Y’all, I could not be more excited about today’s post!! Not only does it feature my favorite people…but my favorite people all dressed up in the swankiest special occasion wear!
I mean, just look at these precious faces!! I don’t know if I want to hug them, or ugly cry over a box of Girl Scout cookies! #passthethinmints
As you know, this is our teen’s Senior Year, and I’ve been navigating all the emotions that come with the milestone. It’s such a bittersweet time, full of so many ‘lasts,’ but also joys as we watch him grow and prepare to go out on his own.
One of the privileges of his final year, is the chance to attend Senior Prom. It’s not until April, but preparations have already begun, and it’s so fun to see the excitement he and his friends have for the big night!
Fortunately, he’s fairly practical, and didn’t see the need to buy or rent a new tuxedo…instead, we made his existing suit Prom-ready with the addition of a bow-tie! This one comes in a slew of colors, and the silk is so luxurious. And bonus, it comes pre-tied!! (Who know how to tie a bow tie, anyway?!)
But really, where did my baby boy go? Nothing but handsome young man, so full of clever wit and kindness.
Never one to shy away from style, he also added a set of suspenders to give the look a little more personality. Depending on his date’s dress, he’ll likely swap the basic black bow tie for this quirky polka-dot one!
Sugarplum Style Tip: Opt for suspenders that actually button, instead of clip on the pants. Simply add hidden buttons to the trousers for a more elevated look. (He actually sewed his own buttons…one of which came undone in the shoot, hence the safety pin!)
I could not love this boy of mine more. After all, he made me a mom, and brought me more joy and love than I ever dreamed possible.
Fortunately, he’s able to ‘borrow’ from Dad’s shoes (for now), and has already asked to wear these beauties to Prom.
But while he may like dad’s shoes, he much prefers the slim fit of Topman suits. Jackets and pants are sold as separates, so he’s able to get the best fit, and Nordstrom offers free on-site alterations to take care of the rest.
Both he and Mr. SP are fans of these no-iron shirts. They literally comes straight from the dryer wrinkle-free, and hold their shape so well. I think it’s a good thing I’ve already seen him dressed up…maybe I’ll be able to keep my emotions in check on the big night! #fatchance
Now let’s talk about this beauty! Prom may still be a few years away for her (thank goodness!), but she still has plenty of events that call for special occasion dresses, and she’s totally smitten with this floral number.
Sugarplum Style Tip: Keep at least one ‘dressy’ item in their closets at all times. Kids special occasions always seem to pop-up last minute, and trying to find a dress you both love (and agree on) can be tricky with limited time.
Can you believe our darling Little Miss turns 13 next month? She was only four when I started blogging! We both love the flirty, yet appropriate, shape of this floral fit-and-flare. The fabric makes it feel extra-special, and the back details are so pretty for young girls.
If you have tweens and teens, then you know the conversation of ‘appropriate‘ comes up often! One of the things I like about shopping for them at Nordstrom (besides the free shipping and returns), is the selection of clothes is always age-appropriate and well-made.
She loves these block-heel sandals, not only because they’re comfortable and easy to walk (and dance!), but she feels so grown-up with the slight heel. #momcompromise
This little makeup kit is perfect for tween girls, too…just a touch of color, and only the products we agreed on.
Now let’s talk undergarments for a moment. She’ll cringe if she reads this, but these are the things women talk about! When the time came that she asked for a bra, the first place I took her was Nordstrom. After all, it’s where I find my own favorite bra (on sale!) and undies!
We found several great options that are super comfortable for her, and perfect for her style and frame. She wears this bralette with v-necks or tops with straps, and this bra or this one with shirts and sweaters. Since this dress is mostly backless, I gave her a pair of these to make her more comfortable.
This girl…she has all our hearts, that’s for sure!
On Him: Slim Jacket | Shirt | Slim Trousers | Similar Belt | Bow Tie | Shoes
On Her: Fit-and-Flare Dress | Patent Block Sandal | Quilted Bag | Makeup Set
On Me: Polka Dot Sweater | Best Black Jeans | Leopard Flats | Lipstick in ‘Yu’
Seriously, where did my babies go? Am I shrinking, or are they just growing that much?!? This blog has brought so much joy and opportunity, but I’m also grateful for the scrapbook of our lives it’s created. I literally consult it all the time to remember trips we took, birthdays we celebrated, and more! Sharing the different stages and seasons with you has been such a blessing.
If your sweet babes are headed to Prom soon, Nordstrom has a dedicated Prom Shop for girls here, and Men’s Formal Wear here. What do you remember most about you Senior Prom? I remember absolutely loving my dress, and feeling so grown up (even though we had to add pads to fill out the top!) Ha, not much has changed!
[Shop His Prom Style]
[Shop Her Tween Dressy Style]
*Photos by the darling and talented Mary Hafner. This post created in collaboration with Nordstrom and ShopStyle, but all styling, product selections, and bursting mama-heart are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*