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School has 21-page handbook for Prom dress code

When I saw this headline, I was furious. How the hell could anyone come up with 21 RULES for prom dress code... let alone PAGES of it?!?! 

But... it's a little better than you're imagining... because it's a picture book of sorts!

Still, it's ridiculous.

Some highlights: 

  • The boys' dresscode is only 5 pages long... saying they must wear a tux, suit and tie, or sports coat, slacks, and tie... with some examples. 
  • The neckline of a dress, top, or gown must be cut in a modest way without showing cleavage. Spaghetti straps or strapless dresses are allowed, as long as they are not low cut.
  • The cut of a dress in the back and sides must not be cut below the naval (below your elbow).
  • A dress, skirt, or gown must be longer than mid-thigh ... Slits in a dress/skirt may be no higher than three (3) inches from the knee.
  • No navel is allowed to show.
  • Two-piece dresses are allowed if the space between top and skirt is less than two inches. The top must not show any cleavage or have cut outs (halter top style).
  • The bodice of the dress must not have any fabric cutouts in the cleavage area. If elsewhere, it must be covered by netting and less than an inch opening.
  • Dresses should not be excessively tight. (What constitutes "excessively tight" is apparently up to administrators' subjective judgment.)
  • No cover-ups (coats, shawls, sweaters) will be allowed over dresses that do not meet dress code.
  • Modesty is admittedly a subjective interpretation, but one which we have a duty to uphold. Students should therefore err on the side of modesty and formality and not put school administrators in the difficult position of upholding school standards. Having been specifically forewarned, we expect nothing less than full cooperation from students and their parents on this issue.

Hmmm.... I might get hated on this.... but is this really THAT BAD?! Or is everyone overreacting?!

I've visited different proms in the past couple years and honestly- some of the dresses so obviously point out the little high school hoes that they could use some help. What I loved about prom was feeling like an adult and getting way fancier than I deserved to be... is it wrong to encourage that?! 

Plus... NONE OF THESE RULES ARE THAT STRICT. No skin showing past your elbow... that's pretty damn low tbh. You can show a couple inches of your stomach, you can go tube top.... just stay away from cleavage and your butt crack and you're good! 

Am I old... or am I right?! Obviously 21 pages sounds extreme, but I don't think the rules are. 


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