Here is a helpful guide when shopping for your formal dresses to know what is appropriate and acceptable for our young ladies at GRACE. The emphasis for all dresses is modesty, which is partially a function of the cut of the dress, but also a function of the shape of the girl wearing the dress. Therefore, a dress may be modest and approved for one girl yet be immodest and inappropriate for another due to differences in height, weight and body shape.
Regardless of neckline, dresses must not reveal cleavage.
Strapless dresses are appropriate when modest (see above) and well-fitting. Sweetheart necklines will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Dress length is measured from the highest point of the opaque fabric for all hemlines and must be no more than four inches above the knee (measurement is from the crease in the back of the knee to the highest portion of the hemline). Lace or sheer fabrics are not included in the measurement. Hi-lo dresses are measured at the highest point of the opaque fabric (front, back or side).
Dress slits should be no more than four inches above the knee.
Midriffs must be completely covered (no see-through materials or cut-outs), no two-piece dresses unless top completely covers skirt even with arms raised.
Dress backs cannot be lower than the bottom of the rib cage.
Sides of dresses must extend from the front of the dress all the way under the arm so that there is no flesh on flesh contact between the arm and the torso. Sides of dresses must be solid with no cut-outs.
Dresses that are cut to be form-fitting must not be skin tight and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.