Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sincerely 'Fro Me to You...formal wear

So this was a "Valentine's Day Banquet" for the youth group of the church my dad pastored back in...oh, 1989??

I believe this entire ensemble was borrowed because I don't remember shopping for it. Probably came from my older cousin, Chickie. I bet it was her prom dress from, like, two years earlier. I think we stuffed tissue into the shoes so they'd fit. I mean, you couldn't not have the dyed-to-match shoes!!

I went with my friend, Mike, who was very sweet and even gave me a kiss on the cheek before we headed home! He also gave me the wrist corsage I'm wearing on my left wrist--and even matched it to my dress!!

As I was editing this, I remembered another detail: stick-on pink fingernails!!!! Oh, my goodness, that was the only time I remember doing that--how funny~!! See them??

I was evidently "crowned" (or sashed) the "Dutchess." See the banner?? Now, here's the thing: There was three categories: Queen, Princess and Dutches. And, oh, maybe eight eligible young ladies?? I mean, the pastor's daughter had to get something. Third place is pretty pathetic. I think the two other girls were older than me so they won based on some sort of seniority. I recall just being glad to have gotten something.

Aaaaaahh, taffeta. The swish...the sheen...that lovely shade of blush pink...ya gotta love it.

Yes, it had crinoline underneath. So comfy. And check out those poofy sleeves--to match the hair!!

Good ol' church banquets!! Sometimes I miss the good ol' days.


letters to elijah said...

Hey.. that's my dress! and we thought we looked so good in the 80's!

Anonymous said...

I was supposed to be in a wedding in 1991 and I swear we were wearing the same dress. Luckily, I had to pull out.

I must've had 30 pair of dyed to match shoes. If they weren't the exact match I had a fit. Pure class I telll ya!

a Tonggu Momma said...

I am convinced that poofy sleeves existed in the eighties to balance out all of that hair. Lovely! Thank you for sharing!

Groovewoman said...

Two Hooray's for Lee press-on nails!
Hip, hip hooray - Hip, hip hooray!

Ahh those were the days! Good times!

Crayl said...

Except for the permed hair you look just the same! And I fully agree with "A tonggu mom", the sleeves balance the giant hair .

D... said...

That dress looks very similar to the one my maid of honor wore. And, yes, that was in the same year, 1989. LOL

HDMac said...

You looked beautiful... it is so fun to look back! :)

We are THAT Family said...

That is a lot of pink and a lot of taffeta! Oh, the sheen, that cracked me up. Love it!

Happy Mommy said...

Gotta love the press on nails!

Muthering Heights said...

Oh the shimmer...classic!

jennifer said...

You are a vision in pink shiny stuff.

Actually, what I noticed was how lovely your hands looked. Like a muscian's hands. My daughter has delicate hands like yours.

Be blessed.


Sandy Toes said...

What a fun blog! It is always fun to go back to pictures and see the clothes and hair! When you look back you think how we didn't have a care in the world compared to being an adult!
-Sandy Toes