Prom or Porn

I will never forget the dress I wore to my senior prom.

It was an oh-so 80s frock, which featured a crushed black velvet side-draped bodice and off-the-shoulder neckline, paired with an iridescent blue tea-length bottom with asymmetrical hem.

I think I was channeling Laney in She’s All That… a decade ahead of time.

The dress was far from revealing. Save for my semi-bare shoulders (I wore a wrap) and a hint of my pantyhose-covered ankles and shins, I was pretty much covered from head to toe.

Compared to what girls are wearing to prom these days, my dress was fit for a nun.

Interestingly, much to do has been made of a recent New York Post article on prom dresses that make schoolgirls look like strippers. Only I didn’t need to read the piece to know that most high schoolgirls are into “slutty chic.” Last weekend, during a make-up run to Macy’s, I saw firsthand the delight on the faces of pre-prom going teens as they tried on a bevy of bellybutton-baring, cleavage-enhancing, teeny-tiny gowns.

Or should I say, extra-large loincloths.

According to the New York Post, 2010 prom dresses consist of “barely enough fabric to make a washcloth. “

No kidding.

Most of the gowns I saw were backless… and there wasn’t much to the front either. Plunging necklines are one thing, but some of these frocks featured little more than flower pasties to cover a teen’s bazookas.

According to the Post, one of the most popular prom dresses this season is a backless $380 floor-length leopard print frock that features a diamond cut-out between the breasts and no sides.

“I can’t believe that mothers let high-school girls buy these dresses for prom,” one sales associate at Saks Fifth Avenue told the paper.

And there’s the rub: parents. Where are they when their daughters are choosing these trashy gowns? Why are they fronting the money to pay for gowns better fit for prostitutes, and furthermore, why would they want their little princesses to dress like porn queens?

The Saks employee went on to add that she was “embarrassed” to be selling a collection of prom dresses that were more appropriate for a strip club than a high school soiree, but did so anyway because in most cases the parent couldn’t convince the child to get a more conservative gown.

With dresses like this is it any wonder that a new survey found that one-third of all prom-goers end up losing their virginity on the night of the big dance?

What do you make of the atrocious apparel?

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.