Pre-prom panic: Dressed for distress

bildeshop.jpgPre-prom panic? Aversion to pantyhose? Mom stressing? Think it’s just you? Read this cool article and know you are not alone- and some cool tips too!

When it comes to low necklines and high hems, Sucro said, “Most reputable stores will have prom gowns that are appropriate. This is the time to say, ‘I’m going to let her look more glamorous.'” She reminds mothers that as long as you are paying for the dress, you still have some say in the style, but ultimately, the person wearing the gown should be completely happy with the purchase.


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    Pre-prom panic: Dressed for distress
    Mothers and daughters do annual gown-shopping ritual, complete with arguments
    BETH BRELJE Pocono Record Writer

    She may never make it as a bank robber because of her aversion to pantyhose.

    As proof, here’s a recent conversation overheard through a dressing-room door at Deb clothing shop in Stroud Mall:

    “You’ll need pantyhose.”

    “No, I won’t.”

    “They’ll make your legs look nice.”

    “Don’t care.”

    “You can’t wear a dress like that without hose.”

    “Don’t care.”

    “I’m not buying the dress unless you agree to wear hose.”

    “Don’t care.”

    It was a mother-daughter shopping duo on the prowl for a prom dress, and the exchange hinted at tension instead of eager prom anticipation.

    Ramona Sullivan, co-owner of Bridal Creations by Ramona on Main Street, Stroudsburg, says girls tend to shun hose, possibly because they want to show off a pedicure.

    She also says that the mother-daughter dynamics of shopping are subtle.

    Mom says, “Get whatever you want,” but if Daughter lands on a dress Mom does not like, she may say, “Well, are you sure?” or “You should look around a little more.”

    Sullivan says mothers are sometimes happier than daughters when the perfect gown is found “because they can stop shopping.”

    Today’s prom-going gal, just like generations before her, knows what she wants, and often it is not what Mom has in mind.

    Beth Sucro, a family therapist at Pocono Therapeutic Services in Tannersville, says shopping for prom dresses is a great bonding opportunity.

    “Most mothers have control issues, which can be a good thing. But this is a good time to get in the back seat and let your daughter take more control of the situation.”

    When it comes to low necklines and high hems, Sucro said, “Most reputable stores will have prom gowns that are appropriate. This is the time to say, ‘I’m going to let her look more glamorous.'” She reminds mothers that as long as you are paying for the dress, you still have some say in the style, but ultimately, the person wearing the gown should be completely happy with the purchase.

    KEEPING MOM AND THE PROM IN SYNC
    Tannersville therapist Beth Sucro’s tips for prom shopping mothers and daughters:

      • Look through a magazine before you go to get a sense of style preference.

      • Set a reasonable maximum price limit before you go shopping.

      • Consider bringing a friend or hip adult whose opinion you trust.

      • Expect your daughter’s alter ego to come out.

      • Make a day of it. Don’t try to get it done in 45 minutes.

      • Wear comfortable shoes.

      • Plan to have lunch.

      • If a dress your daughter loves looks bad, elicit the help of a sales person.

      • If you give an opinion, give options — for example, “Which of these three dresses do you prefer?”

      • Make it a memory.

    THIS YEAR’S PROM FASHIONS
    Ramona Sullivan, co-owner of Bridal Creations by Ramona in Stroudsburg, says while fuller skirts are always in for formals, straight lines are flattering and popular. The newest look is charmuse, a light, smoothly tactile fabric with sheen that creates sophisticated lines. Also popular are dresses with a gentle bustle effect all around the skirt and open back cuts. Tulle skirts are softer to the touch and less poofy than in years past. Tulle gives an instant princess effect. Hot colors for formals include a light olive green, red and pink.

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