Just a few days ago, dapperQ praised Teen Vogue for publishing prom dress alternatives in their article “The Prom Dress Is Dead — Here’s How to Wear a Suit Better Than the Boys,” which offered some incredible masculine, tomboy, and andro prom inspo. Our excitement about this mainstream support of greater freedom of gender expression for youth was quickly soured when we recently learned that Aniya Wolf, a high school student at Bishop McDevitt High School in PA, was asked to leave her prom for wearing a tuxedo.
The school provided the following statement to ABC news:
“The dress code for the prom specified girls must wear formal dresses. It also stated that students who failed to follow the dress code would not be admitted. The full dress code policy was sent to parents about three months ago. A reminder was sent to all students on March 6. On Friday afternoon, when it was brought to the attention of the school administration that a female student was planning to wear a tuxedo, we contacted her mother in hopes we could resolve the situation. It’s important to note that students who haven’t adhered to the dress code in past years haven’t been admitted to the prom.”
Got something to say to Aniya’s school? Here’s how to reach them:
Address: 1 Crusader Way, Harrisburg, PA 17111
Phone: (717) 236-7973
“In my experiences and perception with Prom, the point of prom is not simply to have a formal, suit and tie affair.
The point is for the students to have a memorable night where they are able to dress up in extravagance. And, how they choose to dress up is usually an expression of themselves.
I think requiring a strict dress code for Prom means losing focus of what it’s about. It’s about the students, and how they want it to be.”
She did wear formal attire, just not the kind that is specified for what she has in her pants. I don’t see a problem with this. She looks fabulous in a tuxedo and she should have been admitted.