Proudly hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services, Operation: All Dressed Up 2018 helped to outfit girls graduating from grades 8 and 12 last weekend.
This is the fifth year that the event has taken place, outfitting over 400 young ladies from head to toe.
The initiative, meant to foster positive self-esteem in local youth, assists girls to prepare for their upcoming ceremonies eliminating a lot of the stress and anxiety that many girls experience when trying to cover all the bases for these events.
It also helps out with the financial strain that accompany these functions.
As a woman, I can definitely attest to that. When I attended prom grade 12, I spent about $500 on shoes, jewellery, and a dress that I only wore once.
That isn’t including the two other proms I attended, graduation dress, or the cost of hair and make-up.
There is a lot of social pressure on girls to look the absolute best, and with modern fashion and media constantly pushing the latest fashions, styles, and brands, it can be extremely overwhelming.
Especially when so many girls – myself included! – have or had such high expectations of prom or grad being the perfect night.
Providing a one stop shop experience where girls can try on different kinds of pairings and take home the dress, shoes, and accessories that they say ‘yes!’ to, as well as get full hair and make-up by trained estheticians, and talk with on-site seamstresses who could make alterations that day is sure to lift an incredible weight off of these young women.
The energy was high, the colours were bright, and the dresses were beautiful.
I know these girls will shine like stars at their respective ceremonies, and wish them a safe, happy, and glamorous celebration!