Prom Dress Code 2024 Guidelines
Don't let anyone despise your youth, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
Ladies Dress Code
NO HEMLINES WILL BE ALTERED AT PROM
- Modest, God-honoring attire
- Long gowns encouraged, but not required
- Short dresses must be at the bottom of the knee (Due to time constraints, prom volunteers will not add fabric to short dresses)
- Hems, slits, wraps in long gowns must fall below the bottom of the knee when walking or standing
- Strapless gowns - refer to the above "Dress Code Made Simple" (it is your responsibility to ensure your gown stays in place throughout the evening)
- Dress back no lower than natural waistline (smallest part of your torso)
- Midriff covered by non-see-through fabric in front and sides (no cutouts)
- You must be fully covered from about your underarm to the bottom of your knees (see-through fabric is not acceptable)
- Undergarments present but not visible
- Nice shoes, sandals, boots, or clean and comfortable shoes to wear while dancing
- Jumpsuits Pant/Pantsuit must be pre-approved. Email Prom Committee at PetaJoules@gmail.com
- Plunging necklines - See "Dress Code Made Simple"
- Two piece dresses
- Any cutouts in the front or sides of the dress (*see additional information/clarification below)
- Back of dress lower than the natural waistline
- Farm Boots
- Offensive tattoos
- No Costumes or Cosplay allowed
- No tuxes
No Hemlines Will Be Altered at Prom
Due to time and space constraints, no hemlines will be altered at prom. If your dress is too short, you will not be able to enter prom until you are within dress code, and no one will be unable to help you.
*Additional Information/Clarification - Sides of Dress
Our Prom Committee has the ability to make exceptions if everything on your body is appropriately covered. One of our biggest issues is under the arm. We are looking for coverage first, then we can make an exception where the “see through” material begins or where the dress starts descending down the side of the body towards the back. The Dress Code states that the sides of the gown must extend under your arms when your arms are at your sides. Please understand that we are looking for coverage, therefore, we may be able to allow a halfway point under your arm, if everything is appropriately covered.
Gentlemen's Dress Code
- Dress Suit (Coordinating jacket and slacks)
- Current formal military uniform (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, etc.)
- Dress Kilt (must be to the top of the knee)
- White dinner jacket with black trousers
- Neck tie, bow tie, bolo tie or other formal neckwear is required
- Collared, long-sleeved, button up shirt
- Dress shoes, dress boots, or nice, comfortable shoes for dancing
- Formal Western Wear must be pre-approved. Email Prom Committee at PetaJoules@gmail.com
- Paramilitary Uniform (ROTC, CAP, etc.)
- No Costume or Cosplay
- Farm Boots
- Flip-flops or open-toed shoes
- Offensive tattoos
For All Attendees
Dancing Without Shoes
Dance barefoot at your own risk. If you choose to do so, you should make note of the location of the First Aid room.
ACTION Team Advice
Because we have a very active event with lots of dancing, lots of games, and lots of fun, our Senior student Team advises that all first time prom attendees need to realize that you will want to be comfortable instead of having to adjust your clothing all evening ( check out all dress code suggestions ). You may also want to consider selecting an outfit that is not too tight or constraining. We want you to be handsome, as well as comfortable, while having the time of your life!
In the Unlikely Event...
If a member of the Prom Committee asks you to step out of the check-in line, they will explain their concerns to you. It is possible that you will be pulled from the line and after closer consideration, no fix will actually be necessary. If a fix is required, and you want to stay at prom, you have two options:
- Change into something that complies with our dress code.
- Fix your own ensemble to meet the dress code.
We do not want to turn anyone away due to a dress code violation. However, we reserve the right to do so and we will. Please send questions to our Prom Committee at PetaJoules@gmail.com or Text 254-479-9272 (Ruth Babel).
Dress Checks All Evening
Please be aware that we have more than one dress check throughout the evening. Our Prom Committee, as well as other chaperones, will be looking for dress code violations all night. You may be asked to follow a team member to the fix-it area for adjustments to your attire.
These dress code rules have been in effect since the 2019 prom. Anyone inside prom who is not following the dress code will be required to leave immediately. There will be no refunds for students who are removed due to dress code violations. Those not following dress code will also not have photos depicting themselves on the prom photo website. Do your part and remain in dress code all evening.