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Gowns Unfit for Promenade

This delightful monstrosity is apparently "one of PromGirl.com's best-selling dresses this year," according to the Wall Street Journal. It costs $378, and it's also on some high schools' "Unacceptable Prom Dresses" lists. (Here are three such lists.) And here's PromGirl.com itself — the dress pictured is from their seemingly endless "Sexy and Sleek" collection. (I like this elegant one. This one is good, too.)



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area@twitter

"delightful monstrosity"
God, I love the Hairpin.

redheaded&crazy

I dunno, I could almost picture myself wearing that first "elegant" one, if for no other reason than, when else but prom can you almost get away with it?

i would fall off my chair laughing at that second one though. doesn't something have to be a dress in order for it to be called a dress?? (i know i have a very restrictive world view)

redheaded&crazy

@redheaded&crazie except I took prom way too seriously at the time so no, i still wouldn't wear that sequinned one. BUT if I were to go back to prom as the person I am now (like in some kind of never been kissed/21 jump street set up) - sequins alllllll the way

on a perusal of the site, i think i would wear this one

EpWs

@redheaded&crazie I wouldn't set foot in a prom today if I wasn't covered head-to-toe in sequins.

HAIRPIN PROM

emily eileen

@redheaded&crazie You might get away with that at West Laurens High, but here at Sunnyvale, we have MORALS!

Seriously though, was it just me or was the dress code at Sunnyvale unnecessarily strict? "With arms at your side, if flesh touches flesh below the bust line, the dress is inappropriate." and "Hemlines no shorter than three inches above the knees."

Also, Sunnyvale sounds like a fictional town in a Sweet Valley High book.

EpWs

@emily eileen OR Buffy's high school.

emily eileen

@emily eileen I would be channeling my inner Katniss Everdeen in this one. http://www.promgirl.com/shop/dresses/viewitem-PD749627

But I would not be allowed in because I would be showing legs!

spanglepants

@emily eileen I thought they were all pretty over-strict, especially with the length restrictions. Of course you want, like, bums etc covered, but some dresses - I'm mostly thinking 60s-esque shift dresses I suppose - are hardly raunchy even if very short.

bearleader

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher That would explain the "no tails of any kind" rule. "No visible horns or fangs" must be on that list somewhere too?

MoonBat

@redheaded&crazie Awwww, I love that one, too! But now we can't go to the same prom, because AWKWARD.

slutberry

@spanglepants I know. Geez, I thought MY highschool had a strict dress code. But geeeez. I'm okay with banning rat tails, but the boy hair restrictions are SILLY.

redheaded&crazy

@MoonBat oh it'll be awkward all right when I rip out your hair extensions for BITING MY STYLE YOU B-- beautiful lady who I respect and adore

MoonBat

Hmmmm, truce?
Wanna be my stunningly redheaded&crazie date?

redheaded&crazy

@MoonBat these bedazzled four inch acrylic nails are a lot stronger than they look (are they? I don't even know!)

Truce! I'll be your date, but my conditions are 3 slow dances, 1 make out, and 1 messy after party make out

i drive a hard bargain i know

MoonBat

@redheaded&crazie I jacked up the editing on my previous comment, haha!
All of my make outs are messy.
Deal.

sudden_eyes

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher That was my first thought as well. However, both Buffy and Cordelia would surely have turned up their noses at this harem shimmer halter slit-leg ombre thing.

frigwiggin

@emily eileen The phrase "if flesh touches flesh" just wigs me out in general. My brain goes to places either Biblical or Lovecraftian.

emily eileen

@figwiggin "And then ABBA proclaimed that the flesh shall not touch the flesh at the blessed time of the promenade!"

And It Was Good.

slutberry

@emily eileen Eww, flesh. Flesh.

swirrlygrrl

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher My city has an awesome event called "Promdemonium" (based on the Vancouver "People's Prom.") Picture a mix of people in their 20s and 30s, in variations of formal attire that range from retro awkward fab to full on princess gowns possibly not worn ironically, dancing in a community centre. There are prop tables, photo booths, drag and burlesque shows and DANCING! I think the Hairpin prom would be awesomely like that.

There are also slow dance nights, with dance cards and designated dancers, and no pants dance parties (all the dancing, no pantsing!) I love my city and roll my eyes when people say it is boring. Life - ur doing it wrong!

sudden_eyes

@figwiggin For me it's more the Witch-King of Angmar in The Return of the King - "Feast on his flesssshhhhh."

EpWs

@swirrlygrrl The closest thing Lexington has to that is the Beaux Arts ball, which is pretty much just a costume rave with drag queens.

Shayna

@emily eileen Weird restrictions on hair color and contact lenses? I mean really, with all the shit going down at prom, that's your concern? What if your hair is dyed normally? I mean... ergh.

katherine

Confession: I still have the winter formal dress I never wore when I was 14 because I never ended up going to winter formal. It's this huge crimson gown with beading, and it might actually be sort of tacky now, but either way there's no way it's getting worn because a) where would I wear it? and b) it's a size 0 or 2 or something. But I refuse to get rid of it, damn it! It will be worn!

Maria

@katherine The red dress project! http://thebloggess.com/2012/01/the-traveling-red-dress-revisited/
Let it bring joy to someone who needs it.

Does Axl have a jack?

@katherine Ooh, the red dress project is cool! Or you could donate it to a local organization (often called Cinderella's Closet or suchlike) that collects prom dresses for girls that otherwise would not be able to afford them.

@serenityfound

@katherine OR (to second a comment upthread) HAIRPIN PROM

slutberry

@@serenityfound HAIRPIN PROM. HAIRPIN PROM. HAIRPIN PROM.

@serenityfound

@teffodee All we'd need is to set up a date and time to have 'Pinups across the country (world?!)! Then we all just party down. MASSIVE GOOGLE+ WEB CONFERENCE DANCE PARTY?

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@armyofskanks I just donated my prom dress! Hopefully some girl will be very happy and nowhere near as mad as I was about the tiny piece of sparkly tulle that ripped off the hem.

redheaded&crazy

ALSO omg whose job was it to create those amazing dress code newsletters and how do I get that job

god PROM DRESSES! I could talk about this all day.

lobsterhug

@redheaded&crazie The last one is the best/most specific. Except that one weird pink dress with the pencil skirt and tulle overlay is just wrong. And there is only the one rule for tuxedos/suits. Lame.

themmases

@redheaded&crazie I was so hoping that one of those links would be to my old high school, so when it wasn't I googled and immediately found one of these letters from the other h.s. in my district. It delivered, suggesting in addition to the banned dress styles that "The dresses at the Father/Daughter Dance are always very elegant and very appropriate." Ladies, while shopping just imagine that your date is... Your dad!

sudden_eyes

@redheaded&crazie The words IF FLESH TOUCHES FLESH are both creeping me out and sending me into fits of laughter.

cmchammer

@lobsterhug The last one is more specific re: dresses, but the first one has plenty of weird specifics, especially considering hair. No facial hair or long hair for guys? No hair dyed in weird colors? These restrictions would have excluded a lot of people at my school, including a passel of NHS students.

Xanthophyllippa

@sudden_eyes I hope it's creeping you out even more if you're doing as @themmases suggests and imagining that your date is your dad.

sudden_eyes

@Xanthophyllippa Ack! I am aggressively not imagining that!

Craftastrophies

@lobsterhug "Dresses may be backless as long as they are not cut below the naval".

HELLO, sailor!

Xanthophyllippa

@Craftastrophies A hollow voice says, "FOOL."

callheralaska

@redheaded&crazie In the case of Sunnyvale, I have no doubt that the document's creator was Kandy Reynolds, Counselor. It's like her parents knew what her future was while she was still in the womb!

PistolPackinMama

Oh dear. I wouldn't let my daughter out of the house in most of the unacceptable dresses. I just... mostly I feel like stay out of girl's closets, but I can't see buying or allowing someone to buy the Does Not Meet Code dresses if they are under 18.

MissMushkila

@PistolPackinMama I teach at a high school, and I actually was thinking most of these dress codes were incredibly restrictive....

No one wants to show off their boobs and midriffs as much as a pack of 16 year old girls. I am also okay with them wearing shorts and tank tops even when they must be SO COLD.

Eventually they will grow up and enter the workplace and always be covered because professional standards etc., and the working and life responsibilities will mean they can no longer maintain their 16 year old bodies so they wouldn't want to wear these dresses anyway. Burgeoning fashion sensibilities will rule out the idea of wearing anything chartreuse with tie dye and sequins.

I don't know though, I don't have any daughters, so maybe I would feel differently if I did. Also, my mom definitely let me leave the house in outfits that in retrospect I cannot understand.

PistolPackinMama

@MissMushkila You know what? You are right. My normative shaming bad.

I don't really see why my "stay out of women's closets" style advice is any different here than anywhere else.

Thanks for that comment, I appreciate it.

DrFeelGood

@MissMushkila Interesting. I both agree and disagree with you - agree with that they should be allowed to do what they want (it's only clothes) but not about "Eventually they will grow up and enter the workplace and always be covered because professional standards etc" I don't care what you look like, but I also see people who dress like this into adulthood not being taken seriously by peers/supervisors.

no way

@MissMushkila Ehh. Yes, 16 yr old girls want to show off their bodies, but I am not down with that emphasis and support dress codes that try to shift attention elsewhere.

Looking at a lot of these dresses I kept thinking about how 'body conscious' the wearers must be. After all the discussion here this week about eating disorders, and the focus on sex that is such a part of prom a lot of these dresses squicked me out. You can look and feel perfectly pretty in a dress that is within three inches of your knees and comes sewn in one complete piece.

Edit: OK yes, some of these codes are weird and crazy, but I stand by enforcing a kind of dress code.

Xanthophyllippa

@MissMushkila Except that they don't grow up and enter the workplace and always be covered -- they grow up and go to job interviews in 5" heels and skirts that are impossible to sit in without practically showing vag. I desperately want to take these girls aside and tell them that the job they are interviewing for in that outfit is probably not the job they think they're interviewing for.

JessicaLovejoy

My prom dress was bought at a store in Queens called Velvet Peach.

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EpWs

@JessicaLovejoy WOW

applestoapples

@JessicaLovejoy Was this in Forest Hills, by any chance?

Gracefully and Grandly

I've decided that it's one of the best selling dresses because it's on one of these Unacceptable Prom Dresses lists. Like, "Oh, you don't want me wearing that? I'll show you! Watch me rebel!"

That's the only explanation I've got.

marz

Wait, the hair of male students can't extend below the eyebrows? I'm surprised it didn't talk about keeping room for the holy ghost between dance partners.

EpWs

@marz I know, that was wild! But can we talk about how someone is finally taking a brave stand against rat tails?

Lily Rowan

@marz Yeah, that was almost as crazy to me as all the "flesh touching flesh" business. No long hair on guys? No facial hair? I can't believe they let them dance!

MollyculeTheory

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher "no tails of any kind"

But, Vice Principal Roeder, this is a sugar glider tail.

Rebecs

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher "Rat tails, strands of hair, or any other type of tail are not permitted." I am so happy to live in world where this is not just a rule, but part of a slideshow presentation.

anachronistique

@marz My dad went to a Catholic school back in the 60s where the dress code included hair being no longer than the tops of the ears, I think. Being a proto-hippie who played in a band, he grew his hair to about jaw length and then used a ridiculous amount of Brylcreem to sweep it from one ear alllll the way over to the other ear. His yearbook picture is HILARIOUS.

beeline96

@anachronistique Scan please?

MissO

@marz At my (Catholic) high school prom, grad, formals, dances, we were always reminded to "leave room for Jesus" while dancing with someone. However, our dress codes were never THAT strict! Especially not concerning the hair. That's just pitiful.

The Lady of Shalott

@Rebecs What if you just grew one single strand of hair out REALLY LONG? And then let it hang directly in your face?

slutberry

@The Lady of Shalott My sister and I were once looking at the dress code for Bob Jones University of Fuckery and Insane, and it commented that "at Sunday breakfast, only ties are required". My sister really wanted to go there, just to show up at Sunday breakfast wearing only a tie.

The Lady of Shalott

@teffodee So for lack of anything better to do and laziness I'm perusing that dress code now, and....wow. Wow. I don't think I have anything that DOES adhere to their dress code.

But they do allow Crocs so whatever.

Ophelia

@The Lady of Shalott "DON'T CUT MY HAIR!!! Yes, just that one, I mean. You can cut the rest."

ipomoea

@MissO I once attended a Mormon dance and the chaperones went around with The Book of Mormon and inserted it between couples to illustrate the proper dancing distance. Repeatedly. Do you know how hard it is to dance to the Cranberries with a cute boy and The Book of Mormon?

slutberry

@The Lady of Shalott It used to be even CRAZIER. And they didn't allow biracial dating until the 90's (THE 90'S!!!!!!!!). And boys and girls used to have SEPARATE WALKWAYS I am not even kidding you. BECAUSE BOYS + GIRLS = SEX, ALLLLWAYS.

EpWs

@teffodee Duh, don't you know that's how people get PREGNANT?
@ipomoea WHAT that is amazing/horrific.

sudden_eyes

@marz IF FLESH TOUCHES FLESH, ... IT DOES NOT MEET CODE.

Ophelia

@sudden_eyes I...heard that in the voice of the guy from Holmes on Homes.

anachronistique

@beeline96 Maybe when I go home for Easter!

marz

@teffodee I've always wondered what the full, official name of BJU was! That makes total sense!

slutberry

@marz I dunno, BJU is pretty great.

slutberry

@marz Oh, also, if you go on their website there's this BIG SCARY BLUE BEAR clawing at the screen

slutberry

@marz And by "BJU" I mean the abbreviation, not the school.

I am reading the handbook for shits & giggles: " BJU takes a conservative approach to music. While students are at the
University, our goal is to teach them to appreciate music that is spiritually edifying and culturally valuable. For the BJU student this precludes most of the music of our popular culture including rock, rap, jazz and country, as well as religious music that borrows from these styles. It also precludes any music that uses a discernible rock beat regardless of the style. In order to develop their spiritual and aesthetic discernment, BJU encourages students to listen to classical and light classical music and traditional sacred music. There is also a spectrum of music that falls outside light classical and traditional sacred music that is acceptable to listen to"

Annnd you can't use earphones, just to make sure you're not listening to Devil Music.

Verity

@teffodee WHAT. I always find universities with incredibly restrictive rules so weird, because their students are technically adults. They're legally allowed to have sex! Why are you not letting male and female students use the same walkways?

slutberry

@Verity I know, right? I mean, I'm a Christian, and that affects when/why I have sex, but I don't want my university telling me what to do! (one of the several reasons I decided not to go to a Christian university). What's more, the Bob Jones rules also affect what goes on in your parents' house. You can only spend the night in your significant other's parents' house if you have permission from the school, are engaged, and are within 12 months of getting married.

Verity

@teffodee What? I can sort of see the argument for them wanting to make rules for what happens on their property, but elsewhere?

TooCool4School

I wore such an elegant floor length black Betsey Johnson dress which is still in my closet 10 years later and I can't figure out what occasion to wear it out. Maybe now with boots and a jean jacket?!?!

EpWs

@TooCool4School YES

Bonnie_Irene

@TooCool4School I had a gorgeous navy blue silk tea-length Betsey dress! I can't quite fit into it and can't find an occasion to wear it but refuse to get rid of it.

EpWs

@Bonnie_Irene @TooCool4School Assignment for both of you: the next wedding to go to--I don't care whose it is or what time of day it's held--you must wear these dresses. Betsey must not be contained.

Hellcat

@TooCool4School Oh my god, as a Sassy reader in high school, I so wished I could have a Betsey prom dress! Until recently, I had four Betsey Johnson dresses in the closet, two of which I knew I'd never get into again; they have no "give" whatsoever, and I'm some weird thing who did not get boobs and a butt until I was 35 (and I'm glad to have 'em!). So, while I wasn't sad that I am bigger now, I just wanted to keep the dresses anyway! Finally, I gave the two to my mom (where the hell she'll wear them, I have no idea) and kept the others. To this day, I have an almost reflexive tendency to buy anything labeled Betsey Johnson (on sale, I mean--I ain't crazy), probably simply because my mom can't be all like, "And who's gonna pay for it, missy?" now.

My actual prom dress was custom-made--a shirred, short, purple, strapless number with three layers of tulle on the skirt part--because the "real" dress (as seen in Sassy, of course) was way too much dough for my mean parents. In hindsight, my other prom dress was so much better: a vintage pastel-yellow-tulle tea-length thing that my grandma made for herself way back when. It was so I Love Lucy-like that I wish I still had it. Though my late-bloomin' boobs wouldn't get in there now...

Clare

Please tell me I'm not the only person who buys a prom magazine every spring because "I just want to see what the girls are wearing this year."

It's the September Vogue of tacky, you guys.

JessicaLovejoy

@Clare I kind of want to, but I think it might bring up weird high-schooly feelings that I've spent a lot of time (read: vodka) burying?

redheaded&crazy

@JessicaLovejoy oh you worry too much, i'm sure it would be just peachy

Emby

@redheaded&crazie Yes. The vodka would be peach vodka.

redheaded&crazy

@Emby mmmm peach vodka, it has such a nice velvety feel going down don't you think?

The Lady of Shalott

@Clare Ladies. The prom dress finder: http://www.seventeen.com/parties/prom/prom-dress-finder?click=SVN_NEW

EpWs

@redheaded&crazie MOUTHFEEL

angermonkey

@The Lady of Shalott OH my sweet zombie jesus, that is a CAVALCADE of awful!

Myrtle

@The Lady of Shalott The best part of clicking on this? How crazy the mix of served ads will now be for me.

violetta

@Clare Thats awesome! School proms have a special place in my heart.

Bonnie_Irene

When I was in high school my friends and I LOVED looking at those tacky dresses online! When I graduated in 07 there was a Facebook group where girls in my class posted pics of their dresses (so no one else would copy, I guess?) and they were so awesomely awful. I did go to high school on Long Island, so prom night was full of gaudy sparkly dresses, cleavage, orange spray tans, airbrush makeup, and acrylic French manicures. In contrast, my BFF wore a vintage beaded flapper dress and got her hair did in finger waves.

EpWs

@Bonnie_Irene YESSSS. Because the only thing worse (better?) than wearing a horrifically awful dress to prom is to show up and someone else is wearing it too. THE HORROR.

Lucienne

@Bonnie_Irene I did finger waves too!

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

@Bonnie_Irene
I understand from friends who have children in high school that stores (at least the classier ones) now keep track of your school and what dress you bought, and will refuse to sell it to any of your classmates who show up later. Wild.

contrary

@Bonnie_Irene Can we talk about Long Island prom? I went to high school on LI too and there was...so much mid drift and beading and spray tan, dear lord. I didn't go to prom, but my friend wore this really lovely vintage teal dress from 1950 that had matching gloves and it was a SCANDAL! among the other girls.

bangs
bangs

@Bonnie_Irene I just looked back at my yearbook and only one dress wouldn't have passed the guidelines, but it looks like we were wearing a bunch of boring sacks! Things were different in small town '98.
Mine was kind of nice though, it was (East) Indian style embroidered.

beanie

@Bonnie_Irene I graduated in 05 from an all girls school where we had a "Prom Board" in our cafeteria where everyone posted pics of what they were going to wear. And if the dress was posted, you couldn't buy it since it was already "taken". Because I've been an asshole always I posted a photo of something similar to this (http://www.promgirl.com/shop/dresses/viewitem-PD792741) and for weeks people were wondering if I was going to wear it. I was not, I just liked fucking with people.

EpWs

@beanie This seems like a fantastic setup for a YA novel, can we make that happen?

beanie

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher oh I've got many stories from going to all girls schools so we can develop this into some full blown Gossip Girl shit. Like the girls who kept on putting up photos of Kate Hudson in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. You know, that yellow dress (and now I've made two How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days references in the last week on the Hairpin so I need to be put down).

Bonnie_Irene

@contrary Let's talk about Long Island proms! I know a lot of high schools around here have proms at gaudy Long Island catering halls (Leonard's of Great Neck, anyone??) but my high school was really pretty and had classical Colonial red brick architecture. Ergo, prom was held at our school.

The crazy moms and obnoxious over achiever girls would join prom committee, and get in fights over the "classiest" theme. Ours was One Night in Paris, which I tried to remind people was the name of Paris Hilton's sex tape, to no avail. A local contractor builds an enormous edifice on the front of the building starting a week before prom. Bleachers are set up on either side of the entrance and the crazy moms fight over the best seats: people get there at like 8 AM on prom day to find a spot. Other bleachers are set up across the bus lane. Huge flashing Hollywood-esque lights are set up all over. The seniors plan for like months to have the "best" entrance vehicle: a lot of people show up on fire trucks, ice cream trucks, etc. and the cheesier people show up drunk in the huuuuggeeee party buses. Almost 1000 people show up to watch everyone walk in, one at a time like at a movie premiere or something. Then the kids stay at prom for like an hour and board the party buses again to go spend the weekend at a rented house in the Hamptons until graduation four days later.

I am not kidding about any of this! My boyfriend (now my fiance) and I went to prom in an old car that a family friend had. We went to the diner after prom and ate french fries, totally sober. The next day we went into the city to see a Broadway show and go to a fancy dinner. I felt like such a nerd since everyone else was probably blowing rails off each other's butt cheeks and downing vodka shots in the Hamptons, but we still had fun being losers.

violetta

@contrary That outfit sounds fab! So many girls wore gloves to my school ball (prom for those in the US), but it was a reeeeaaaally tacky kind of look mixed with bad late 90's/early 2000's hair and shiney skin. I went for sleeves. So much better.

EpWs

So I didn't go to prom and don't feel like I missed out, experience-wise, but I am regretting not having an awful dress in my closet to reminisce about fondly now. Misplaced priorities?

(I maintain that I got the better deal, especially my junior year--everyone who went to prom got SOAKED because we had one of our apocalyptic rainstorms that day. I wore jeans and went bowling with my friends and boyfriend. Then we went to Steak n Shake. Best.)

roadtrips

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I went to junior prom and insisted on having an "alternative" dress (basically a floor length cotton shift with some fancy trim) and a boatload of eye makeup/hair products. I looked amazing, but had a terrible time. I skipped my senior prom in favor of a tire fire (true story - it involved a lot of Korn playing out of pickup trucks and Icehouse beer). Can prom really compete with a tire fire party at your friend's brother-who-just-got-out-of-jail's house outside of town? Obviously, no.

The Lady of Shalott

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I skipped my senior prom because no one asked me, but I made up for it with some other horrid dresses. I went to a bat mitzvah at age 13 and I got the first store-bought dress I ever had--all my previous dresses as a little girl, my mom had made for me.

Know what I picked out? A fuschia-magenta clingy knee-length long-sleeve dress with LEOPARD PRINT infused over it, a V neck, and the whole thing was absolutely 100% polyester. I thought I was EXTREMELY HOT STUFF. I wore it with black tights and, inexplicably, loafers. I was such a disaster, I can't even.

@serenityfound

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Not all of us had tacky prom dresses we're embarrassed of. Well, my junior one wasn't totally awesome (recycled bridesmaid dress, y'all), but my SENIOR prom one was boss. Super classy, super flattering, kind of like this: (but with the triangle cut-out thing showing white satin fabric underneath and some bodice embellishments). *sigh* I looked so pretty but my date made such a stinkface in our photos...

alannaofdoom

@The Lady of Shalott I have just decided to name my band Inexplicable Loafers, so thank you for that!

MoonBat

@alannaofdoom
Kinda sounds like a cover band that only plays Weezer songs and only at proms (please make this happen).

Poubelle

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I went to a science fiction convention on prom weekend instead. NO REGRETS. Especially because I basically got to (nerdily) party for three nights in a row (didn't go home until Monday) compared to ONE NIGHT. The con also did a masquerade themed-thing on the last night so I got to wear a fancy dress anyway. (I'm not embarrassed about that dress at all, only annoyed I'm not that tiny anymore. 18-year-old me had pretty good taste, thanks to years of mocking red-carpet gowns with my mom. Making fun of famous people is how we bond.)

EpWs

@Poubelle Perfect!

Blackwatch Plaid

@The Lady of Shalott We had similar tastes. To my first singing recital, I wore a VERY tight denim dress, neon pink fishnets, and black leather clogs. I was twelve, chubby, and thought I looked fabulous. Oh, and my crush was there, of course.

BadWolf

@The Lady of Shalott See, we would have been friends. I don't know if I'm more jealous of your handmade dresses, because how awesome is that, or your magenta-leopard number, because that is EXACTLY what I would have wanted to wear to bat mitvahs in the 90s, if I had been even slightly allowed by my Orthodox folks/community.

I straight-up wore costumes when I was not allowed to wear the "immodest" goodies I coveted. I went to one bat mitzvah (of a girl I could not freakin' stand) dressed up like a middle-aged lady. Like, on purpose. I stole a turquoise-print mid-calf rayon skirt, matching blazer (WITH shoulderpads) and a purple shell from my mom, and I think I wore gold lipstick and dark foundation (I am a pale, pale thing). I went super 80s for another one (this was in 1996, so you can imagine how deeply uncool I was), wore a navy long-sleeve, high-neck dress with a gold-and-white belt and GIANT hair and white stilettos (I think I stole those from my aunt). And unfashionable redredred lipstick. Because ALL I WANTED was a magenta leopard-print dress with a V-neck!

I was the least cool person. I shudder to imagine what I would have worn to a prom. A habit, probably.

The Lady of Shalott

@BadWolf I was not spectacularly cool, either! I mean, my hot magenta number was certainly no...I EXPECTED boys to be falling at my feet, but they were probably turned off my the fact that I was thirteen years old, with braces and glasses and tragic loafers and I couldn't dance.

And as nice as the dresses my mom made me were, I did not envision myself as a Sex Kitten in them. I should try to drag up a photo of my wearing this shit. It was so hilarious and so awful.

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@The Lady of Shalott So, if you had gone to prom, you would have worn this?

Myrtle

@The Lady of Shalott I must respectfully disagree with your assessment as it's my view you were and ARE spectacularly cool. I love the dress+tights+loafers and would wear that today, myself.

Plexia

"Rat tails, strands of hair, or any other type of tail are not
permitted." What? "ANY OTHER TYPE OF TAIL"?! What?! I don't even...What?

EpWs

@Plexia Vestigial tails. Duh. All the rage these days.

redheaded&crazy

@Plexia they just want to be prepared for any looney shenanigans ... kids these days ... you never know what kind of tail they'll come up with next!

BuffyBot

@Plexia Pony tails? that'd be my guess.

nyikint

@Plexia ...A Bunny Tail Anal Plug is made of white fox fur attached to an anal plug. The tail is about 5½ in diameter and is attached by hand to a 5 long...

teaandcakeordeath

Is this for Barbie's prom?

totallyunoriginal

Are teen girls no longer awkward and self conscious? Was that just me?

EpWs

@totallyunoriginal Not just you! Me too!

Katie Heaney

@totallyunoriginal they aren't! Last spring I was out to dinner and a prom group came in and all the girls were like stunning miniatures. they all had their hair down and perfectly waved??? I was like....where....are your universally-unflattering slicked back ponytails with ringlets?

HeyThatsMyBike

@Katie Heaney Yes! Somebody has upped the ante on prom. The ladies in the group I saw weren't dressed in "things" like the above, but rather looked like they were going to the Oscars. I wanted most of their dresses. But this was at an upscale restaurant in a big city, so maybe the suburbs remain ringletted and awkward.

Killerpants

@totallyunoriginal SERIOUSLY. I didn't want to show my body at all ever in HS. God, the horror! Hide it, hide it all! Not saying that's a good thing, of course, but does that not happen to HS'ers any more? I mean, I know it does, but the times oh how they change.

But also it was a different time when I was in HS ('92 - '96), and anyone wearing a dress, or any clothing at any time, as skimpy as is common today would've been branded a slut and mercilessly mocked and shamed. Aaaah, fond memories of HS in a small rural town in Ohio! Very soothing. [shudder]

stonefruit

@Killerpants ohhhhh honey. I graduated HS the year before you, and wore everything, except perhaps underwear, 3 sizes too big. My junior and senior prom dresses were, essentially, dresses you could imagine a fundamentalist Christian wearing to a party: they covered EVERYTHING. And I grew up in a liberal, delusions-of-cosmopolitan-status suburb in the Northeast!

Let us just say that my tiny sister (10+ years younger) did not share my "fashion" leanings. And she's a dancer, and had no qualms about showing flesh - I guess all those years stripping down into a new leotard backstage, then flying back onstage in a different state of undress, helped?

MilesofMountains

@totallyunoriginal They are apparently also no longer awkward looking and gawky. My brother graduated last year, and every single girl was gorgeous and well-styled and wearing fancy expensive dresses. My ugly, badly dressed teenage self is jealous.

Xanthophyllippa

@MilesofMountains Maybe there was an alternative prom for us short fat folk?

Verity

@totallyunoriginal I'm still awkward and self-conscious!

Kate Dries@twitter

This is basically what every girl wore to my prom. The night was like an entire episode of Fashion Police.

Blackwatch Plaid

@Kate Dries@twitter SAME. I saw more of my classmates than I ever needed to.

Amber

When I went to the prom, nobody wore short dresses and almost everyone wore something that would I suppose be considered almost "quinceanera"(but maybe kind of less poofy). Why these little girls wanna wear hoochie dresses?

@serenityfound

@Amber Have you tried grinding and droppin' it low in one of those poofy dresses? C'mon! The boys can't even see all that junk inside your trunk...

MrsLlama

@Amber Yeah short dresses at my proms were a BIG NO-NO. I remember one of my friends wore one and we were HORRIFIED and it ruined all our pictures!

Hot Doom

@Amber My friend and I LOVED wearing giant poofy dresses to every dance. One of our favorite games was for her to spread the skirt of her big damask Jessica McClintock skirt out and fluff it up, stand up straight, and then crouch down really fast so I could hit the air bubbles that formed in her skirt, all while we laughed hysterically and shouted "Again, again!" like humanoid Teletubbies. I shit you not. We did this when we were 16, and somehow managed to escape HS alive. In retrospect, maybe this is how we escaped hs alive

Poubelle

@Amber There was a rumor at my junior prom that one girl just borrowed her friend's quince dress. SCANDAL!

SarahP

That "Panoply Unique" dress isn't a dress, it's a belly dancing costume!

I was on the same page as that Sunny Vale doc (I have a friend from there!) until the "Other Dress Code Notes" section. I disagree with almost everything on there.

Cat named Virtute

@SarahP I also have a friend from Sunnyvale! She graduated high school in Canada though.

julia

Oh please never let me have a daughter. Hm, or a son, either. But especially not a daughter. Just a nice little human being who is not too gendered.

EpWs

@julia I believe what you're looking for is called a "dog." Or perhaps a "cat." Either way, no clothes to worry about.

AndSomethingElse

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Your cat dresses like a whore.

MoonBat

@Alexander And you're qualified to judge, as a legitimately cane-carrying pimp!

EpWs

@Alexander CAT SHAMING. CAT SHAMING.

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Oh God I am having anxiety, my daughters are 8 and 4 and holy shit there is no way in hell they will ever wear something like that. *closing eyes, covering ears* LA LA LA LA LA LA LA

JessicaLovejoy

@Curiouser and curiouser Don't worry, those things won't fly at Space Prom. (No pun intended.)

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@JessicaLovejoy
Maybe grunge will be back in style by the time they are in high school. They can wear long sleeve plaid flannel dresses that button up to their chin.

Anna Jayne@twitter

Not Allowed: "Hair colors not natural to a person (i.e., green, orange, purple, etc.) or spiked hair."
:( :( :(

roadtrips

@Anna Jayne@twitter I was fired from my first job as a freshman in high school for having purple hair. I felt sooooo persecuted and talked about it for weeks.

yamtoes

@Anna Jayne@twitter I'm curious whether this also applies to the school's everyday dress code, or if kids forced to conform for one night only.

spanglepants

@yamtoes My school banned non-natural hair colours all the way through. Poobags. (It also had a uniform, up to age 16/ Year 11 anyway, but then almost all schools do here.)

wee_ramekin

@spanglepants Where is "here"? Utah?

spanglepants

@wee_ramekin England. It's supposed to be to stop people getting bullied for not being able to afford nice clothes or something. I always resented it, but in retrospect I can kind of see the point.

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@spanglepants Which means you all dress and act like Effy Stonem as soon as you're at college, right?

spanglepants

@Veronica Mars is smarter than me Oh yeah, for sure. (Actually.. well, not ME, because I was shy and useless when I was 16, but for some people I knew, Effy is not *so* far off the mark.)

Verity

@Anna Jayne@twitter My hair is orange. It's also natural. Stop the redhead discrimination!

@spanglepants I never really had a problem with wearing a uniform, but I have always been fairly dull. (Unsurprisingly, I did not turn into Effy Stonem.)

spanglepants

@Verity There is no shame in not turning into Effy. Or any other Skins character. God that Frankie from the latest batch was - I know, messed up, but - one of the worst mean girls EVER.

applestoapples

These are dresses for bit part actresses/models of vague Eastern European ancestry who lounge on the arm of the villain's chair in Bond movies. There's plenty of room for that aesthetic in everyone's lives later. Prom is the time to embrace Jessica McClintock taffeta and awkward side curls.

MoonBat

@applestoapples I was thinking this, too!!!! Except more along the lines of, "WHEN did prom become a costume party at which your only two choices were drunk Paris Hilton or a Shakira video"????

SuperGogo

@applestoapples I think it's safe to say that "Sexy and Sleek" category could be renamed "Dresses Featuring Vaguely to Aggressively Unflattering Cut-Outs."

DrFeelGood

@applestoapples Jessica McClintock taffeta and awkward side curls... YES. I remember when my mom bought me a Jessica McClintock for one of my formals, I remember them being super expensive and I was SO excited. It was red satin with a black crinoline (scandalous!) I thought I was the shit.

Miss Violet

@DrFeelGood I guess gone are the days when you would just head over to Laura Ashley and buy a variation of the same dress that everyone else was going to wear. The Bond-Villain-Consort-Drag-Queen-Paris Hilton thing is so spot on - these dresses aren't clothes, they are costumes. I'm all for kids expressing themselves through clothes (and hair color) but I have to say these pictures of the New Prom are making me feel like a prude. I guess I'm glad they feel comfortable with their bodies to dress like that? That's a good thing, right? Why is it making me sad, though?

DrFeelGood

@Miss Violet Yea, I agree. Someone said it perfectly up-thread - what teenage girl has the body confidence? I remember being horribly self conscious and most of the "scandalous" styles back then wouldn't even fit me properly without being too tight for my liking. I have many horrific memories of crying in the Junior's department at Macy's, my mom trying to help me buy the "right" jeans - not too tight, but not too lame. UGH.

Judith Slutler

@Miss Violet Yeah, same. I don't feel like I'm too prudish, but these are like little Slave Leia outfits or something!

Lil Sebastian

The repeated use of the word flesh and the phrase "flesh touches flesh" gives me a clinical case of the the creeps. Ugh. Can't they just say skin?

noodge

@Lil Sebastian they could, but they actually do mean that each person has a piece of flesh, in their clutch or pocket, and they aren't allowed to pull these pieces of flesh out and have them touch. it's unsanitary.

elizabeast

I skipped my prom. And just like Ionna predicted in Pretty in Pink, I can trace any random anxiety back to skipping my prom.

Megasus

Damn, that would be slutty even at a mermaid prom.

redheaded&crazy

@Megan Patterson@facebook and you know what they say about mermaids!

AndSomethingElse

@redheaded&crazie Do they say they give me a confusing boner? I hope that's what they say.

f&@#$%cking little mermaid, messing with my head at a crucial stage of sexual development.

sudden_eyes

@Megan Patterson@facebook Not at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, however! (Checks date, can't wait.)

elizabeast

...but then I just read the dress code for the schools. As someone who spend most of her high school years with candy pink hair, I'm offended that I wouldn't have been allowed into the prom.

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@elizabeast yeah that seems backwards and wrong to me. I mean these are KIDS, you know? It's okay for the girls to show cleavage, thighs, midriffs, basically expressing their child sexuality!!! but PINK HAIR??? God, no! Not the pink hair. That could offend someone!

AndSomethingElse

@elizabeast Right? Those dress codes were crazy! What's with me not being allowed to bring my cane? What if I'm legitimately a pimp?

kerouackangaroo

@elizabeast ha. i definitely have prom pictures of me with pink hair and a plaid 50s house dress? because basically i was the coolest?

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@kerouackangaroo Yes you are the coolest and I hope my daughters dress like you! No cleavage! No midriff! No thigh-high slit!

elizabeast

@kerouackangaroo You were. You win the prom.

Ugh I miss my pink hair so much. I'm currently waiting to find out about a potential job. If it's a yes, I can dye my hair whatever color I want (small startup, no dress code!), but if it's a no...well then I'll wait. For now I have some really subtle--but rad!--dark blue chunks in my dark brown hair. I don't look like a bruise, I promise.

Blackwatch Plaid

@elizabeast I had pink and blue all last summer and it was amazing. Now I work somewhere that it's a no-go, and I miss it so much. Good luck!

EpWs

Can someone explain to me what this mysterious "pinning" phenomenon is? And do we have anything to do with it?

noodge

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher GURL! get on Pinterest! you pin pictures of stuff you like on your "pin board" and it's a nice way to browse what other people like, post what you like, and generally waste time. duh.

EpWs

@teenie GURL. Not that kind of pinning! The pinning they're talking about in these dress codes! The type that is NOT ALLOWED. I am intrigued.

noodge

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher oh. this is what i get for skimming instead of reading. ugh.

What other types of pinning can I come up with that have nothing to do with the article? maybe... pinning, like the old school thing where the guy would give the girl his class pin? DUH! that's what it is!

EpWs

@teenie Hahaha, no worries. So any ideas? I'm lost here.

emily eileen

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher My guess was something like safety-pinning the slit in the dress. Can't imagine that would look super classy though.

spanglepants

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I assumed it meant using safety pins to hoik bits of the dress up/ together to make it more modest. Presumably because said pins could later be removed to reveal an extra inch of thigh, etc.

bangs
bangs

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I think they mean if the dress shows your midriff you can't just pin some fabric in place to cover the gap.

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@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher
yes I think that is where they girls will use a safety pin to pin the dress together so, for example, pin the neckline so it appears that the dress meets the dress code. Then presumably after going through the Dress Code Checkpoint, she removes the pin and lets the cleavage out.

anachronistique

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher They're saying girls would apparently safety-pin in fabric in cutouts or slits or low spots or whatever and then take the fabric out as soon as they got past the dress code. Which is hilarious.

Rebecs

@Curiouser and curiouser I am imaginging a safety-pin graveyard just beyond Soviet-style checkpoint.

elizabeast

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher They're going to print out dresses they like from Pinterest and then pin them to their bras, underwear, and bare skin. It's for the budget conscious, and indecisive prom goer.

EpWs

@elizabeast Best.

femme cassidy

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Safety pins were an integral part of my junior prom ensemble. Safety pins, a black vintage (haha, I mean thrift-store) dress with the skirt all ripped up, and black fishnets. LET ME COUNT THE WAYS I would not have been allowed into any of these proms.

meetapossum

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Obviously pinning happens when they start going steady with their best guy.

EpWs

@femme cassidy With the right dress from the "unacceptable" list, I could probably violate ALL the rules. I'm thinking something absurdly low-cut with a strategic midriff cutout that shows my tattoo, with a skirt that stops just south of my ladybits. It will all be made of sheer fabric and have bits of flesh pinned to the sides. My date will be a long-haired dude with blue spikes, OR even better a LADY with longish blue spiked hair, who will take her shirt off before coming inside.

Or we could all just show up naked, but where's the fun in that?

Xanthophyllippa

@spanglepants You are the only person other than me, ever, whom I've heard (or seen, I guess) use "hoik." I think this means I love you.

Myrtle

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I'm thinking pinning a too-low bodice together to show less cleavage, or pinning the side seams to show less sideboob. Of course pinning the thigh slits closed, or pinning the back waist to appear sewn higher up the waist... Mom sewed my clothes as a kid, I learned a lot about fit.

spanglepants

@Xanthophyllippa Woo! <3

breccia

ugh, my for-all-intents-and-purposes mother-in-law was trying to outfit me for her other son's wedding recently and kept walking me through dress depts at macys and shit, and i couldn't figure out why everything was SILK TAFFETA EXPLOSION and BEDAZZLED LUNACY and TWO PIECE HORRORTERRORS and then i realized it's just prom season, y'all!

wee_ramekin

@breccia Hahahaha, BEDAZZLED LUNACY = best band name.

noodge

...did anyone else not know that Prom was short for Promenade until just now? no? o. ok.

EpWs

@teenie ME, ME, I didn't!

lisma

@teenie I only knew because I learned about it in Never Been Kissed.

meetapossum

@teenie I only know this because I went to a BBC Prom at Royal Albert Hall a few years ago. But that involved a lot less promenading and a lot more sleeping on the floor while listening to classical music.

noodge

@meetapossum see, I also used to attend the London Proms (back in 99) but I still didn't piece it together. smdh.

iceberg

@teenie Nope! I didn't. But we calll it a "formal" in Australia, not a prom. You have Year 10 formal (10th grade) and Year 12 formal (12th grade, end of HS), I guess analogous to junior & senior prom?

Verity

@iceberg At my school (UK) it used to be called a Leavers' Ball (changed into "prom" a few years ago. American influence?).

BuffyBot

To deal with cleavage, the dress code asks girls to place the index finger on one side of the collarbone and the thumb on the other. "If any skin shows beneath your hand…your dress is too low-cut," the dress code reads.

On the night of the dance, "you can just tell the child, 'Put your hand up,' and they know what to do," Ms. Lawrence says. "If they've got a big hand, well, they just got lucky."

Haha girl with the big hand comes out on top for once.

anachronistique

@BuffyBot I am showing more cleavage than that at work! Maybe I'm doing it wrong.

MoonBat

@BuffyBot
Big hands, you know you're the one!
.....when I'm a walking, I strut my stuff...

MoxyCrimeFighter

@BuffyBot It's a good night for drag queens. Also, how amazing would it be for a drag queen to go to prom? Doubt they'd allow it, though, if they won't even allow boys to have bangs.

femme cassidy

@MoxyCrimeFighter Oh, that just makes me think about the beginning of
"Camp" and feel sad. They probably would have allowed it at my high school, though. We had a male prom queen my junior year.

sevanetta

@MoonBat SUPER LIKE!

Verity

@anachronistique I'm showing more cleavage than that, too! I blame it on being short and having a really short torso - necklines always end up too low down.

Lauren@twitter

I can't believe that one prom dress code prohibits boys from having hair past their ears. Is that even allowed in a public school district? Of course, it IS Texas...

emily eileen

@Lauren@twitter That's where the devil hides to whisper in boys' ears. "Women might be people...."

City_Dater

"I don't care WHAT everyone else is wearing, you are not leaving this house dressed like 1970s Cher!"

(Feeling very glad that a) I do not have a teenager and b) I skipped prom.)

Does Axl have a jack?

I am terribly offended at their apparent vendetta against halter tops. They border on tasteful for those of us with wide-set boobs; my junior (halter, virtually no cleavage) vs. senior (square neckline, omg cleavage everywhere) prom pictures are an excellent example of this.

Side note: I was happy to see that they included pictures of 'plus-sized' models in the last set of guidelines. Questionable attire inclusiveness ftw?

anachronistique

My favorite prom outfits:
- the dude who came in a kilt and sporran and did the Braveheart speech while standing on a table
- the couple who swapped outfits midway through
- the dude who revived his costume from Guys and Dolls, complete with hat
- my friend who wore a hot pink wig
- my other friend who wore one of her cosplay costumes, though she left the wings at home

Megasus

@anachronistique My friend's entire dress was made out of duct tape. It was rad.

@serenityfound

@anachronistique The dude who wore a canary yellow tux (including tie and shirt and maybe even shoes) one year, then a bright red one the next. Then he wore them to school that Monday. Guy had MAD school/class spirit (yellow was our junior class color, and red our senior class one).

EpWs

@anachronistique I want to go to your prom.

anachronistique

@Megan Patterson@facebook Apparently the duct tape people now run a scholarship contest for the best duct tape dress!

@serenityfound I think there was at least one dude in an ironic powder-blue suit.

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Technically these were over two proms, since I went both junior and senior year. But my high school was surprisingly decent.

sophi

@anachronistique A guy I knew came dressed up as Alex from A Clockwork Orange. He was originally going to go in drag, but the administration caught wind of that rumor and told him he couldn't.

SuperGogo

@@serenityfound Waitasec....you had a class color that changed every year? Mind: blown.

@serenityfound

@SuperGogo I KNOW. It was weird and no one could really understand why it was happening, but it did. Freshmen were always (some color I don't remember because I don't know that it was established when I was one), Sophomores were (see: Freshmen), Juniors were yellow, and Seniors were red. This is what I remember, although it may not be entirely accurate due to blocking out a lot of memories about my hometown.

Verity

@Megan Patterson@facebook Was your friend on MTV's Made?

contrary

I am feeling a very weird phenomenon of emotions that I am going to call "young-old" right now. There wasn't really an enforced dress code at the prom I didn't go to in high school (but pretty much you were only turned away if you showed up wearing only pasties/underwear. Middrifts/slits/see-through fabrics/outfits Nomi Malone would push you down the stairs for were A-Okay). Some girl legitimately wore a lingerie babydoll dress thing from Fredrick's and was allowed in (WHERE ARE YOU PARENTS?). But there were an inordinate number of letters sent home about the dancing that would be allowed, and they were super specific, like "Anyone caught dancing at an angle greater than 45 degrees will promptly be escorted off the premises."

emily eileen

@contrary So....no one did the worm?

wee_ramekin

@contrary A propos of nothing: Where is your avatar from? Is that the evil mom in Coraline?

contrary

@wee_ramekin No, but it does kind of look like her when it's tiny! It's a painting by Fernando Vicente

@emily eileen I think they wanted to prevent "back it up dirty dancing" but ended up depriving everyone of a good ol' wormin.

wee_ramekin

@contrary Woah, thanks for that link. That is some amazing stuff!

editrickster

@contrary No limbo party. :(

jane lane

My sister went to prom last weekend as a mermaid. She's still not talking to me because I told her she was already set for Halloween with that thing. If the school had a dress code list like that, it probably wouldn't have been acceptable either, thanks to the leg slit and the low back.

beanie

@jane lane this is a "pics or it didn't happen" moment. Please share with the class.

PistolPackinMama

About six or seven years after I graduated from highschool (we all were soooo boring), these awesome tulle-tutu-like color explosions were all the thing. They looked like they belonged in Too Much LSD Swan Lake.

And I sooooooooo wanted to be 18 again. For the first and last time. Yellow shin length tutu with turquoise sequins all over the satin bodice and skirt? Sign me the everloving heck up.

*sigh*

/tangental squeal over

stuffisthings

You know what I've been watching on Netflix lately? The 1979 Buck Rogers series.

I don't know WHY I thought of that...

heyladies

As mom to one kindergarten daughter and another girl on the way very soon, I feel like I should be outraged at the indecency, but I'm not. If this were being worn in a public sphere where grown men are ogling them, yes, problematic, but in the heady rush of high school hormones and trying-to-be-sexy while sheltered in the safety of friends, why not? My high school reality was so overbearing and restrictive in this regard, that I just hope my someday teenage daughters feel beautiful and giddy in whatever they decide to wear and I will take plenty of photos that we can laugh about later.

heyladies

@heyladies though I really, really, really hope neither wants to be a cheerleader.

DrFeelGood

@heyladies I feel conflicted, because of course, this trend of girls going nuts over prom has been going on since the freaking stone age, but at the same time, NO ONE wore such tacky crap (ie. skin bearing) to my prom that was only 10 years ago. I mean, by the time I have kids, are they just going to wear g-strings and pasties? I am very concerned about the sexualization of my hypothetical children.

emily eileen

@DrFeelGood Really? Because I graduated 9 years ago and they were definitely wearing halter tops and cut-out type things. And you KNOW, if they were doing it in the midwest, it had been going on for at least five years and was already out of fashion in other places.

heyladies

@DrFeelGood I just tell myself that I will raise them to be so fiercely independent and awesome that they will willingly choose not to dress like Barbie clones. We'll see how that works out.

DrFeelGood

@emily eileen Maybe I've just blocked it out of my memory. I know my mother would have just laughed hysterically if I suggested one of these numbers.

MollyculeTheory

@heyladies There's nothing wrong with being a cheerleader, as long as the teen-movie stereotype of it isn't the only thing used to define yourself as a person!

I was a cheerleader and I turned out okay. (N.B. I was also on the Chemistry Team so YMMV.)

iceberg

@heyladies Yeah I think I'm on the same page as you. Sheltered and with peers is a really good point. It's just if they're trying to wear revealing, "slutty" shizz out in public they're going to get (oh god I am turning into my mum) sexual attention that they may not necessarily have the tools to deal with. And it's not their fault but like, ease into it rather than going full ho-bag the second you grow boobs, yeah?

heyladies

@MollyculeTheory But I can't get American Beauty out of my head.

Xanthophyllippa

@MollyculeTheory I was a cheerleader in the summer/fall Pop Warner football leagues for six years and then, the first year I wasn't a cheerleader, I was high scorer on the math team. I had been an unpopular cheerleader to begin with, and this made me even less popular.

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@MollyculeTheory "But I'm a Cheerleader" FTW!

MollyculeTheory

@Xanthophyllippa Honestly, in my high school the field hockey team hewed more to the "cheerleading squad" mode. Hell, of the maybe 3-4 women in my class who ended up with a doctoral-level degree, 2 were cheerleaders.

Then again, I had to quit my college cheer-dance team because nobody knew what organic chemistry was, much less how much time it took ):

Erin Lucille

Can we talk about Sunnyvale High School's prom regulations? Male Hair requirements and how "unnatural" hair color is not acceptable (in this day and age a girl can't have purple hair? Really?) ALSO THE COUNSELOR'S NAME IS KANDY! WITH A K! Who is she to talk?

slutberry

@Erin Lucille I know, right? My Gentleman has sideburns and hair to his waist, and he cleans up CLASSY. WAYYY classier than those dumbass bros with their businessman crew cuts. Andddd can we talk about how any kind of hair dye is technically "unnatural", but I feel like Kandy definitely frosts her hair? And probably wears acrylic nails?

femme cassidy

@teffodee Seriously, Kandy, we all know you got Botox, so just climb down off your high horse about what is and is not natural.

femme cassidy

@femme cassidy Also, WE KNOW THAT YOUR NAME IS CANDACE.

Erin Lucille

@femme cassidy Candace Marie. All the girls rolled their eyes when, in the 10th grade, she asked to be called Kandy from now on.

slutberry

@femme cassidy Really, you should go back to Candace. And back to your natural colour. It has a lot of auburn in it!

MoonBat

@teffodee Candace called, from the hair salon, it was kinda garbled because of all the hysterical sobbing, but I got "something something can I keep my implants?".

Xanthophyllippa

@Erin Lucille For a while she tried "Kandi," but then one day, all the popular girls - Cyndi, Britni, and Krissi - followed her home yelling, "wannabe!" and making fun of her Sears brand Jordache knockoffs and she decided she'd better lay low for a while.

MoxyCrimeFighter

I'm sort of on the fence about these dress codes. I mean, on the one hand, I don't mind the administration reminding their students that this is a formal occasion and that there is such a thing as being dressed appropriately - a prom is supposed to be an ushering of children into young adulthood, so asking them to show a little decorum by not dressing like they're performing at the MTV awards doesn't seem unreasonable. I dislike the "no funny colored hair, no tattoos, no piercings" stuff, though - c'mon, they're teenagers, let them have fun; it's not a reception with the queen. I don't think there's anything particularly inappropriate about pink hair or a nose ring. I might too straitlaced (agggh, I'm in my early '20s but sometimes I think I'm really old.) But in general, I think there's a good lesson to be learned about being beautiful and even sexy without sexualizing yourself (which I find creepy for kids in high school to be doing with such intent).

slutberry

@MoxyCrimeFighter I think it is good to teach teenagers to be classy without being skanky. I am okay with guidelines that are like, "try not to be naked, okay? You look pretty with clothes on, too" (although I think our culture's view of nudity is kind of... frighteningly over sexualized.) But if it's "Try not to look like those horrid punks and black people!", yeah, I have an issue. Like, I met people in highschool who had trouble with JNCO jeans. WHICH ARE NOT AT ALL SEXUAL although they can be pretty sexy, IMO

EpWs

@teffodee I MISS WIDE-LEG JEANS.

Shayna

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Screw the skinny jean thing- I still wear boot cut or flare (and by flare I mean small flair not 70s flair) leg jeans. I don't understand the trend, but because everyone wears them, I look like I have a unique style because mine are still kinda stuck in... I don't know, when were they popular? Eh- I'll leave my skinny jeans to my mother (yeah...erhg...).

And the classiest things can also be the most sexy. *nod* My general rule is better a taste than the entire meal, so to speak.

atipofthehat

Can there please be a bar called "Unacceptable Dresses," and can we have a party there?

slutberry

@atipofthehat yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

redheaded&crazy

@atipofthehat if I'm keeping up with the conversation so far, we'll be having our HAIRPIN PROM at UNACCEPTABLE DRESSES with BEDAZZLED LUNACY headlining?

Fuck, wouldn't miss that party for the world!

atipofthehat

@redheaded&crazie
@teffodee

"Sorry, can't let you in. Your dresses are too acceptable. But you're welcome to go behind the screen with one of our consultants, make some quick alterations, and try again!"

slutberry

@redheaded&crazie YES. I will be wearing a large, feathery fascinator.

slutberry

@atipofthehat Our consultants have scissors, bias tape, double-sided tape, and glitter.

Ophelia

@redheaded&crazie Only if Colic opens for Bedazzled Lunacy.

redheaded&crazy

@teffodee AND SEQUINS NEVA 4GET

@Ophelia well OBVIOUSLY!

sudden_eyes

@teffodee Yes! I want a fascinator with a big tulle flower.

EpWs

@redheaded&crazie I would miss the birth of my own child for that party.

[Please note: edubs is female, does not plan on having children. Would still come to party.]

MoonBat

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher
I'll throw a duct tape bedazzling meetup the night before. And yes Qream will be served. With chewy chocolate chip cookies that are crispy around the edges.

redheaded&crazy

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher So basically what we need is like that facebook map except of all the pinners, and then we will triangulate the location that is most convenient for most people and then we will GO TO LAS VEGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS

atipofthehat

@teffodee

:: Making OFFICIAL CONSULTANT nametag ::

Xanthophyllippa

@redheaded&crazie I think it has to be a battle of the bands between Bedazzled Lunacy, Inexplicable Loafers, and Colic. Jizzcliner would have been there too, but their lead singer has strep throat. At least, they think it's strep...the results of the Wassermann aren't back yet.

EpWs

Dammit, everyone, now I REALLY WANT THIS. All of it. Especially the battle of the bands.

KellyStitzel

This dress was inspired by the bridesmaids dresses worn at Princess Leia's wedding to Han Solo.

Also, did anyone else once choreograph a dance routine to the instrumental intro of Elton John's "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" while wearing their prom dress? When they were 30? Just me?

tortietabbie

I want a prom do-over! I have no occasions to wear a great big fancy dress in my life. :(

slutberry

@tortietabbie HAIRPIN PROM! HAIRPIN PROM! HAIRPIN PROM!

wee_ramekin

Southmoore High's guidelines say male students must keep their shirts on all night. "We don't care that you work out," the guide states.

Get it, this guide.

I like to think that this sentiment was codified because teenage boys kept referencing 'Sexy And I Know It' in their defense.

redheaded&crazy

@wee_ramekin hahahaha I didn't see that. So good. Also, a lot of my guy friends, regardless of whether or not they work out, would have serious difficulty abiding by this dress code.

And frankly, most of my girl friends (and me too) ...

I'm just not made for high school prom.

slutberry

@wee_ramekin But what about the girls? Do the girls have to keep their shirts on all night? IN ONTARIO IT IS LEGAL TO BE SHIRTLESS.

redheaded&crazy

@teffodee yeah girl!

slutberry

@redheaded&crazie I lived in Ontario when that law was passed and my sister and I celebrated by running around topless in the front lawn, until my parents decided we had to put our shirts on. Laaaame.

Ophelia

@teffodee They can do that in Ontario because it's only warm enough to be shirtless like 6 days per year.

redheaded&crazy

@Ophelia I'll have you know that I've already gone shirtless like 6 days this year AND IT'S ONLY MARCH.

Xanthophyllippa

@teffodee @redheaded&crazie: also in New York! Thank you, Topfree Five!*

*initally Topfree Seven but two dropped out.

femme cassidy

Unsurprisingly, what bugged me the most was the "no piercings, no visible tattoos" part. For real? You can take 17-year-old me's eyebrow ring when you pry it from her cold, dead... eyebrow! And my best friend would have had to wear elbow-length sleeves! Why the hell?

atipofthehat

Dorothy Parker on the Yale Prom:

"If all the girls attending it were laid end to end, I wouldn't be at all surprised."

slutberry

Can we talk about how I had the MOST GORGEOUS prom dress? And how I found it in a vintage store for $60, and it's probably from the 40's, and it's GORGEOUS? And I had to throw a party this year JUST SO I COULD WEAR IT AGAIN?

And also how I wouldn't have been able to wear it to some of these proms because I, hm, have a rather, ahem, high bustline?

redheaded&crazy

@teffodee and SMALL HANDS

slutberry

@redheaded&crazie Not even the rain has such small hands.

olivebee

@teffodee I, too, wore a vintage dress to my junior year homecoming. It was my grandmother's from the 1930s when she was a lounge singer. It was a red halter dress with sweetheart neckline and swing skirt. It was so much classier than anything that has ever been produced for high school dances.

slutberry

@olivebee Mmmmmmmmmm.

slutberry

@redheaded&crazie Except I didn't wear a bra, which was a baddddd idea. I always have that problem: "This dress is structured! I hate strapless bras! My breasts are TOTALLY perky! If I wear a bra they will look too ginormous!" and then I look at the photos afterward and am all "That is not what I wanted. I wanted the OPPOSITE of that."

iceberg

@olivebee I wore my grandmother's vintage dress from the 30's too!!! It was made for her and fit me like a GLOVE. Black, high neck, tiny cap sleeves, floor length, row upon row of flapper fringe from top to bottom.

slutberry

@iceberg Mine is royal blue satin (I think of it as "Rhianna blue" ever since she started that royal blue movement a few years back), sweetheart neckline, little straps, mermaid-y skirt, all very pleated and draped, with a long sash. Very structured, with bones on the inside. It is the kind of dress that makes you have good posture.

olivebee

@iceberg Sounds awesome! Too bad the number of high schoolers that recognized how confident and stylish and unique that made you is probably, like, 3 at most.

iceberg

@olivebee Welllllll, it made my ass look fantastic, so (see above re: glove, fit like a.)

Blackwatch Plaid

@teffodee For my junior prom, I got this awesome, floor-length forest green dress with a high neck and sequin detail. It was $10 and I have never found another occasion to wear it /sad.

no way

@teffodee Vintage prom dress here, too. A beautiful, deep purple, floor length dress with a straight bust and two thin straps at each shoulder, $40 at the discovery shop down the street from my parents. I have loved that dress since '95 and just last year hemmed it to wear at my sister's wedding. It remains amazing.

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@all EVERYBODY POST HEADLESS PICS OF YOUR AWESOME PROM DRESSES PLZ

(I'll go first)

beanie

I'm pretty sure I had a Barbie with this dress, except perhaps more pink
http://www.promgirl.com/shop/dresses/viewitem-PD854104
Now I kinda want this dress? STOP ME, I'm past highschool age.

slutberry

@beanie PROM DRESSES FOR EVERYONE. I want to go to allll my University's balls, just so I can dress up.

slutberry

@teffodee BAHAHAHAHA University balls.

wee_ramekin

@beanie I legit like this one.

slutberry

@wee_ramekin I would wear that to get married in. Perhaps I should find myself a spouse so I can wear it.

sudden_eyes

@wee_ramekin Ooh, pretty! I've been too busy looking at the Dresses of Madness to focus on the nice ones.

angermonkey

@wee_ramekin Fun fact: that is my bridesmaid dress from when I got married in 2008. Brown with blue sashes for the groomsmaids, blue with brown sashes for the bridesmaids. KILL ME NOW.

Verity

@teffodee I had the most gorgeous dress for my college's ball! They're only once every three years, so they're a big deal, and they're technically white tie (although I highly doubt anyone not in white tie would be turned away, because that would be ridiculous and nobody would care). A family friend made it, and it's deep green silk dupioni. I love it.

Unfortunately, I spent the whole evening huddled in a coat, because my college likes to be different from the others and hold its ball in November, not June. It was one of the coldest November nights on record and everyone was shivering and clustering around the heaters.

cuminafterall

I did a foreign exchange year instead of my senior year of high school, and you know what, this is the first time I have ever regretted missing my prom. I'll never have another opportunity to wear a floor-length sequined gown with midriff cutouts.

D.@twitter

I never went to a prom; one Homecoming dance was enough for me. My disappointment in my appearance after HOURS spent primping was notable. My dress was relatively modest, b/c I had to be able to wear one of the water bras I refused to take off in those days (even under a bathing suit), so ashamed was I of my flat chest.

petitspieds

I've been reading the Hairpin for a while, but never felt the need to post before this. Having watched prom culture with curiosity for years from afar (France) I never realized it stood for promenade!! Mind blown. I learn something new every day.

jamie schuh

I didn't go to prom because I was terrified of boys and all of that. But MAN, I can't even imagine being 17 or 18 and being all YEAHHH I'M GONNA WORK IT IN THIS SEXY CUTOUT DRESS! Shit, I'm approaching 29 and I still don't even have the self-confidence for that.

olivebee

For my senior prom, I wore a tasteful black halter sheath dress, and everyone in my prom group had Easter candy-colored dresses with ginormous, poofy skirts and lacy, frilly tops. I also stood at the end of the line for photos, so the pictures were pretty funny because it was like a rainbow eyesore of tulle and satin and then me. It looked like I was lost and wandered into some other group's photo.

HMSBeagle

Oh god. No one show this to the girls of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

Ophelia

@heliotropegerbil8 The skirts on most of these don't have enough tulle.

datalass

When I read lists like these, I can't help thinking that they work against kids who don't have the resources (time or money) to invest in finding a decent dress that's also "decent."
I ended up with an "unacceptable" dress for my senior prom because 1) it fit and 2) it was cheap.

BishPLZ

Makes me feel so boring. Burgundy,floor length corsetted dress with a pouffy pickup'd skirt. No sequins, no nothing.

kapitalk

So... this seems like the right place to admit that I wore a completely see-through dress to a prom. It was the year after I had graduated, and I was accompanying my younger boyfriend and best friend to their prom. And for some reason I decided to wear a shin-length skin-tight dress made out of stretchy gold lace that was COMPLETELY transparent. And underneath it I wore bright white panties and bra? Why??

And no one said a thing to me about it, and I have no idea why not. Not my friends, not my boyfriend's mom, not the school administrators of my conservative high school. I also have no idea why I chose that outfit, because I was a very awkward, self-conscious teenager who definitely did not love her body. But I DO know that I still have the photos, which were taken in broad daylight, and they are something else!

@serenityfound

@kapitalk Pics or didn't happen!

sudden_eyes

@kapitalk I wore a purple polyester halter top with no bra, because a) spaghetti straps, and b) nothing to put into a bra (oh, how my life has changed). It was fine till I realized that my date - a set-up, and alas I couldn't stand him - was staring at my nipples. The whole night.

My mother was usually outspoken about this kind of thing. Heck, she still is. And I'm with you - why didn't she / anyone say something?

MrsLlama

Shirts will be worn AT ALL TIMES!

WHY DO YOU HAVE TO TELL SOMEONE THAT...FOR PROM??>>@>@>@@death

iceberg

OH! And off topic but I don't think I can wait for the Friday Open Thread: my niece is about 12 years old and on Facebook, and I've been alarmed by some of the things poppping up in another young person's FB feed (specifically in terms of photos that this person was "liking", not appearing in) to the point where I drafted an email to my niece about being careful what she posts to Facebook and how she and her friends need to be careful what they post and wary of letting other people (read: boys) take photos of them that should be private because they may not always remain so. She's a sensible kid but JUST about to get into that early dating stuff I guess and I don't know what her scene is like.

Am I just really fucking prudish and old? Or is this like a legitimate concern?

Judith Slutler

@iceberg Nope, that's legit. I mean, try not to sound like a scold or whatever, but that is some important Smart Cool Aunt stuff you're doing right there!

EpWs

@iceberg Honestly? She's 12, she probably won't listen. But it's worth a try? If your niece isn't actively engaged in the shifty behavior I think you might not have as much to worry about as you think.

Hot Doom

@iceberg It's TOTALLY worth a try, especially if she's sensible! It's easy to get swept up in what one's friends are doing (yikes, even in my late 20s, it's easy to get carried away), and sometimes it takes a cool, respected aunt to just be like 'be careful, MKAY?'. My surly self probably would have outwardly scoffed, but secretly taken it to heart.

Radio_LJ

Welp...looks like I've found my bridesmaid dresses! Thanks, Edith!

parallel-lines

I went to prom for the first time at age 32 and I sure the hell didn't wear some side flab vent contraption like those.

Xanthophyllippa

@parallel-lines You cougar!!

MoonBat

@parallel-lines
"Hey, I totally fucked my high school crush, high five! Except now he expects me to go to his senior prom. Like how can I even know whether I'll be available in two years, damn!"
Chelsea Handler? I think?

undercoverhippie

Pleasepleaseplease can we do a post or pinterest board or somethign of all of our prom pictures!? I wore a seafoam green vintage satin gown with a patent leather biker jacket to my junior prom and a full-length silver sequin number to my senior prom and I want a good excuse to find those photos and share them with the (Hairpin) world.

EpWs

@undercoverhippie You had me at "patent leather biker jacket"

@serenityfound

@undercoverhippie This sounds like such a fun idea. I could definitely be persuaded to find mine and scan.

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@undercoverhippie I just posted mine upthread! I'm hoping it will catch on.

violetta

@undercoverhippie Ooooh I covered one of my school ball/prom dresses with a biker jacket too! My date (random set-up from another school courtesy of my friend) looked mildly freaked out. I was aiming for a Smasging-Pumpkins-Machina look (don't ask). My outfit was awesome though: full midnight blue skirt, hot pink boob tube with matching sleeves- the sleeves had beaded silver fringe on the cuff, silver heels. It was 2000 ok, I think I got away with it.
But I can't find pics cos theyre at my parents place!

EpWs

JANE, you're getting this made in white for your wedding, aren't you? And this is your sneaky way of telling us? GIRL.

beanie

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher not sure if this has been said, but when IS Jane's wedding? I mean, I'm just wondering how long we have to wait for the whole wedding reveal. I'm impatient!

EpWs

@beanie NOT SOON ENOUGH

frigwiggin

I still have both my prom dresses (junior year: ankle-length cheongsam-style dress in hot pink; senior year: above-knee-length side-ruched black dress with tulle-ish overlay covered in glittery green swirls), and haven't worn them since. I actually would like to wear the second one to something fancy (it's way prettier than I'm describing it), but it's not as flattering as it used to be, since my butt and legs and thighs are fatter than they used to be...maybe with black tights and heels I could rock it, though.

frigwiggin

@figwiggin Oh hey, I found a rather poor picture of it! I forgot the under-layer is green, not black. Ah, high-schooler taking pictures for internet friends. So much in my life has changed. *loud laughter leading into loud sobbing*

frigwiggin

@figwiggin Also, cackling at the hideous butterfly wallpaper in that house's bathroom. Yergh.

@serenityfound

@figwiggin AWWWWW. That photo (and you!) is adorbs and the dress does look really lovely.

...did I just type 'adorbs'. What is wrong with me. Can I go home now? /long work week rant

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@figwiggin you are (were, I guess? I'm sure you still are) ADORABLE.

EpWs

@figwiggin Man, you don't look ANYTHING like your avatar. :) (Cute dress! Cute you! Cute sign!)

angermonkey

@figwiggin Cute, and bonus points for the dot matrix printer paper!

frigwiggin

Aw, shucks, guys! I'm trying to work up the energy to find that dress in my boxed-up clothing, try it on, and hope that I can still make it work. Otherwise, I might give it to Goodwill so some other person can get some joy out of it; it's too pretty to sit in that box for the next twenty years.

suddenvalley

I really didn't want to go to my prom, and was not thrilled at the prospect of wearing a fancy dress, so I ended up wearing a PJ Harvey-inspired dress, because, nerd.

Drinkin'_Water

@suddenvalley What era PJ Harvey? What did it look like? PJ Harvey was my #1 favorite in high school and I graduated in '97, like *To Bring You My Love* era.

suddenvalley

@Drinkin'_Water Stories From The City era! I wore an imitation of the dress she wore on that album's cover and in the Good Fortune video.

The To Bring You My Love era was fantastic though and on reflection, I really wish I had gone withthis outfit, as it was the one time in my life that I could've gotten away with a hot pink catsuit.

camanda

My super-classy prom dress would probably be matronly by these standards. And a friend of mine wore the exact same dress! We were first and second chair in the clarinet section and both took saxophone players a year older than us to prom. DORKS.

I still have the dress, too, and just went into the basement to peek at it. It's a size 14W! HAHAHAHA. Those were the days.

I didn't go to my senior prom, because I was hopelessly enamored of my junior-prom date who was now in college several bazillion miles away and I didn't want to go with anyone else. How sweet. Senior prom was always kind of dull, anyway, so I didn't care.

Elsajeni

I fondly remember getting prom dress catalogs in the mail in my senior year of high school! They were really awful, and for some reason all of the styles were assigned a girl's name. As I recall, "Rhiannon" was the very tackiest.

Also, I am bothered by how all of these dress code guides seem to think "The Bustline" is a totally known and immovable landmark, and everyone will understand exactly what you mean if you say their dresses can't be cut below The Bustline without any further explanation.

Nutmeg

My auntie made my senior ball (rich CT suburb, obvs) gown, and it is AMAZING; so amazing that I still have it despite weighing forty pounds less now than in high school. I'm short so she altered some crazy complicated Vogue pattern to fit me and finished it in a month which is two fewer years than it usually takes her to get around to hemming a pair of pants. MY AUNT- you can't have her

Xanthophyllippa

@Nutmeg Oh yeah? My mother made my Barbie a fuschia taffeta prom dress. So there!

Blackwatch Plaid

I feel that this photo is in desperate need of a caption. Her dress is going to get sucked into the wheel and she will die on the way to prom! How tragic!

Dr. Iris Puffybush

@glittercock I can't...even...I mean seriously, how is that even an option (dress codes aside) that one might consider wearing to prom or really anywhere legitimate. On the other hand, ooooh pretty color sparkly!

lermworm

Guys, my junior prom is coming up and I'd just like to say that I do not think a single person at my school will be wearing anything as tacky as these. Please don't think it's what 'all the kids are doing'! There is still hope for the world!

EpWs

@lermworm What about the hipsters? Would they wear something like this ironically?

Dr. Iris Puffybush

Not that anyone cares, but I feel like sharing since my dress was literally the only fun thing for me about my prom:
I designed my own dress and had it made (I'm fat and this was way easier and cheaper than trying to find something off the rack and nothing off the rack would have been my style anyway). It was short and the main body and skirt were black velvet. The sleeves were sheer, bright, iridescent, yellow and then it had cuffs and a collar that were made out of yellow, black and white daisy print fabric. The skirt flared out over a puffy tulle underskirt that was topped with the same yellow fabric as the sleeve. The bottom of the black top layer of the skirt was gathered up at wide intervals so you could see the yellow underneath. I wore white tights that I had painted to match the daisy fabric. They looked pretty awesome and I am still proud of myself that I managed to paint them so well. For shoes I wore black, velvet, low-top All Stars with the laces swapped out for wide, yellow, satin ribbon. I attached big fake daisies to the tops of the shoes. My hair (that I did myself) also featured big, fake daisies. It was 1994. Every memory I haven't managed to purge from my mind about that night is terrible EXCEPT for that dress. And that's all I have to say about that.

EpWs

@Dr. Iris Puffybush THE PEOPLE DEMAND PICTURES. Seriously that sounds fantastic.

frigwiggin

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Yes! Yes yes yes, dude. That sounds four million percent fantastic. DAISIES FOREVER.

Dr. Iris Puffybush

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I will work on finding a picture. It's going to require some serious closet excavation though.

Xanthophyllippa

@Dr. Iris Puffybush I would have liked you in high school.

Verity

@Dr. Iris Puffybush That sounds amazing!

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

I think my favourite dress memory from prom is that some spoiled popular girl spent $2000 on a Roberto Cavalli dress and EVERYONE KNEW ABOUT IT, and btw it was a really plain black halter dress (but it plunged a little below the bustline, *gasp*) and another girl went to prom in a dress that her seamstress mom made for her, and their dresses were almost exactly the same.

EpWs

@Rookie Well of course everyone knew about it, HIGH SCHOOL. But that is fantastic.

Shayna

I wish we had prom. We have an all-school fancy dance on a boat, and the seniors traditionally get more dressed up, but... it'd be kinda cool to do the Normal High School Experience Prom Thing. >.O
... but I'm glad I'm missing out on the technicolor monstrosities.

My friend, who does have a prom, joined a facebook group where the girls post their dresses so that no one goes with the same one. WHY is this a travesty? It doesn't necessarily mean you'll look the same! I don't understand?

violetta

@Shayna I've turned up to events (my uni graduate fashion show) wearing the same dress as another designer. Both dresses looked different cos we interpreted them differently. It can give you something to laugh about "Niiiice Dress..! Where'd you get it from?". We found out that we had the same dress prior to the event, but neither of us seemed to have the time to do anything about it.

Veronica Mars is smarter than me
suddenvalley

@Veronica Mars is smarter than me If this dress was a perfume, it would be Love's Baby Soft.

suddenvalley

@Veronica Mars is smarter than me Also, I would wear the absolute balls out of this dress.

Myrtle

"Mrs. Dewana Kemp." No, because there is no "Mr. Dewana Kemp." I've read MIss Manners, yo.

katherinerine

Er... that dress in the main story is *obviously* one from John Carter that didn't quite make the cut.

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm905491968/tt0401729

... I definitely wore really revealing, skintight stuff in high school because a) I had a damn fine body and b) zero sexual experience - not even kissing - so I really had no idea what I was broadcasting. I'm glad I did it while I could, though.

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