Dressing For Prom Has Gotten Really Complicated Thanks to DWTS and Real Housewives

Dress codes are not uncommon, but, as we've learned, they can sometimes be a little crazy. The high school ritual of prom has changed quite a bit s
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Dress codes are not uncommon, but, as we've learned, they can sometimes be a little crazy. The high school ritual of prom has changed quite a bit s
Photo via WSJ

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Dress codes are not uncommon, but, as we've learned, they can sometimes be a little crazy.

The high school ritual of prom has changed quite a bit since the days of corsages and traditional A-line bundles of pastel tulle from the '50s and '60s. If you've been to a prom in the last decade or so, you've probably experienced more casual and/or revealing outfits and less restrained dance moves. Revealing evening gowns are not hard to come by these days and teen girls really like wearing them to prom. According to the Wall Street Journal, shows like Dancing With the Stars and The Real Housewives are to blame. There's even a "Sexy" category at David's Bridal. Apparently, the proliferation of slutty prom dresses has gotten so out of hand that schools are preemtively presenting students with elaborate guidelines detailing what is and isn't appropriate.

Written dress codes apparently weren't enough for some students, who instead have to abide by lengthy powerpoint presentation with pictures of dresses with captions like "Neckline too low!" "Too many cut outs!" and "See through!" Other schools post posters or distribute lengthy contracts that students are required to sign with rules for how many inches above the knee a hemline can be and how fabric inserts should be sewn on to cover up risqué cut-outs. The Journal posted pdfs of three American high schools. Some common restrictions:

• Dresses may not be cut below the bust line. Excessive cleavage is not allowed. • Dress may be backless as long as it is not cut below the navel. • Dresses must not have a slit that exceeds mid-thigh (fingertip length). • No pinning will be allowed as an alteration for a dress if without the pinning the dress does not meet dress code. • Dress length must be mid thigh (specifically must be longer than 5 inches above the middle of the knee both in the front and the back) • Canes will not be permitted. [for boys] • With arms at your side, if flesh touches flesh below the bust line, the dress in inappropriate. • Necklines of female students must not be lower than five inches from the base of the neck.

What do you think of the elaborate efforts schools are making to determine how their students should dress? Did you have any crazy dress codes at your prom?