Skip to main content

School suggested girls submit prom dresses for approval – the internet was not happy

Yes, there is a dress code. No, girls won't have to have their dresses pre-approved.

Prom season is coming up, and one central Minnesota school is getting a lot of backlash for a dress code it considered.

The high school in Osakis – which is east of Alexandria – sent out a lengthy letter last month detailing what girls and guys should wear. Then at a school board meeting last week, officials talked about having girls send in photos of their dresses for approval.

The original letter started out with all the event details – times, location, tickets, etc. – then went into dress code.

"OHS is a school that enforces dress code: consequently, appropriate attire is required since prom is an official, formal school event," the school said. It went on to say guys should wear either a tux or a sports coat with dress pants, along with dress shoes and socks.

The ladies section was a little more detailed: a dress must not be too short or low-cut, and it shouldn't show midriff or undergarments.

"An acceptable prom dress is one that you would feel comfortable wearing to a formal event at your church," the letter explains.

No one's allowed to wear baseball caps, sunglasses or tennis shoes.

The response

A lot of people were pretty upset about the dress code – particularly the idea of having only girls send in photos of themselves for approval.

"I understand having a dress code, but making girls send in photos of themselves in their dresses for approval seems EXTREME and violating!" one concerned parent wrote on Facebook.

On the other hand, there were plenty of people who supported having girls send in photos. They noted dresses have become increasingly revealing.

Whatever your thoughts, it's not happening

When all is said and done, it doesn't really matter whether or not you support the dress code, because the whole photo thing isn't actually happening.

The school posted an explanation Tuesday saying nobody has to submit any photos.

That was merely a "suggestion" (their underline) at a meeting to bring the school's dress code "up to contemporary standards."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-10 at 2.02.48 PM

Drive Shack Inc. announces upcoming 'Puttery' venue in Minneapolis

The growing business backed by Rory McIlroy is coming to the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2022-08-08 at 7.13.33 AM

BCA: Man was 'running towards' deputy with knife before fatal shooting

The Minnesota BCA has identified the four deputies who fired weapons.

Gov. Tim Walz and Scott Jensen.

MN Gun Owners Caucus won't endorse gubernatorial candidate in 2022

The organization endorsed Scott Jensen for Minnesota Senate in 2016.

WCCO building

Man who threw gun on WCCO roof charged with murder, manslaughter

The man originally lied and claimed someone else shot the victim.

Semi into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

Semi drives into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

The force from the semi was so strong that the foundation of the house was moved.


18-year-old from Zumbrota dies in Goodhue County crash

The crash happened in rural Goodhue County around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

thomas beach, bde maka ska - lake calhoun

3 Minneapolis beaches closed due to E. coli contamination

No illnesses have been reported, according to the MPRB.


'Hockeyland' documentary debuting in Minnesota movie theaters

The documentary has received great reviews at numerous film festivals.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Former Minnesota Olympic runner accused of driving drunk in Eden Prairie crash

Police said the man's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.


Man, 79, killed in ATV rollover near Faribault

The man was declared dead at the scene.

minneapolis police

Woman fighting for her life after shooting in Minneapolis

The woman was shot only about a half-hour after a 14-year-old suffered critical injuries in an apparent accidental discharge.

prior lake high school

Two students face discipline over racist messages at Prior Lake High School

Families and students were largely uncooperative with the investigation.


MN might let schools turn snow days into learn-from-home days

Even if kids can't get to school, they might still have to do schoolwork.

Some families are racing to pay off lunch debts before the school year ends

There's a campaign to raise donations to cover lunch debts in the Anoka-Hennepin district, which refers overdue accounts to collection agencies.

Vice report takes a look at segregation in Twin Cities charter schools

Vice has found that Twin Cities charter schools have a higher rate of segregation than public schools.

Charges: Driver was going 80 mph before crash that killed two high school students

Authorities say she was going up to 82 mph in a 50 mph zone.

Edina HS investigating student's Snapchat depicting KKK and hate speech

The snap shows a student with a white drawn-on cloak, and KKK written in red.

Minnesota's new Teacher of the Year used to struggle in school

Corey Bulman, who now works at Mound Westonka High, says a group of his high school teachers showed him that education is a gift that's renewed when it's shared.