Cassidy Gifford

Love Cassidy's prom dress? Here's where she got it

May 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM ET

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Cassidy's prom was this week, and Kathie Lee lamented not only the expense of today's hair, gowns, and makeup, but also the unexpected emotional toll.

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Cassidy, who was a vision in buttery yellow, wore a vintage Ralph Lauren dress that belonged to Kathie Lee back in the day, who noted that she weighed a pound less than her daughter when she was in that very gown — 103 to Cassidy's 104. She showed a before-and-after of the prom pics and a family wedding photo, and noted how much time flies.

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"What happened to me?" she said. "Two Caesareans and menopause."

Thankfully, Spanx were also invented in the intervening years.

Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor. She has trauma-blocked her prom weight from memory.

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