Middle-school girls want to look like top models at their graduation ceremonies, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Principals want to avoid the Lolita look.
At one middle school graduation, halters tops are OK, but spaghetti straps aren’t. At another, it’s the reverse. Strapless dresses and high heels are banned at most intermediate schools. And at Cupertino’s Kennedy Middle School’s ceremony tonight, administrators will bring shawls in case they need a “quick fix” for a skimpy dress.
Welcome to Pomp, Circumstance and Dress Code, 2008: ground zero in the teen-adult war over sensibilities, decency and identity.
A few schools just dress everyone in robes.