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Homecoming & Prom Flashbacks

by Meghann on October 20, 2009

I think the hunger monster that invaded my body yesterday has finally subsided and I am back to my normal, predictable hunger queues.

My predictable hunger led to a 10:15 am snack of a Pear Raisin Almond Muffin right on time.


And to a perfectly timed 12:30 lunch.


Left over Pumpkin & Black Bean Soup


Golden Corn VitaTop


This had been my least favorite VitaTop so far. It was very dry and too sweet for my tastebuds.


A Trip down Memory Lane..

Homecoming and Prom are two parts of high school I enjoyed and made a point of attending. Not only did I go to all 4 homecomings and 2 proms for my own school, I also crashed a couple of homecomings and proms at the rival school in town. Did I mention I was also a cheerleader, never missed curfew and was full of school spirit & pride? Yes, I was one of those high schoolers. Sick, isn’t it?

Anyways, over the years I have kept the majority of my dresses from those dances and when I was home over the weekend, I thought it would be amusing to try them on and see if any still fit. Most people in their mid-20s should be worried about the dresses being too small, but for me I was afraid they would be too big. Not only am I 10 pounds lighter now then I ever was back then, but I’ve also shrunk two cup sizes!

It was fun taking a stroll through memory lane. Trying on the dresses inspired me to pull out some old photos and do some fun then and now comparison shots. I can’t believe how much I’ve changed since high school! Putting a photo of myself now next to a photo of me back then makes my high school self looks so young and myself now look like such a grown up.

Unfortunately I was missing a couple of dresses from my stash – both my freshmen and sophomore homecoming dresses. 🙁 I figured the freshmen dress would be gone, but I was sad to see the sophomore one missing as well. Such a shame.

Here are some pics just to show you the evolution of my dress picks anyways.

Freshmen Homecoming – October 1999


I purchased the black and white 2 piece from Parisians. This was my first semi-formal dance and the only prior knowledge I had on what to wear to these type of dances stemmed from what I had seen in magazines and watched on tv.


This was also before I had broken out of my shell and the only dance I went stag to. I was a very shy freshman.

Sophomore Homecoming – November 2000


This was one of my favorite homecoming dresses and one I’ve loaned out frequently over the years. In fact I think I can’t find it because I’ve recently loaned it out to someone, I just can’t remember who.


How much are you digging the braces? I was suppose to get them off the day before, but refused to miss cheering at the homecoming pep rally to do so. Instead I suffered through the braces for another week. I also went to this dance with my ex-boyfriend Rick who had broken up with me 2 weeks before, but still agreed to be my date. I liked him a lot and even though he treated me like crap I still worshipped the ground he walked on. I was a very pathetic 15 year old.

Junior Homecoming – September 2001


Another favorite dress of mine. As you can tell the corset part of the dress is all bent out of shape and no longer frames my body the way it used to. My boobs are of course now too small, but I think if I tightened the back it would still fit fine.


Junior homecoming was an adventure. In the middle of spirit week 9/11 occurred and threw everything out of balance. The rest of spirit week was cancelled and the big dance was pushed back a week. In the wake of a tragedy like that who wants to celebrate? We were lucky we did eventually get to have the dance. I went with my boyfriend at the time and a big group of friends. It was fun and I was happy.


Junior Prom – April 2002


I wanted a big poofy princess dress for prom and that’s what I got! I should have scanned more photos so you could really see the difference here. Originally this dress was very tight on the corset part and squeezed the girls out of the top. Now, it’s so loose on the chest area that I need to stuff my bra to hold it up.


For junior prom my parents invited all of my friends and their dates over for a catered dinner before the dance. I believe we had 16 people in total over. We cleared out the big green room and set up a buffet with a fancy long dining table for everyone to eat. It was fun to not have to go out and all my friends enjoyed having the free meal.


Senior Homecoming – October 2002


Loved this dress! It was so different then any of the other dresses I ever wore. I tried it on just for fun and ended up going back and buying it that same day. Besides being a little big in the chest area, this dress still fits great.


The guy I was kind of seeing at the beginning of senior year had already graduated and refused to go to homecoming with me. I ended up going with my best guy friend, Brian, who I had known most of my life. At the time my best friend had just started dating my ex-boyfriend and I refused to go to homecoming with that particular group of friends. Instead, I tagged along with my sister’s gang who were all sophomores at the time.

Senior Prom – April 2003


I got very lazy senior year; hence the weight gain between homecoming and prom. Too much celebrating the end of high school if you ask me. This dress was never a favorite of mine, but it was cheap and it fit. Now, the dress falls off of me.


The same boyfriend who refused to go to homecoming with me so many months before did  end up at prom. He knew how important it was and surprised me by renting a tux. I was still on the outs with my group of friends, so it was just the two of us and my twin bro and his date for dinner. For being the last dance of my high school career, it was probably my saddest. I was ready to graduate.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed my little stroll down memory lane. It was fun to flip through my old albums and relive memories that were once forgotten.

Have you tried on any of your old high school dresses lately? Have any fun stories to share about any of your dances? Lord knows I could go on and on with stories about mine!

1 Jessica October 20, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I love this recap! You look great. It must’ve been so exciting that they were big on you!

2 Nicci@NiftyEats October 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Awww, trips down memory lane are fun. I look back at the dresses I wore and think ”what was I thinking”.lol

3 Lizzie October 20, 2009 at 1:25 pm

um funny story. I am 25 years old and my mom found my 1st Communion dress (from when I was 8). I carried baby fat a little longer than the average child ….and the dress still fits me! It is a lot shorter but totally still zips without a problem.

4 Jenna October 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm

i really liked the corn vitatop!
i love how you went down memory lane and tried on all your dresses! you look great now!
i absolutely love yourr homecoming senior year zebra dress 🙂

5 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm

I haven’t tried on any of my high school dresses in forever! You’ve inspired me to do so. LOL mine are so poufy and over the top!

6 Simone @ P:T October 20, 2009 at 1:33 pm

I only went to 2 of my 4 homecomings, but I did go to my older boyfriend’s prom when I was a sophomore and another friend from another school’s junior prom when I was a junior. Senior year I didn’t go to homecoming because i had just moved across country and didn’t really have any friends, AND I didn’t got to prom that same year because I had just gotten out of my 2 month stay in the hospital from my GI Compromise. I did end up going to an acting convention later that summer where I attended a black tie award ceremony and wore a gorgeous dress that I LOVE and still have in my closet! The best part is that I had won an award that night so I got to be professionally photographed in that fabulous dress. I guess that makes up for the missed

7 carolinebee October 20, 2009 at 1:35 pm

OMG this was the best thing ever! I seriously was on emotional ups and down reading your high school dance saga! Despite the HS dramz, you are so lucky to have such an awesome family and all of that support through everything, and obviously a bangin’ bod that can still rock all those gowns ;D

8 Lyss October 20, 2009 at 1:35 pm

your “cinderella-eque” dress looks JUST like my prom dress! i loved it! i put it on over the summer and not only was it too big in size, it was just TOO BIG! how the heck did i dance in that thing?

you look great in EVERY SINGLE PICTURE! 🙂

9 Rose October 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Fun trip down memory lane! I tried on my old prom dress last time I was at my parent’s house, and it still fit. I swear my body never changes.

You look great!

10 tlconrad October 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm

i LOVE LOVE LOVE your sr homecoming dress. I would totally wear that now! i hope you took that one home with you and put it away to wear somewhere fun!


11 inmytummy October 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm

These are fun to see! You look so young in your freshman year photo. Obviously, because you were! Love the white shoes.

I only went to one homecoming and one prom and doubt that I have the dresses. I know for a fact that they’d be huge on me now, so it would be sort of fun if I did have them. I’ll have to ask my mother.

12 megan October 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I love to see before/after pictures, and formal dresses are so fun! I’ve definitely tried a few of my old ones on in recent years as well. Most still fit, but some are too small. I was tiny at the beginning of high school!

13 Renee October 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm

I had the same situation w/being dumped! I went to my freshman homecoming w/the guy I’d be dating, even though he broke up with me that morning. Looking back, it was SO lame. I even remember crying on the phone w/my mom while I was getting ready. She told me to go, order a TON of food, barely each it, then ditch him at the dance. I did, and was so much happier! (And he was maaaad, haha)

14 Runeatrepeat October 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Love that last homecoming dress!!! You are beautiful in all of them 🙂

15 Clay October 20, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Well, i have some funny stories about old dances…. but they arent nearly as funny as the stories involving me and the wearing of a dress. lol.

I just remember my senoir year i had a white tux and was looking AWESOME. Then we get to the event and they were serving ribs and fruit juices/punch. Fate is a cruel mistress.

Needless to say, it took all of 5 minutes after the event to grab some taco bell. After a good change of course.

16 Matt October 20, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I think the only homecomings I went to were junior and senior year. Freshman and sophmore year I was hanging with a group of people who really weren’t into that sort of thing. I did go to prom when I was a senior though.

17 Anne P October 20, 2009 at 2:06 pm

what a fun post!!! man, isn’t it crazy to look back on stuff like that now? i’m always shocked how much younger i look, even just in college photos! you have the most random assortment of dress styles, haha! 🙂

18 Ally October 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Oh how awkward high school is… I know I don’t fit into my freshman Homecoming dress as I was super teeny then, and I doubt I fit into my sophmore year prom dress as my mom custom altered it to fit me… I’d love to find all my old dresses, just to see them again. I also had a big poufy ballgown for my junior prom! And I love your senior homecoming dress–so fun!

19 Lizzy October 20, 2009 at 2:14 pm

I wore my prom dress to our dance lessons we took when preparing for our wedding. It was the only long dress I had and I wanted to get used to dancing in a long, big dress. Pretty hysterical!

20 Deirdre October 20, 2009 at 2:27 pm

What a fun, creative post! I love how you gave stories behind all the dresses and the nights. I loved going to dances in high school even though I went to half of them stag. As much as it was a pain to get dresses for dances, I loved wearing them!

21 Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life October 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm

How cute! I enjoyed reading this post. I would definitely love to try on some of my old dresses to see the difference!

22 Evan Thomas October 20, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I wasnt a fan of that vtop either–too sweet

23 Diana October 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm

We don’t really have proms here. But my old clothes are definitely too big, now. 🙂

24 Julie October 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Oh my God, you look like a baby freshman year! I love the poufy dress and the striped dress. You could sill totally rick the striped one. Get it shortened! Hell you could rock to poufy one too…be Cinderella for halloween!!

I don’t have any of my dresses. I loved my junior prom dress, my senior prom dress looked like drapery. Fugly. I also wore elbow length gloves and a tiara. My date for both proms was a friend of mine who I was also mildly obsessed with. He was my first love. We sort of “dated” for a while then it fizzled out. Sad story – I check facebook for him every once in a while.
I need to scan some old prom pictures.

25 Sarah W. October 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I only went to 1 dance my entire HS career. I went to Senior Prom. My dress was a size 12 (I was lazy in HS and gained a ton of weight) – I believe my mom eventually sold it at a yardsale or is donating it to the local HS this year………

I do, however, have 2 long ball gowns from 2004 -I wore it to Senior Gala for College; and a purple satin bridesmaid dress from Aug 2005. I haven’t tried those on again, I think the bridesmaid dress will probably fit but the senior gala dress is still aways away from fitting – sad 🙁 but I’m working back towards it!

26 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair October 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Aww, what a fun post! I haven’t tried on my prom dress lately because it’s at my mom’s house, but I think I will the next time I’m home. I’m definitely smaller than I was in high school!

27 Sally October 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I’m 8 inches taller than I was freshman year, so I doubt those dresses would fit, but sometime when I’m at my parents’ house it would be fun to try on dresses from junior/senior year. I think I’m the same size as I was then.

28 Samma October 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Such a fun post- loved it!

29 anutritionisteats October 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I love that you still have all the dresses!!! I am not so sure I would fit into my prom dress… 🙂

30 brandi October 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm

that’s awesome that you still have your dresses! I think I still have my prom dress – I LOVED it.

31 Tay October 20, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Loved this!!! I love to see comparison pics (you look fab!) and how the styles have changed. I”m in love with your JR proms dress (you look like a princess) and your Sr homecoming dress. I want to go back and try on my only dress from HS (Jr prom). I didn’t go to my Sr prom since it was too expensive, and our homecomings were informal after the football game!

32 Emily Eats October 20, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I love these photos! Fun & inspirational. I don’t have any prom dresses (I’m from the UK) but we just moved back here a few months ago and going through boxes we had in storage we found clothes from some eight years ago – such as an old favorite top, that is too big to wear now 🙂

33 Susan October 20, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Confession – the only dance I went to in high school was my prom! And I hightailed it outta there after the free meal!! 😛 I wore a simple black dress, I should try it on, it was tight at the time so may actually look pretty nice now!

I gotta say, I love some of your dress choices, you should have some of them tailored – you could totally still pull them off!

34 Ada October 20, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Aww, all of those dresses are so adorable! I’m really digging the zebra print;)

35 Nicole (dishin') October 20, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Wow – what fun trying on all those dresses. The printed one is my favorite. I wore my senior prom dress to my first sorority formal in college but haven’t tried them on since. Now I want to!

36 Mama Pea October 20, 2009 at 3:48 pm

You could totally wear that animal print dress again and pull it off! I’m in the same boat as you…I have NO desire to fit into my high school clothes again 🙂

37 sarah (ghost world) October 20, 2009 at 6:07 pm

i think i could still fit my senior prom dress — actually i’d love to see how it looks! freshman/sophomore year i don’t think i had really gone through any sort of puberty yet (ie, no boobs . . . NONE).

i’m 29 now and still wear dresses from college! this new years’ i wore a dress that i had worn in 2000 🙂

38 rhodeygirltests October 20, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I don’t know if you have any formal events to go to but that animal print dress is HOT! I love it! It is classy but fun! I wish I had a dress like that to wear to the next wedding we go to!

39 rhodeygirltests October 20, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Also, one of my aunts still fits in her cheerleading uniform from high school, and she is 38. Isn’t that crazy?

40 Jess October 20, 2009 at 7:35 pm

We don’t do homecoming or proms in Canada, but I do have my junior high and high school grad dresses. I don’t like the high school one very much but it still fits fine. More surprisingly, I can still wear my junior high dress (I was only 14 at the time and not really ‘developed’). It’s a short, asian dress and looks way better on me now than it did then.

41 Sarah October 20, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Meghann, you look fabulous! Way to pull off those old dresses! I recently went home last Christmas and busted out my senior prom dress. Oh how I loved that dress. It still fits for the most part, but a teensy bit big. It’s fun to reminisce…

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42 Niki October 20, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Love this post and all the before and after pics! Makes me want to try on my old dresses! By the way, I LOVE the Zebra dress!!

43 Sarah October 20, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I notice that a previous commenter above said that we don’t do proms or homecomings in Canada, but I think it must depend where you are from. I’m from the East Coast and we totally had them! Such fun memories.

I actually tried on my prom dress when I was home this summer for my 10 year reunion and it was kinda tight. Oops!

44 Wendy October 20, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Hi Meghann, this is my first time commenting here, I think. I really enjoyed the positivity here on your blog!

Really fun post! I’m pretty sure none of my dresses would fit anymore … but I’ve had two kids and gone UP two cup sizes! It would be interesting to try, though. Trying on all my various bridesmaids dresses would be fun, too. My size and shape has been all over the place since the first wedding I was in ~7 years ago!

45 Sammi October 20, 2009 at 9:32 pm

I decided to try on all of my old dresses just a couple weeks ago actually 🙂 most of them still fit (i’m only 19 so it wasn’t too long ago) however, my senior prom dress, which is my favorite, was too small to zip up all the way 🙁 i couldn’t believe it. I have made some big changes since then when it comes to my diet and exercise so I’ll be able to fit in it again soon! hopefully the five miles I’ve been running everyday will help 🙂

46 Rachel October 20, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I’m loving those pictures! How fun. And uh… is the girl next to you in the princessy prom dress picture wearing… a midriff-bearing dress? Oh, the good ol’ days! Hehe.

47 broccolihut October 20, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Mmm I know that sweet potato and black bean is one fab combo, so I bet that pumpkin BB soup is amazing!
I would love to try on my old dresses–it’s on the to-do list for Thanksgiving break now:)

48 chasingthenow October 21, 2009 at 12:04 am

Love, love, LOVE retrying on old high school dance dresses. None of mine fit anymore though. Before I lost weight I had BOOBS galore. Not anymore. And I like it that way.

49 runskaterun October 21, 2009 at 12:46 am

I just started following your blog recently and I was just thinking to myself how much we have in common being the same age and from the south (I grew up in Mississippi, just moved out to Colorado two years ago) when I scroll down and see my favorite formal dress, the Zebra one, that I wore to my New Year’s formal junior year! I loved it, it was so funky compared to my other dresses, sadly I don’t think I still have it. I really enjoy reading your blog and good luck on the good mood blogger contest 🙂

50 Lizzy October 21, 2009 at 3:43 pm

aww how much fun! I love going to the back of my closet and looking at all the old dresses of mine! i think i need to try some of them on now that you have! 🙂

51 Jeri October 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Hahah 3 of those dresses are the same as ones my best friend had for formals in HS. Too funny.. you can tell we’re about the same age! 🙂

52 J @ Whole Body Love October 22, 2009 at 1:27 am

My High School dresses range in size from a 0 to a 12-14 no joke. But, I haven’t tried any on since high school.

53 Kate October 23, 2009 at 12:47 am

There’s not a chance that any of my high school dance dresses will ever fit me again. I was super thin to the point of being underweight in high school (what happened to that crazy high metabolism?) and my body is so different as an adult. It’s as if I went through puberty a second time or something. I did wear one of my little sister’s prom dresses to a black tie function a couple of years ago. It was pretty funny to be 28, walking around at a really elegant black tie benefit, and know that I was wearing my 17 year old sister’s prom dress.

54 Lindsay May 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Where is the link to the muffin recipe? it took me to a WAY different post!

55 Meghann May 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

haha – I don’t even remember! 🙂

56 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Haha I loved this post!! Look at you gettin’ down and all the DRAMA! I’m only 19, so prom was not so long ago. I went to two, and I loved both of my dresses. One was a BCBG and another was a Nicole Miller. They were gorgeous, and still fit.

Prom was such a big deal in my school, especially since there weren’t many dances, and the dresses got really fancy and EXPENSIVE. We had to dress to impress 😉

I love how shiny dresses were in the 90s…but I LOVE your animal print one! It’s sooo funky.
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57 Bobbi May 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm

love it! I don’t think I even have any of my old dresses…but I should try on my wedding dress!

58 Angie Mae May 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Awesome walk down memory lane!

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