Ladies' Dress Code

Over time, it has become increasingly difficult to know exactly how to dress for a formal event. Many etiquette experts acknowledge even they are confused!

The TxCHP dress code is probably closest to "Creative Black Tie," but even that characterization is not exact. 

We provide specific guidelines below. We suggest that you choose a dress that you love and make sure it complies with our dress code. If not, make the necessary alterations prior to prom.


Take the time to read and understand the dress code, and check your ensemble before you arrive. We do not want to turn anyone away because they are not dressed appropriately. However, we reserve the right to do so and we will.

If a member of the dress check team asks you step out of the check-in line, they will explain their concerns to you. At this point, you have two options:

  1. Accept the services of our talented and supportive seamstresses who are ready to temporarily alter your attire, per our dress code, to allow you to stay at prom. They are able to alter your dress while you are wearing it, or we have dressing areas and robes available as well for your convenience.
  2. Leave prom and change into something that complies with our dress code.
Please do not bring your own fabric or other additions as the seamstresses will only be able to use the fabric supplied by prom. If you think your dress will require a fix, please fix it before you arrive.


  • Long gowns are encouraged, but not required.
  • No trousers of any kind.
  • Short dresses must be near the top of the knee
  • Slits in long gowns must stop near the top of the knee.
  • Spaghetti straps and strapless gowns are acceptable.
  • No plunging necklines allowed.
  • No or minimal visible cleavage.
  • No cutouts in the front or sides of the dress. High keyhole cutouts may be allowed.
  • Any back cutouts or "dips" may not go more than 1" below the natural waistline.
  • Undergarments should be present but not visible.
  • Two piece dresses may only be worn if your midriff does not show when your hands are above your head.

All is at the discretion of the dress check team.


  • Dressy shoes or sandals are appropriate.
  • Dress boots are acceptable. Please leave your farm boots at home.
  • You may bring nice, comfortable shoes to change into for dancing (change after dinner).
  • Dance barefoot at your own risk, as this results in injured toes every year.

Tattoos and Body Piercings

Tattoos that are small and/or tasteful may be allowed. Large or potentially offensive tattoos must be covered with a bandage or makeup.

Piercings and tattoos are allowed at the discretion of the dress check team.


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