The Junior League's project All Dressed Up is one of my favorite events of the year.
First of all, the dresses donated every year are so fabulous. Some come straight from retailers and others are gently used from the community. Look at the above dress on Emily - it is a Nicole Miller and it looks like it was made for her. Emily is a senior this year and recently got accepted into the UW. She is amazing. I love running into her and her mom, Sandy. I met them at a Reve fashion show when I first moved here and I just love seeing them.
The very first girls I ran into were Tess and Paige, two sisters from Marshall. They are so awesome! Dannika Lewis and I helped these two find prom dresses last year and they were so easy to work with!
Do you realize what a rite of passage prom has become for teenagers? The more I looked into it, the more I realized how important it is to help families afford prom. First of all, the average family spends around $1000 on prom every year. In the last few years, more teens have started seeing it as a big life event because many don't plan on getting married until much later in life. (*I researched that, I'm not making it up!)
So, the Junior League helps make prom more affordable to ALL young women - there are no income guidelines to get a free dress. The event is a one-stop shop where the girls can opt to get their hair and makep done or see a fashion show. And they all take home free accessories and a swag bag.
I love how families from all walks of life come to the event. Some families drive for more than an hour to be there. Others start lining up at 6:45 a.m. to be the first in line-- though everyone schedules a time, some still want to arrive early to get the widest selection. I don't care who you are, no one wants to spend an extra grand or so on prom and frankly, some people just can't. So, this is a great event anyone can enjoy.
This year I met two great girls, Kayla and Bailey. I had such an awesome time helping them shop. I hope they share their prom pics with me!
More pics from All Dressed Up: