Teenage aged daughters are notorious for being rebellious, though that certainly is not a blanket statement. The problem is that prom season can make even the most level headed of girls a little wacky. Perhaps it is because everyone is focused on the dress or maybe it’s the pictures. Regardless as a parent it is a very good idea for you to tag along. You don’t want to put a damper on her prom, so how to you manage? You learn the trends and what is appropriate and inappropriate among that trend.
Trend #1: Short Dresses
I know, it looks nothing like what you would have worn to your prom, but you have to realize many girls opt for this look because it is easier to dance in. What you have to watch most for with these dresses is that they are often too short or too low cut. It is going to be up to you to decide what is too short for your daughter, but generally speaking if your daughter has long legs that is great, but they are the ones who are most likely to have trouble with this style dress.
This dress is an example of one that is probably too short to be function at prom. On the flip side, there are plenty of dresses that are short that aren’t quite that short.
Trend #2: Cut Out Dresses
These have been popular for the last year or two and are on the decline, though they are still popular. As a whole they are not inherently in appropriate. The issue is that some cut out prom dresses include other features that end up showing way too much skin. They can be appropriate and great… or not.
Trend #3: Backless Dresses
This trend strikes fear into the hearts of some dads out there but realize it could be much worse. At least they are showing off their back rather than their chest. The trick with all the styles is balance. Showing a little skin is fine, showing too much is not classy. It is about helping your daughter find the balance to keep her from looking too adult. Don’t worry though, there are tons of awesome gowns and dresses that are appropriate.
Trend #4: Animal Print
This trend is super popular and it is less about preventing too much skin and more about helping your daughter avoid going too far. Essentially, you want to make sure your daughter doesn’t end up accidentally looking like a Jersey Shore stereotype.Don’t get me wrong, I love this trend and never had the guts to rock it. I just hope if I had someone would have helped me find the classy versions, not the over the top or tacky ones.
I know prom dresses because I’m a twenty something, meaning my prom wasn’t so far away, but I’m adult enough to know what is too much skin, and understand the price you pay for ignoring it. Teachers will remember who wasn’t dressed appropriately and it will definitely attractive negative attention from teachers and boys.