You may have already filed prom dresses in the "been there, done that" compartment of your brain, but it looks like the high school evening wear is getting non-teenagers talking again.
The New York Post reports that students are now taking to social media to lay claim on their prom dresses, using some forceful language to deter classmates from stealing their looks. Facebook groups like “Bitch Don’t Steal My Dress!,” “if YOU steal MY prom dress, bitch I’ma cut you” and “Steal My Prom Dress and I’ll Knock You The F--k Out” are just a few of the forums created to ensure that no young lady suffers the embarrassment of wearing the same dress as another student on her big night.
This is no new phenomenon, though -- even we can remember storekeepers maintaining extensive binders to keep track of which girl from each high school purchased which dress. Now, however, teens are afforded the luxury of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr to instantly inform peers: Don't even think about buying my dress.
Frankly, the social media tactic isn't particularly new either. We've seen these groups sprout up the past few years, plenty of which seem quite innocent. Most comments veer on the positive side ("soo pretty") and posters ask nicely for others not to purchase their gown (usually with a smiley face). Luckily, many don't seem much different than the harmless, pre-Instagram double-checking we attempted to do during our proms. Perhaps the group names could use a little work, though...
So tell us: Are these social media groups a problem or just an example of proactive teen behavior? Have you had a positive or negative experience dealing with these groups? Sound off in the comments!
Check out some prom fashion trends!
Oscar-worthy gold metallic cocktail dresses and floor-length gowns are one of our favorite prom trends of the year. Balance out the bright gold with toned down black or neutral accents.
Red was a big trend at the awards shows this year: Make a bold, celeb-approved choice for prom with a floor-length, slinky scarlet gown.
Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner
FILE - This Feb. 6, 2013 file photo shows sisters Kendall Jenner, left, and Kylie Jenner walking the runway at the Red Dress Collection 2013 Fashion Show in New York. Kendall and Kylie Jenner are taking a cue from big sisters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian -- and launching their own clothing line. Kendall, 17, and Kylie, 15, has teamed up with PacSun to put out clothes aimed at teen girls. (Photo by John Minchillo/Invision/AP, file)
If there's one thing we can learn about style from Taylor Swift, it's that a long, flowing white dress is always a classy choice for a red-carpet event. Keep white from looking too bridal but adding black or metallic accents.
Show a little leg with a tasteful skirt slit, like this skirt worn by Ashley Tisdale.
The sweetheart necklace is a classic, romantic silhouette for prom, and we're loving some of this season's newest styles that are flattering for almost any figure.
Take a cue from Chloe Moretz and go bold this year in a bright, eye-catching solid-colored dress.
Prom is the perfect occasion to go all-out in all-over sequins, either in a pretty neutral or metallic hue, or a bright all-over color like Nina Dobrev.
Dressed-up peplum was all over the red carpet this year, and we're even seeing it on some of the season's prom dresses. Opt for a shorter, flirty style to avoid too much fabric.
Take an all-over patterns up a notch with an embellished print with a statement-making textured print like brocade.
Old Hollywood Waves
Classic, 1940s-style waves are a go-to for any red carpet event, and some of favorite celebs have been rocking the romantic look on the red carpet this year. Try your own using a curling iron and a YouTube tutorial!
Old Hollywood Waves
Add an unexpected element to your look with a bright statement necklace in a color that complements your dress and a dramatic updo, like Bella Thorne.
Give your style a rocker-chic edge -- but still look elegant and on-trend -- with a pair of platform-heel peep-toe ankle boots.
Add some shine to a neutral-colored dress with a silver or gold metallic heel, like these booties that Bella Thorne sported on the red carpet.
Feminine lace heels were all runway this year, like these spiky heels worn by Zendaya Coleman. Pair them with a bright cocktail-length dress or wear them peeping out beneath a black floor-length gown.
If you're going bright with your prom dress this year, top off the look with a complementary colorblock heel.
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