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5 All Time Annoying Parental Pre Formal Traits & How to Prep for Them!, Gather Magazine, School Formal Edition

1. A Picture Says A Thousand Words…… But Seriously!
You thought you and the Squad racked up some serious selfie miles, wait til School Formal night. Most parents get out of control when it comes to snapping their kids prior to the big event. You might have told them there is already a professional photog at the gig or even pinky swore you will send them photo updates on the hour but nothing and we mean nothing is going to stop them from taking literally hundreds of photos around the house prior to you getting in the limo. Best way to deal with this one is to accept that parents will be parents! Paste on your smile, pose like a super model and then run real fast toward the waiting limo!

5 All Time Annoying Parental Pre Formal Traits & How to Prep for Them!, Gather Magazine, School Formal Edition

2. All of a Sudden Your Mums a Professional At Hair + Make Up.
Mothers, gotta love them, but sometimes we would all love them a teeny tiny bit more if they just realised that they’re at their best with their chosen career then they are at playing dress up with you for Senior Formal. The best way to prep for this trait to rear its head on formal day is to prep, prep, prep! Perhaps plan to get the squad together to get your makeup done by a professional and play the old “it’s a friends thing Mum” card, after all it is said there is strength in numbers. Worst case scenario you chose to go it alone then the best prep is to have a list of your chosen hair and makeup artist’s credentials on board and shamelessly wave the professional ONLY banner.

5 All Time Annoying Parental Pre Formal Traits & How to Prep for Them!, Gather Magazine, School Formal Edition

3. Surely You Could Put Your Dollars To Better Use.
Thought paying the bulk of your Senior Formal shopping list was going to get the parentals off your back when it came to the cost of your formal? Think again! Your parents are likely going to have an opinion about everything from the cost of the limo…. perhaps you could Uber? To the cost of your dress….. Are you ever going to wear it again? The only way you may, and that’s a really teeny tiny may, get away with not having to have this conversation is to talk about the savings from the very beginning! ‘Check out my A-Mazing School Formal dress I got it on sale, lucky me’ Or ‘I’m so happy that Ebony and Chris are coming with Laura and I to the formal, what a saving on the limo’…wink and big smile.

5 All Time Annoying Parental Pre Formal Traits & How to Prep for Them!, Gather Magazine, School Formal Edition

4. WHAT!! Your Not As Excited As Your Mum + Dad!
It’s a fact that sometimes our parents like to relive their youthful days and it’s a fact that sometimes this trait likes to rear its head around School Formal time. I guess we should be grateful it’s not more often. It could be the stunning dresses, shoes, hair and makeup or dapper tuxedos that trigger this nostalgia or perhaps it’s because you are essentially a ‘mini me’ version of your parents…..soz! All the same their excitement is likely to be off the charts! How to deal you ask? Well, that’s simple, spend an afternoon over a plate of baked cookies and milk looking through photos and reminiscing about your parent’s School Formal. One afternoon that’s it and then it’s out of the way! See simple!.

5 All Time Annoying Parental Pre Formal Traits & How to Prep for Them!, Gather Magazine, School Formal Edition

5. Who Are You Going With Again?
 
Let’s be honest your parents have had years to perfect their sneaky! So it’s unlikely they will ask you this question flat-out. Be prepared for all kinds of variants of this one e.g.: Who are all your friends going with? aka – I really only care about who you’re going with!  Hmmmmmmm……. Let’s be honest it’s only natural for safety reasons they’re gonna want to know, but if you’re feeling one big giant payout session coming on, like ‘ewwww Kenny what do you see in that kid’ or perhaps the serious BF talk for like the thousandth time, then perhaps you should mention the entire squad and casually slip your date’s name in at the end…no big deal, right?