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Maierrage Advice: Finding the Dress

Katie Maier

As for my wedding dress, let’s just say it won’t be the fashion-forward mermaid dress typical of the 2010s. 

High school girls and brides have one thing in common: nothing can make an event quite like the perfect dress. Sure, the right date/life partner is important, too, but fundamentally your companion is nothing more than a prop on your big day. The right dress, on the other hand, is invaluable. 

Those of you who attended 2019’s freshman PDC might recall my infamous dress. Navy top with sweetheart neckline, white skirt of tulle...and floor length. And you all probably thought the same thing: she didn’t get the memo. However, you might be interested to know that I very well understood the conventions of freshman PDC. I understood that I would likely be the only one whose skirt went past my knees. And yet I wore the full-length dress simply because I liked it, and I wasn’t afraid to stand out. 

I guess that’s my philosophy on life: if you’re going to do something, go all out. This starts with events like PDC and leads up to the greatest event of all: weddings. The point of the wedding dress is to make a statement to all your guests that will also be a statement piece in photos. This also means being the center of attention for an entire day, which requires a certain boldness that a lot of girls might not naturally possess. That is exactly why PDC is so important as a precursor to even bigger events beyond high school: it gives you the opportunity to try out different looks and styles in a formal setting. 

Now, sophomore and junior PDCs are coming up this December, along with freshman and senior PDCs in early 2020. This is it, folks. This is your opportunity to wear an über-fancy dress. So, don’t waste it on some outfit you could easily wear to some standard movie night or birthday party. It’s PDC! You have the chance to be a standout. Keep that in mind when you’re shopping or looking through your closet. 

While I’m on the subject, here are some other things to keep in mind:

Remember that you’re a high schooler. You have all of college to wear low-necked, tight-fitting party dresses if that is what you really want. In the meantime, wear something that won’t dishonor your grandmother or make you cringe when you look back twenty years from now. 

Include your mom in the process of dress-shopping. She’s probably looking forward to this just as much (or even more) than you are. I’m sure she’d really appreciate being a part of the experience. 

And finally, try to actually have a good time at PDC. This a fun high school experience so let it be just that. Pick a date that you like to hang out with and find something to wear that makes you feel good about you. Find something to wear that makes you feel good about you. As my Mom always says, “Wear the dress. Don’t let the dress wear you.”

As for my wedding dress, let’s just say it won’t be the fashion-forward mermaid dress typical of the 2010s. I’ll be following my own trend, just like I did at freshman PDC. And if that means I wear a ballgown with a ten-foot circumference, then so be it. Or who knows, maybe it’ll be above the knee.
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