First up is a blogger double shot - Biz of Biggest Diabetic Loser and her twin sister, Jenn of Slim Shoppin', are pictured here with their dates (and proud mom looking on in the background):
Circa 1986 - Jenn is on the left, Biz is on the right. How much do I love that Biz matched her date's white dinner jacket outfit?!? And Jenn is a vision in Madonna-lace. Awesome!
Next up is Helen of Doing a 180. She attended both the Prom and the Valentine's Ball with the same date - her next-door neighbor. Everybody: awww!
Love the Gunne Sax dress, my sweet baby-faced friend!
And look: her date even wrote a note on the back of their picture (remember doing that? I do!):
Dave sounds very sweet, but I hear they lost touch and did not, in fact, stay "friends forever" - wonder if he's on Facebook?
Here we have Stacia from Swimming it Off, with her boyfriend, in 1986:
Love the look on his face! Also, his satin vest matches her dress perfectly!
A full shot of Stacia in her dress, with sleeves she "coulda smuggled a gnome in" - I love how blissfully happy she looks in this shot.
Here's Marisa from Loser For Life, in her fabulous 80s big hair and Dynasty-inspired (I'm sure) puffy shoulder dress.
That is quite the nice bouquet of roses you're holding, Marisa - was this your corsage? Wow!
Next up is Kelly from Happy Texans, who is wearing a beautiful dress that her very talented mother made!
Circa 1989 - the year my second son was born (funny how different our lives were back then, and yet how similar they are now). Kelly, you look so young and gorgeous!
Here is Lynn W from The Frivolity of Forty. She's wearing a dress her mom made - I'm sensing a theme here! Pretty in pink, she is:
Circa 1988. Doesn't her date remind you of an 80s movie star?
And now we have the most baby-faced couple of all...
My mom and dad! This was their prom - 1959. They were 17, but I swear they look even younger! And in keeping with the theme, my grandmother made my mom's dress!
My mom didn't make my prom dress, but she did make the shirts that my boyfriend and I wore to the Oakie Stomp (the dance where the girl asks the guy):
I have no idea why I wore green socks with that outfit.
Also, in the ultimate act of
thriftiness recycling, I borrowed a dress from my friend Gail - she wore it to her prom, and then I wore it to the Winter Ball the following year. So the question would be "Who Wore it Best" but I think the answer is pretty obvious:
Peach does not go well with my pale skin. Plus I was just coming off of my anorexia period and was still too thin - doubtful I was even up to 100 pounds in that picture.
And here's one more picture - from the after-prom party that we went to. No alcohol-free lock-ins for us!
I worked at Baskin Robbins with the guy who is hugging me. Also, if you look closely, I am the only one in the picture who is not holding a drink - I was keeping track of the
Thank you to my fantastic readers who submitted photos - you all looked so young and vibrant and beautiful. I love that you played along with me in this look back at our FABULOUS teenage style!