All who wish to attend should avoid extremes in clothing, appearance, and hairstyle. You should look modest and respectful. This is a formal event. In other words, T-shirts, jeans, and tennis shoes won't work. Here are the expectations:
Young women should wear a formal or semi-formal dress of modest length that covers the shoulder and is not low-cut in the front or the back or revealing in any other manner. Scroll down for ideas on what not to wear and ideas for finding the right dress:
What not to wear:
- Sleeveless Dresses
- Spaghetti straps (dress should have sleeves)
- Short dresses–length should at least come close to the knee
- Sheer fabric
- Plunging necklines
- Open back dresses
Dress shopping can be a trial. Here are some suggestions as you plan for a wonderful evening:
- Swap or borrow – Do you have a nice dress, but you wore it last year? Trade dresses with a friend or ask around in your Ward or Stake.
- Sew What? – Sew yourself a beautiful dress or find someone who can help. Consider paying or trading (babysitting?) for sewing services. It may be easier and faster than shopping at local stores for a modest dress!
- Get a Facelift...for your dress! – Add a colored sash, jacket, or shrug. This is also a good option if you find a dress without sleeves. Just make sure your shoulders and back are covered and that you keep the jacket on. Scarves, drapes, or shawls are not an adequate cover.
- Check online – Buy a dress from an online store specializing in modest clothing. Remember that even a modest-styled dress can be immodest if it fits too tightly, shows cleavage, is too short, or is stretched so your shoulders aren't covered.
- A Few Tips (Especially for guests) – Our standards are high because you are a daughter of God! We want to see you looking modest and beautiful at the Prom. This will be a clean, wholesome, wonderful night–an evening to remember!
Young men should dress in formal wear. Tuxedos are welcome but not required. Come in a dress-shirt and dress-pants with a tie. Suit coats are also a nice way to look dressed up. You should also maintain modesty in your appearance.
So which will you wear? A tuxedo, or suit and tie? Either way, you will look marvelous!
You likely have a suit already. If not, ask around! Borrow one form a friend or family member who has your same build. You can also look at a local thrift shop for something reasonable to purchase. You may find a tuxedo!
If you choose to rent a tuxedo, check online to purchase a used tux online. Often, used tuxedos are cheaper than the cost of rental, and they sometimes even come with shoes, vests, ties, and even cufflinks.