Dress Code Enforcement at Homecoming Leaves Students Upset

Dress codes at homecoming and prom dances have been a hot topic over the past few years, and in some cases we can understand why dress codes need to be enforced, but there are many occasions where dress codes are either enforced too strictly, unjustly, and/or unfairly. Well, we recently read a story of some girls that experienced what we believe to be all three of those things at their homecoming dance in South Jordan, Utah. FOX13 Salt Lake City covered the story. You can read it below in its entirety, unaltered as originally reported on, so that you can decide whether or not these girls were treated unfairly or not.

Tayler Gillespie was turned away from her homecoming dance at Bingham High School Saturday, and the teen wasn’t the only who expressed frustration over dress code enforcement at the dance.

“They said I either have to go home and get something to go under, or I’m not allowed in,” Gillespie said. “So I just decided to leave.”

And she wasn’t the only one

“They pulled me to the side and asked me to twirl around to see if I was immodest, then made me sit against the wall,” Erika Shepherd said. “And while I was sitting against the wall there was about ten other girls that were sitting there being embarrassed.”

Erika showed us her dress. It spills onto the floor, but Erika said those who were in charge of the dance told her: “It’s too low in the back’ and I needed to get a jacket or go home and change clothes.”

FOX 13 News reached out to assistant principal Janalee Taylor, who was at the dance. She declined an on-camera interview but told us the school’s dress code for dances is very clear. She said it’s on the schools website, is sent out as a reminder on a paper attached to dance tickets, and is reinforced in the annual school standards assembly.

It states in part: “Hemlines should go no higher than mid-thigh when seated.”

That’s the reason Tayler said she was asked to leave.

“It’s been the same standards assembly for three years, they always have the same power point,” she said.

But she said dresses worn in past years were scrutinized this year, and not allowed.

Tayler also said she was never asked to sit to see where her hemline would fall.

“They just took a wild guess and said, ‘You’re not admitted in.’”

Veronica Perhson, Tayler’s mother, spoke about the issue.

“I understand the need for a dress code, but I think it needs to be applied straight forward,” she said.

Tayler’s parents went to the school to speak with those in charge Saturday night, but they said they had a hard time getting answers.

“I asked them why they turned her away and then showed them a picture of her on the phone I’d taken myself of her sitting down where the dress meets her knees,” said Tayler’s father, Chad Perhson.

See the video above for images of the dresses mentioned in this story. Maddi Rowley is another student who was upset about the situation, and she emailed FOX 13 News a picture of her dress as well as her comments.

She stated: “Other girls were admitted into the dance wearing my same dress in different colors. I was in high heals (sic), as you can see, and I am a taller girl. I am very angry, especially because my date couldn’t get his money refunded. Surely you can understand the injustice. I’m nearly an adult, and my parents allowed me to go out in this dress.”

-FOX13 Salt Lake City

Here’s the picture that Maddi Rowley provided to FOX13 Salt Lake City that the news channel posted:


It’s always hard to get the full story on something, but it definitely seems like something went wrong at the dance. We’re glad to see that the parents are stepping in to defend their daughter, especially since it seems as if they did in fact follow the dress codes that were in place. And, it’s always a good sign when parents ‘approve’ of their daughters’ outfits – they’re usually the strictest critics, after all! Not only that, but from everything we see at Rissy Roo’s parents are usually very involved in the picking out and purchase of their daughters’ prom and homecoming dresses.

What do you think of this homecoming dress code enforcement? Is it too strict? Have you had a similar experience at your school? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Source: FOX13 Salt Lake City

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Celebrate PINKtober 2014 with Rissy Roo’s!

While October may be known for Fall colors like orange and yellow and brown, it’s also known for one of our favorite colors: PINK! October doesn’t only mark the change of seasons and Halloween, but October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or PINKtober! Want to learn a little more about Pinktober? Here’s what NationalBreastCancer.org says:

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.”

As a store dedicated to empowering women and girls to feel as beautiful as they are, we plan to join in on promoting Breast Cancer Awareness not only during October, but year round. Additionally we want to empower our Roo Girls to do the same. That’s why during the month of October, we have some very Positively PINK surprises for you!

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Through Friday, 10/31, get a free PINK garment bag and lip gloss with a $200 purchase when you use code PINK. Plus, 5% of your order will be donated to the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund when you use code PINK at check-out, as well. This way, you can get a little pink…and give a little pink…all throughout October at Rissy Roo’s!

Of course, if you really want to show your Pinktober pride, we always recommend rocking a pink dress at Homecoming. If you love the one above, it’s Shail K style 3430, a short beaded cocktail dress. This strapless, though length dress boasts a gorgeous hand-beaded pattern elegant enough for a modern princess. A perfect combo of flirty, exotic, and a touch of royalty!

Happy Pinktober to all our Roo Girls…and, as always, happy shopping!



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Happy Columbus Day Weekend 2014!

Columbus Day Weekend 2014 is here and fall and homecoming season is in full swing! Still looking for that perfect dress? Our Columbus Day Sale is here to help! We have so many gorgeous dresses on sale, at up to 90% off. The sale is only from today through Monday, 10/13, though, so don’t miss out!

Shop our Columbus Day Sale 2014

Whether you need a dress for Homecoming, Prom, the Holidays, a wedding, or even a sexy little black dress for Halloween, this is a great time to find a dress at such a cheap price. If you love the dress in our picture above, it’s La Femme style 19681, a fit and flare cocktail dress with nude lining. This dress is so perfect for the Homecoming or the Holidays. Or, get funky for Halloween and add a horns and a pitchfork for a super chic devil look!

Happy shopping!

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Happy Birthday Gwen Stefani!

gwenHappy Birthday Gwen Stefani!!! Style Icon & Music extraordinaire!!

the voice castHappy Birthday Diva! No Doubt rocker Gwen Stefani became famous for her amazing singles such as “Just a Girl,” “Don’t Speak,” and “Hey Baby,” in the early 90’s. As the years progressed we all watched her music career grow as well as her fashion career.

Through the years Gwen has rocked the music industry with her catchy lyrics and crazy fashion sense. For as long as I can remember Gwen has always been a fashion icon. She has donned the red carpet and the stage with so many memorable styles.

gewn multiGwen is also quite the philanthropist. In 2011 she donated $1 million to the Save the Children’s – Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children Emergency Fund. Did you know that she also created an online auction on E-bay? Participants were allowed to bid on vintage clothing from her very own personal wardrobe and custom T-shirts designed and signed by her. Proceeds went to the Save the Children’s Relief Effort. How cool is that!!

In 2011 Gwen and husband Gavin Rossdale attended amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala in this stunning sequin self designed mermaid gown! If you are looking to wear something similar than I would suggest checking out our Tony Bowls style TBE21401!!!gwen blcak mermaid

Tony Bowls TBE21401Gwen did a photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar and let me just say that no one other the her can pull off a sexy Vera Wang bridal gown and a pair of Barbie Pink sunglasses!!! If you want a similar look you can check out our Mac Duggal style 48184, but your gonna have to grab your own pink shades!

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Mac Duggal 48184

Now we get to sit back and watch The Voice and see her true personality. Gwen has such charisma and you can really see that she loves what she does and how she wants to help others reach their dreams.

gwen-stefani-on-the-voice-season-7I absolutely love Gwen! She is sweet, fun charismatic and family orientated. She is someone that I grew up listening to and will continue to watch her grow. I cannot wait to see what she does and wears next!

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October Promo: FREE SHIPPING and GARMENT BAG Thru 10/6!

Homecoming Season is officially in full swing and we have more Homecoming promos for you to help you get ready for your big back-to-school dance! For our first October Promo, get FREE Shipping on any purchase of $100 or more, plus get a free garment bag with every dress purchase. Just use Promo Code “OCTOBER” at check-out. This promo only goes through Monday, 10/6, so don’t miss out!

Get FREE SHIPPING & GARMENT BAG with your Purchase Thru 10/6!

Still stuck on what dress to wear for your Homecoming dance? If you love the dress above, it’s Jovani JVN99963, a stunning strapless lace dress. This sassy sweetheart neckline form fitting cocktail dress features black lace embroidery and an exposed corset bodice. A sexy, yet classy dress that’s perfect for not only Homecoming, but any other semi-formal or formal event.

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Happy First Day of October 2014!

The first day of October 2014 is finally here! That means that it’s officially Homecoming Season! Not only that, but Halloween is just weeks away, so October is a month that’s all about dressing up, and we certainly like any reason to dress up here at Rissy Roo’s! Additionally, don’t forget that October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a very important cause for women everywhere.

Hello, October 2014!

So, whether you’re shopping for your homecoming dress, a sexy little black dress to rock on Halloween night, or a cute pink look to show your support of Breast Cancer Awareness, enjoy dressing up in stunning dresses all throughout the month of October!

And, of course, if you need help finding that perfect dress for any event you’re attending, don’t forget to contact us – our dress experts are always happy to help! And, stay tuned for some special promos and sales that we have planned throughout October!

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FINAL DAY of our September 20% OFF Sale on Sale!

It’s here – the final day of September and our 20% OFF Sale on Sale! It’s your last chance to score your Homecoming dress at a super deep discount, so don’t miss out. The dresses in our Sale Shop are already up to 90% off, but with Promo Code X20, you can take an extra 20% off through the end of today!

September 20% Off Sale on Sale

Of course, this is also a great time to score your Prom 2015 dress at a great price, or get the perfect dress for your next formal or semi-formal event, whether it be a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a Sweet Sixteen, or even a wedding. With tomorrow marking the first day of October, this can also be a great time to score a cute little black dress that you can wear on Halloween!

Love the dress in the image above? It’s Blush Prom style 9662, a beautiful strapless sweetheart cocktail dress that features stunning jeweled accents at the waist. This dress is perfect for Homecoming, Prom, or even a Sweet Sixteen. It used to be $279.00, but is now on sale for $139.99 plus take an extra 20% off through the end of today!

Happy shopping to all of our Roo Girls!

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Dancing with the Stars is BACK…and it’s Featuring Jovani!

The newest season of Dancing with the Stars is in full swing (pun intended!), and the stars and talent are great…and the fashion is so amazing! This season’s DWTS fashion is particularly glam, though, because the dancers are looking so beautiful in dresses from one of our favorite designers – Jovani! Check out the beautiful dancers in Jovani below.

DWTS dress Jovani 94443

Six-time World Champion and MMA and UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture partners with Karina Smirnoff wearing Jovani style 94443, a sexy short beaded backless dress with fringe detail on the shoulders and a deep v-neckline. It fit Karina so perfectly, and fringe is always a fun trend to rock while dancing to accentuate movement!

DWTS dress Jovani 93812

NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip partners with Emma Slater wearing Jovani style 93812, a sexy short beaded dress that features sheer cutouts. It’s such a classy, yet sexy look!

DWTS dress Jovani 93668

Late-night television talk show host Tavis Smiley partners with pro dancer Sharna Burgess wearing Jovani style 93660, a sexy short beaded dress with sheer floral accents. This dress fitted Sharna like a glove!

We’re obsessed with all three of these cocktail dresses, not only because of how stunning they look, but because they are so versatile! They’re perfect to rock for not only a homecoming dance (so you can dance the night away in style like these DWTS dancers!), but for the Holidays or any other formal or semi-formal event you may have. Which short number is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Take an Extra 20% OFF our Sale Shop!

More sales are here! This time, you can take an extra 20% off our Sale Shop! With so man gorgeous dresses of all styles at already discounted rates…and Homecoming Season here…this is one sale you don’t want to miss. All you have to do is enter Promo Code “X20″ at check-out to get the extra 20% off! This sale is only through Tuesday, September 30th, so don’t miss out!

Take an extra 20% off our Sale Shop!

Love the dresses in the image above? The silver dress is Sticks & Stones by Mori Lee style 9151, an all over sequin cocktail dress with jeweled beading and a zipper back. This dress used to be $308.00, but is now only $76.99, plus take an extra 20% off with code X20 through 9/30! The gold dress is Sticks & Stones by Mori Lee style 9167, a short and sexy strapless jeweled and sequin cocktail dress with a zipper back. This dress $316.00, but is now only $78.99, plus take an extra 20% off through 9/30! Both looks are not only perfect for a homecoming dance, but for holiday parties, which are just around the corner!

There’s not only dresses on sale, though – there’s so many great shoes on sale, too! We hope you have fun doing some sale shopping at RissyRoos.com! As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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This Homecoming Queen is also her School’s Football Kicker

South Jones High School senior Mary Kate Smith is one busy girl. This Fall brings on her Homecoming Dance, where she’s the reigning homecoming queen, dedication to her Mississippi school’s soccer team, oh and one more thing… the new kicker for her school’s varsity football squad!

Mary Kate Smith is Homecoming Queen and the kicker on her school's football team

Already a star on her school’s soccer team, she’s bringing her golden foot to a new team – she’s the first girl to make the school’s varsity football squad. Her response if someone tells her she plays like a girl? Here’s what she told TODAY.com:

“I’m me, and I’m not trying to be anybody else. I’ll take that as a compliment.”

TODAY.com got the whole scoop on this talented girl who proudly wears two things on her head: a homecoming crown, and a football helmet. TODAY.com explained that her football coach, Corey Reynolds, said one of his assistants, Matt Smith, the strength and conditioning coach for Mary Kate’s soccer team, suggested Mary Kate be the kicker that’d sought all summer long. Corey explained, “It just turned out to be a blue-eyed, homecoming-queen soccer player.”


Corey said he was amazed at the way Mary Kate could kick a 40-yard field goal in practice, calling her “one of the most highly competitive athletes – male or female – I’ve ever seen.”

Mary Kate said field-goal kicks are in theory easier than kicking a soccer goal because the ball is stationary in football, but “the pressure is 10 times worse [in football], with big guys running at you who outweigh you by 200 pounds.”

Sounds pretty scary to us, that’s for sure!

Of course, Mary Kate’s parents are so proud of her! Her dad said, “Here, in the South, where traditional values are very traditional, we were a little concerned about how well she’d be accepted. We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the support that the community has shown her. We’ve got a renewed faith that things are equalized for her, and for girls like her.” Check out her friends cheering her on, all wearing “We <3 Mary Kate Smith” shirts!

Mary Kate Smith in uniform with her friends cheering her on!

Mary Kate’s got a lot to be looking forward to when she graduates from high school and moves onto college. She’s planning on playing Division-I soccer next fall at the University of Souther Mississippi and considering a career as an orthodontist. Good luck as South Jones High School’s Homecoming Queen Football Kicker!

Source: TODAY.com

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