A Night To Remember

ASOS recently invited me to re-visit prom through a fancy dress from their Marketplace. The ASOS Marketplace features a variety of highly curated sellers and hand-selected vintage pieces, so it can be a perfect spot to find that dress no one else will have at prom. Ironically, my own prom experiences were quite forgettable and I dressed in a manner to blend in! Still it was fun to mimic a fairytale for a day with this dramatic dress from Madam Popoff Vintage.

We moved my senior year of high school and I went from the public school system to a private all girls school (culture shock). When prom rolled around I hadn’t met any boys so faced with the gruesome option of a blind date I chose to go stag. My prom dress was a simple black halter bought at the mall—the first dress I can even remember trying on after browsing for a short time with my sister. It was priced under $100 and we used gift cards so I ended up paying nothing out of pocket. (If there are any pictures of my look that night they're hidden in my parents' basement...) Prom night itself was still fun—I rode in a limo with my friends, admired the setting in downtown Honolulu, laughed and even danced a little before ending the night with a slumber party. It wasn’t how they like to depict prom in the movies, but I had a pleasant time.

If I went back or had prom again I’d still go stag, I might dance more, but the biggest change would be my dress. I was a shy kid in high school and my style reflected that. I’m still shy, but I’m much more comfortable in my own skin and I’d love to have worn something that made me feel special and unique. I’d definitely choose a vintage dress and something as dramatic as this one would have been perfect. In high school I was still figuring out how I wanted to present myself and simple black suited my shy personality. I'm still shy, but much more confident in my own skin so it would be fantastic to have an excuse to dress up and still show my personality...well a better excuse than snapping a few photographs and not having a floor to dance on!


Naomi said...

You look gorgeous! The dress is stunning!

The Occasional Indulgence

Anonymous said...

Nice shoot my dear!

Joanna Haughton said...

Absolutely spectacular dress. I love how it walks the line between glamorous and whimsical. Seems like the perfect reflection of the you we've gotten to know on your site.


Christiana said...

That first picture took my breath away! You look beautiful :)

kiss me quick said...

that dress is so damn beautiful.
But the crown is kind of awesome too, I love crazy acessories. Right on ^^


Anna said...

That dress really compliments your skin tone [and personality (from what I've gathered online?)]. You look so glamourous! I remember going stag my senior prom. I honestly didn't want to go, but my best friend and dad both guilt-tripped me into going claiming I'd regret it if I didn't. So, I did and found a black dress for $20 while shopping with my mom. Thin straps and a line of rhinestones under the bust. It was a really simple dress that didn't cost me a fortune to wear only one night. I remember seeing other ladies wearing dresses more suitable for the red carpet [I remember one in particular, a very pretty shade of pale blue with ruffles down the skirt of the dress]. Luckily, most of the friends I went with didn't have dates, only my best friend. Like you, I was very mousy in high school [my dad was concerned and probably pushed me into going to prom in the first place] so I told my friend I didn't want her to get me a date if I was going to go at all. It was a pretty fun night that ended with late-night diner food and a sleepover.

I love the stories you tell in each post. I can really relate to what you have to say.

Megan Colwell said...

This is all over awesome. Really. You are so beautiful. I just bought a bikini top from ASOS. I'm addicted!

The Nautical Owl

Rebecca Jane said...

Love your dress pick! Looks lovely! The colours, the fun crown, and that perfect window seat!

Crystal Lee said...

Where were these photos taken? I just love the spiral staircase. and you look remarkable in that dress & crown! What a very fun get up! I love to don vintage gowns. They always make me feel so lady like, like Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly.

Rebekah Bradford said...

That is a beautiful dress! I love the background of the photos as well. And the crown you're wearing is so cute :)

Jocelan Thiessen said...

Wow! Spectacular!

Aldana said...

That dress is so cute <3 you look awesome!

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@Crystal Lee, it's an old lookout tower in Nazareth, PA. If you google Nazareth lookout tower (or Indian tower) you can find more information and pictures, although there's no official website on it. :)

MichelleM said...

It would be interesting to do prom over. I think I'd go stag instead of having a date like I did. The dress you are wearing is AMAZING. I think it would be fantastic to wear a dress like that to prom. I definitely wasn't daring enough for such a thing back then, but now I totally have the confidence to do so.

Sammi said...

That vintage dress is an absolute marvel. It looks so gorgeous on you! I feel like I'd do a LOT of things in high school differently, though I actually really did love all of the dresses I wore for proms. It's great that you were able to get a taste of prom again with this beautiful dress!

xox Sammi

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Laura said...

That dress is so pretty! You picked such a great location for these pictures too!