Darcy Krueger had her hair done, she had rhinestone shoes on, and she was ready for her senior year homecoming dance, but, despite her best efforts, she hadn’t found the perfect dress.
No worries, she thought, as she already had a jumpsuit in her closet, and she could easily dress it up for the dance. Or so she thought.
The 17-year-old was stopped by the event planner when she arrived at the Tampa Bay Homeschool homecoming dance on September 27, and she wasn’t allowed in.
The reason? She wasn’t wearing a dress.
Darcy told CNN that the first moment the event planner saw her pants, she completely dismissed her. Her friends and she were kind of in disbelief, and they all thought that this was wrong.
The dance was held for home-schooled students in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, the tickets were $50, and the dance wasn’t associated with a specific school. The dress code, as Dancy learned, did not allow pants.
Darcy called her mom Melissa, and she was also stunned.
The dress code was sent to CNN by event organizer Stephanie Voth, and it states the requirements for “semi-formal dresses for young ladies” and advises girls to “plan their attire within a conservative manner”.
Apparently, the dress code allowed strapless, knee-length and two-piece dresses with less than a two-inch gap at the midsection, and the code stated that “they highly discourage dresses that are too revealing and that are simply too short”. It also stated that students will not be allowed in if their dress is questionable.
The boys’ dress code was very simple: pants, button-down shirt, and a tie.
Voth said in a statement that Darcy was offered to come back if she could change into the dress code, nd said that her ticket was refunded after the event.
Darcy confirmed this, but she said that “she didn’t want to support the rule”, and her mother added that the $50 were “the least of her worries”.
She said that the bigger question here is why can’t a girl wear something other than a dress – this isn’t “Little House on the Prairie”.