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My girlfriends and I are in discussion about homecoming outfits. We all want to know when the evolution from skirts and blazers to formal dresses took place. “Back in my day,” homecoming was nothing as elegant as prom, but these days it seems to be on the exact same level.

The daughter of one friend is horrified at the thought that her mom is not going to buy 2 formal dresses a year for 4 years, and claims “all” her friends have dress budgets. WHAT??????? *I* don’t even have a clothing budget! I would love to talk to the mothers of “all” these friends about this supposed budget.

Luckily, the moms who have already been through this are offering to loan dresses to the newbie of the bunch.

I don’t even have kids, so my mouth is hanging open over this.

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      Lazylola wrote Aug 31, 2009
    • I’m glad I don’t have girls, yet I always wanted one....I can’t imagine any kind of budget for formals and such. I wasn’t into any of the homecoming stuff so on that end I can’t relate....kids can be so demanding...



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      Mary Clark wrote Aug 31, 2009
    • LU...I remember the skirts and blazers as the attire myself.  But now...it is all the slinky formal dresses.  God knew what he was doing when he blessed me with two boys.  

      I am a firm believer in consignment when it comes to the dresses.  Better yet.....all mothers just need to make a pact.....no formals...but just a nice Sunday dress for these events.  You are right...kids these days are demanding.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 1, 2009
    • As parents and adults of course we see how ridiculus it is to buy and spend so much on a dress only worn once.... but if we dig deep and go back to how we felt when we were that teen girl...it was do or die.... the biggest thing in our young life to be able to do what the other girls were doing.... we didn’t know back then that being an individual was a good thing.... (or maybe I’m the only one who remembers the feeling of peer pressure and yes I have 2 girls so it gets relived over n over) So I do understand it...

      But the question was when.... let’s see my neice is 32 and it seems to me she wore a more formal like dress to her homecoming.... so somewhere around 1994ish....



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      Tina Sickinger wrote Sep 1, 2009
    • Lu, I don’t ever remember girls wearing blazers and skirts to dances in my school. It was always dresses. We wore formals or those awful palazzo pants that were so popular back in the 70’s!
      When my girls were in high school in the 90’s they wore dresses, too..usually formals or tea length dresses. My neices daughter goes to dances now and I think they pretty much wear whatever they want unless it’s Prom..then wear a formal dress.
      It does get expensive and trading around does help. I did it with my girls to save on the cost. Thank goodness them and their friends were usually the same size! estatic



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      Angelcart wrote Sep 1, 2009
    • Lu I remember Blazer’s as well!  I felt the same way about my husband spending $500 on a dress for his daughter to wear ONE time!  When I went to Prom I bought my own dress with the money I earned from working!!!  Me personally, I think it’s rediculous for parents to spend that much for a school dance.  Oh, and don’t forget the limo they had!!!  I went to my prom in a dodge charger.happy  Oh, also.....I only spent $300 on my wedding dress!



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      Angelcart wrote Sep 1, 2009
    • Oh I forgot, there is a picture of my sister at home coming wearing, you guessed it......slacks with a tweed blazer!



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Sep 1, 2009
    • Our standard outfit for homecoming was always a wool knee-length skirt and a blazer. The guys usually wore dress slacks and a sweater or a suit.

      Vikki, I love your comment about “do or die.” I have no kids, just step-kids, so I don’t have the experience of facing that. If I had a do-or-die situation, most times my parents said “die.”

      IMHO too many parents are caving in and that is why it has gotten as ridiculous as it has as far as costs.



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