Buying a prom dress is hard.
Yes, I know that makes me sound like the ultimate spoiled white brat, but it really is. First, prom dresses are ridiculously over-priced. Second, you don’t want to get the same one as anyone else, so you need to try to find the most low-key stores. And third, you have to obey “the rules”.
At some schools, the rules of dresses are very prominent at a social level. Although never articulated on paper, it is a well-known tradition that only seniors can wear long dresses. I have witnessed actual shaming of 11th grade girls who have worn long dresses to prom. As a result, I was nervous when trying to find a dress for OVS prom. I do not get dressed up often, and when I do, I like to go all out. I had never worn a long dress until just a few weeks ago, aside from the school musical. When I went shopping with my mom for dresses, I fell in love with the first one I tried on. One problem: it was long. I texted multiple friends that were seniors at OVS asking if they would care about me wearing a long dress, expecting a rage in response. However, I was completely surprised with the positive response. Apparently, the “rules” were non-existent at OVS. Once I got over my shock, I was pleased. This absence of the rule, although small and insignificant in the long run, shows the loving, family aspect of the OVS community.