Supermum and her Super friends at their Year 12 formal in 1988. Photo Contributed
Supermum and her Super friends at their Year 12 formal in 1988. Photo Contributed Contributed

No Pinterest around to help Supermum for her formal fashion

TOMORROW my step-daughter will attend her final day of high school.

It is an exciting time as she prepares for her future. With career aspirations in the air while waiting for university acceptance results to come through there is a lot for a teenager to think about.

But of course, over the next few weeks there are more important things to occur first. The school formal for one thing.

This event has been months in the planning with dress fittings, make-up trials and sorting out the various matching accessories and hair styles.

Things sure have changed since my own school formal.

We didn't have Pinterest to explore looking for fashion styling tips. We didn't have a variety of boutiques to browse through looking at dresses either - online or in person.

For my classmates our dresses were made by our mums, so our fashion styling all came from the McCalls or Burda pattern books we browsed through… oh and Dolly, Cosmo and Cleo fashion magazines.

Water wave taffeta was all the trend, so formal night was a shiny sea of ruched bodices, puffed sleeves and full skirts.

Buying a new pair of shoes was an exciting event for me. I didn't fit into my mother's shoes so unlike some of my friends I got my own first "proper" pair of high heels.

There we were on our big night, dressed to the max with beaming smiles and natural coloured skin; not a spray tan in sight.

The biggest thing back then were the hairstyles. And by big I mean teased and hairsprayed to the max. It was the 80s after all.

Once the formal was done with, next was Schoolies Week.

While my step-daughter joins the throng of teens heading to Schoolies on the Gold Coast, our generation stayed much closer to home.

My friends and I headed off to a caravan park in Yeppoon for a very tame week and a one-day trip to Keppel.

Our parents had no idea what we were up to but I think the most daring thing we did was graffiti our old school uniforms.

I know my Superman hopes his daughter's experience will be just as tame as mine.

Can't guarantee that, but thanks to social media we are sure to find out.



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