I walked into the huge RSL function centre, blinded by the beading, sequins, chiffon and up-dos before me.
All around were young adults, dressed up for their school night of nights: the Year 12 formal.
So many of these kids have been together at school since Year 1. Many I listened to read in those early years. They’re the same kids. Only taller.
They’re almost through their school days. They can taste what they think a school-free life will represent.
But for one night, it was about following in the footsteps of students before them. It was about the suit, the long frock, the hair, the makeup, the limo (for some) and celebrating with their friends.
And in my son’s school’s case it was about raising money for a charity … not just the glamour.
Yes, last night was one of those milestone nights you have with kids.
And yes, I was one very proud Mama.
Now, let’s talk about the frocks … because that’s what I do and quite, frankly this year was a cinch for me with a son to suit up. Next year? Well, that’s a whole other story. It will be my daughter’s turn.
Apparently, I need to start shopping for that dress, like, now. And gosh, horror, it can’t be like someone else’s.
I’m pretty confident that my daughter will make a beautiful choice
I was a little bit taken
aback back last night … in an ’80s time warp kind of way … by the number of girls seeking out meringue-style pastels. I, of course, cannot talk. If you have not seen my formal/grad photo from 1984, check out all my pale-pink taffeta loveliness in the gallery below.
In this sea of ’80s “inspiration”, a quick scan of the room and the stylist in me had picked out a number of faves. All were classically elegant. These girls were wearing their dress as opposed to the other way round. And you kind of know they’ll continue to do the same with their fashion choices as they head off into the world at the end of the year. Wish I could have said the same!
I didn’t get to photograph all those frocks which I loved but here are two that I did manage to capture and I’m so glad I did.
So, in the post-formal, post-after-party haze that is today, I hand this post over to you.
Did you have a formal during your Year 12 year? What did you wear? Share your stories and in the comments section below.
And if you’d like your photo included in this gallery, please email it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org … you know you want to