy early graduation! :]

    Love, Cass

  3. March 23, 2011 9:50 pm

    Wait, a graduation dress? Is this something I need to be worried about?

  4. March 23, 2011 10:22 pm

    My graduation dress was white, too. With a little pink thrown in of course :)

    But anyways, back to you! 1. I love the 8th grade picture. Shows you were a happy, confident kid. And I am so torn between 1 and 3. I love them both, for different looks! As previous readers have said, 1 is so very flirty and feminine and definitely wonderful. Belt that baby up, throw on a headband and don some heels and you could very easily channel Blair Waldorf and run all over NYC in that thing looking fabulous. But 3 is a classic cut and silhouette and very Audrey Hepburn, which as you know is my forever idol! I can also see you pairing this with a jean jacket for a more casual everyday look. Oh what to choose!! The good news is you can’t go wrong with either!

    How exciting that you only have 10 weeks left! I totally get the nervous factor, but trust me, wonderful things lay ahead! But do enjoy your time left and make every moment/memory count. You will so cherish them later.

    (sorry for this book-like comment)

  5. March 23, 2011 11:52 pm

    #3 :) and I think you already got all the graduation advice you need :)

  6. March 24, 2011 3:57 pm

    number 3 definately .

  7. Ariel Shira permalink
    March 24, 2011 8:23 pm

    I would have to say #3, I love the Jackie O neckline :)

  8. March 25, 2011 6:51 pm

    #2 – it’s different and out-of-the-box. I think you can carry the oversized collar and I would hope the dress would be longer on you than on the model, but I doubt it. “Legs from Here to Africa”, as it was once said when you were about 13.

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