Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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April 4, 2012

Prom dress codes vary

Some students allowed to go all-out, others must be modest


Many of Johnson County’s young ladies are getting ready for prom by finding the just-right dress and matching their date’s tux to a perfect hue. 

But to what one deems “the dress,” school administrators may give a disappointing rejection. Before dropping hundreds of dollars on the gown of your dreams, think twice about what’s appropriate for a high school dance, or you may end up dancing the night away in a T-shirt. 

It’s typically a good idea to stay away from midriff-baring, cut-up-to-there and plunging back or neckline dresses. In other words, stay away from what stars are wearing on the red carpet, local school administrators warn. 

Alvarado High School’s prom was Saturday. Students were asked not to wear dresses that showed their midriffs, excessive skin or dresses that sat higher than 4 inches above the knee. 

An Alvarado ISD spokesperson said tattoos could not be visible and no piercings, other than regular, school-appropriate ones, were allowed to be worn. 

Chris Magee, AHS principal, said all but one student was in compliance with the dress code. She was turned away, but returned later in the evening with a more appropriate dress. 

“We said, ‘Unfortunately, we think you look very nice but you’re not in AHS prom dress code,’” Magee said, “‘We let you know back in September, October what the dress code was going to be.’”

However, dress code doesn’t apply to Joshua High School students who will be attending their prom on April 28 at the Granbury Convention Center.

“That’s the only night of the year we don’t have a dress code,” JHS Principal Mick Cochran said. “Our students have always been very modest, and I am going to continue to trust them. If myself and the other adults felt like something was way over the top, we would probably ask [the student] to make an adjustment. 

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