With all due respect to my blogging sister Jenna over at High Gloss and Sauce, someone should be policing prom fashion because clearly some parents have fallen down on the job.
And if that someone happens to be a principal, dance chaperone or other duly appointed adult it doesn't make them skeezy; it makes them responsible.
The fact that a principal has to measure----let's let that sink in----actually measure the hemline on a prom dress because the parent(s) either don't have enough common sense (or decency) to cover their daughter is now a sad fact of our modern culture.
How do I know?
I know because I've seen the dresses that are being sewn at my neighborhood seamstress.
And when I say dresses, I mean material that sewn together to make modern day fig leaves.
I was in her shop last week saw a dress on a mannequin and stopped in my tracks. After giving the dress the once over, I asked her where the rest of the dress was. She replied that the young woman's mother saw the design and signed off on it's construction.
I don't blame the seamstress. She's a talented business woman and prom season is a huge revenue stream. She doesn't dictate the taste of her patrons.
Yet when I asked her if she thought the dresses that she sews were appropriate for high school aged girls, she just smiled.
She once again mentioned that the parent(s) not only sign off on the designs but pay her fee.
She also mentioned that in some instances a few mothers indicated that bodices weren't plunging enough or slits weren't high enough.
Seeing that some parents have missed the boat on the prom dress front, it seems up to the school to enforce a standard.
Just because your parent(s) okays a dress doesn't mean that it will get you inside of the dance.
Help the kids understand it by looking at the scores of adults that are being taken to task by their employers because of their social media usage.
Yes, everyone has a first amendment right to free speech but your employers don't have to keep you as an employee if your views are in sharp contrast to theirs or causes embarrassment/public backlash to the company. If young ladies (or in some cases gentlemen) don't like the rules enacted by their individual school or school district, they don't have to attend the prom.
If time, circumstance & finances allow perhaps they, their parents and other like minded individuals should get together and have their own formal event. That way they can dress as questionable or inappropriate as they want without worrying about those pesky school rules.
This isn't about being prudish or puritanical---it's about learning life lessons early. You can't always do (or wear) what you want. You can't always offer your opinion without some consequences.
It's about learning the difference between the things you can do and the things you should do.
I think some Secret Service agents are learning that life lesson right now.
Asking for a young woman's dress to actually have a skirt, bodice and back isn't wrong.
Trust me, you'll have the rest of your life to dress is short skirts & barely there dresses.
Just don't do it at prom.