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Etsomnia™ 186: Prom Season


You know if you put a bow on it, the boys are just going to try to unwrap it. Maybe.

Et·som·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. The surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.) 3. An excuse for me to be an obnoxious, snarky New Yorker once per week.

I haven’t done an Etsomnia™ piece about prom in a few years, so it seemed like it was time. Prom has long been one of those wonderful, terrible traditions that bring out both the best of fashion and the worst of it. There’s no easier way to determine a person’s vintage than by getting a look at their prom photos. They’re typically a perfect snapshot of the era in which they were held. Why do teens try so hard to be fashionable? Don’t they know that years later, when their children inevitably get a hold of the pictures, the classics will be infinitely less embarrassing?

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“Not your daddy’s camo.” That’s true. My father rarely goes strapless. He hasn’t got the arms for it.

Etsy makers have to quit using ‘Bohemian’ as an excuse to stick ugly shit together.

While it’s a big much for prom, I can’t help but admire this Victorian-style gown by SecretTimes

I feel like this was worn by the ugly girl in Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion.

Unless you’re attending a prom at a clown college, this “romantic” skirt is a hard no.


If fathers of teenage girls were designing prom dresses…

So good, it’s giving me the vapors! By OvedCohen

The description suggests this ruffled jabot would be a fun replacement for a bow tie on a young man. I love the idea, but I hope it comes with a bodyguard.

Here’s a first. Looks like a dress with a skin disease.

These awful things were very popular in the ’70s and ’80s. We called them “Gunne Sux.”

Wowie! By AzAcCouture

Q: Are you too hot, or too cold?
A: Yes.

I know that many prom experiences end in tears, but that’s no excuse to dress like a crumpled tissue.

Now THIS is how you do matching outfits! By StylesAfrikDesigns

On the bright side, she’s not going to come home more pregnant…

And finally, what prom look would be complete without a hideous wrist corsage? You, like me, may have thought this terrible tradition was over, but nope. Still happening.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

18 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ 186: Prom Season

  1. .Well…..Cher’s prom days are long gone …LOL One or two are perfect designs but for a prom? NO!

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  2. I love Thursday mornings! Clown college comment was perfect!!

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  3. I love the African print dress and love the colour of the purple-blue and red dress but otherwise I am not keen on any of these dresses. I am not, however, the best judge of such things given I have no fashion sense and never attended a prom (it not being a thing in Scotland back in my day). Once when I was in my last year of HS and going out for the evening with friends, my Dad accused me of looking like Oscar Wilde. That probably tells you all you need to know about how I would have looked on prom night.

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  4. Oh my. I’m SO glad I didn’t have kids. So I don’t have to go through the whole prom thing. I like looking at other people’s kids doing it though.

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  5. Clown college :::snicker::: Crumpled tissue :::snicker::: More pregnant :::snicker::: I believe I owned one or two of those Gunne Sux dresses!

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  6. You’ve captured the entire ethos with this: “Etsy makers have to quit using ‘Bohemian’ as an excuse to stick ugly shit together.” LOL!!

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  7. Awesome comments. I laughed hard and loud.

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