You can’t rush when you’re selecting your prom dress; it’s an investment for an important evening. Here’s what you should know as you shop.
You know this much: you are going to prom. Of course, the next question is: what will you wear?
You may have a style in mind, clips from a magazine, and a screenshot on your smartphone, but before you actually start looking, there’s something you absolutely must do first: find out your schools’ rules for girls’ dresses. No matter how confident you feel that your dress will pass muster, you still must check the rules as things may have changed. For genuine peace of mind, you should also note who gave you the rules. If the rules change after you’ve purchased your dress, and you still want to wear it, you should be able to cite the circumstances for your choice. It may – or may not – work, and will allow you some kind of dispensation. After all, you absolutely love your selection from designer prom dresses and can’t imagine not wearing it.
There are also some “unspoken” internationally accepted rules, apparently. Have you heard these?
Some girls from the same high school started a Facebook group and called it “Dibs” – they posted a body-only photo of the dress, claiming it, so that their fellow attendees won’t duplicate it. Others across the country are even starting their own Dibs groups. Then again, we think that unless you have the same colouring and figure, you and unknown said fellow attendee are not going to look alike. There are enough prom dresses to choose from that duplication is unlikely.
Some actual dress code rules from actual schools:
If you ignore the rules, you could be subject to:
Issues have actually arisen at schools which have taken issue with choices. When one young lady wanted to wear a tux, instead of a gown to her prom, her school principal told her she could not. The teen contacted the ACLU and her school district reversed the decision. On the opposite side of the spectrum, a young man from Texas wanted to wear a dress to the prom, and the assistant principal said he could not. Again, the ACLU stepped in and freedom of dress prevailed.