What kind of dress should a prom chaperone wear?

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  1. orangetea

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    I'm chaperoning the senior prom on Friday and I have no idea what I'm supposed to wear. Is a sleeveless dress generally acceptable? And I know I should wear high heels, but how uncomfortable is it to stand in them all night?
     
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    It really depends on your school. At my last school, we dressed pretty formally. Here I think it is more like what you would wear to a wedding. At my high school, I remember the teachers dressing kind of business formal with the women wearing suits.

    You are probably better off asking another co-worker who has been before, or even the kids.
     
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    A dress that you would wear to a cocktail or dinner party...

    I wear heels all day..if you don't ever wear them, get a smaller kitten heel.
     
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    Right-- I've always worn a cocktail dress with heels.

    At our upcoming Senior Sendoff (it's a dinner cruise to the Statue of Liberty) I usually wear my dressiest pants suit-- I tend to spend most of my time out on deck and it gets chilly. And I make sure my shoes are a little sturdier, in case the water gets a little rough.
     
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    Like others have said, it will depend on your school. One of my friends teaches in a big city school that has their prom at a ballroom in a hotel. The adults wear cocktail dresses and suits.

    My school is a small, rural school that has the prom in the school gym. The teachers were dressed more in "church clothes". I did wear heels, but I wear them a lot anyway. (I buy the higher-end comfortable ones.) Plenty of people wear flats. A good number of the girls wear flats with their prom dresses, too.
     
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    I have never understood heels. I work with a nice looking lady (very tall) and she still wears them sometimes. I told her "Christine, you need heels like Bill Gates needs a loan." I think the man that invented heels disliked women. Do women wear them as some sort of appearance enhancement? They look dangerous or at least precarious.
     
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    I love the way they look. They're frequently very comfortable, at least if you guy the right ones. They make me feel more dressed up, more feminine.

    I don't wear them every day-- right now I'm in jeans and sneakers. But I don't feel dressed up in flats.
     
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    I don't think you ever NEED heels. If you like them, great. They look awesome, but anything over 1" can be damaging to your body. They're only comfy if you're accustomed to wearing them often (I used to be, not anymore). I tend to stick to dressy flats outside of a few special occasions.
     
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    I love heels...and I'm 5'7" without them!

    I don't find them uncomfortable...and some think heels make your legs look better...
     
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    We wear cocktail dresses.
     
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    I agree with all said and the heels did make my legs look great but I found the heels were killing me.











    :lol:
     
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    Don't feel pressured to wear heels. :)

    I would have to be forced to attend such a dance...and I would be wearing dress pants.

    For what's it's worth, I do find a lot of heels "structurally appealing", but I'm just not personally a fan of wearing them.
     
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    When our school held their prom, I wore a sleeveless black dress with little kitten heels.
     
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    I love the way heels look, but don't think they're that comfortable. But they really make people's legs look nice. I also don't like kitten heels that much.

    I think I'll wear heels that are about 3.5 inches tall and deal with them. I'm only 5'1, so formal dresses won't look that good without heels. I don't wear heels to school too often--maybe once in two weeks. And my feet always hurt at the end of the day. Most of the time, I wear dressy flats to work. But I usually wear heels when I go out.

    I have a black peplum dress that's about 1.5 inches above the knee. I was thinking of wearing it with red or black heels--not sure which yet. I don't want to spend money on a new dress. Does it sound alright?
     
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    Read the dress code for the kids. Our prom now requires girls to wear floor-length gowns... things were getting a bit um, risque, with some of the dresses. Teachers are expected to adhere to the kid's dress code.
     
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    Thanks--I'll definitely check it out. I really hope I won't need to wear a floor length formal dress because I haven't bought one since my own prom. If this is the case, I'd have to buy a dress or wear pants, neither of which I want to do.

    BUt I do know that girls are allowed to wear short prom dresses here.
     
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    Just don't look better than the Prom Queen.
     
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    prom attire

    First, heels are awesome, make your legs looks better, and are often a conversation piece (at least with me). For our school, senior prom is usually at a very formal site, so teachers usually dress up. Some even get their hair and nails done specifically for prom. I always wear something I'd wear to a fancy wedding, but not necessarily what a student would wear to a prom. Guys always look great in a suit. Lucky! lol
     
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    I'm wearing 4" heels at the order of my surgeon. I have stretched my Achilles tendon and am trying to avoid surgery. The heels allow my tendon to relax. The boot I'm wearing has a wedge. My surgeon is highly respected ankle/foot specialist.
     
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    I think you are obviously the exception rather than the rule.
     

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