A few weeks ago my fourteen year approached me with the words that I figured I still had time before I heard them” Mom we have a dance coming up at school…can I go”?
My baby is a good student and a good kid and very rarely asks to go anywhere so of course I said yes. Now came the next debacle …what to wear!
What should have been an easy and fun process , frankly became a pain in the ass. The school had a (so called) strict dress code which consisted of no spaghetti straps without a cover up and the dress had to come below your knees. The other stipulation was that it had to be formal.
So off I go to the stores where I found nothing. Everything was either to long , to short, strapless or had spaghetti straps and no cover up to match.
I googled “homecoming dresses” figuring those would be alittle more less risque then some of the prom dresses I had come across. I searched high and low for two weeks and finally on Amazon ,I found a dress that wasn’t strapless, didn’t have spaghetti straps and hit well below the knee without being to long and looking like it was for a more mature woman.
I admit I was pretty damn annoyed that the school seemed to be dictating what I could buy for my child. I mean hell don’t they know how much goes into finding a dress and shoes anyway , not to mention finding one that meets specific requirements.
Sidenote: The girls also are allowed to wear tank tops with spaghetti straps…ugh! All the Walmart special tanks are spaghetti strapped so that rules those out!
It wasn’t until I picked up my daughter that my whining ceased because at that very moment I understood why the school had to implement these restrictions. Out came a young girl in my daughter’s grade with 5 inch heels on and a one piece skin tight dress. Even though I understood why the school created these rules, I had to wonder why the school didn’t stop the student from entering the dance.
All that aside it was after 9pm and I was to tired to become the “Norma Rae” of the dance. At that very moment I was so glad that my fourteen year old look fourteen and not twenty!
How do you feel about restrictions of certain types of clothes at your children’s school?
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