Oh, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. There's something, dare we say, special, about celebrating (and heavily documenting) possibly the most awkward time of your life. And what better way to do so than standing in front of hundreds of family and friends in a big fluffy dress and cropped-cardi while singing at the top of your lungs and attempting to pronounce complicated Hebrew words you've worked on hopelessly for a good six months? According to your parents and rabbi, absolutely nothing at all.
And then comes the actual celebration. You get your hair straightened and curled, smear on some cherry lipgloss and shimmery silver shadow, and maybe even get a mani-pedi. It's essentially the best moment of your life to date. All your friends fill your 'signature board' with acronyms along the lines of "BFFAEAEAE" - you know, the kind you only understand when you're 12-years-old. You throw on some monogrammed sparkly sunglasses, dance the "Cha Cha Slide" and are terrifyingly thrown up in a chair to the sounds of 'Hava Nagila'. Then spend virtually every weekend of the year watching your friends and family do the same.
Just as much as we enjoyed the kids tables and free blow up instruments, given the photographic evidence, you'd do just about anything to be given a do-over—sans multi-color braces, of course. So what would we wear if we could do it all again you ask?
We'd start with a fit and flare dress—one with an all-over print by Mary Katrantzou or Tibi wouldn't hurt, of course—and a pair of towering metallic pumps that you can dance in and won't trip you up know that you're old enough to indulge in uh, adult beverages along with everyone's parents. We'd top the whole thing off with a head piece, like a pearl-y crown by Miu Miu, or a bedazzled headband by Shourouk—all the better to help you stand-out in those requisite photobooth snaps, or even better, the mock-up magazine covers that all the best Bat Mitzvahs had. We'd put all of our essentials for the night—which now that we're over sticky lipglosses and baby blue shadow, include an easy-to-apply lip crayon and gel liner—in a printed clutch, like this one by Alexander McQueen, which just so happens to be on sale for half off. Just remember—you can't possibly wear the same thing twice.