Girls Staking Claims on Prom Dresses Via Facebook

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Back off! That prom dress is mine I already claimed it on Facebook. Credit: Getty Images

It is the ultimate male bonding experience.

You get together with your old man and your best male buddies to go shopping for a black tuxedo for that special evening. Maybe it's the prom.

Then, you find it. The perfect tux. And what happens? The big night comes, and two other guys are wearing the exact same black tuxedo.

Go ahead, big guy, cry. Life rarely gets more traumatic than this.

If only men could be more like women. Gals across the country have found a way to avoid this soul-crushing scenario. They're using social media sites such as Facebook to make sure no one snags their prom dresses and other formal frocks.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports girls at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pa., have set up the Facebook group "Please Don't Buy My Prom Dress." Once a girl has found that oh-so-perfect prom dress, she can post it on the group's page to alert girls everywhere to keep their mitts off of it.

She can even upload a photo of the dress to make sure there are no misunderstandings.


"I think it's a good idea," Barbara Sylk, an aunt helping her 15-year-old niece shop for a prom dress, tells the Inquirer. "Even if it's the same dress but a different color, they get upset."

The Inquirer reports these new sites allow girls to post photos, share critiques, comment on other selections and check out their friends' frocks. All that's left is getting a date and hoping to God another guy doesn't show up in the same tux.

Debbi Weidman of Lafayette Hill, Pa., is grown up now, but still suffers PTSD from her prom in 1977. Another girl showed up in a similar prom dress. Weidman will never forget the horror.

"I wore pink, and her dress was in green," she tells the Inquirer. "It was awful. We looked like mismatched bookends."

Of course, if everyone posts what they're wearing to the prom, there are few surprises come the big night. Students will be forced to enjoy themselves without obsessing about other people's clothes.

Laura Kelly, an 18-year-old senior at Merion Mercy Academy in Pennsylvania, defiantly tells the Inquirer she's not going to post her gown online.

"I personally don't care if someone has the same dress as me," she says.

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