Hands up if you can look back on your year 11/12 formal photos and honestly say "I looked good"? I sure can’t. Chances are if you graduated any time before 2013, you’re in the same boat.
It’s not our fault. How were we supposed to know how to dress ourselves in a world before Instagram? I’m not kidding. It sounds silly, but we grew up in a time where our only real point of reference was what the ‘cool’ kids were wearing (and lord knows that wasn’t good).
Now? Gone are the days of awkward hemlines, over gelled hair and coloured eye shadow. These days you can barely tell the difference between an average school formal and the Met Gala.
Am I thankful for my awkward youth? Yes. Would I do it over again with the knowledge bestowed on me by the power of social media? Hell yes.
And I know just where I’d be getting my outfit.
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Words: Stephanie Dugan