Stitched dollars

When buying that dress "off the rack" isn't an option

Marimar Gutierrez '15, Lifestyle Staff

Shopping for the perfect homecoming outfit is no problem for Jones girls that have found creative ways to obtain a dress without emptying their pockets.

Popular dress stores such as Windsor advertise dresses that range from 40 to 200 dollars, when max some girls are willing to spend is only 40 dollars “I would spend from 30 to 40 dollars on a dress” said Audrey James’16. Girls in Jones are finding ways to stay within budget.

Many stores offer great deals to stay within your budget. Such as Plato’s closet where you can sell some of your old clothing .Other stores such as H&M give coupons if you recycle clothing of any type of fabric.

However the search can end in your own home. If you have an older sibling that loves you and happens to be your same size, then you may skip the dressing rooms and long lines. “I am just going to wear my sister dress” said Julie Lohman’15 “It does not even have to be a very fancy dress” she added.

Some students think outside the box as someone’s former dress could be another’s treasure.

“I am just going to do what I did last year and buy a dress for 10 dollars at a thrift shop” said Abigail Burrus’15. Burrus shops at thrift stores often and likes to explore, she adds “most of the clothes are casual but every once in a while there will be a fancy dress.”

It can also be a memorable experience with friend. “I went to find it with my friends and we all found some dress to wear,” said Burrus.

Options are not limited to department store your older siblings closet or a thrift stores, Jones might be your best bet.

Administration has turned the hall ways a runway show by proving girls of low income homecoming and prom dresses. Donations from staff community partners, parents and students have made this a possibility for many girls.

Administration in past years has made a runway out of the halls by providing dresses to girls with economic need. Donations from staff, students, parents and community partners make this happen.

Assistant Principal Carolyn Rownd has been contacted by many girls in situation. “The Jones community provides assistance to supply everyone with the necessary things for school” said Rownd.

Social worker Emily Cambry is also open to help these girls. Staff aware of special situationS refer the girls to Cambry, adding “we keep it very private” she says.

Not opting for a new expensive dress goes far beyond economic positions.

Not opting for a new dress goes far beyond economic positions. Jones is composed of students of the Millennial generation, born with in the years of 1982 to 2002. According to Pew Research, the feeling of economic security is lower than any of past generations, adding that half of Millennials say they do not believe there will be any money for them in the Social Security system by the time they are ready to retire.

At Jones, that sentiment is echoed by students and seeing that special dress as not really worth coughing up big bills. “I will probably only wear it once, it is not worth spending money.” said Iesha Moreland’16.

Dress or no dress homecoming is about having a good time; it should be no cause for stress “It is a time to relax with your friends.” said Adia Reed’18