Wednesday, April 09, 2008


at the Academy of Our Lady in New Orleans:

The formal/semi-formal dance dress code:


* Dresses must be formal, short or long, appropriately fitting and modest.

* No halters.

* Hemlines or slits for dresses must be no shorter than 2 inches above the

* No bare-backs, low necklines, visible midriffs, straps or cutouts below
the traditional bra line.

* Strapless dresses and spaghetti straps are allowed provided they follow
the previous rules.

* Dress shoes; no tennis shoes, boots, or slippers.

* No hats, bandannas, or headwear of any kind is permitted.

* No pierced body parts are to be visible except the ear lobes.

* No visible tattoos.


* Coat and traditional ties, sport coats, dress pants, suits, or tuxedos.

* No banded shirts.

* Shirts must be tucked in at all times.

* Ties must be worn properly at all times.

* Hem circumference is to be no larger than 16 inches. Pants are to fit
properly (no oversized clothing) and are to be worn at an appropriate level
to the waist.

* Dress shoes and dress socks.

* No hats, bandanas, or headwear of any kind are permitted.

* No pierced body parts are to be visible except the ear lobes.

* No visible tattoos.


Interesting. Especially when I look at the picture that accompanies the article. The girl in front is wearing a dress that wouldn't have passed the Tomko dresscode.

Ironically, back in the days of proms, my daughter picked one that just marginally passed muster with her mom. It was quite sophisticated and studded with glitz. She hung it on the back of her door to admire. But finally she decided to take it back and opt for a more conservative, less glitzy style because she concluded that lovely as it looked, it just wasn't her. (I managed to keep the gap-toothed grin over this little victory to myself!)

One of the most attractive prom dresses I've seen in a long time was on the girlfriend of a nephew who lives in Mormon country. I thought my standards were strict! The girl looked quite beautiful in a floor length dress with a very conservative neckline and opaque sleeves. She looked far more attractive than anyone I've seen in prom attire around Akron, Ohio in as long as I can remember.

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