One year in high school, I got my prom dress at jcpenney.
Since it was 1999 (yes, I’m old…), in the days before fast fashion, I knew nobody else at my school would dare to look for a dress there, and I didn’t want to look like anybody else. (As for the vintage option, I wore my mother’s old 1970′s cocktail dresses to class, with beat up Vans sneakers, almost daily, so that was out.)
I got a royal blue silk sheath, embroidered with tiny blue and purple beaded butterflies, for $90. With some baby barrettes, white nail polish, and Urban Decay eyeliner, I felt very Gwyneth at the Prada show, which for a blonde suburban teenager in 1999 is kind of the only thing you’d want. (Unless you were Team Gwen Stefani, in which case, bring on the ska…)
Now everybody knows you can get cool stuff at once-icky department stores, so seeing AnnaSophia Robb in this jcpenney maxi dress isn’t so much of a surprise.
But considering the Young Hollywood penchant of wearing baggy sweatshirts that cost $300 to brunch, we still really like the simple, fresh, cheap choice, especially with beachy hair, no makeup, and ballet flats. We’d prefer the MNG by Mango bracelet be on the actress’ wrist instead of pushed all the way up her arm, but that’s easy to fix.
Plus, look closely and you’ll see AnnaSophia is wearing white nail polish – a trend that seems to have survived my vintage prom days.