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Counties fashions sends junior girls into a frenzy


Girls elegantly walk through the door of the Stamford Marriott hotel with their hair pinned tight.

Eyes veer straight to the girl while many whisper under their breath, “Those dresses are so cute.” But, of course, how cute a dress is differs from year to year. Here are some tips to picking the perfect dress for the perfect night.


This year, the Counties dance has sparkles written all over it. Divya Dewan ’16 strongly supports the sparkle trend because, “It looks pretty and it adds detail to a plain dress”.

Sparkles are the perfect way to take an ordinary dress and turn it into something extraordinary. They are just the right touch of fun without the dress becoming tacky.


Another trend predicted for girls’ dresses this year are cutouts. Dresses with just a glimpse of skin showing are going to be big this year. In the past years, they have made occasional appearances at dances, but this year, the Girls Class of 2016 group loves dresses that are missing pieces from their front, back and even sides.

While shopping for her own Counties dress, Erin Munley ’16 found that cutouts can be a great addition to a dress.

“A slight and subtle cutout can make a dress look cuter and more unique” Munley ’16 said. However, she did warn that showing too much skin can come across as too much, but if done the right way, cutouts can be very tasteful.


Another trend to watch out for is dark colors. Dresses colored with hues of grey, black, navy and red will fill the ballroom. Jenny Vogel, an employee at Winged Monkey, noted that dresses this year have subtle, muted colors.


Junior Girls, past and present, know the tale of constant Facebook notifications prompting them to find a dress as fast as humanly possible.

This year is no different and junior girls’ phones are buzzing with posts that say, “this is mine, please don’t steal,” “ordered it today” or “this might be mine.”

Junior girls are constantly feeling the pressure to not wear the same dress as someone else and try to claim a dress they like instantaneously.


Some fear that their dress ideas might be stolen, so they won’t partake in the high stress of the group.

Jenna Levantin ’16 is one of the select juniors who has chosen a relaxed approach to selecting a dress, just like the senior girls this year.

“I opted out of posting my dress because I don’t see the big deal in wearing the same dress as someone else,” Levantin said.

While Levantin may be a minority among junior girls, the entire senior class has opted out of posting dresses.

Many students agree that not having to deal with all the stress has been blissful. “It’s really nice”, Jess Shaw ’15 said. “I’m not getting nearly as many notifications and honestly it really doesn’t matter if someone is wearing the same dress.”

The differences between how juniors and seniors are dealing with dances are huge, but one thing that will remain the same is how breathtaking the girls will look on the dance floor.

Whether a dress has sparkles or slits up the side, Staples will be rocking the dance in style from head to toe.

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Not many High Schoolers can say that they got to hang out with elephants over the summer but that’s what makes Caroline Lane ’16 stand out. Where the average high schooler might be off at sleepaway camp or working a summer job, Lane was off in Thailand going after her ambitious goal of making a difference. Lane worked at an elephant rehabilitation center for two weeks, as well as teaching English in the community. However, Lane doesn’t have to travel across the globe to help out, she makes a difference right here in Fairfield County. In addition to being on on Inklings, Lane helps out with many charities including Kool to be Kind and National Charity League. Lane joined Inklings in order to pave the way for her lifelong ambition: being a travel journalist.   “I would love to go all around the world and then still be able to come back home,” Lane said.