Seeking the perfect prom dresses


Commentary by Julie Osborne

With no end to the cold in sight, it doesn’t seem like prom is even on the radar, but it’s time to get shopping. This is my first prom shopping in more than 30 years, and I’ve noticed things have changed a bit. No more tafeta, poofy sleeves, dyed pastel pumps and a date decked out in a pastel-colored coordinated cumberbun and bow tie. No, now it’s tight, short, and sparkly with stelletos. Except for my daughter, of course. We will buck the system and find something not so short nor tight, cute more than sexy. By the way, when did the word “sexy” become so popular in the teen magazines that I flip through in the check-out lanes?

Anyway, I was surprised that my daughter’s first comment was not about color nor style, but, “I just don’t want to have the same dress as anyone else.” Since there will be about 200 other girls at her prom, I thought this might be an unresonable request unless, of course, we fly to New York or Chicago to shop. But, I was thrilled to learn that right here in Zionsville on Main Street at Lesley Jane’s you can actually be guaranteed that you will have a one-of-a-kind because, once you pick out your dress, it’s no longer available to anyone at your school. They mark and tag it as taken, even those ordered from their catalogs.

After learning this, I was feeling confident that we would find the perfectly unique, one-of-a-kind dress until she casually mentioned, “Mom, I think I’m going to need two dresses because I’m probably going to Thomas’ prom, too.” Looks like it may be time to wander over to The Finer Consignor around the corner!