Oh, the agony!

Res­i­dent agony un­cle Kit Hes­keth-har­vey solves your dilem­mas

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Ready to frock and roll

QMy daugh­ter’s school prom is ap­proach­ing and, ap­par­ently, all her friends will be clad from head to toe in de­signer la­bels. I refuse to spend hun­dreds of pounds on a dress she will likely never wear again, but when I sug­gested a trip to Laura Ash­ley, she locked her­self in the bath­room. Can you sug­gest a com­pro­mise? N. M., Kent You’ve tor­pe­doed your­self, I’m afraid, with those two words: ‘Laura’ and ‘Ash­ley’. (I’m re­ply­ing to you, by the way, from the bath­room.) I know, I know. Wasn’t it lovely, the hal­cyon Laura Ash­ley hey­day of our own gen­er­a­tion? An age of in­no­cence, be­fore Hal­lowe’en, ring-bear­ers, Kar­dashi­ans, baby show­ers and school proms snuck over from the USA, along with words like ‘snuck’. How­ever, here they are and there it is. Re­mem­ber your own school grad­u­a­tion dance? It was one of—if not the—most im­por­tant nights of your life. Granted, the fi­nan­cial stakes have been yanked lu­di­crously higher by aw­ful teen films, but there’s no deny­ing that ev­ery­thing is rid­ing on this. I sug­gest TK Maxx, but do choose a branch hun­dreds of miles away from any that her friends are likely to visit.

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