Students get ready to farewell
FORMAL wear stores on the Northern Rivers have been busy fitting teenagers in their perfect attire ahead of the Year 12 school formals which kicked off this week.
Janelle Power of Mary Vidler Bridal Gowns, Lismore, said styles were a bit more conservative this year, while bright colours were a bigger hit than black or white.
"Last year there was a lot of strapless dresses," she said. "There's a couple of open backs this year, but I think they like to be covered up a little bit more this year.
"There's a couple girls going in the big dresses ... one girl is in a rustic red with a throw of black in it, and it's like Gone with the Wind - a huge, puffy skirt."
Year 12 students Bodhi Towers and Ryley Adams attend their school formal next Friday.
The Richmond River High School students said they were looking forward to playing with their band on the night.
"We'll play a bit of everything," Ryley said. "We're doing some of our own music, which is alternative rock."
Bodhi said he looked forward to seeing his classmates all dressed up.
"It will be fun to see everyone you've grown up with since Year 7 ... now you see them all in suits together, before they all go off and do their own thing," he said.
Ryley's partner Shannon Richardson and Bodhi's partner Teshan Joy said while it wasn't their own school formal, they looked forward to attending to congratulate friends.
"I think it will be a really fun night," Shannon said.
"This is my group of friends so to share that with them will be really fun."
Ms Power said it wasn't too late to get a suit or dress with new stock coming in all the time.