The Demise of the Prom Dress - Page 2
To our relief, there were a few girls dressed in beautiful, age-appropriate dresses. And while a couple of them were probably more throw-backs to the gowns of my era, there were some dressed in gowns that managed to be chic and modern and yet not reveal more than they should. Some were short, some were long, some had more detail than the others and yet each complimented the girl wearing them beautifully. The girl was wearing the dress, rather than the dress wearing the girl.
I remember so vividly the many different homecoming, prom and other dance dresses I selected in high school. Wanting each one to look special on me, but also to be different from what every other girl was going to wear. Sadly, what we witnessed that night was very few girls looking special, but rather very many girls looking the same and very un-special. "Where were their parents?" my fellow critiquers and I kept asking? "How could they let them out the door like that?" Not just the girls' parents, but even the boys' parents — I would not be terribly happy if my son went out the door with his date looking like some of those girls.
Have we lost our minds? Our taste? Our ability to parent? What has happened in our society that would allow so many young women to walk out the door dressed in such a poor manner for what should be a night when they feel like the prettiest girl in town?
What made it all that much more poignant to me is that several of us in that lobby were women who had just left an awards ceremony and were dressed in evening attire. We ranged from short to tall, thin to overweight, early twenties to "senior citizens." A variety of clothing in a variety of styles, and yet of the hundreds of women there, there weren't wildly inappropriate dresses or outfits. Was it because it was a women-only event and therefore we didn't feel the need to bare more than we should? Or is it simply the difference between a girl trying to find her identity and a woman knowing that her confidence comes from within, not from inappropriately displaying all her body parts?Continued on the next page