Friday, November 14, 2008

Prom Thoughts

I remember my high school JS prom, although for the wrong reasons. At that time, it was not the elaborate affair that it is today. It was held at the mess hall of my school. There was no airconditioning. My "date" was someone assigned to me by the teachers and the flowers were also provided by the school. The first time I attended, during my junior year, my "date" stood me up. I don't know if he was there, but I sure didn't see him. The second time was a little bit better, since my "date" and I got to talk. I don't know if it mattered, but the first "date" I had was a handsome boy. I wonder if he thought he was too good for a plain, quiet girl like me. The second "date" I had was more down-to-earth, and although we didn't have any of those romantic "dates", it was pretty nice having someone to talk to, actually give you the flowers and dance with you, so, all in all, it was a pleasant evening.

Since my parents were old school and didn't have proms during their time, they didn't really understand what it was all about. The prom is an American concept adopted by Philippine schools, so the oldies don't really know much about it. The requirement of the school regarding attire didn't really help at all. It stated semi-formal, and you know how broad that term is. It's nowhere like the glamorous affairs shown in the American teen movies that were popular at that time. My prom dresses were actually yellow cotton blouse and skirt sets, both times, although with a different design. The balloon skirt was quite the in thing at that time, so I guess I fitted in with the times. My mom and I just pulled out something from my existing wardrobe. The boys were in long sleeved polo shirts some with ties. Some were even in shirt sleeves. The other girls' "prom dresses" didn't really deviate much from mine, but some designs were more glamorous. Only the Miss Alumni was wearing a gown. Her escort is wearing a suit. But since the place was warm, I do not think that they were comfortable at all. I did my makeup myself, and I do not think that I looked great at all. My classmates had salon sessions, but I thought they looked over made up for 15 or 16 year old girls.

If I had a daughter and she will be attending her prom, I would know better and outfit her with something more glamorous and something that would stand out in her memory for a long time. Nowadays, the prom has become like a sort of coming out party for a lot of teens, as not everyone can afford a format debut. Barring a wedding, it's also one of the few times that they get to really dress up. I'd choose one of the not-so-revealing outfits in prom dresses Clarisse, maybe the white strapless gown that still looks quite innocent. Well, I do not have a daughter yet, so I do not know if that will come to fruition, but then, it's nice to dream, is it not?

In the meantime, I'm having fun looking at the prom dresses 2009. I'm a bit on the conservative side though, so I don't think I'd be picking any of the low cut, cleavage bearing dresses, or any of the almost bareback dresses or thigh bearing dresses featured in the collection of prom dresses Jovani for 2009. I mean, they're still teenagers, and here in the Philippines, being a junior or senior means that you're only 15 or 16. I just think they are more appropriate for girls who are a bit older and more mature. I'd imagine that the officials in my school will be having a fit if they saw any of us wearing one of those. But then, it's also a conservative Catholic school, so I may just be a bit conservative.