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Answer Angel: Proper prom wear for a parking lot party

Ellen Warren, Tribune News Service on

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Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I’m a senior at a high school having a COVID-safe prom. It’s (drumroll) in the parking lot. Each couple gets a parking space to decorate as they wish and to hang in for the event. There’s a social distancing space between each couple’s decorated parking spot. What, dear Answer Angel, does one wear to a parking lot formal?

— Nia

Dear Nia: This is definitely the first time I’ve been asked that question! There are simply, wonderfully, no fashion “don’ts” for your parking lot prom. Invent your own style. Anything goes.


Traditional: A fancy gown and four-inch heels.

Casual: Cutoffs and tennis shoes.


In between: A simple dress, pants or skirt and blouse combo with ballet flats.

Whimsical: Costumes for you and your date like you might wear for Halloween — another big day (and my birthday) that you probably missed out on because of the pandemic.

There’s only one requirement when dressing for this unique event, if there's any indoor component: Lead by example. Wear a mask.

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: After reading a story in the New York Daily News that “skirts are emerging as a new trend in menswear fashions” I’ve decided to try it out. But I’m not sure what to wear on top or what shoes will work.


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