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The Stages of Prom Dress Shopping (as Told by Mom)

Apr 7 2014 - 4:32am

You've dreamed of this day for years, and now it's finally arrived. You're going to take your little girl shopping for a prom dress. You envision a fun afternoon filled with gorgeous gowns, a dressing room Instagram shoot, and a postshopping dinner. Well, we hate to say it, but finding the perfect prom dress [1] isn't what the movies make it out to be. There will be several screaming matches, a few tears, and tons of tulle. Here, a GIF-filled guide to prepare you for your upcoming shopping adventure.

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You tell your daughter you want to take her to the mall.

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She is excited, and so are you!

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You walk into the store, and you're overwhelmed by all the options.

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She starts trying on dresses, and everything is great.

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But after a few (hundred) dresses, you two start to fight over everything.

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The length.

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The color.

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The amount of skin she's showing.

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You are one gown away from a dressing room screaming match.

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When suddenly, she tries on the perfect dress.

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And you realize your little girl is becoming a lady.

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You buy the dress, and all is right with the world again.

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Until she says she needs to buy shoes to match.

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