Avoid prom dress faux pas online


Months in advance of the big night, both juniors and seniors are wondering who will be wearing what dress to Junior Banquet and the Senior Prom.

To give everyone the chance to enjoy others’ dresses and to avoid repeats, Instagram pages were created for both events. The pages began by inviting a number of students from their respective grades and waiting for the pages to grow as the information spread.

Within the last month alone, the Junior Banquet’s page has gained 144 followers and has had 44 posts, and the page designated for prom dresses has risen to a total of 182 followers and 141 posts. The pages are quickly gaining interest and followers without much thought behind who is running it or whether the pages are necessary.

One dress in particular sparked the attention of the student body when a post went up on the Junior Banquet’s page labeled as junior Elissa Tetrault’s dress. When questioned about the revealing, tiger print dress, she explained that it was sent in as a joke in hopes she could figure out who the operator was.

Aside from her failed attempt to find the operator, however, she feels the page should be taken seriously.

The operators of both pages seem to remain a mystery. The operator of the Senior Prom’s page neglected to answer a direct message asking for an interview and the operator of the Junior Banquet’s page wished to “keep a low profile.”

Nevertheless, the pages continue to grow as more and more dresses are posted.

Tetrault said, “It’s everyone’s special night, and if your [dresses are] matching you’re not going to feel as special.” For that reason she felt the page was helpful for those planning to attend either Junior Banquet or Senior Prom.

Many others feel the same way.

Senior Nancy Nguyen, although believing that girls can wear the same dress, said, “Girls want to look the best dressed, so if someone else is wearing the same dress as they are, it’ll turn it into a ‘who wore it better’ situation.”

If that is the case, then it seems as if these pages are saving people from that awkward moment on the one night dedicated to having fun.

Junior Haley Day, however, said, “People should have the option to wear whatever they want.” She said it should not be dictated by what is posted on an Instagram page and what isn’t.

In both cases, however, Tetrualt, Nguyen, and Day agreed they would not want to wear the same dress as someone else, but would not be upset if this happened.

Although the pages seem to be beneficial and harmless, there is a sense of pressure to find a dress before someone else posts it. Some such as Day feel that “having that page up there puts pressure on the girls to post their dress because everyone else is posting their dress.” Tetrault felt this pressure when she saw the influx of posts. “I was going to go dress shopping a lot later, but now I feel obligated,” she said.

For most, the fear is that their dream dress will be posted, and they will be not be able to wear the perfect gown for their special night.

Others such as senior Alyssa Weinstein, however, are holding out on dress shopping. “I have browsed around online and went to a few stores,” she said, “but I don’t want to neglect my homework because I am shopping for a prom dress. There is plenty of time in the upcoming weeks.”

At the rate the pages are growing, however, time is running out for those who want to have a unique dress for their special night.

As the prom craze grows, the pages are acting as a wakeup call for those who have not planned on when to shop.

In order to see these dresses or to post one of your own, follow dhsjb2016 for Junior Banquet or dhsprom2015 for Senior Prom.