Local boutique owner weighs in on dress code issue for Shelton High students

MADISON, Conn. (WTNH) — Students and the superintendent in Shelton continue to hold their ground regarding the dress code for prom.

Last Friday, the students were told over the intercom system at school that they could not wear dresses that exposed their back, midriff or sides. Students say the dress code policy does not mention prom attire, but school officials say this was spelled out to everyone. To make matters worse for students, anyone who does not comply with the dress code will not be able to go to prom.

Asiye Kay is the owner of Asiye’s Boutqiue in Madison. Over the last several months she’s been selling prom dresses to girls from Shelton.

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“We buy what is available in the market and the customer purchases what’s available in the market,” said Kay.

News 8 found that many of the dresses available expose a girl’s back, which the school doesn’t want. But Kay says it’s all about what’s in style. Especially when young girls see celebrities like Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez wearing the same types of dresses.

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“It’s all about what is out there. What is the trend, what are the stars wearing. What is in fashion,” said Kay.

Kay reminds everyone to make sure you know your school policy before you buy a dress for any school occasion. But she adds it’s also up to the school to make the policy clear to students and parents.

In this case, students say there is a gray area because their handbook mentions what they cannot wear in school, not prom. Now many are wondering if they can somehow alter their dress so that they can go to prom. Kay says there are options, but time is ticking.

“We can work with shawls and shears,” said Kay. “Unfortunately in this case time is short.”

Shelton schools say they have reviewed 100 prom dresses so far. They say 15 have been deemed inappropriate, 82 have been approved, and a decision has not been made on three.

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