Pretty in Pink

Like 80’s movies? ‘Cause I’m absolutely crazy about them. Nothing really gets me riled up like shoulder pads, dance breaks, and that timeless attitude of teenage rebellion. But Pretty in Pink is a little more than a good movie to me. It’s kind of the inciting incident of my life as an upcycler.

Think back. Remember when Andie cuts up Ioana’s terrible old pink prom dress and turns it into an equally terrible new pink prom dress? To say the least, I found it inspiring. I’ve always been very particular about the clothes I wore and could not abide the idea that if I bought my dress from a department store, another girl at my junior prom may be wearing something similar (heaven forbid). So while my friends were hitting up the mall and online retail stores, my mother and I were hitting up outlets, thrift stores, and the like.

Nothing was really working for me and on top of it all I was informed that I had been nominated for Prom Princess and would be on stage in front of the entire student body (note: while outwardly I expressed annoyance at being associated with such a shallow tradition, I was secretly thrilled). But one day in some obscure rack at some obscure Goodwill location I found it.

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My mother was horrified, my best friend was horrified, my dog wouldn’t look at it. I was ecstatic. While everyone else saw a pink lace mess of shoulder pads and humiliation, I saw a perfectly unique, feminine number that would go wonderfully with my Prom Princess crown. *SPOILER* I didn’t win.. It’s a small miracle I was nominated to begin with.

Now the alterations to this dress were neither complicated nor extravagant. I simply shortened the sleeves and took it in (it was a size 12 and I was barely pushing a 2). However, despite all of its simplicity, I made a really important discovery.

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And here it is folks; the really sappy moral of the story:

I could do it. 

I could see through this mess and find the potential beauty in it. Even better, I could do the work to get it to that place. I felt fabulous that night because  1) I looked flippin adorable in a one-of-a-kind, made to order prom dress and 2) I found something that is not only useful but that I am totally passionate about and has become a little piece of me.

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