Beer sales are rising. Condoms are disappearing from school nurses’ offices. Yes, prom season is upon us! While some girls scouted the racks at Nordstrom (and at least one prom-goer scouted her local KKK office), other girls are busily sewing their own prom dresses. But I’m not interested in the normal-looking dresses that show skill with a Singer sewing machine; I’m more fascinated by the weirdo, hot glue gun-laden shit that looks like it sent someone home on a “Project Runway” competition.
I will spare you the 700 teen girls around the country who fashion their own dresses out of duct tape in an attempt to win $20,000 from the Duck brand duct tape college scholarship contest. You’ve seen one duct tape dress, you’ve seen them all. But here’s six of the weirdest other homemade prom dresses that have kept our nation’s quirky teens busy.
Jessica Simpson never went to the prom. But she wants you, or at least your younger cousin, to look gorgeous at yours. So in addition to her line of shoes, bags, jeans, etc—apparently, her apparel fiefdom is valued at almost $1 billion a year—Jessica is now creating prom dresses for David’s Bridal. As the press release reads, “Inspired by the fabulous designer gowns I’ve worn to red carpet events, my affordable collection is designed to fit and flatter a variety of body types and help girls achieve their own red carpet style for prom.” The dresses cost between $139 and $229, and honestly, look pretty nice. I am thoroughly obsessed with the space age tie dye of the one on the left and am considering purchasing it. Even though I’d be wearing it to my 15-year reunion rather than to an actual prom. [People] Keep reading »
Welcome to Would You Rather, a game in which we concoct hypothetical style dilemmas and ask you to choose which option’s worse.
OK people, time for another round of our just-for-kicks-and-giggles game. Seeing as it’s both wedding and prom season, we decided to consider them both in this challenge. So, would you rather … get married in a string bikini à la Pamela Anderson (even if your wedding wasn’t at the beach!) or use your senior prom dress as your wedding gown? Some things to consider: go the bathing suit route and you’ll be nearly naked in front of your entire family. (Although, who knows, maybe your prom dress was just as slutty?) And, while the prom gown option seems more realistic, there’s a good chance you now have recurring nightmares about it. (We do.) Sound off in the comments below! Keep reading »
Much has been made of the blue prom dress Bella Swan (or Kristen Stewart, depending on how much you blur fantasy and reality) wears in the “Twilight” movie. You may have heard of it. Countless teen magazines and websites have scoured the market looking for similar styles, but nothing quite compares to this rendition spotted at a Port Angeles, Washington bridal shop. Owner Belva Bodey claims she was inspired to cop the design because in the movie Bella shops in their town for a book. Call it a leap of faith, but she believes Bella would have bought her prom dress from the same town. Talk about mixing up your fact and fiction. Yeeps! Incidentally, the green dress pictured is one Bella supposedly wears to her birthday party in “New Moon.” Once again, rabid “Twilight” fans scare us more than actual vampires do! Keep reading »