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Nationwide, Principals Crack Down on Risque Prom Wear

By joslyngray |

As celebrities wear shorter, barer, sexier gowns for awards shows, it’s no wonder that girls are looking for the same styles in prom gowns. In response, principals across the nation are cracking down on what students will be allowed to wear for prom.

Some schools have created detailed PowerPoint presentations for their websites, giving examples of what will get students turned away at the door on prom night. Although most of the dress codes focus on girls’ attire, boys aren’t left out. Most dress codes prohibit boys from wearing jeans, baggy pants, or sneakers. One dress code specifies that boys need to keep their shirts on all night with the line, “We don’t care that you work out–keep your shirt on!”

Below are samples from the prom dress codes at Sunnyvale High School in Sunnyvale, TX; Southmoore High School in Moore, OK; and  West Laurens High School in Dexter, GA.

Is your son or daughter going to prom this year, and do they have a dress code? Do you agree with these examples?


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Nationwide, Principals Crack Down on Risque Prom Wear

No sideboob

Sunnyvale High School points out that the bustline goes all the way around the body.
(Photo Credit: Sunnyvale ISD)

(via Wall Street Journal)

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17 thoughts on “Nationwide, Principals Crack Down on Risque Prom Wear

  1. The Domestic Goddess says:

    GOOD. They are teenagers, they don’t need to dress like sex goddesses. It’s about time. Girls need to understand that showing too much of your body screams low self esteem. And attracts the wrong thing.

  2. Erin says:

    If a boy can’t wear the blue suede shoes, what is he suppose to wear with a powder blue tux? There was always one class clown that would bust it out every year at every school I attended.
    Overall, I agree with the Powerpoint.

  3. Sara says:

    I agree. Isn’t prom supposed to represent your entrance into adult society… enter society as a sex object or a woman??
    On that note at least one of the schools locally that has strict rules, also has a “fix it room” with safety pins, 2-4 inch tucker lace, and volunteer Moms to sew on bits to keep you in code so you don’t go home in tears.
    I don’t buy the Ho clothing for my kids but man my 12 year old is enamored with it, Stop the madness people they are kids!

  4. joslyngray says:

    @Erin — Ha! I like the blue suede shoes, actually.
    @Sara — LOVE the “fix it room.” What a great idea.

  5. Danielle says:

    While I find many of these dresses beautiful, NOT for my 16 year old! What are parents thinking dressing their daughters like this? It’s a sad day when the school has to do a power point instead of the parents setting standards for their OWN KIDS!

  6. MB says:

    It’s sad that the school has to send home a powerpoint instead of parents helping their young adults make appropriate choices. It’s sadder that these styles are being actively marketed to teens at the prom stores, in which case parents and teachers may be facing a losing battle.

  7. kim says:

    Ugh! Last year when I took my daughter shopping for the prom, I was stunned by how many mothers were buying gowns that looked like Vegas showgirl outfits. It’s sad that so many parents just don’t get that dressing your princess like a burlesque dancer isn’t appropriate.

  8. bob says:

    Oh, let the kids enjoy being youthful and attractive, if this is how they want to do it. In a few short years, age and obesity will give them a convincing reason to be modest, and they can morn their loss and salve their envy by tut-tutting the next generation of teens.

  9. Angie says:

    I sincerely hope that I am instilling enough self respect in my daughter that she herself would NOT choose an inappropriate, flesh baring dress when she is old enough for prom. If not, then a) I will not purchase a dress I found distasteful and b) I wouldn’t let her wear one if she bought it herself. Maybe a really modest, “covered up” style will be in vogue then! Hey, a mom can dream, right?!

  10. Alissa says:

    I am 24 years old and truth be told, I wore a backless dress to my prom, but it was tasteful…not in any way inappropriate. The dresses that I have seen in stores as of late are just…disgusting! How are we supposed to raise kids that are wholesome and well dressed when all of the dresses marketed to them are skank-a-licious? I wouldn’t let my daughter walk out of the house looking like a tramp, especially on an evening that is tied to partying and promiscuity. That’s like cutting off your nose to spite your face! We tell our kids not to engage in those relations, but we send them out of the house dressed like a sex kitten? Does that make sense…to anyone?!? Bravo to the schools that are cracking down!!!

  11. Teresa says:

    My prom dress was a very pretty, spaghetti strap, lace, long dress. No side boob, no cleavage-it was 16 years ago and I’m 100% sure I looked better than these fat slobs who are trying to fit into these ugly ass slut gowns. Where are their mothers telling them they look stupid?

  12. LN says:

    My prom dress (senior year 1995) was a plaid ball gown. Seriously! I loved it! My one rule was that I had to be able to wear a REAL bra with it (strapless was ok but I have a large bust so they never really work, lol). It amazes me that girls want to dress like a hoochie on prom night!

  13. R. W. says:

    I’m really split on this issue. On the one hand, the acceptable dresses are beautiful, classy, and still plenty attractive and even ‘sexy’ to a point. The unacceptable ones are just that. On the other hand, rules totally take the fun out of life and never really do what they were meant to. I agree that the real shame is the portrayal by celebrities and the marketing teens are hit with constantly.

  14. nicole says:

    Some of these are outrageous! Most girls are 18 at their senior prom and therefor old enough to dress themselves, My prom dresses both showed cleavage and would be considered inapropriate for these proms, but my boobs weren’t hanging out. Honestly if my daughter went to these proms i’d be ticked about having to find a dress with these quallifications.

  15. Paula says:

    So weird. I can’t recall a time in my life I would have ever thought those super-scandalous dresses were appealing, especially the midriff-bearing ones. They look really CHEAP.

  16. Nicole says:

    Some of those were certainly a little too risque, but honestly, I went to a catholic high school and our dresscode wasn’t that strict and I don’t remember seeing any super slutty dresses! What is so wrong with a backless dress? Yes, if it goes all the way down, it is a little too risque, but it can go further than half-way down your back! And any dresses with V-necks and spaghetti straps would be out according to the bust-line rule.

  17. Donna says:

    OMG. I never went to prom, and frankly I’m glad I didn’t!

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