A prom dress shouldn’t overshadow the night itself
The second semester of high school is pretty jampacked with all sorts of major events and stress-inducing moments. Although students just barely escaped the clutches of midterms, they now have to worry about bigger things- finals, college, ACT’s and SAT’s, etc. However, there is another major force facing us that seems to be arousing quite a lot of anxiety among upperclassmen: prom. There’s the stress about who you’re going to take, how you may want to “prompose” to someone, and of course, the dreaded picking of what to wear.
Now for guys, admittedly, it seems pretty easy. All you have to do is rent a tux and you’re good to go. But for girls, it seems to be this huge, convoluted process. It involves hours of browsing online for the perfect dress, and then going to the designated Facebook group, proudly displaying the dress you have decided upon while also discreetly proclaiming “This is my dress, and no one else can take it!” So at the end of the day, we are left to face this big question: is it really necessary to “claim a dress”? Or is it a pointless exercise?
Prom is, after all, a special night for seniors in particular. It’s one of the final times you get to join together with your entire grade before graduation and have a fun time with everyone. In addition, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to show off your individuality and unique style- prom is the perfect time to express that. It’s also the only time you’ll probably be wearing that dress for the rest of your life, so you might as well make the most of it.
However, we can also look at in the reverse. It is a dress we will be wearing only once so should it really be paid much attention to? The whole idea of “claiming a dress” in the first place seems like a way to basically show off your outfit anyway, and could be viewed, in its own way, as a competition over who has the best dress. Girls are literally posting their dresses up to two months in advance, in a frantic hurry to make sure nobody else dares to copy what they wear. It places even more stress on this idea that we need to be choosing the perfect dress, when really, maybe it shouldn’t matter in the slightest.
Prom is meant to be a night in which we join together as a grade for one of the final times in our high school experience, not one in which we fret over who is wearing what. At the end of the day, when we look back on this day twenty years in the future, it won’t matter what we were wearing, as long as we had a good time. And no matter what you’re wearing, whether it’s identical to someone else’s dress or not, you’ll be rocking it.
By Lauren Kroell