I am generally of the mind that skinny jeans are universally terrible. (Seriously, why would you put those on your body?) But I understand that some people like them, and I guess it’s no skin off my nose if you want to wear them.
Not everyone feels this way. A North Carolina high school senior named Shafer Rupard was kicked out of her prom because her dress was, well, not a dress at all, but red skinny jeans. According to WBTV:
After getting inside and onto the dance floor, Rupard says she was approached by a teacher and asked to leave.
“The teacher tapped me on the shoulder and said she had a problem with what I was wearing,” said Rupard. “I thought it was because of the hat or the leather jacket and I was like well I’ll take those off and she was like no, it’s the pants.”
It’s not really about the pants, though. I think that’s clear. One would expect approximately half of those in attendance wore pants. But Rupard is a girl wearing pants. To a prom, no less! Scandalous! It might be understandable — no less absurd, but understandable — if Rupard violated some kind of policy. But no, that’s not the case, either. School administration, when confronted, admitted as much.
So basically Rupard was kicked out of her own prom for no good reason. She was kicked out because a teacher didn’t approve of her dress. I have a very hard time believing that had she been wearing a skirt, even just a simple one, I would not be writing this post right now.
But there is another possibility. Prom is expensive. Really expensive. The cost has gone down a bit since last year, but, on average, Americans spend about $1,000 on prom.
In certain parts of the country – in states such as California, Washington and Oregon – the average cost of prom can get as high as $1,125, the survey found. The Northeast also had similar reported costs, at $1,104. Midwestern and Southern families plan to spend the least, at $835 and $926, respectively.
It’s not quite that simple. The cost of prom-related items haven’t gone up nearly as quickly as other consumer goods. But $800 to $1,000 is still a lot of money, and it’s money that not all families have, especially in this economy where the middle class continues to be squeezed.
I can imagine a circumstance in which someone can’t or simply doesn’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars for one night of fun. I can also imagine a situation in which a high school student would want to go experience prom anyway. It wasn’t that long ago that I went to my own prom, and I remember repeatedly getting the message that it was an experience I would never forget. Why shouldn’t people who can’t afford expensive dresses and corsages get to enjoy this right of passage?
To be clear, there is no indication that Rupard can’t afford the accoutrements that go along with prom. She just wore what she wanted to wear. Which is, of course, a perfectly legitimate choice to make. Her choice, and the teacher’s choice to kick her out of her own prom, has brought into stark relief something that most of us know intuitively just from living in the world. If you don’t look just right, be prepared to get some grief for it.
Photo Credit: WBTV news video screenshot